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Brooklyn Bridge Park

By Lisa M. Collins

Brooklyn Bridge ParkSo much is going on at Brooklyn Bridge Park, including of course the recent opening of Pier 2 … a pier next to the Brooklyn Bridge Park pool that features basketball courts, tennis/handball walls, a skating rink and astro-turf lawn, and more.

Free programming in various areas of the park began in May and includes Pier Kids, a weekly celebration of arts, singing, dancing and performance at Pier 6, fitness classes including Adult and Teen Volleyball Clinics, the Conservancy Soccer League, Crossfit with Dumbo Crossfit, Senior Fitness with Dodge YMCA and free skating sessions at the newly opened Pier 2 roller rink.

Wednesday Special ecology workshops for children will be presented throughout the summer.

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

July Lineup at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Books Beneath the Bridge: Freebird

Monday, July 7 at 7 pm

Pier 1 Granite Prospect

A reading from Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure to Build the Statue of Liberty by Elizabeth Mitchell

Wednesday Night Tour: Building a Sustainable Park

Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 pm

Pier 1

Gain an in-depth knowledge of BBP’s sustainable features from building materials to storm management with Patricia Kirshner, Vice President of Capital Planning and Construction at BBP.

Syfy Movies With a View: Duck Soup

Thursday, July 10 at 6 pm; movie starts at sunset

Pier 1 Harborview Lawn

The evening begins with DJ Small Change and the short film Silo by David Soll. Park your bike for free with Transportation Alternatives when you arrive!

 

Youth Volleyball Clinics

Friday, July 11, 10 am – noon

Pier 6

Kids can sharpen their volleyball skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. They’ll start with the fundamentals through advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills.

 

Adult Volleyball Clinics

Friday, July 11, 5 – 7 pm

Pier 6

Brush up on your skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. You’ll spruce up your game with advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills.

 

Hip Hop Dance Aerobics

Fridays, July 11 – August 22, 7 pm

Pier 2 Promenade

This Dodge YMCA class gets your heart pumping with Hip Hop music and hot step-by-step dance moves.

 

City of Water Day: Kayaking

Saturday, July 12, 10 am – 3 pm

Pier 2

Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Part of the series, City of Water Day.

 

Seining the River Wild

Saturday, July 12, 2 – 3:30 pm

Empire Fulton Ferry

Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as our scientists use a seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.

 

Teen Volleyball Clinics

Saturday, July 12, 3 – 5 pm

Pier 6

Teens can sharpen their volleyball skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. They’ll start with the fundamentals through advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills.

 

Pedal Stop

Sunday, July 13, 10 am

Pier 5

Stop by the free rider assistance and information station from Bike New York where you can get a drink of water and healthy snack, then pick up safety instruction, bike maps and route suggestions.

 

Pier Kids: The Art of Stepping

Sunday, July 13, 11 am

Pier 6

Step dancers will break it down, teaching step dance through mathematical formulas and making some noise. Art activities start at noon.

 

Crossfit

Sundays, July 13 – August 3, 2:30 pm

Pier 2

Ditch the gym equipment and move your body the way it is supposed to be moved with Crossfit!

 

Books Beneath the Bridge: Greenlight

Monday, July 14, 7 pm

Pier 1 Granite Prospect

Poetry Salon hosted by Angel Nafis featuring Shira Erlichman, Aracelis Girmay Saeed Jones, and Patricia Smith

 

Wednesday Night Tour: The Atlantic Dock Co.

Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 pm

Pier 1

Learn about the men who built and ruled the docks spanning the waterfront from DUMBO to Red Hook with historian, Inna Guzenfeld.

 

Syfy Movies With a View: Sharknado

Thursday, July 17, 6 pm; movie starts at sunset

Pier 1 Harborview Lawn

The evening begins with DJ Isis Swaby and the short film Phoebe’s Birthday Cheeseburger by Will Lennon. Park your bike for free with Transportation Alternatives when you arrive!

 

Shakespeare at Sunset: Taming of the Shrew

Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 7 pm

Pier 1 Granite Prospect

Free performances of Taming of the Shrew by the Dumbo-based, Random Access Theatre.

