Brooklyn Bridge Park 2017 Summer Calendar - New York City Article
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park Present: 2017 Summer Calendar
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) are proud to present the full lineup of events and activities for the 2017 summer season. Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of free cultural, educational, and recreational events, as well as expanded opportunities to volunteer and support this world-class waterfront park.
Over 600 Free and Low-Cost Activities and Events
All with a Breathtaking View
Through August 24
Brooklyn Bridge Park Events:
The expansive five-month season of programming began on April 8 with the 19th Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K. The 3.1-mile run honored Eileen Dugan – a New York State Assemblywoman who represented the local 52nd AD from 1980 to 1996 – whose leadership and advocacy were instrumental in the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park. New to this year’s spring lineup is Big and Little Skills Academy’s Spring Fling (BALSA) which kicked off on April 10. BBP has partnered with BALSA to bring a series of weekly basketball clinics and youth tournaments to Pier 2. Long-time audience favorites such as Books Beneath the Bridge, Jazzmobile, and All The Park’s A Stage will all return to the Park.
Also returning are a number of free outdoor fitness classes such as Zumba, Pilates, Broadway Dance, Hip Hop Dance Aerobics, and Sunrise Yoga, taught by Dodge YMCA instructors. New fitness classes like Body Combat and Bond Fitness promise to stretch the skills of seasoned participants.
Movies With A View, the popular film series on the Brooklyn waterfront, returns for its 18th year. A new weekly preshow party with music, Brooklyn food vendors, and a beer garden will kick off every Thursday night screening. The theme for this year’s 8-week-long film series is “Resistance,” and it will highlight issues of race, gender, protest, and triumph. Movies to be featured include classics like Casablanca, cult hits such as Office Space and 9 to 5, and modern favorites like Selma and The Lego Movie. The final screening of the series on August 24 will be put up for a public vote, and will round out the summer season.
BBP will host events that engage visitors across a wide spectrum of interests. The Community Room at 99 Plymouth will feature a number of exciting installations over the coming season. Twenty-Five Hours by artist Jesse Chun, which is on display until June 20 reinterprets historical facts and scientific data about the East River tides into text-based drawings, and works on paper. The talented young artists of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Summer Session will also return to 99 Plymouth this summer. The Public Art Fund brings us Anish Kapoor’s Descension to Pier 1’s Bridge View Lawn through September 10. This massive continuously spiraling funnel of water descends into the ground, harnessing one of the most evanescent of materials and inviting us to experience the sheer perceptual wonder of an ordinary material in an extraordinary way. In partnership with United Photo Industries and Photo District News, The Fence will return to Brooklyn Bridge Park in June for its sixth consecutive year. The installation presents the work of talented photographers from all around the world.
Additional events will be available through BBP’s cultural partners located at the northern end of the park. St. Ann’s Warehouse wrapped up their current season with productions of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Arlington at the Tobacco Warehouse in April. At Spark by Brooklyn Children’s Museum, drop-in play and free open hours will continue throughout the summer. In a preview of their upcoming space at Empire Stores, the Brooklyn Historical Society debuted Shifting Perspectives, a photo exhibit of Brooklyn’s waterfront, from the early 20th century to today. The exhibit is on display through August 31.
In addition to its program offerings, BBP will add over four acres of new parkland with the opening of the Pier 5 uplands this summer. This latest addition will include sloping and terraced lawns, a grove with a flexible seating area, and a sound-attenuating berm to reduce traffic noise. Set into the hillside will be a new boathouse that includes public restrooms.
The Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center will offer free open hours to the public four days a week, in which visitors can learn about the Park’s ecology, history, and sustainable design. In addition to open hours, it will host individualized Discovery Sessions, and a variety of school programs that serve more than 11,000 students each year.
Other family-friendly programs this year include public seining, Wednesday Night Tours, a Hindu Lamp Ceremony, and Summer Reading Storytime. Every Thursday and Saturday, families can enjoy public kayaking sessions on the East River with Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse; and every Sunday, kayak polo games will be held for even more fun on the water.
Throughout the summer, the volunteer Green Team will offer nature enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about gardening and enjoy the outdoors every Saturday, and regular Coastal Cleanups will allow visitors to help keep the Park’s shorelines clean and beautiful.
“From public seining sessions, to Movies With A View, our programs all take advantage of the park’s spectacular waterfront location in order to give our visitors new and unique experiences, year after year,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Conservancy “With over 600 cultural, recreational, and educational programs this summer, we strive to have something for everyone.”
In 2016, Brooklyn Bridge Park saw an average of 330,000 visitors a week during the summer.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK SPRING/SUMMER 2017 SEASON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
ARTS & CULTURE EVENTS AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Bargemusic Family Concerts
Saturdays, 4 pm | Pier 1
This one-hour performance includes a Q & A session with the musicians. Doors open 15 minutes before the performance - no reserved seating is available. Visit bargemusic.org for more!
Anish Kapoor : Descension
May 3-September 10 | Pier 1
Public Art Fund brings Descension, one of Anish Kapoor’s most viscerally arresting installations to BBP. Located on Bridge View Lawn, this massive, continuously spiraling funnel of water harnesses one of the most evanescent of materials and creates a striking contrast to the adjacent East River. 26-feet in diameter, the spiraling funnel is treated with an all-natural black dye, creating an opaque, seemingly endless hole.
