If you want a ticket to one of the most scenic free film festivals in New York City, you should head to Movies With A View on Thursdays from July through August at Brooklyn Bridge Park. This well-curated film series has been entertaining New Yorkers since 2000. With views of lower Manhattan, you might have a hard time concentrating on the films. But seriously, the line up is fantastic, and although the backdrop of NYC and the Brooklyn Bridge are both intoxicating, you will definitely enjoy the films that are screening this summer. The 2019 series kicks off on July 11th and ends on August 29th. This year the first flick, on July 11th, is Pariah, a touching drama about a teenage girl embracing her lesbian identity.
Other highlights this season include The Big Lebowski, Crooklyn, It Happened One Night, and Selma.
You can bring a picnic to the park, but if you don't to lug food, you can get some great grub at the movies. This summer, the Smorgasburg is setting up an outpost at this popular weekly event. Want enjoy some excellent food from the Smorgasburg while watching a great flick? Vendors include Burger Supreme, Groundlings Pizza, Destination Dumplings, Home Frite, Bona Bona Ice Cream. Bring a blanket and watch a movie on the lawn as you enjoy these tasty eats.
If you're more a poetry fan rather than film, you should head to Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday, June 2nd from 4 - 6:30 pm to attend the annual Walt Whitman Song of Myself Marathon, where readers will read from the classic poem. If you'd like to read, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your favorite three sections of “Song of Myself” (using the 1891-‘92 edition’s breakdown of 52 sections). They ask readers, to arrive no later than 3:30 pm. Like the film series, this event is free and open to all.
Check out the Brooklyn Bridge Park schedule for summer long events or just stop by for a swim in their pop up pool or enjoy an afternoon roller skating on the pier, but if you want to see the flicks--Here's the skinny on all the info you'll need to have a fantastic time at this annual film series:
Summer in New York, New York! This is one of the hottest free tickets for films in Brooklyn! And, it's great summer entertainment. Free movies are shown every Thursday evening, from mid July to late August. To get a seat, go early, as there's limited seating on the lawn. Usually the last film of the season is decided by popular vote (no corporate contributions!).
When: DJs at 6:00pm, Movies at sundown
Things to Know
- TIME: 6 - 10 p.m.. Music at 6:00 p.m., movies at sunset
- LOCATION: DUMBO's Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, Harbor View Lawn
- Valet Bike Parking
- Easily accessible from Manhattan by walking over Brooklyn Bridge or by subway to DUMBO.
- Sponsored by Netflix, StreetEasy, Twizzlers, Jaguar, Underwood Wines, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.
- Plan to get there early!
- Get more information before you go
- Research and plan your DUMBO activities
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Edited by Alison Lowenstein