 

Pier Kids: The Great Brooklyn Bridge

Sunday, July 20, 11 am

Pier 6

CityScience invites families to learn history and engineering concepts about Brooklyn’s greatest bridge through interactive activities. Art activities start at noon.

 

Books Beneath the Bridge: Powerhouse Arena

Monday, July 21, 7 pm

Pier 1 Granite Prospect

Readings from My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff and The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

 

Wednesday Night Tour: Coastal Wetlands

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30 pm

Pier 1

Where the land meets the sea, the marshlands along the park offer an unique habitat for a variety of life with Emily Maxwell, The Nature Conservancy.

 

Syfy Movies With a View: Fantastic Mr. Fox

Thursday, July 24, 6 pm; movie starts at sunset

Pier 1 Harborview

The evening begins with DJ Lamin Fofana and the short film Font Men by Dress Code. Park your bike for free with Transportation Alternatives when you arrive!

 

Youth Volleyball Clinics

Friday, July 25, 10 am – noon

Pier 6

Kids can sharpen their volleyball skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. They’ll start with the fundamentals through advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills.

 

Adult Volleyball Clinics

Friday, July 25, 5 – 7 pm

Pier 6

Brush up on your skills with coaching and tips from the experts at Metro Beach Sports. You’ll spruce up your game with advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills.

 

Pier 5 Family Field Day

Saturday, July 26, 10 am – 1 pm

Pier 5

Come play games of all shapes and sizes from volleyball, basketball, and soccer clinics to potato sack and relay races with celebrations on each of the park’s active piers.

 

Pier Kids: Paul Zelinsky

Sunday, July 27, 11 am

Pier 6

The Caldecott-winning author and illustrator of Rapunzel, The Wheels on the Bus and Z is For Moose shares his stories. Art activities start at noon.

 

Books Beneath the Bridge: Community Bookstore Park Slope

Monday, July 28, 7 pm

Pier 1 Granite Prospect

A Night with the Morbid Anatomy Museum: Readings from the Morbid Anatomy Anthology featuring Michelle Legro, Colin Dickey, and Evan Michelson.

 

Wednesday Night Tour: Infrastructure Intersections

Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 pm

Pier 1

Unravel the tangled histories and structures of all the bridges, tunnels, and highways that keep NY moving with historian, John Kriskiewicz.

 

Syfy Movies With a View: Beetlejuice

Thursday, July 31, 6 pm; movie starts at sunset

Pier 1 Harborview Lawn

The evening begins with DJ Ripley and the short film Passer Passer by Louis Morton. Park your bike for free with Transportation Alternatives when you arrive!

Syfy Movies With A View Thursdays, with music at 6:00 pm and movies at sunset, Pier 1 Join us as we celebrate 15 Season of our movie series on Thursdays this summer! Shorts curated by BAMcinematek, DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off the evening, and bike valet is provided by Transportation Alternatives.

•July 10 – Duck Soup (G) •July 17 – Sharknado •July 24 – Fantastic Mr. Fox (PG) •July 31 – Beetlejuice (PG) • August7-CatOnAHotTinRoof(PG) •August 14 – Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (R) •August 21 – The Birds (PG) •August 28 – Public Vote!

Books Beneath the Bridge Mondays, July 8 – August 12, 7:00 pm, Granite Prospect Second annual outdoor literature series curated by six local, independent bookstores.

•July 7 – Freebird •July 14 – Greenlight Bookstore •July 21 – Powerhouse Arena •July 28 – Community Bookstore Park Slope •August 4 – Word Bookstore •August 11 – Bookcourt

Danh Vo: We The People Opening Saturday, May 17 Pier 3 Uplands Presented by The Public Art Fund A major new dual-site exhibition inspired by the Statue of Liberty, “We the People” is a full-scale copper replica of the statue in 250 individual parts fabricated over the course of four years using the original techniques and materials. Visitors to

the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace will encounter a never-before-exhibited section of the statue: the draped sleeve of the statue’s right arm, which holds the golden torch. This colossal, 13-piece section will be assembled into three forms and presented alongside the ear of the statue. The exhibition continues at Manhattan’s City Hall Park.

