Saturday, May 24, 2008

Brooklyn Bridge Celebration -- What's On For Saturday

The 125th birthday party for the Brooklyn Bridge continues! Here's what's on for Saturday:

Brooklyn Bridge Film Series: Learn all sorts of information about the bridge from Brooklyn Bridge (1981), a documentary directed by Ken Burns. Seating is limited at this event presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The film begins at 4:30pm; tickets available starting at 1:30pm. Free. (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn)

Enjoy the views from the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge and sing along to the musical It Happened in Brooklyn (1947), starring Frank Sinatra as a Brooklynite returning home from the war. The feature will be preceded by two short historic films—Panorama from the Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1903) and Manhatta (1921). DJs will begin spinning tunes at 6pm; film starts at 8:30pm. This event is free—along with the popcorn. (Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, enter at Main Street, Brooklyn)

Lecture Series: In honor of the Bridge’s 125th birthday, the Brooklyn Historical Society will host of weekend of lectures and readings at their headquarters (128 Pierrepont Street at Clinton Street, Brooklyn, 718-222-4111) each hour from 1–4pm. Additional lectures will be held at Surrogates Court (31 Chambers Street, Room 209, Manhattan) from 1–3pm. Seating is limited at all readings. For a complete schedule, visit the Official Guide to the Brooklyn Bridge 125th Birthday Celebration. Free.

Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tour: Ron Schweiger, the official historian for Brooklyn, will give a tour of the Brooklyn Bridge at 11am. Call 718-802-3846 for more information. Free. (Meet at Manhattan-side arch of the Brooklyn Bridge)

Brooklyn Icons Mini-Golf: This mini-golf course features some of Brooklyn’s most famous sites, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Cyclones’ baseball stadium, KeySpan Park. Golf clubs and balls are provided on-site. This event will be held Saturday and Sunday, 1–5pm. For more information, go to or call 718-802-3846. Free. (Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, enter on Main Street, Brooklyn)

The Amazing Telectroscope: If you missed it yesterday, not to worry. The Telectroscope is operating till June 15. Fulton ferry Landing.

The whole weekend's schedule can be found at

Photo by MK Metz

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