Thursday, August 27, 2009

Michael Jackson Block Party vs Battle of Brooklyn?

Spike Lee's Michael Jackson Block Party, which was moved to Prospect Park this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. because of the "massive" crowds expected, will be drawing those huge crowds just as the solemn ceremonies of Battle Week 2009 kicks off in Prospect Park Saturday at 11 a.m.

Mmmn, we hope that someone in the Parks Dept. remembered that something was already going on in Prospect Park when they booked the Michael Jackson extravaganza.

The map above shows the Battle of Brooklyn events starting at 11 a.m. at the Maryland Monument (small red circle). The larger red circle, according to a Parks Dept. map supplied by Spike Lee, is space allotted to the Michael Jackson party in the Neathermead Meadow.

The Battle of Brooklyn remembrance is happening not even a stone's throw from the Michael Jackson shindig. Hey, we like Michael Jackson too -- but we want to know: will DJ Spinna's soundchecks be conducted during the Rededication of the Maryland Monument? Will the Jumbotron be blasting during the Reading of the Maryland 400?

How's this going to work?

UPDATE: The Parks Dept. sent an email assuring us that: "The Parks Dept. has NOT forgotten about the planned Battle of Brooklyn memorial event at the Maryland Monument in Prospect Park. People will still be able to attend that event, scheduled for 11 a.m. on August 29."

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Besides the Commemoration Ceremony Aug 29 in the park, events include a Battle Week Harbor Cruise with Barnet Schecter and the Battle Reenactment at Green-Wood Cemetery/March to Battle Hill Aug 30. Contact OSH for more information about Battle Week 718-768-3195 / See here for a quick history lesson.

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Anonymous said...

That is also the date of the weekly green market at Grand Army Plaza, and it is a biggie. This doesn't look like great timing.

BestViewInBrooklyn said...

When parties, history, and organic breads collide.

Anonymous said...

Just beat it. Beat it.