NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:13:35 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[Syfy Movies With a View 2013]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Join us for the 14th season of our free, outdoor film series! This year's theme, "With Love From..." tours cities from around the globe with a lineup of fantastic films.

DJs hit the stage at 6:00pm and movies begin at sundown.


July 11 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
High School truant extraordinaire, Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) plots to take one last grand day off before graduation, touring the streets on Chicago in a Ferrari “borrowed” from a friend’s father while staying one step ahead of principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones). A master of capturing the trials and triumphs of teenage freedom, Director John Hughes blends satire, social commentary, and pure fun. [PG-13] Short film: Creep by Sharif Anthony. DJ: Still Life

July 18 - Enter the Dragon
Under the guise of an international martial arts competition, Bruce Lee and partners John Saxon and Jim Kelly infiltrate the hidden island fortress of a powerful drug syndicate off the coast of Hong Kong. Perhaps the seminal Kung Fu film of the 1970’s, Lee’s final film features the martial arts master at the height of his career with superbly staged fight scenes in a variety of styles. [R] Short film: Catnip: Egress to Oblivion by Jason Willis DJ: Hahn Solo

July 25 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
When young Charlie Bucket finds the final golden ticket wrapped inside a Wonka Bar, he is granted access to the secret mysteries of Mr. Wonka’s (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory. The 1971 musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book whisks five kids into a world of pure imagination complete with chocolate rivers, fizzy lifting drink, and singing Umpa Lumpas. [G] Short film: Irish Folk Furniture by Tony Donoghue DJ: Ayres

August 1 - 8 Mile
Rapper Eminem made his acting debut in this semi-autobiographical journey of a white kid trying to make it as a hip-hop artist in the bombed out heart of inner city Detroit. After freezing up during an important rap battle, the young rapper, Rabbit, thinks he is at a dead end, but his girlfriend (Britney Murphy) helps him build up the courage to take one last shot. [R] Short film: Until the Quiet Comes by Kahlil Joseph DJ: Who Am I

August 8 - Roman Holiday
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) is an unsatisfied princess who, in an attempt to find her freedom, winds up stumbling into the apartment of reporter – and bachelor – Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). The two dodge her secret service guards all throughout the city while giving the Princess a taste of the real world. [NR] Short film: How She Slept At Night by Lilli Carré DJ: $mall ¢hange

August 15 - Rocky
After the top boxing contender drops out, small time debt collector Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Set on the eve of the Philadelphian Bicentennial, Rocky took Hollywood by surprise, as the rags-to-riches classic creamed box offices and won the Academy Award for best picture, in addition to featuring one of film history’s most iconic training montages. [PG] Short film: Marcel, King of Tervuren by Tom Schroeder DJ: Emch

August 22 - Vertigo
Retired private eye, Scottie Ferguson (Jimmy Stewart) battles acrophobia in one final case, trailing the enchanting Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak). Hailed as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest works, winding through the streets of San Francisco in dazzlingly rich Technicolor, Vertigo weaves a dizzying story of love and obsession. [PG] Short film: My Favorite Picture of You by Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin DJ: Geko Jones

August 29 - PUBLIC VOTE!
As is tradition, Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy and Syfy invite the public to vote on the last film of the summer starting on August 22. Check out the contenders below (rained-out films will also be entered into the running):

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (Benicio del Toro) take on the spiraling psychedelic safari of 1970s Las Vegas on a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream. Terry Gilliam’s highly stylized trip of a film captures all the whit, humor and horror of Hunter S. Thompson’s classic work of Gonzo journalism. [R]
  • Good Will Hunting
    At one of Boston’s top universities, MIT janitor Will Hunting (Matt Damon) is discovered after solving one of the schools most vexing math equations, but the future of this brilliant mind depends on the guidance of therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams). [R]
  • Lost in Translation
    Two lonely strangers, Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) and Bob Harris (Bill Murray), forge a touching and unexpected friendship while adventuring through high-speed Tokyo in Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning film. [R]

Start time: 6:00 pm

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Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Shaping Up has never been this easy. Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun.