John Street Pasture Coming Spring 2014 John Street Pasture is a temporary living earthwork that celebrates green space, agriculture, and the transitional nature of urban land. This cover crop of crimson clover will bloom into a lush field of reds and greens all while creating a nutrient rich resource of nitrogenized soil for the now under-construction John Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park. John Street Pasture is a collaboration of Andrea Reynosa, Alloy and Brooklyn Grange.

Pier Kids Sundays, June 1 – August 3, 11:00 am Pier 6 Sing, act, dance, and draw! Please join us on Pier 6 for a weekly family celebration of the arts. Engaging activities will vary each week and be accompanied by an outdoor pop-up reading room from the Uni Project. Each program is followed by art projects from Private Picassos and Project Art.

Walt Whitman’s Song Of Myself Sunday, June 8, 4:00 pm Granite Prospect Annual marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s most critically acclaimed poem.

Shakespeare At Sunset June 13-15 (King Lear) and July 18-20 (Taming of the Shrew), 7:00 pm

Granite Prospect

Free performances of King Lear by Theater 2020 and Taming of the Shrew by Random Access Theater.

BAMcinemafest Outdoor Screening Thursday, June 19, Pier 1 Join BAMcinemaFest for an outdoor festival featuring live music, curated food and a special film screening! The films start at sunset.

Barolosolo Cirkus Company June 21-22, 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm Pier 1 A kiosk in a village square. What could be more ordinary? Join France’s Barolosolo Cirkus Company for an anything but ordinary New York premier of íle O, and watch as this intrepid team creates a delightful mash-up of modern physical theater around their kiosk-pool moving from comic to absurd in a universe filled with aquatic poetry and music. Presented in association with SummerStage. Kids presented by Disney.

Make Music NY Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Pier 3 Greenway Terrace The 8th Annual Make Music New York festival returns June 21 with more than 1,000 free concerts in public spaces across NYC. More details at makemusicny.org.

Met Opera Wednesday, June 25, 7:00 pm Pier 1 This summer recital features three rising Met stars: soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and tenor Russell Thomas, joined by pianist Dan Saunders.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony Saturday, August 2, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Main Street Help Aeilushi Mistry bring peace and harmony to our shoreline as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti ceremony at the park! Presented with Brooklyn Arts Council.

Jazzmobile: Arturo O’Farrill Monday, August 18, 7:00 pm Pier 1 Join us for a performance by Latin Jazz artist, Arturo O’Farrill who brings swinging rhythms to the park!

Battle Of Brooklyn Reenactment Saturday, August 23, 12:00 pm Main Street Join reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment to learn how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776.

Kite Festival Saturday, September 13, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Pier 1 Watch your kite soar above the Manhattan skyline! Kites will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.

Photoville September 18 – 21 & 25 – 28 Pier 5 Uplands PHOTOVILLE will be a feisty mix of exhibitions, lectures, hands-on workshops, nighttime projections, photo dog run, and a summer beer-garden that will create a photographic destination like no other at the Pier 5 Uplands. In addition —and in collaboration with Photo District News—THE FENCE, Brooklyn’s premiere outdoor photographic exhibition will present the work of 40 talented photographers from around world. THE FENCE at the park measures 1000 ft in length and stretches along the Greenway. Presented by United Photo Industries.

Dumbo Arts Festival September 21 – 28 Various locations Brooklyn Bridge Park is participating in DUMBO Arts Festival again this fall! This three-day celebration of art and culture will feature a variety of scenic locations within the park hosting several of this year’s innovative art installations.

RECREATION

Get Active on the Brand New Pier 2 Courts!

5 acres dedicated to active recreation, Enjoy basketball, bocce, shuffleboard and handball courts, a roller/inline skating rink, swings, fitness equipment, picnic tables and half an acre of play turf. Restrooms, skate and equipment rentals, lockers, water fountains and bike racks are also available on site. Take part in fitness classes, leagues, and free play.

