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Celebrating 20th Anniversary of Free Public Programming on the Brooklyn Waterfront
Over 500 FREE Activities Over Four Month Programming Season
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy (Conservancy) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP) announce the full lineup of events and activities for the 2019 spring and summer season.
This season marks the 20th Anniversary of the Conservancy’s free, public programming in Brooklyn Bridge Park. In the summer of 2000, the Conservancy launched its now signature Movies with a View series with the goal of raising public awareness of what it believed would be a vibrant public space on the water. 20 years later, as the park nears completion, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Conservancy have become key players in the cultural, recreational, and educational life of New York City. Since 2000, more than 1,700,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Each season, the Conservancy offers over 500 free and low-cost events. In 2018, Brooklyn Bridge Park saw more than 5 million visitors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During this anniversary season, the Conservancy will offer a full line-up of cultural, recreational, fitness, and educational events that will keep visitors entertained all season long.
In celebration of the Conservancy’s 20th summer of programming, Movies With A View, the 8-week film series with sweeping views of the city skyline, returns to Pier 1 on Thursday evenings, July 11th to August 29th. The theme for 2019 is “Better the Second Time Around” and will feature popular films shown over the series’ history.
BBP welcomes new and returning concessionaires for the upcoming summer season. Ample Hills at Pier 5, Fornino at Pier 6, Lizzmonade, Luke’s Lobster, and Pilot all return. Two new concessions will be coming to Fulton Ferry Landing. An outdoor café from the Pincus Brothers, and Ample Hill’s newest outpost will open at the Historic Fireboat Station. In Empire Stores, in addition to its restaurants and shops, is the DUMBO outpost of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Their current exhibit, Waterfront, illustrates Brooklyn’s storied past along the coastline. Brooklyn’s vibrant history of workers, families, communities, and industries are brought to life in this multimedia display designed for all ages. Visit DUMBO’s only history museum to take a step back in time and discover the rich history of the Brooklyn waterfront.
Notable and New programming are highlighted below.
ARTS & CULTURE
The four-month season of programming stretching from May to August begins with Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Visitors of all ages can watch their kites soar above the Manhattan skyline from its new home on Pier 5. In addition to kite flying, the family-friendly event will feature live music and a number of partners whose activities emphasize S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) concepts — using wind tunnels, robotic air propellers, and experiments to explore the science of flight.
At All the Park’s a Stage, New York Classical Theatre will also celebrate its 20th Anniversary and will treat Brooklyn Bridge Park visitors with a free public theater performance of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in June.
On Pier 3 Plaza, Dancewave’s new Moving Together program will host dance classes for children and adults of all ages in a communal setting.Dancewave’s expert teaching artists will lead movers of all ages and abilities, exploring Latin, Hip Hop, and Afro-Caribbean Dance.
After a successful inaugural launch in 2018, the Conservancy’s live music series, Unplugged, will return to the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace with two partners and an expanded lineup featuring the best of new Americana coming out of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Americana Music Series and Degraw Sound will curate intimate acoustic sets performed throughout June and July.
The Public Art Fund’s installation, Bridge Over Tree will be viewable through September 19 on Empire Fulton Ferry lawn. Bridge Over Tree, by Iranian artist Siah Armajani, is a 91-foot-long walkway with a set of stairs that rise and fall over a single evergreen tree.
The FENCE returns to BBP in June for its eighth consecutive year. United Photo Industries, and partner organizations will display the work of talented photographers from around the world in sections throughout the Park.
Other cultural programming this summer includes the ever-popular Hindu Lamp Ceremony, contemporary dance performances by Gibney Dance, opera music by the MET Opera, stargazing with Amateur Astronomer’s Journey to the Stars, and book readings at Books Beneath the Bridge, the six-week literary program curated by independent bookstores based in Brooklyn.
The Conservancy is proud to announce the launch of brand-new Fishing Clinics for kids and adults this summer. The 7-part series will take place at Pier 5’s fishing station from May-September. The clinics, produced in part by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, are catch-and-release. Equipment will be provided on-site.