Please bring your own mat for this class.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

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Location: Pier 46

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<![CDATA[Barefoot Dancing: East Coast Hula (Hawaiian)]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Enchant yourself with lovely hula dancers, as they sway their hips and the graceful movement of their hands invite you to explore the enchanted, enticing delights of the islands. Under the direction of Keito St. James, the group has toured the United States, awakening its audiences to tantalizing rhythms of the native drums and exciting dances of Hawaii. Hula Halua Ka'epa has entertained corporations and private parties throughout the U.S. for the past decade.

In Hawaiian, Hula Halau Ka'epa means dance (hula), school (halau) and the edge of a new beginning (Ka’epa). Our mission is to educate the community on indigenous cultures by creating colorful and memorable venues of authentic performing arts presentations, and to encourage greater appreciation of the ethnic culture through dance, heritage, language, music, storytelling and art.

Aloha! Hula Halau Ka'epa is a power-packed Polynesian dance spectacular featuring beautiful exotic island dancers who sway their hips to the rhythmic call of Live drums. The native girls are arrayed in full colorful costume as they step with fascinating undulating control.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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<![CDATA[Summer in Seward Park - Pop-Up Yoga NYC]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Join us for a meditative end to the day. Open level Vinyasa style. BYOM (bring your own mat) and let your stress melt away.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

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Location: Seward Park

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Writers]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Begin your memoir or compose that poem- at special workshops made to bring out the writer in you. Pre-registration required (age 18+) at

Led by Miranda McLeod, MFA, NYU

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Das EFX / Special Ed / Chubb Rock / Black Sheep / Marley Marl / hosted by Bob Lee in association with WBLS]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Consisting of Skoob and Krazy Drayzy, Das EFX has been around the music game for a long time. The duo gained critical and commercial fame with the release of their landmark debut album, Dead Serious, which highlighted their unusual rapping style which they nicknamed “sewage”. Dead Serious went platinum and its lead single, “They Want EFX,” reached the top ten on Billboard Magazine’s R&B chart, the top 40 on its Hot 100 Singles chart and #1 on its Hot Rap Tracks chart. Das EFX returned in 1998 with the album Generation EFX and followed up in 2003 with the album How We Do. The duo is currently working on a new album.

Special Ed's talent to throw out line after line of flowing lyrics with a rapid-fire delivery got him his big break after impressing the respected Hip-Hop producer Howie Tee. Hailing from Brooklyn, Ed used his neighborhood landscape to inspire some of his lyrics as he described the sights and sounds of his Flatbush neighborhood. His debut album, Youngest in Charge was on the Billboard charts for 38 weeks and featured, “I’m the Magnificent” and “I Got it Made,” which achieved “classic” status in the Hip-Hop community.

Chubb Rock, often compared to a Hip-Hop Barry White, dropped out of pre-med at Brown University to pursue his musical career. Regarded as one of the East Coast’s most dexterous rappers, he first appeared on the national Rap scene with his self-titled debut, Chubb Rock. His 1991 release, The One, reached #13 on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop/R&B chart that year. Three singles from that release made it to #1 on Billboard’s Top Rap Single chart that same year including, the classic song, “Treat Em Right,” “Just the Two of Us” and “Lost in the Storm.”

Black Sheep is a Hip-Hop duo from New York, composed of Andres “Dres” Titus and William “Mista Lawnge” McLean. The group was an affiliate of the Native Tongues collective, a group of Hip-Hop artists known for their positive-minded, good natured Afro-centric lyrics, and for pioneering the use of eclectic sampling and later Jazz-influenced beats. Black Sheep debuted in 1991 with the hit song “Flavor of the Month” and later released its first album, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, which generated the classic “The Choice is Yours” and gained them praise and recognition in the Hip-Hop community for the album's unique rhythms and intelligent lyrics.