Free Skate Mondays & Fridays, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Sundays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pier 2 (Opening late May. Dates TBD) Cruise around the new Pier 2 roller/inline skating rink with Free Skate (kid approved) sessions during select hours each week.

Kayaking June 7 – August 30 Saturdays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Pier 2 Dock Glide along the water while kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 floating dock! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.

Family Field Days July 26 and August 23, 10:00 am – 1:00pm Various locations Come play games of all shapes and sizes from volleyball, basketball, and soccer clinics to potato sack and relay races with celebrations on each of the park’s active piers.

Pop-Up Pool Daily, Late June through Labor Day 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Pier 2 Uplands Take in the sunshine and cool waters at the Pier 2 Pop-Up Pool! The 30’x50’ pool includes a sandy beach and play area with refreshing food and drinks from Lizzmonade. Swim lessons are available.

Pier 5 Fields Check website for dates Three turf fields invite soccer, flag football, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate frisbee players alike to play games looking out at the skyline. Check the website for open play time.

Conservancy Soccer Leagues: Get in the game. Coed and men’s adult soccer leagues play Wednesdays in spring, summer, and fall. Saturday morning youth leagues in spring and fall. Sign up for leagues at brooklynbridgepark.org.

Pier 6 Volleyball Check website for dates

•Walk-up Play: Bring your own volleyball. •League Play: Join a team for organized play on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and join in weekend

tournaments. •Reserved Play: A limited number of courts can be reserved for an hour by individuals online at

brooklynbridgepark.org. •Public Clinics: Brush up your game with free instruction for children, teens, and adults.

Bike NY Pedal Stops Select Sundays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Pier 1 Stop by the free rider assistance and information station where you can get a drink of water and healthy snack, then pick up safety instructions, bike maps, and route suggestions.

FITNESS All Classes Are One Hour.

Senior Fitness with Dodge YMCA Mondays, May 5 – June 30, 10:00 am Pier 6

Outdoor Strength wth Brooklyn Strength Mondays, June 9 – August 25, 7:00 pm Pier 6

Sunset Pilates with Body In Balance Wednesdays, June 18 – September 24, 7:00 pm Pier 5

Pilates with The Fitness Guru Tuesdays, June 24 – September 9, 7:00 pm Empire Fulton Ferry

Early Morning Yoga With Dodge YMCA Mondays, June 30 – August 18, 7:30 am Pier 6

Zumba with Dodge YMCA Sundays, July 6 – August 17, 4:00 pm Pier 2

Hip Hop Aerobics with Dodge YMCA Fridays, July 11 – August 22, 7:00 pm Pier 2

Crossfit with Dumbo Crossfit Sundays, July 13 – August 3, 2:30 pm Pier 2

EDUCATION & ENVIRONMENT

Wednesday Night Tours Wednesdays, May 7 – Oct 8, 6:30pm Pier 1 Entrance

Take an evening’s stroll with New York’s finest scholars and learn about the extraordinary history, ecology, and design of Brooklyn Bridge Park!

The Brooklyn Bridge May 7

Discover the epic story of this engineering marvel and New York icon as well as the men and women who built it. David Frieder, The Roebling Museum

The Billion Oyster Project May 14

Take a look at the park’s oyster gardens and discover the power of these ecosystem engineers. Sam Janis, New York Harbor School

Natives & Newcomers May 21

Explore the complex relationships between the Dutch and local Lenape clans as cultures collide. Emma Nordin, New-York Historical Society

Bringing the Park to Life May 28

Hear the story of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s creation and innovative approach to revitalizing urban space. Regina Myer, BBP President

War on the Waterfront June 4

From Ft. Hamilton to the Navy Yard, Brooklyn’s waterfront played a key role for America in WWII. Andrew Gustafson, Turnstile Tours

Interactive Photography Tour June 11

Explore the fundamentals of basic photography while capturing the beauty of the park. Topics covered: composition, lighting, and depth of field. Alexa Hoyer, BBP Photographer

A Park with a View June 18

Look across the water in an architectural tour of the historic and modern skyscrapers on the Manhattan skyline. Kyle Johnson, AIA Architect

