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Brooklyn Bridge Park to host expanded lineup of free events and activities in summer of 2013


More than 125,000 visitors attended public programs in 2012

Contact: Rachel Fletcher, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, 718-802-0603

For Immediate Release

BROOKLYN, April 30, 2013 – The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park are proud to announce the full lineup of free events for summer of 2013. The park will welcome back visitors to a diverse array of cultural, educational, and recreational events, as well as expanded opportunities to volunteer and support this world-class waterfront park.

The summer season will officially kick off with Celebrate Brooklyn! Bridge Dance Parties, presented in partnership with BRIC ARTS | MEDIA | BKLYN, on May 9 and will welcome back Syfy Movies With A View, Metropolitan Opera, Jazzmobile, the World Science Festival, City of Water Day, Etsy Craft Party, BKLYN PHIL, and many more community partners.

“We are excited to invite park lovers from near and far to work out, enrich their minds, interact with our incredible ecosystems, and enjoy the water yet again with an incredible summer of outdoor programming,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “Our goal is to get as many New Yorkers to Brooklyn Bridge Park as possible, and we strive to enhance and improve our free summer schedule every year.”

“This summer’s line-up promises something for everyone and what better place to enjoy it than this magnificent waterfront park,” said Regina Myer, President of Brooklyn Bridge Park. “Thanks to the Conservancy and our many partners, Brooklyn Bridge Park will continue to be an exciting destination with one-of-a-kind programs that everyone will enjoy.”


Along with returning favorites, Brooklyn Bridge Park will host new events that will engage visitors across a wide spectrum of interests. Expanded arts programming will include dance performances from Brooklyn-based Renegade Performance Group, Brooklyn Art Council’s Water Lore at the Water’s Edge, and a special reading of Hart Crane’s The Bridge by renowned poets in honor of the Brooklyn Bridge’s 130th anniversary.

Also included on the roster are more events for youth and teens including Children’s Story Time and Drawing, Teen Running Groups, and Teen Volleyball Clinics. The park will also offer increased volunteer opportunities and family field days to welcome families to the brand new sports fields at Pier 5.

An expanded series of History Tours will feature new guest lecturers and fascinating topics including “Dancing For Eels,” “A Key to the Continent,” and “Saloons and Shopkeepers” that explore the incredible history of Brooklyn and the waterfront. And, after a popular first year, the previously three-part Green Series will run for nine weeks and cover topics such as sustainability, solar power, and oyster gardening.

“This summer promises to be one of our best yet,” said Alison Hughes, Director of Programs at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. “With new sections of the park opening all of the time, we are able to provide more ways for our community to enjoy the park including kayaking lessons, chess instruction, public arts exhibits, and more – and all for free!”

For more information and a full listing of events, visit



Syfy Movies With A View
Music at 6:00 pm, movies at sunset, Pier 1
Join us for the 14th 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 11 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off [PG-13]
July 18 – Enter the Dragon [R]
July 25 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [G]
Aug 1 – 8 Mile [R]
Aug 8 – Roman Holiday [NR]
Aug 15 – Rocky [PG]
Aug 22 – Vertigo [PG]

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties presented by BRIC ARTS | MEDIA | BKLYN
7:00 pm, Pier 1
Sweeping views, great lawn, dance lessons, beer gardens, bike valet... and it's free! Three spring evenings feature some of the coolest dance bands on the planet, the funkiest DJs under the stars, and the greatest view in the world on Pier 1!

May 9 - New Orleans Dance Party
May 16 - Afro-Cuban Dance Party
May 23 - Old School Funk and Hip-Hop Dance Party

Bargemusic Family Concerts
Saturdays May 4 - August 31, 3:00 pm, Pier 1
Visit for a full listing of their free family-friendly Saturday concerts!

BK Bridge Anniversary Poetry Reading
May 19, 3:00 pm, Granite Prospect
Join Brooklyn-based and nationally renowned poets for a marathon reading of Hart Crane’s epic poem The Bridge and celebrate the construction of the most magnificent bridge of modern time.

Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself
June 2, 3:00 pm, Granite Prospect
Join us for a marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. If you would like to read, email

The Bard
Free performances of Much Ado About Nothing by Random Access Theater and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Theater 2020.

Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 7 - 9, 7:00 pm, Granite Prospect
Much Ado About Nothing
June 28 - 30, 7:00 pm, Granite Prospect

Water Lore at the Water’s Edge
June 15, 4:00 pm, Main Street
Come to the water’s edge to experience traditional stories, dances, drumming and rituals that teach diverse meanings of water; featuring Brooklyn artists from Hawaii, Brazil, Belize, Guyana and Haiti. Presented by Brooklyn Arts Council. Rain date: Sunday, June 16, 4-8pm.

