“We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the park for another outstanding season,” said Eric Landau, President, Brooklyn Bridge Park. “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 percent completion. 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 Conservancy first launched its summer program in 2000 with its Movies with a View program. The program is now an example of the impact that the Brooklyn Bridge Park has on the community from education to culture to recreation.
Since 2000, more than 1,700,000 visitors have attended programming held at Brooklyn Bridge Park.Last year, more than five million visitors came between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
This year’s four-month season of programming will kick off on May 11 with “Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival.” Visitors will be able to 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.
Movies With A View will begin its eight-week film series on Thursday, July 11, at Pier 1.
Movies will run every Thursday for the next seven weeks, ending on August 29. The theme for 2019 is “Better the Second Time Around” and will feature popular films shown over the series’ history.
Food at Brooklyn Bridge Park will include Ample Hills at Pier 5, Fornino at Pier 6, Lizzmonade, Luke’s Lobster, Pilot and an outdoor cafe from the Pincus Brothers.
There will also be the Dumbo outpost of the Brooklyn Historical Society which will dive into the history of the Brooklyn waterfront.
“The last 20 years of public programming has been an extraordinary journey for the Conservancy,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park 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.
“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,” Webster added.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fence - 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.
Met Opera - Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Pier 1 - Free opera music program featuring various singers.
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.
Books Beneath the Bridge - Mondays, 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 - 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.
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)
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.
Sunset Yoga with Dodge YMCA - Wednesdays, June 12 – August 14, 7:00 PM, Pier 3 (No class July 3)
Coastal Cleanups - 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.