Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

This Saturday, May 2, the NYFD is celebrating its 150th anniversary with open houses at firehouses throughout the city. Both of Brooklyn Heights’ firehouses are participating. Engine Company 205 and Hook and Ladder Company 118 (photo) at 74 Middagh Street (between Henry and Hicks)–former Mayor Bloomberg unsuccessfully tried to close E 205 in 2011–will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Engine Company 224, at 274 Hicks Street (between Joralemon and State) will be open from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. You may tour the firehouses, meet firefighters, and see demonstrations. It’s a sure treat for both adults and kids.

On Friday, May 1 at 8:00. Bargemusic presents pianist Michael Mizrahi playing works by Bartók, Asha Srinivasan, Beethoven, Patrick Burke, Mark Dancigers, Missy Mazzoli, Troy Herion, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Chopin, and Judd Greenstein. On Saturday evening at 8:00 pianists Rita Sloan and Jonathan Feldman will play works by Mozart, Eric Ewazen, Schumann, John Corigliano, and Dvorak. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 violinist/violist Helena Baillie and pianist Cynthia Tobey will perform works by Alfred Schnittke, J.S. Bach, and Francesco Geminiani. There’s more information and buy tickets here. Saturday afternoon at 4:00 there will be a free, family oriented “Music in Motion” concert, co-sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy. Doors open at 3:45; first come, first seated.

On Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. the Brooklyn Historical Society will present a free (with museum admission) screening of “42”, a

powerful biopic [that] tells the story of Jackie Robinson’s groundbreaking career with the Brooklyn Dodgers, during which he crashed through racial barriers to become the first African American to play in Major League Baseball.

Don’t forget the free Jane’s Walk on Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park, on Friday evening from 6:00 to 7:00. On Sunday at 11:00 a.m. meet at the Pier 1 entrance near the foot of Old Fulton Street for a free guided park tour. Also on Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Smorgasburg will be on the Pier 5 uplands, near the foot of Joralemon Street. No Smorgasburg this week because of the bike tour.

Of course, don’t forget the Homer Fink Memorial Derby Party at the Bell House on Saturday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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  • StoptheChop

    And at the same time we have the 10000’s of pedestrians streaming down Joralemon
    Street to Smorgasburg on Sunday, 1000’s of cyclists will be
    streaming down Furman Street for the 5 Boro Bike Tour. Should be

  • Boerum Bill

    Get thee to Smorgasburg and melt your cold, black heart with an amazing Ramen Burger!

  • meschwar

    Not really. Smorgasburg is not open this weekend because of the bike tour.

  • StoptheChop

    Thanks! Claude– please edit your post accordingly!

  • Solovely

    Just a shout-out for the NYFD on Middagh St! So fun to take little ones there! These guys are the best!

  • ClaudeScales