It’s a strange feeling, this being paid attention to by national politicians thing, isn’t it? It’s sort of like being the overlooked middle child in a family but suddenly you’ve got all the coolest Super Nintendo games and everyone wants to make nice with you and share. Or at least until the primary is over on April 19, then no one will pay attention to New York City any more. Anyway, this week is a big one if you’re a fan of democratic presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders is continuing to Bernstorm the borough with what is sure to be a huge, star-studded rally in Prospect Park on Sunday, featuring a requisite Brooklyn smattering of hip talent: Danny DeVito, Justin Long and Grizzly Bear. And, unlike the debate coming to the Navy Yard on Thursday, you can actually attend. Here’s how:
Doors to the rally will open at 12 on Sunday; music starts at 3pm and the rest of the event will follow. It’s free and tickets are not required but RSVPs are “strongly encouraged.” It’s first-come, first-served so get there early if you want to make sure you can get in. The entrance is located at the east side of the park, near the boathouse.
A Brooklyn native, Sanders has been touting his Brooklyn roots all week — even though he hasn’t lived in the borough in decades — with visits to Greenpoint, Coney Island and Midwood, his home ‘hood. So you can expect a little Brooklyn pandering as he appears with fellow quirky old guy DeVito, Brooklyn band Grizzy Bear and a human MacBook.
You can also catch Sanders holding another star-packed rally in Washington Square Park tomorrow (April 13) featuring Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Tim Robbins and music by Vampire Weekend.
FWIW, Brokelyn is probably not going to endorse a candidate in the primaries (though some of our blog friends have done so), so we’re trying to provide equal coverage of both Hillary and Bernie. We checked to see if there were any official Hillary events in Brooklyn — the only one is an Evening With Chelsea fundraiser at an undisclosed location tonight, with tickets starting at $1,000 a head.
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