Arts, Fitness, Literature and More Set for Summer 2017 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Arts, Fitness, Literature and More Set for Summer 2017 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Arts, Fitness, Literature and More Set for Summer 2017 at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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.

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 over 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.

The 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, 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. 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 1,600,000 visitors have enjoyed the Conservancy's free, public programs in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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. 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. For more information, please visit


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 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.

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