Children’s Story Time & Drawing  
June 16, 10:30 am, Empire Fulton Ferry
Bring your little ones for a summer celebration in Brooklyn with drawing and story time! Join author Emily Jenkins & illustrator Stephanie Graegin, for a reading of their newly published book, Water in the Park.

Etsy Craft Party
June 20, 5:00 pm, Tobacco Warehouse
You’re invited to the most handmade party of the summer! Celebrate creativity and community with Etsy’s evening of hands-on festivities.

Children’s Theater
Join Wildlife Theater and City Parks Foundation’s PuppetMobile for entertaining puppet shows for the whole family.

Wildlife Theater: Butterfly Boogie
May 12, 10:30 am, Pier 6
June 28, 10:30 am, Pier 6
August 3, 10:30 am, Pier 6
Wildlife Theater: Perfectly Penguin
July 20, 10:30 am, Pier 6

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 8 - Freebird
July 15 - Greenlight Bookstore
July 22 - Powerhouse Arena
July 29 - Community Bookstore Park Slope
August 5 - Word Bookstore
August 12 - Bookcourt

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
July 19, 7:00 pm, Pier 1
An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring rising Metropolitan Opera stars Erin Morley (soprano), Isabel Leonard (mezzo-soprano), and Stephen Costello (tenor), accompanied by pianist Bradley Moore. More info:

Renegade Performance Group
July 21, 7:30 pm, Squibb Park, Pier 1
Brooklyn-based dance group commemorates the 150th anniversary of Civil War events, in a performance entitled Arteries of a Nation.

August 19, 7:00 pm, Pier 1
Join us for a performance by renowned Jazz drummer, Winard Harper, and the Winard Harper Sextet.

Brooklyn Philharmonic
Sept 22, 6:00 pm, Granite Prospect
Enjoy a performance by the BK Philharmonic in conjunction with the Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events.

September 19 - 29, 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.

Dumbo Arts Festival
September 27 - 29
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.


Green Series
Tuesdays, June 18 - August 13, 7:00 pm, Pier 6
Explore the park and learn the history, sustainability and horticulture of the site. These events require an RSVP at  

Bringing the Park to Life
June 18
Join BBP’s President, Regina Myer, to learn how Brooklyn Bridge Park came about and how the park fits into the Mayor’s plan to sustainably transform the City’s waterfront into a world-class destination.

What a Flower Wants
June 25
The beauty of flowers is critical in attracting pollinators. Learn to “read” your flowers and decipher the colors that attract birds, the scents that attract moths, the shapes that attract flies, and even the magnetic fields that attract bees! Guide: Rebecca McMackin, BBP Horticulturalist.

DIY Solar Generators  
July 2
Get hands-on in this workshop building backup solar generators. Learn about the possibilities for personal solar power supplies and the work done by Solar One taking storm recovery off the grid in the Solar Sandy Project. Presented by Solar One.

Building a Sustainable Park
July 9
From our repurposed building materials to our intricate storm water management system, gain in-depth knowledge about BBP’s sustainable features from the Park’s Senior Project Manager, Leigh Trucks.

Urban Gardening Design Challenge
July 16
Gardening can be a challenge in urban environments. Learn how to overcome basic obstacles like limited space, water, and shade through a hands-on design and construction workshop. Participants will create site-specific gardens with recycled and salvaged materials provided by Build it Green and instructed by Solar One.

Gardening with Native Plants
July 23
Grow Local! Join a BBP gardener in exploring the varieties of popular and lesser known indigenous plants that thrive in a personal garden, which in turn bolster the eco-system of local birds and insects that support the health of your garden. Guide: Marina McCoy, BBP Gardener.

Designing Brooklyn Bridge Park
July 30
Hear directly from one of the innovative minds behind BBP’s award-winning design during a tour with one of our park experts: Matt Urbanski, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

The Billion Oyster Project
August 6
Discover the huge power of these tiny ecosystem engineers to clean and rebuild the East River Estuary. Join students and faculty of the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School to take a close look at the park’s oyster gardens, and discuss their goal to put a billion oysters back in New York Harbor.

Indoor Urban Gardening
August 13
Learn about the different types of hydroponic and aquaponic systems you can setup to grow food in your home year round. This workshop will include a hands-on build of a home hydroponic system. Presented by BitPonics.

History Tours
Wednesdays, June 12 - August 28, 6:30 pm, Pier 1
Learn about the unique history and surrounding area of the park. Tours are free of charge and require a RSVP at

What Was Where
June 12
This walking tour considers the pre-history of Brooklyn Bridge Park, from colonial times to the present day, paying particular attention to the era when dockside warehouses lined the shore and New York was the world’s largest seaport. Guide: Matt Postal, Architectural Historian.

