Last Minute Weekend Suggestions: Brooklyn Heights and Nearby

The big event this weekend is the Brooklyn Heights Association’s annual House Tour, which will be Saturday, May 9 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. There will be five historic houses on the tour, with gardens and balconies open weather permitting. General admission is $80, or $65 for BHA members. You may purchase tickets here.

Bargemusic’s weekend round of concerts begins Friday evening, May 8 with works by Beethoven, Clara Schumann, and Ravel performed by the Apollo Trio. On Saturday evening at 8:00 the Bax & Chung Piano Duo will play works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Heather Schmidt, Ravel, and Piazzolla. On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 the Sassmannshaus-DeSilva Piano Trio will play works by Beethoven, J. Strauss, and Brahms. 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 at 11:00 a.m. meet at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 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.

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  • disqus_Ked6618j7Z

    Would love to do the house tour, if it weren’t soo expensive! It’s cheaper to see the homes in Newport!

  • Jpat

    Does anyone know why the tickets have doubled in price this year from $40 pp to $80 pp?

  • Andrew Porter

    As I posted previously, this was to discourage the flood of registrants. House owners were reluctant to be part of the tour because of the large number of people who were tramping through their sometimes rickety, often expensively decorated homes. The price is also cheaper for BHA members (hint, hint). And it’s much nearer than Newport.

  • Banet

    Andrew is correct. Prices were raised because the 800+ attendees were causing long lines and too many people in the houses. Several homeowners would only show their homes if tickets were capped or otherwise limited.

    I’d say the doubled prices were a success as they sold roughly 500 tickets this year (I went into my last house right around 5pm and the little clicker people counter thingie they use at the door counted me at 490-something.)

  • ltap917

    Having seen the houses in Newport several times, I can tell you right now that the BH house tour is not worth $80.

  • Andrew Porter

    Also, this year everyone was issued booties to use in the houses. I thought this was well received, esp. because there were chairs for people to sit in while they covered their shoes. But I did find it strange that Plymouth Church and the entire block was exorcised from the BH map on the “ticket.”