Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Events in Brooklyn

Thousands of sailors from Navy and Coast Guard ships are in town for Fleet Week 2010 and the Memorial Day weekend, and hundreds of them are headed for Brooklyn. 

The sailors visiting Brooklyn Borough Hall (shown above) are from the USS Iwo Jima. 

Want to catch some Brooklyn Memorial Day events yourself? Here's a roundup of some of Monday's highlights:

- The country's oldest Memorial Day Parade takes place in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on 87th Street and Third Avenue and runs to John Paul Jones Park.  More here.

- Green-Wood’s 12th Annual Memorial Day Concert: A concert by the ISO Symphonic Band, featuring select compositions by Green-Wood Cemetery’s permanent residents Fred Ebb, Leonard Bernstein, Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Paul Jabara. Bring a folding chair, a blanket and a picnic lunch to the Gothic Arch of Green-Wood Cemetery. Cookout food, snacks, drinks and stuff on sale. Free. Monday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. -- more here.

- BAM's DanceAfrica festival features dance, music, film, art, and events from Africa--plus a popular outdoor bazaar of African crafts, food, and fashion. More here.

- Coney Island's Luna Park – a new 3.1-acre amusement park on the site of the old Astroland, with 19 rides-- opens this weekend. (You have to like crowds for this one.)  More here.

- While you're there, drop by the Coney Island History Project exhibition center for the opening of their 2010 season and the featured exhibit "Luna Park Revisited." More here.

- Just want to relax? The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is open Memoral Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  More here.

- Feel like getting out of town and taking a hike?  Brokelyn supplies a list  of scenic green walks sure to sooth your soul, both upstate, in New Jersey and even on Staten Island. (We didn't know about this little jewel.)  More here.

- More weekend events can be found at A Child Grows in Brooklyn and at Brooklyn

Photo by MK Metz

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