Harbor Connections
June 19
Discover the multitude of ways the park has played a role in the history of transportation to and from the city. Guide: Kathleen Husler, Historian.

The Brooklyn Bridge
June 26
Celebrating the 130th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge, the great engineering marvel that first connected the cities on either side of the East River. Tour departs from Brooklyn Bridge Park and ends at the tower on the Manhattan side of the Bridge. Guide: David Frieder, The Roebling Museum.

Dancing for Eels
July 10
A walking (and boating) history of New York’s 19th century Port Culture. From the busking of black slaves to intercultural mixups, to Fred Astaire’s uptown tap dancing, New York’s intermingled street life has had a formative influence on American high and low culture. Starting at Pier 1 this tour will take the East River Ferry ending in Manhattan. Guides: John Kuo Wei Tchen & Cynthia Copeland, Historians.

Great Brooklyn Bridge for Families
July 17
Learn about the history, design, and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge through a series of fun activities including a scavenger hunt. Guide: Isa Del Bello, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

A Key to the Continent
July 24
Explore the role of the Brooklyn waterfront in making New York City and its environs a strategic hub in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Guide: Barnet Schecter, author The Battle for New York.

Across the River
July 31
Enjoy the panoramic views offered by Brooklyn Bridge Park and learn about architectural highlights in Downtown Manhattan, both on the skyline and along the waterfront. Guide: Kyle Johnson, AIA, Architect.

Natives and New Comers
August 7
What happens when cultures collide? Learn about the early relations between Dutch colonists and local Lenape clans. With the aid of authentic replicas from the museum’s touch collection, this talk will explore how this often fractious relationship shaped the city we live in today. Guide: Allyson Schettino, New York Historical Society.

Saloons and Shopkeepers  
August 14
Wander through the stories of tobacco merchants, saloon keepers and the small business owners that made up the bustling everyday economy of 19th-Century Brooklyn. Guide: Jocelyn A. Wills, Historian, Brooklyn College.

Into the Mist
August 21
The Urban Park Rangers lead this tour tracing the steps of George Washington and the Continental Army as they were defeated by the British in the Battle of Brooklyn. Guide: Ranger Anne Reid.

Infrastructure Intersection  
August 28
Along this reclaimed industrial waterfront, discover the unique intersection of infrastructure, architecture, and the history of iconic bridges, subaqueous tunnels, rail freight, rapid transit, and an innovative cantilevered expressway. Guide: John Kriskiewicz, Historian.

Blooms and Bugs Tour  
May 19, 11:00 am, Pier 1
Learn about Pier 1’s native plant gardens, including the freshwater pools, woodland, prairie and salt marsh habitat. Led by Matthew Willis.

From the Earth to the Sky: World Science Festival
June 1, 8:00 pm, Pier 1
Join professional and amateur astronomers for a free evening of urban stargazing. Produced by the World Science Festival, 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.

Journey to the Stars
Thursdays, June 20 - September 5, 8:30 pm, Pier 1
Volunteers from the Amateur Astronomers Association will guide your eyes across the sky as you discover the wonders of the universe.

Seining the River Wild
Multiple dates and times, Main Street, Check for full schedule.
Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as our scientists use a 20-foot seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters. See for full details.

Checkmate 101
Wednesdays, June 19 - August 14, 6:30 pm, Pier 1
Chess instructor Zebedee Collins is back to teach skills and strategies to help you take your game to the next level! Best for beginners; limited boards available.

Clearwater Deck Tours
July 4, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Pier 6
Step aboard the sloop Clearwater, a majestic 106-foot historical replica of the shipping sloops that sailed the Hudson River in the 18th and 19th centuries. While onboard, tour the vessel and speak with her captains and crew, learn about current environmental issues and experience the river from a whole new perspective - from the decks of a traditional tall ship!

City of Water Day
July 20
Celebrate the waterfront with a day of education and adventure, including kayaking on Pier 2, water-themed art projects and seining. More info:

Birds, Bugs, Bees Tour
August 3, 9:30 am, Pier 1
Join Julie Feinstein, collections manager at the American Museum of Natural History, for a guided tour of the wildlife found on Pier 1.

Kite Festival  
Sept 14, 10:00 am, Pier 1
Come fly kites and watch them soar above the Manhattan skyline! Kites will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.


Green Team
Tuesdays 6:00 pm & Saturdays 10:00 am, Main Street
Join this dedicated corps of volunteers who keep Brooklyn Bridge Park beautiful! The Green Team meets twice a week to provide essential horticultural care to the park.

Family Volunteer Day
May 11, 10:00 am, Empire Fulton Ferry
Bring the whole family for a day of hands-on volunteer activities in the park! Families will work on child-friendly horticultural tasks to ensure the park remains beautiful, clean, and green. Volunteering as a family is a fun way to spend time in nature while giving back to the park. All ages welcome. Tools and gloves will be provided.