Native Plants In Designed Landscapes June 25

Come on a tour of the park highlighting the use of native species and cultivars in a designed space. Ulrich Lorimer, Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Abolition On The Water July 2

Superstar minister Henry Ward Beecher gave voice to freedom and home to the Underground Railroad in 1850s Brooklyn. Regina McIlvain, Plymouth Church Historian

Building A Sustainable Park July 9

Gain an in-depth knowledge of BBP’s sustainable features from building materials to storm management. Leigh Trucks, BBP Director of Capital Projects

The Atlantic Dock Co. July 16

Learn about the men who built and ruled the docks spanning the waterfront from DUMBO to Red Hook. Inna Guzenfeld, Historian

Coastal Wetlands July 23

Where the land meets the sea, the marshlands along the park offer a unique habitat for a variety of wildlife. Emily Maxwell, The Nature Conservancy

Infrastructure Intersections July 30

Unravel the tangled histories and structures of all the bridges, tunnels, and highways that keep NY moving. John Kriskiewicz, Historian

Whales In The Harbor August 6

Discover a new era when whales, dolphins, and seals have returned to NY Harbor in surprising numbers. Paul Sieswerda, Gotham Whales

The Golden Age Of Brooklyn Distilleries August 13

Amble through the historic rise of Brooklyn distilleries of the 1800’s until the death knell of the Volstead Act in 1920. Jill Paradiso, Culinary Historian

Designing Brooklyn Bridge Park August 20

Hear directly from one of the innovative minds behind Brooklyn Bridge Park’s award winning design. Matt Urbanski, Principal, MVVA, Inc.

A Key to the Continent August 27

The waters of the East River acted as a strategic hub in the American Revolution and the Civil War. Barnet Schecter, Historian

Blooms and Bugs September 3

Learn about Pier 1’s native plant gardens including the freshwater pools, woodlands, prairie, and salt marsh. Matthew Wills, Naturalist

What Was Where September 10

A journey from colonial times to present day, particularly focused on the industrial dockyards. Matt Postal, Architectural Historian

My Hand in Yours, Walt September 17

A literary walk through the legacy of the Brooklyn Bridge in works by Whitman, Crane, Bishop, and Moore. Adam Fitzgerald, Poet

Interactive Photography Tour: Fall September 24

Explore the fundamentals of street photography while capturing everyday moments of life in the park. Alexa Hoyer, BBP Photographer

The Billion Oyster Project: Fall October 1

See how the park’s oyster gardens have grown and learn the power of these tiny ecosystem engineers. Sam Janis, New York Harbor School

Docent Tours Sundays, 12:00 pm Pier 1 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!

Seining Multiple Dates Empire Fulton Ferry Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as our scientists use a seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.

Wildflower Walk Tuesday, May 13, 5:00 pm Pier 1 Explore the parks spring blooms and the many buzzing pollinators that bring the park to life. Rebecca McMackin, BBP Director of Horticulture

World Science Festival: From The Earth To The Stars Saturday, May 31, 8:00 pm Pier 1 It’s an outdoor party beneath the Brooklyn Bridge and the twinkling canvas of the night sky, and a night to explore and discover the vast wonders of the cosmos! Bring your telescope if you have one, or use one of the dozens we’ll have on hand.

Checkmate 101 Wednesdays, June 11 – August 30 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Pier 1 Come learn how to take your chess game to the next level! Best for beginners; limited boards available.

Journey To The Stars Thursday Evenings, June 19 – Sept 18 Pier 1 The Amateur Astronomers will guide your eyes across the sky as you discover the wonders of the universe.

City Of Water Day Thursday, July 12 Location and times to be determined Join us for a celebration of the waterfront, with our free kayaking and seining programs!

VOLUNTEER EVENTS

Green Team Saturdays, 10:00 am 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. The Green Team is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy nature and make the park look its best. Children are welcome to volunteer with a parent or guardian.

Coastal Clean Up Day Saturday, September 20, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pier 1 Team up with thousands of volunteers worldwide to combat pollution in our waterways and along our coastlines. Volunteers will care for our unique coastal environment by cleaning up the park’s beaches, shorelines, and salt marsh. It promises to be a remarkable stewardship experience.

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