Also new in 2019, The Class by Taryn Toomey will come to Pier 2 Turf on select Wednesdays, June through August. The Class is a music-driven, mat-based practice of self-study through physical conditioning.
The popular walk-up kayaking program, enjoyed by over 6,500 people in 2018, will continue for three days a week this summer. Families can glide along the East River every Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.
Dodge YMCA instructors will present several free outdoor fitness classes all summer long, including Sunset Yoga, Salsa classes, Zumba, Hip Hop Dance Aerobics, and Pilates; while basketball clinics will round out the Conservancy’s recreational offerings this summer.
The Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center will continue to offer Open Hours four days a week, where visitors can learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, the plants and animals of the East River estuary, and the ecology and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Center offers rotating exhibits, arts activities, and a 250-gallon East River aquarium, which houses marine life from the park’s waterfront. In addition to Open Hours, the Center, serving over 20,000 students and visitors each year, will act as the home base for other environmental education programs including seining, and a variety of school programs focusing on sustainable design, ecology, geology, and the history of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Throughout the season, the volunteer Green Team will offer nature enthusiasts an opportunity to learn about gardening and enjoy the outdoors every Saturday, while regular Coastal Cleanups will allow visitors to help keep the park’s shorelines clean and beautiful. Towards the end of the summer, applications will open for the fourth year of Teens Interested in and Dedicated to Environmental Sciences (TIDES), and will expand to eight sessions. An increasingly popular volunteer program, TIDES is designed for teenagers to complete community service hours, while learning about conservation.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the park for another outstanding season. Last summer we opened our final pier at Pier 3, adding even more parkland and amenities for all to enjoy and bringing the Park to 90% completion,” said Eric Landau, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Thanks to the work of the Conservancy and our other great programming partners, Brooklyn Bridge Park continues to be the premier summer destination for all.”
“The last 20 years of public programming has been an extraordinary journey for the Conservancy. We’re delighted to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Movies with a View and mark the Conservancy’s launch into free public programming this summer,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “From immersive outdoor education, to family festivals, public theater, book readings, kayaking, seining, and more, we’re excited to share a full and vibrant lineup of events to celebrate this momentous year.”
Movies with a View is supported, in part, by Twizzler’s, Netflix, StreetEasy, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park (BBP), is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park spanning 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. As steward of the park, BBP has transformed this previously deteriorated stretch of waterfront into a world-class park where the public can gather, play, relax and enjoy sweeping views of New York Harbor. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel. BBP serves thousands of people on any given seasonal day, who come to picnic, walk their dog, play soccer, jog, bike or roller skate. Brooklyn Bridge Park is a signature public investment for the 21st Century and will be an enduring legacy for the communities, elected officials and public servants who made it happen.
ABOUT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CONSERVANCY
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 30 years to bring Brooklyn Bridge Park to life. We started out as grassroots advocates, bringing together residents, government, and local supporters to transform an abandoned waterfront into the park you see today. Now an essential supporter, the Conservancy works in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park to ensure that the Park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for all of Brooklyn, New York City, and beyond. With your help, the Conservancy produces diverse and innovative programming for Park visitors and cultivates volunteer and philanthropic support of this special place on the Brooklyn waterfront. Since 2000, more than 1,700,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK CONSERVANCY SPRING/SUMMER 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
ARTS & CULTURE
Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival
Saturday, May 11, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Pier 5
Watch your kite soar above the Manhattan skyline and enjoy activities exploring the science of flight!
Corwith Cramer Tall Ship Docking
May 2 – May 12, Open Daily, Pier 6 Promenade
The Sea Education Association’s Corwith Cramer tall ship is coming to
Brooklyn Bridge Park. See the ship docked daily from Pier 6. The ship’s crew will also offer a limited amount of free tours of the vessel and explain the ship and their mission to visitors.
