You could say that I’m pretty excited for summer! Not only is it perfectly acceptable to devour ice cream on the daily, the days are longer (and warmer), and there are also tons of super cool outdoor activities to check out in NYC–many of which are free! One of my favorite places to explore with the kiddos in Brooklyn is at Brooklyn Bridge Park where I have so many fond memories at the pop-up pool, splash parks and most recently enjoying a pre-party for the Brooklyn Half. This season promises to be equally memorable where you can experience programs that cover a variety of interests including art installations, fitness, performing arts, environmental education and more.
In addition to their cool summer 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.
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. Read on to check out the full schedule. I know I’ve already saved a few of these free events in my calendar.
2017 Summer/Spring Events at the Brooklyn Bridge Park
ARTS & CULTURE
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!
Jesse Chun: Twenty-Five Hours @ 99 Plymouth
April 25-June 20 | Main Street
Twenty Five-Hours is an exhibition featuring Jesse Chun’s text-based drawings and works on paper. Working from a research-based process, she reinterprets a collection of scientific data, charts and predictions, historical facts, books and articles about the Brooklyn Waterfront and the East River tides.
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.
June | Parkwide
For the sixth consecutive year, United Photo Industries, in partnership with Photo District News, brings its enthralling photography exhibition, THE FENCE, to BBP. Its many sections throughout the Park will display the work of photographers from around the world depicting a variety of subjects.
Summer Reading Storytime
Wednesdays, 11 am| June 7 – August 2 | Pier 3 Greenway Terrace
Enjoy storytime with librarians from the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library who read fun stories from their summer reading list and more.
Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself Marathon
June 10, 5 pm| Granite Prospect
Annual marathon reading of Walt Whitman’s critically acclaimed poem, Song of Myself.
BAMcinemaFest Outdoor Screening
June 22, 8 pm | Pier 1
Join BAMcinemaFest for an outdoor festival featuring live music, curated food, and a special film screening.
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.
Gibney Dance at Brooklyn Bridge
July 15, 22, 29 | 7 pm | Pier 1
Gibney Dance brings their lower Manhattan performing arts center to the Park. Join them for sunset performances on the river, class on the grass, and other dance happenings set against the Manhattan skyline.
Hindu Lamp Ceremony
August 5, 4 pm| Main Street
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.
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.
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
Broadway Dance with Dodge YMCA
Mondays, 10 am | May 8 – August 14 | Pier 2
* No class May 29th
Bond Fitness with Dodge YMCA
Saturdays, 10 am | June 3 – June 24 | Pier 6
Sunrise: Abhaya Yoga
Mondays, 7:30 am | June 5 – July 24 | Pier 6
Zumba with Dodge YMCA
Sundays, 4:30 pm| June 4 – August 13 | Pier 2
Ballet Barre with Dodge YMCA
Mondays, 7 pm | June 5 – August 7 | 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
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.
The Great Fish Count
June 3, 2 pm | Main Street
Pull on a pair of waders, cast a net, and find marine life. Join top ecologists and biologists to catch, count, identify, and release the animals in NYC’s swarming waters. Presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Stargazing with the World Science Festival
June 3, 7pm | Pier 1
Get out your telescope (or share with astronomers) for a night of urban stargazing and music to celebrate the dance of the planets.
June 18, June 25, July 15, July 22, August 5, August 20 | Various Times | Main Street
Learn about the remarkable creatures of the East River as our scientists use a seining net to humanely catch and release these unique critters.
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.
City of Water Day
July 15 | Main Street & Pier 2
Celebrate the waterfront by getting on the water on a kayak, and exploring what’s below the water’s surface during our seining program.
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.
For more information, please visit brooklynbridgepark.org