Upcoming Events at Brooklyn Bridge Park

More stargazing; crafts; a show featuring puppets, banners and music; and lots of fitness classes and activities are planned for this summer at Brooklyn Bridge Park. All of these events and classes are free. Details after the jump.

Stargazing: Members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will be setting up their telescopes along the Pier 1 promenade this Thursday evening, June 16, from 8:30 to 10:30, and at the same time on the two successive Thursdays, June 23 and 30. Your correspondent attended an AAA viewing session on Pier 1 last summer, and saw some impressive sights. The AAA will also have viewing events on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, near the foot of Montague Street, on the first Wednesday of each month (July 6, August 3, September 7, and October 5), from dusk to 10:00 p.m., for the next four months. All dates and times for AAA events are weather permitting.

Crafts: Also this Thursday, June 16, from 4;00 to 8:00 p.m. on Pier 1 (you may stick around for stargazing if you wish) DUMBO based on-line craft marketing giant Etsy and the Church of Craft are sponsoring an open air (in case of rain, the event will be held at Etsy Labs, 55 Washington Street #712, in DUMBO) craft event.

Craft experts will be available to help with any projects you choose to bring. There will also be two crafts available for everyone: making a mystery bracelet and/or a mini-weaving!

Bring along any project and snacks suitable for the outdoors, and we’ll craft in the late afternoon sun to the tune of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and passing clouds.

Puppets, etc.: This coming Sunday, June 19, from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m, Pier 1 will be the venue for a free opening performance of Banners & Cranks: a cantastoria festival

Pre-cinematic technology takes over HERE for a week of contemporary cantastoria, cooked up by puppeteers, artists and craftspeople from across the country. A millennium-old art form is rejuvenated and re-imagined, as performers animate paintings and banners alongside texts, puppets, jokes, songs and stories.

Each unique program features several original shorts on a given theme, and the festival kicks off with a FREE opening celebration, presented by Great Small Works at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, featuring cantastoria and cranky performances by 15 different theater artists and live music by The Greatest Smallest Band. Bring a picnic and the whole family. In case of rain shows will take place in the Tobacco Warehouse Tent on Water Street.

Fitness: The following classes are scheduled:

Pilates with the Fitness Guru
Tuesdays, June 7-September 13, 7:00pm
Sunset Pilates: Intermediate
Thursdays, June 16-August 11, 7:00pm
Belly Dance with Dodge YMCA
Fridays, July 1-July 29, 7:00pm
Zumba© with Dodge YMCA
Sundays, July 10-August 28, 4:00pm
Gentle Stretch with Dodge YMCA
Mondays, July 11-August 29, 10:00am
Hip Hop Dance Aerobics with Dodge YMCA
Fridays, August 5-August 26, 7:00pm

Classes take place on Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, except Sunset Pilates on Pier 6. Limited mats are available for Pilates with the Fitness Guru and Gentle Stretch classes. Sunset Pilates students should bring a mat and a Dynaband.

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  • Jeffrey j Smith

    What the park really needs is a ROCKABILLY concert
    This kind of event generates nothing but positives. Happy
    Music, Happy people having a happy raucous time.
    The Custom cars and hot rods which often are parked
    In the area alone provide a great car show for folks
    While entering the event. Great Americana

  • Erik Brogger

    As a member of the Amateur Astronomers Association, I attended an event down on Pier One last night where the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and SYFY provided us with telescopes. Since it was Bloomsday (eve) I wanted to show people a particular double star – Mu Bootis – which, according to the Norton Star Atlas, is 107 Light Years distant from us. This double star is oddly appropriate to the famous paired relationship between Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s Ulysses, the-greatest-novel-ever-written that-I-never-quite-finished. I wanted to make the romantic claim that anyone looking at this double star was looking back in time to “June 16th, 1904.” Then I’d conclude with an appreciation of Joyce’s words from chapter 17: “The heaventree of stars hung with humid night-blue fruit.” Alas, it was cloudy. The only stars I could show anyone were the Stars and Stripes flying from a flag pole atop the Brooklyn Bridge.
    Maybe next Bloomsday I’ll be looking for find another star, this time 108 Lights Years away.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com Claude Scales

    Erik: thanks! I’ve taken the liberty of reposting your comment here.