A summer day set in motion with an outdoor fitness class, continued with a kayaking excursion and wrapped up with a theater show al fresco may sound like the dreamy ideal of an upstate vacationer. But this summer, New Yorkers will be able to do all three without ever losing sight of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bridge Park will offer a wide array of public activities from May through August, many of them free. The season begins May 11 with “Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival.”
[Check out our Culture Calendar here.]
Arts programs include a free concert presented by the Metropolitan Opera; an outdoor film series that includes screenings of “Crooklyn,” “The Big Lebowski” and “Selma”; an outdoor production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the New York Classical Theater; sunset performances by Gibney Dance; an acoustic music series; and “Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself: StoneWalt Edition,” a reading of Whitman’s poetry that will honor his 200th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.
Other public offerings at the park include exercise classes, a kayaking program, a stargazing fair and fishing clinics for children and adults.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, which organizes and supports programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park, has been offering summer programming there since 2000, when it first started its outdoor film series. The park itself, which Mayor Bill de Blasio has called “the front lawn of Brooklyn,” added 4.5 acres of recreational areas last year in the form of Pier 3, which includes a large meadow.
A full program of events will be online at brooklynbridgepark.org.