As the saying goes, “If we build it, they will come”; it was built and they did come to to Brooklyn Bridge Park and the waterfront area. So much as been “built”, that it was jumping Saturday night. As part of the World Science Festival, BBP hosted the “Dance of the Planets: An Evening Under the Stars” in which they brought in telescopes and an astrophysicists to guide you through a visual stimulation of Saturn and planets alike.
It was a gorgeous night to just hang out among the energy of the solar system and the tremendous crowd that congregated for all of the activity of the telescopes and the DJ the World Science Festival brought to accompany the dancing of the stars.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is a recipient of one of the 88 artist designed Sing for Hope pianos placed around the city June 1 – 16th. There was no shortage of talent lining up to play a tune or two. Nor was that talent short of an audience to hear what they had to play for us.
It was a gorgeous night to experience all of the things that Brooklyn Bridge Park has built to bring us there including the wine bar and beer garden, the BargeMusic Floating Concert Hall and the new Squib Park Bridge which is more like a swaying walkway that is a shortcut over the BQE that connects the Park to the Promenade.
Although we live close by, it is rare that we would find ourselves in this park 2 days in a row – until now. Brooklyn Flea’s Food Market Smorgasburg has a new home on Sunday’s in the old gorgeous Tobacco Warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge which is exactly where we had lunch Sunday afternoon. (This post is from 2013 and since then Smorgasburg has moved to Pier 5) With vendors from all NYC, there were some vendors we had eaten from before – my husband went straight for the Porchetta Sandwich from Porchetta (see my “porchetta with a hard k” post) and some new ones we were introduced to – I loved the Polish Kimchee Falafel I had from Saucy by Nature. A meal wouldn’t be complete with dessert which included an ice cream sandwich from The Good Batch and a chocolate covered frozen banana from The Big Banana.
While the dancing planets event was a one time occurrence, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York will be holding solar viewings throughout NYC throughout the summer coming back to BK Bridge Park June 20th.
And should neither Barge Music nor flea market eating be your thing, BBP is showing their Syfy Movies With a View with opening DJ’s beginning July 11th, you can always catch a ride on Jane’s Carousel as well as take advantage of Saturday Kayaking and Sunset Pilates among many other activities along their piers. And should you get hungry, Luke’s Lobster and No. 7 Sub established permanent residence around the corner from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and other waterfront staples. For some, going to Brooklyn is out of the question but sometimes “a dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine”.