Popular® Brooklyn Half Pre-Party Presented by New Balance
May 13 – May 20, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza
Before race day, pick up your race materials, including your bib, New Balance tech shirt, and official bag that you can use to check your race-day clothing.
BK Bridge Anniversary Family Tour
Saturday, May 25, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 99 Plymouth Street
Celebrate the 136th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge by taking a tour with the Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center. Immerse yourself in the dramatic history and innovative design that forever changed the Brooklyn landscape.
World Science Festival Stargazing Fair
Saturday, June 1, 6:00 PM – 11:30 PM, Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn
See the stars from Brooklyn at this family-friendly community event with
astronauts, telescopes, and space related activities. The Amateur
Astronomers Association of New York will set up hi-power telescopes for views of the moon, stars, and planets in the summer sky.
Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself: StoneWalt Edition
Sunday, June 2, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Pier 1 Granite Prospect
Annual marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s most critically acclaimed poem, Song of Myself. Readers will celebrate Whitman’s 200th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Sing for Hope Pianos
June 6 – June 23, Open Daily, Pier 1 Granite Prospect & Pier 6
Sing for Hope will place two of their artist-designed pianos in BBP for anyone to play. Each summer, pianos are placed throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces bringing individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all.
Unplugged Fridays, 6:00 PM, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace
Intimate, unplugged sets performed by local artists.
Unplugged: Brooklyn Americana Music Series
- June 7: Little Nora Brown & Stephanie Coleman / Ali Dineen & Feral Foster
- June 14: Linda McRae / Tim Grimm
- June 21: Queen Esther
- June 28: Greg Schätze / Will Scott & Charlie Burnham
Unplugged: Degraw Sound
- July 12: Common Jack / Kevin Daniel
- July 19: Pearla / Yella Belly
- July 26: Ben Rice / Queue
- Aug 2: Sophie Colette / 8090
Journey to the Stars
Fridays, June 7, June 14, July 12, July 26, August 2, August 9, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Pier 1 Promenade
Gaze across the New York sky and all the wonders it holds with Amateur Astronomers Association of New York.
New York Transit Museum 26th Annual Bus Festival
Sunday, June 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Brooklyn Bridge Plaza
See and step aboard buses representing more than 80 years of New York City surface transit history. Enjoy special activities, photo ops, and meeting some of the bus drivers who help keep the city moving.
June 10 – September 10, Open Daily
Empire Fulton Ferry & the Greenway
THE FENCE is an annual collaboration between United Photo Industries, BBP, and many more organizations that join forces to curate and produce this unique exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography.
Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Pier 1
Free opera music program featuring various singers.
Summer Reading Storytime
Wednesdays, June 12 – July 31, 10:30 AM, Pier 3 Greenway Terrace
No reading on July 3rd
Join the Brooklyn Public Library for a rollicking good time listening to stories and singing songs.
Moving Together with Dancewave
Sundays, June 16, July 14, August 11, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Pier 3 Plaza
Dancewave’s Moving Together program hosts community dance classes for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Dancewave’s expert teaching artists will lead movers in Latin, Hip Hop, and Afro-Caribbean Dance.
All The Park’s A Stage
June 18 – June 23, 7:00 PM, Pier 1
Celebrate New York Classical Theatre’s 20th Anniversary with free performances of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.
Books Beneath the BridgeMondays, July 8 – August 12, 7:00 PM, Pier 1 Granite Prospect
Six nights curated by Brooklyn’s favorite local, independent bookstores.Each evening includes a reading, Q&A, and book signing.
Movies With A View
Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 6:00 PM, Pier 1
Movies With AView is a summer must that has earned a large and loyal following. Since its launch, the Conservancy has entertained, thrilled, and pulled at the heartstrings of over 500,000 moviegoers, cementing this program as one of New York City’s favorite film series. Come celebrate 20 years of our event and more programming at the Park this summer.