One of Hip-Hop's first super-producers, Marley Marl was an early innovator in the art of sampling, that resulted in some of the sharpest beats and hooks during rap’s Golden Age. As the founder of Cold Chillin’ Records, Marl assembled a roster filled with some of the finest Hip-Hop talent in New York during the 1980s. His production work for those and many other artists boasted a bright, booming, and robust sound that helped move street-level Hip-Hop’s into more mainstream territory. His production credits span Hip-Hop royalty including, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Capone-N-Noreaga, and Fat Joe.

“Doctor” Bob Lee is one of the most recognized entertainment personalities in New York, with his career in radio, music and television spanning over 30 years. You can hear Lee on WBLS at midnight every Sunday through Thursday as he spins today’s R&B and Classical Soul hits until 5 A.M, and on air every day with his “Daily Dose” series tackling health issues which affect the community.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

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Location: Queensbridge Park

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<![CDATA[Prospect Park Alliance Community Night]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Spend a night in Coney Island as the Brooklyn Cyclones take on the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Everyone receives a coupon to redeem for a Cyclones baseball cap, and if you are one of the first 3,000 attendees, you’ll also receive a Cyclones replica jersey.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-4999

Location: MCU Park

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<![CDATA[Summer Sounds]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Join NYC Parks for free outdoor concerts every Thursday in July and August, featuring nostalgic R&B and Motown music.

Sponsored by NYC Parks and Queens College

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 520-5954

Location: Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)

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<![CDATA[Forest Park Summer Concert Series - Lennon]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Join us for a tribute to the Beatles and John Lennon's career. Sponsored by The Forest Park Trust, Inc.

Start time: 7:30 pm

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Contact phone: (718) 235-4100

Location: George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)

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<![CDATA[Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook]]> Date: July 18, 2013

We have invited Mitch Kahn back for a second year. Enjoy a wonderful evening of music. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the park.

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 217-6452

Location: Main Park House (in Cunningham Park)

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Brooklyn!: The Tiger Lillies: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner / Cynthia Hopkins]]> Date: July 18, 2013

The Tiger Lillies, whose wicked cabaret has been likened to “Kurt Weill as scripted by Aleister Crowley,” (The Guardian) present a musical conjuring of Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s seminal romantic poem of death and enchantment on the high seas, complete with a cleverly projected stage set. The maverick theater artist and musician Cynthia Hopkins will establish the mood of briny macabre with an opening set of sea-faring songs and ghost stories.

Start time: 7:30 pm

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Contact phone: 718.683.5600

Location: The Bandshell (in Prospect Park)

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<![CDATA[Summer Movie Series: Jumanji]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Watch a movie in the great outdoors. Join us for our citywide Summer Movie Series featuring family-friendly films through August. Admission is free. Please feel free to bring your own snacks and comfy chairs or blankets, as a limited number of chairs will be available.

Jumanji is a visually elaborate fantasy about an enchanted board game that opens a magical portal to a jungle universe. Two young children, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), discover the game in an abandoned home and suddenly are greeted by Alan (Robin Williams), an adult who has spent his life trapped inside the game since playing it at age 12. Alan's only hope for freedom involves finishing the game, but this proves rather dangerous, as Judy, Peter, and Alan find themselves running for their lives from huge rhinoceroses, evil monkeys, vicious lions, and other terrifying jungle beasts. Director Joe Johnston, whose special-effects background previously came to good use in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, used groundbreaking computer imagery to simulate the thrills.

Start time: 8:00 pm

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Contact phone: (718) 965-8935

Location: P.S. 14 Softball Field

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<![CDATA[Movies with a View: Enter the Dragon]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Enter the Dragon (1973)

Bruce Lee is recruited to go undercover to investigate Han who is believed to run a drug syndicate on an island off the coast of Hong Kong.

DJ's perform at 6:00pm. Movie begins at dusk.

Start time: 8:30 pm

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Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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<![CDATA[Journey to the Stars]]> Date: July 18, 2013

Volunteers from the Amateur Astronomers Association will guide your eyes across the sky as you discover the wonders of the universe.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

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Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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