Movies With A View
Thursdays, 6 pm | July 6 – August 24 | Pier 1
Join us as we celebrate the 18th season of the Conservancy’s movie series! Shorts curated by BAMcinematek, DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick-off the evening, and bike valet is provided by Transportation Alternatives. Preshow party with music, food vendors, and beer garden begins at 6 pm; movie at sundown.
July 6: Office Space
July 13: Pariah
July 20: Casablanca
July 27: The Lego Movie
August 3: 9 to 5
August 10: Selma
August 17: Mad Max: Fury Road
August 24: Public Vote
Books Beneath the Bridge
Mondays, 7 pm l July 10 – August 14 | Granite Prospect
On six Monday nights during July and August, six of Brooklyn’s best independent bookstores curate readings, discussions, signings, and more inspired by each event’s author.
Rush Arts @ 99 Plymouth
Mid-July – September | Main Street
Rush Kids and Teens will return to the Park to create vibrant site-specific paintings that celebrate the adjacent parkland as a place of natural beauty and respite in our often times chaotic urban environment. The students will work in the style of NYC-based artist and Rush Director of Education, Meridith McNeal. Rush Summer Session is a free art education program provided to underserved youth by the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
Jazzmobile presents The Eric Person Band with Jazz Master Houston Person
August 15, 7pm | Pier 1
Come enjoy an evening of jazz on Harbor View Lawn with NYC’s acclaimed Jazzmobile. Special Guests: Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.
All The Park’s A Stage: Macbeth
August 22, 23, 25, 26, and 27 | 7 pm | Pier 1
Free performances of Macbeth by the New York Classical Theatre.
RECREATION AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
NYRR Open Runs
Tuesdays, 7 pm| Pier 6
New York Road Runners invite you to join their free Open Runs! Volunteers track the timing and marshal the course. Meet on the path south of Fornino at 6:45pm for registration. The run begins at 7 pm and the course comprises a full 5K. Open to all ages. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome.
*No run July 4th
May 2 – August 27 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 4 – 7 pm | Sundays 12 – 2 pm | Pier 2
Join Big and Little Skills Academy for dynamic youth basketball clinics on Pier 2 that include either yoga to enhance flexibility or flag football for agility training. Recommended for ages 8-17.
June 3 – August 26 | Saturdays 10 am – 3 pm | Thursdays 5:30 – 6:45 pm | Pier 2 Dock
Paddle in the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Join us for Kayak Polo on Sundays at 11 am too!
Wednesdays, 7 pm | June 7 – August 30 | Pier 2
Join Double Dutch Empire for OPEN ROPES a weekly double dutch jump rope session every Wednesday.
OPEN ROPES is free and open to everyone of any age, skill, and jump style. Skilled instructors are on-hand to provide basic double dutch instruction in a fun block party environment.
Daily | June 29 – September 4 | 10 am – 6 pm
Take in the sunshine and cool waters at the Pop-Up Pool! The 30’x50’ pool includes a sandy beach and play area. Swim lessons are available.
FITNESS – WATERFRONT WORKOUTS AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Broadway Dance with Dodge YMCA
Mondays, 10 am | May 8 – August 14 | Pier 2
* No class May 29th
Zumba with Dodge YMCA
Sundays, 4:30 pm| June 4 – August 13 | Pier 2
Piyo with Dodge YMCA
Wednesdays, 7 pm | June 21 – August 18 | Pier 6
Pilates with Fitness Guru
Tuesdays, 7 pm| June 27 – September 5 | Empire Fulton Ferry
* No class July 4th
Hip Hop Dance Aerobics with Dodge YMCA
Fridays, 7 pm| July 7 – August 11 | Pier 3
Body Combat with Dodge YMCA
Fridays, 7 pm | July 7 – August 11 | Pier 6
EDUCATION & ENVIRONMENT AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Ed Center Open Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3 – 5pm | Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 5 pm |
Environmental Education Center
Explore the history and ecology of Brooklyn Bridge Park like never before during open hours in our Environmental Education Center.
Wednesday Night Tours
First Wednesday of every month, May – October | 6:30 pm | Pier 1 Entrance
Take an evening stroll with New York’s finest scholars and learn about the extraordinary history, ecology, design of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Purchase tickets ($5 members, $10 non-members) on our website.
Last Sunday of every month, May - October| 11 am | Pier 1 Entrance
Engage with our docents on a tour about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, BBP’s sustainable design, and how the Park came to life.
Journey to the Stars
Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:30 pm| July 6 – August 24 | Pier 1
Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds with Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.
VOLUNTEER EVENTS AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Saturdays, 10 am| April 29 – October 21| Pier 1
Join this dedicated corps of volunteers who keep Brooklyn Bridge Park beautiful. The Green Team meets every Saturday to provide essential horticultural care to the park. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoy nature, and help the park look its best. Children are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.
May 4, June 2, July 19, August 16, September 15, October 15 | Various Times |
Team up with volunteers to combat pollution in our waterways and along our coastlines. Volunteers will care for the park’s unique coastal environment by cleaning up the park’s beaches, shorelines, and salt marshes.
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