- July 11: Pariah
- July 18: Girlfight
- July 25: It Happened One Night
- August 1: Crooklyn
- August 8: The Big Lebowski
- August 15: An American Tail
- August 22: Selma
- August 29: Public Vote ( The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Groundhog Day, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory)
Saturdays, July 13, July 20, and July 27, 7:30 PM, Pier 1
Gibney Dance brings their lower Manhattan performing arts center to the Park. Join them for sunset performances on the river and other dance happenings set against the city’s skyline.
Hindu Lamp Ceremony
Saturday, August 3, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Pebble Beach
Decorate your own palm leaf lamp and release it in the East River as part of the traditional Aarti ceremony for peace and harmony. Presented with Brooklyn Arts Council.
Public Art Fund: Bridge Over Tree
February 20 – September 19, Open Daily, Empire Fulton Ferry Lawn
Bridge Over Tree, by Iranian artist Siah Armajani, is a 91-foot-long walkway with a set of stairs that rise and fall over a single evergreen tree. Originally shown in a Minneapolis public park in 1970 as part of a temporary sculpture exhibition, Bridge Over Tree invites us to experience the idea of a bridge in a new way.
Tuesdays, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, and Sundays, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
June 4 – August 25, Pier 2 Courts
Join us for two hour basketball clinics led by KING Hoops, NYC’s premier youth basketball organization. Learn basketball basics as head coaches lead participants through drills and games. Recommended ages 7-17.
The Class with Taryn Toomey
Wednesdays, June 12, July 10, August 7, 7:00 PM, Pier 2 Turf
Walk Up Kayaking
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursdays, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
May 30 – August 31, Pier 2 Dock
Paddle on a sit-on-top kayak in the East River. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.
Broadway Dance with Dodge YMCA
Mondays, June 3 – August 26, 10:00 AM, Pier 2
Hip Hop Dance Aerobics with Dodge YMCA
Fridays, July 12 – August 23, 7:00 PM, Pier 6
No class July 5
Pilates with Dodge YMCA
Tuesdays, June 11 – August 20, 7:00 PM, Pier 3
No class July 2
Salsa with Dodge YMCA
Mondays, June 3 – July 22, 6:30 PM, Pier 6
Sunrise Yoga with Abhaya Yoga
Mondays, June 3 – August 26, 7:30 AM, Pier 6
No class on July 1
Sunset Yoga with Dodge YMCA
Wednesdays, June 12 – August 14, 7:00 PM, Pier 3
No class July 3
Zumba with Dodge YMCA
Sundays, June 9 – August 18, 4:30 PM, Pier 2
EDUCATION & ENVIRONMENT
May 18, July 20, July 28, August 17, September 14, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
June 16, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM
August 9, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Pier 5 Fishing Stations (End of Pier 5)
Learn how to tie knots, bait a hook, cast a rod, and maybe even reel up a fish! Guided by a marine biologist and expert anglers, learn the basics of rod and reel line fishing, while catching-and-releasing some of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s acquatic organisms.
June 1, 11:30 AM -1:00 PM – World Science Festival
June 22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – World Fish Migration Day
July 13, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM – City of Water Day
August 10, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Hudson River Fish Count
August 31, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Pier 4 Beach
Discover the amazing biodiversity of the Hudson River Estuary as our staff and scientists use a seine net to catch and release incredible creatures that live below the water’s surface.
Environmental Education Center Open Hours
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dive into the Park’s ecology and history during our free open hours.
Everyone is welcome to drop by to check out our native animals, make crafts, play games, and explore our Discovery Station. The themed interactions for Open Hours change monthly.
Sundays, May 26, June 30, July 28, August 25
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join our docents on a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sustainable design, and how the Park came to life!
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Pier 1
May 25 – August 31
Join this dedicated group of volunteers who beautify the park every week! Green Team provides essential horticulture care to the Park, including planting, mulching and removing invasive plants.
May 4, May 28, June 11, July 10, July 26, Aug 9, Sept 6, Oct 23, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Pier 1
Give back to the community while combatting pollution in our waters and along coastlines by removing hundreds of pounds of trash from BBP salt marshes and beaches.