06/25/15 1:06pm
pop-up pool

Everybody into the pool (for 45 minutes). Photo by Etienne Frossard, via Facebook

When it comes to public pools in Brooklyn, we’ve got plenty. The one amenity those pools lack is that they’re not located in beautiful Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can swim and look out on great views of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty and the financial sector of Manhattan (and wonder how they’ll all screw us over next). On the other hand, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Pop-Up Pool has all of those amenities, and it opens tomorrow, June 26 for free 45-minute swim sessions throughout the day. Everyone into the pool (in an orderly fashion)! (more…)

06/23/15 10:50am
books beneath the bridge

What a view for some words. Photo by Etienne Frossard, vis Brooklyn Bridge Park

Outdoor summer stuff, there’s so much of it! You’ve got your free concerts, your more free concerts, your free movies, your more free movies, your many locations to drink yourself numb under the stars. What about people who love to read though? Hey great news, you haven’t been forgotten, because Books Beneath the Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s free outdoor reading series, is back with another lineup curated by all of your favorite local book stores. (more…)

dumbo archway

Woo, party in the Archway. via Flickr user Adnan Islam

With summer in full swing the inevitable inverse proportion of fun and funds has begun! Although nothing beats summertime in New York, the season is accompanied by a lightheartedness that can result in being unable to renew your lease come the fall. Instead of falling on hard times in September, rein it in and take advantage of the tons of awesome free activities available. Hey music lovers, listen up because I’m talking to you: there’s a free concert in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge every Thursday night. (more…)

06/08/15 10:08am
If this was your studio, your art would be home by now. via Two Trees

If this was your studio, your art would be home by now. via Two Trees

You’re working your butt off on a cool creative endeavor but you just don’t have the space in your apartment to do it comfortably and you don’t have the money to do it in a studio where it would be more comfortable. It’s a story we all know, but you’ve got a chance to put a different ending on the story, because Two Trees is offering artists subsidized space that can wind up as low as $700/month. (more…)

Love and respect to the end. Via FB.

Love and respect to the end. Via FB.

Ever since his untimely death, Brooklyn has celebrated Adam Yauch with one of our best new holidays, MCA Day. One of our best, we say, because it’s mostly a good excuse to hang out and listen to the Beastie Boys with other people who loved the group and what MCA stood for. The last couple of years, the celebration has been held at Littlefield, but the organizers must be sick of being indoors after that long winter, so this year’s MCA Day is taking place in the park named for the man himself. (more…)

04/28/15 3:48pm
This can (will) be you this summer! via Facebook

This can (will) be you this summer! via Facebook

It’s warm! It’s warm and that’s great news. In part yes because it means you no longer have to wear a heavy coat anywhere, but even more exciting, it’s time to start planning trip to Brooklyn Bridge Park to sit outside and watch free movies with the harbor and Statue of Liberty and all the tall buildings in the background. That planning starts today, because the 2015 schedule for the movies has just dropped. As usual, it looks great, a mix of modern and older classics, with nary a dud in site, unless for some reason you hate Dr. Strangelove or Friday or Die Hard. (more…)

04/16/15 3:08pm
You could be a part of this. Via Facebook

Doesn’t this look like a good way to spend your summer? Via Facebook

Summer means sun, which also means boats. If you’re looking for a way to get out on the water when the temperatures reach sweat-stain level, look no further than the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, a volunteer-run organization that provides free 20-minute kayak rides around the harbor off Pier 2 during the summer months. This year, the BBPB wants to add a whole new fleet of kayaks and they need volunteers who can help run the program. No experience required, and the perks are well worth the labor. (more…)

04/03/15 8:49am
hillary clinton brooklyn

Hi, Brooklyn

Hillary Clinton in Brooklyn. It was rumored, it was obliquely referred to, her team pulled their hair out over the difficulties we all have with the Brooklyn real estate market, but now the time for rumors and feverish speculation is over because the Clinton campaign has signed a lease for a campaign headquarters spot in Brooklyn Heights, according to Politico. (more…)

04/01/15 12:03pm
celebrate brooklyn dance party

There you are, dancing like it’s warm. Photo by Julienne Schaer via Brooklyn Bridge Park

Actual weather lately be damned, spring and summer are on their way, it’s just a fact of life. That also means that Celebrate Brooklyn announcements are starting to dribble out, bit by bit. We know that Chaka Khan is opening up the concert season, and now in another herald of warm weather, we got a press release with the schedule for the always fun Brooklyn Bridge Park dance parties. You can’t hide from us forever, warmth. (more…)

01/29/15 10:11am
dumbo arts festival

Go find your art somewhere else, you damn kids. via the DUMBO Arts Festival

For years, the DUMBO Arts Festival was the place to go see cool public art take over a neighborhood for a weekend, as well as chat with Walt Whitman impersonators or get your old clothes fixed in the name of art. We have to put the emphasis on the “was” now, because after 18 years, the organizers of the festival are calling it quits, telling festival fans that the huge crowds it drew raised costs to the point where they’d have to recruit larger corporate sponsors that they didn’t want involved. Sorry, everyone practicing their best Whitman. (more…)