Rooftop Films

Summer is officially here, and with that comes Brooklyn’s bounty of outdoor movie options. Here’s a roundup of organizations that have published their schedules.

Rooftop Films has been showing movies atop Brooklyn buildings and in parks since 1996. This year it will screen films on top of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts in Clinton Hill, in Industry City in Sunset Park, in MetroTech Commons and more. Click here for a full schedule of films.

SyFy Movies With a View screens films every Thursday night in July and August in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here for a full schedule.

SummerScreen shows free movies in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park every Wednesday in July and August. The events start at 6 pm. There are also food vendors and live music. Movies begin at sunset. Find a full schedule here.

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As part of the Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks exhibit, the Museum of the City of New York is hosting several panel discussions that will run through the summer. The first panel talk, Preserving the Fabric of Our Neighborhoods, takes place this evening and examines the relationship between historic preservation and affordable housing. The panelists include Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Ingrid Gould Ellen, the director of the urban planning program at NYU Wagner.

Is Preservation Elitist? will examine the question of not just how to preserve buildings but how to preserve a “culturally distinctive” place. Tia Powell Harris, the arts director for the Weeksville Heritage Center; Nikolai Fedak, founder of New York YIMBY; Claudette Brady of the Bedford Stuyvesant Society for Historic Preservation, and others will examine the question of how to preserve more than just buildings in the city’s rapidly changing neighborhoods. (more…)


The nation will be awash in parades commemorating fallen soldiers this Memorial Day weekend — but only one has run continuously since Civil War casualties were recent memories.

That would be the Kings County Memorial Day Parade, which kicks off for the 148th year in Bay Ridge on Monday. Run by the United Military Veterans of Kings County, it brings together veterans from every war going back to WWII, along with high-school marching bands, Irish pipers, antique cars, fleet week sailors and contingents from the FDNY and NYPD. Everything you want from a Memorial Day parade, in other words.

Leading the throng will be Grand Marshal Howard Dunn, a WWII vet and lifelong Bay Ridge resident. (more…)

Green wood memorial day

Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a history-filled Memorial Day celebration this year. Musicians and reenactors will march in a parade through Green-Wood Cemetery to its Civil War Soldier’s Lot for a ceremony that will include an artillery salute and names read by descendents of Civil War veterans.

Then the ISO Symphonic Band will play. The band was founded in 1995 to sponsor talented New York City students. Local food and drink vendors will be on site all day. (more…)


Fifty years ago last month the city passed the Landmarks Law — and if it hadn’t we’d be living in a very different place today.

That’s the premise behind “Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks,” an exhibition currently running at the Museum of the City of New York. The exhibit, which opened last month, looks at the growth of the preservation movement, the roots of the pioneering law, its evolution and its impact on the city.

There’s plenty there relating to Brooklyn, including a section on the role of Brooklyn Heights in creating the law. (more…)


Congratulations to New York Road Runners and all the participants for making last weekend’s Airbnb Brooklyn Half the largest in the event’s history!

Humid weather and a 15-minute downpour didn’t stop 26,482 runners from crossing the finish line, after running 13.1 miles all the way from Prospect Park to Coney Island.

The first Brooklyn Half was held in 1981, and had about 1,800 finishers. Click through for more photos.

Photos via New York Road Runners (more…)


Visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park will find a new feature starting Sunday: a set of whimsical art installations designed for public interaction.

“Please Touch the Art,” by the celebrated Danish artist Jeppe Hein, includes 18 sculptures that represent three separate bodies of work. On the Bridge View Lawn near Pier 1 will be the water sculpture “Appearing Rooms,” which shoots up seven-foot walls of water that abruptly appear and disappear, forming a series of virtual rooms that visitors can move among. (Check out a photo below.)

At the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace is the “Mirror Labyrinth,” featuring mirror panels of polished stainless steel that “multiply the surrounding landscape through myriad reflections.” (A rendering appears above.) (more…)


If you’ve noted an above-average number of stylish types buzzing around Sunset Park’s industrial precincts this week it’s due to WantedDesign Brooklyn, a 12-day festival that runs at Industry City through next Tuesday.

There will be installations, pop-up stores, workshops, demonstrations, forums and other design-centric programming. There’s a daily exhibition whose offerings include an interactive mural designed by Dusen Dusen using magnetic wallpaper, above. Visitors can place magnetic geometric shapes anywhere on the wallpaper’s surface, creating a constantly shifting pattern. (more…)


The Cobble HIll Association’s Spring 2015 General Meeting will include an update on the controversial development of the Long Island College Hospital site. The group will also review the community planning guidelines for the development, according to a notice on its website about the meeting.

“The CHA knows local residents will remain passionate and outspoken on how best to make something positive out of the terrible situation,” CHA President Paco Abraham told the Brooklyn Eagle in a story about the meeting. Locals pols are expected to attend, he added. (more…)

5th Avenue street fair

There will be live music, a vintage car show, crafts, rides and more at Park Slope’s Annual 5th Avenue street fair this Sunday. An art walk between 1st and 2nd streets will feature local artists, and was curated by artist Jonathan Blum.

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair will take over the length of the avenue between Sterling Place and 12th Street. Restaurants and bars on the stretch will offer outdoor sidewalk seating, and boutiques will set up outdoor racks. (more…)


Seattle-based arts production company Forward Flux Productions is presenting a night of performance and art about gentrification. Called YOUR [____] NEIGHBORHOOD, the event will mark the completion of a 21-day artists residency called collaborate:create, which brings artists together across many disciples to create new works on socially relevant themes.

There will be a range of works ranging from dance performances to multimedia installations that all explore the theme of gentrification. A related show by the same name took place last week in Seattle.

The exhibition will be held at contemporary performing arts nonprofit Center for Performance Research at 361 Manhattan Ave in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 17, from 6 pm to 9 pm. RSVP here. Tickets are $15 and must be paid for at the door, but organizers also recommend an RSVP.

Image by Forward Flux via Center for Performance Research