Summer Lawn Greening
July 20, 10:00 am, Pier 1
Pier 1’s lawns are a beautiful spot to picnic, lounge, or enjoy amazing views. Help us keep these organically maintained lawns lush and healthy by removing invasive turfgrass weeds. This is a family friendly event, children are welcome to participate with an adult.

International Coastal Cleanup
September 21, 2:00 pm, Main Street
Team up with thousands of other volunteers worldwide to combat pollution in our waterways and along our coastlines; it promises to be a remarkable stewardship experience.


All fitness classes are one hour. Registration opens 30 minutes prior to class.

Bike NY
Bike New York offers free instruction for teens and adults including learn-to-ride classes and skill-building workshops that increase confidence and overall safety. Bike New York provides bikes and helmets at all classes. Pre-registration required at All classes take place on the Pier 5 Uplands.
Learn to Ride Adults
Saturday, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
May 12, June 8, June 16, July 20, July 28, August 4, September 8, September 21
Street Skills Ride
May 19, August 3, August 17, September 14, 10:00 am
Learn to Ride Kids
Sundays, June 2 - July 28, and August 25 - September 29, 10:00 am
Bicycle Basics
June 22, July 13 & 14, August 11, September 22, 10:00 am

Teen Running Group
Tuesdays, June 4 - 25, 4:00 pm, Pier 6
A mix of short distance runs and track-based exercises for teens along the beautiful heights waterfront, focusing on form, stamina and a love of running, led by Brooklyn Strength. For kids 13 years and up.

Outdoor Strength
Mondays, June 10 - August 26, 7:00 pm, Pier 6
Strength training and aerobic intervals all in and around Brooklyn Bridge Park with Brooklyn Strength.

Thursdays, June 13 - August 29, 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Pier 2 Dock
Saturdays, June 15 - August 31, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Pier 2 Dock
Get out on the water for kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 2 dock! Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present.

Bike NY Pedal Stops
June 15 -16, July 20 - 21, August 17 - 18, September 21 - 22, Pier 6
Stop by the rider assistance and information stations that provide cyclists with bike checks, safety instructions, ride suggestions, bike maps, and Kind Bar snacks. Check for dates.

Sunset Pilates
Wednesdays, June 19 - September 25, 7:00 pm, Pier 6
Join Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill’s Body in Balance Studio, for an Intermediate Pilates Mat Class.

Family Field Days  
June 22, July 21, August 24, 10:00 am, Pier 5
Come down to Pier 5 for a day of active fun with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Metro Soccer.

Pilates Fitness Guru
Tuesdays, June 25 - September 17, 7:00 pm, Empire Fulton Ferry
The Fitness Guru returns with Pilates Mat classes overlooking the New York Harbor. Limited mats available.

Volleyball Clinics
Join us at the Pier 6 sand volleyball courts to receive expert coaching and tips from Metro Beach Sports. Enjoy the sun while sprucing up your game with advanced techniques including serving, setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills.

Adult Clinics
Select Fridays beginning June 28, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Recommended for ages 18+. Check for full schedule.
Youth Clinics
Select Fridays beginning June 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Recommended ages 7-12. Check for full schedule.
Teen Clinics
Pier 6, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Select Saturdays beginning June 29, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Recommended ages 13-17. Check for full schedule.

Early Morning Yoga
Mondays, July 1 - August 19, 7:30 am, Pier 6
Join Dodge YMCA for a yoga class that integrates postures, breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation to stretch, strengthen and condition. Limited mats available.

Sundays, July 7 - August 18, 4:00 pm, Pier 1
Zumba fuses Latin and world music with aerobic interval training to sculpt the body and invigorate the soul! Class taught by Dodge YMCA.

Belly Dance Aerobics
Fridays, July 12 - 26, 7:00 pm, Pier 6
Dance to Middle Eastern rhythms while learning traditional movements and combinations that tone your core, with the Dodge YMCA.

Hip Hop Dance Aerobics
Fridays, August 2 - 23, 7:00 pm, Pier 1
This Dodge YMCA class gets your heart pumping with Hip Hop music and hot step-by-step dance moves.


About the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has worked for over 25 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 as the park’s lead steward, we work in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation to ensure that the park reaches its full potential as a dynamic and vibrant public space for 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 800,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy’s free, public programs in the beginnings of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

About Brooklyn Bridge Park
Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, known as Brooklyn Bridge Park, is the not-for-profit entity responsible for the planning, construction, maintenance and operation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre sustainable waterfront park stretching 1.3 miles along Brooklyn’s East River shoreline. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities and the popular Jane’s Carousel.

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