Thursday, May 27, 2010

Another Brooklyn Summer.

Alas, summer has finally broke on the streets of Brooklyn. This means late night rendezvous with the swing set, Gallon Styrofoam cups from the Turkey's Nest, JellyNYC's Pool Parties, Kickball, Dodge ball, excursions to the beach, bike gangs, the summer movie series in Dumbo & Williamsburg---and all over the rooftops of NYC, Margaritas from El Sombrero and a trek over the bridge, camping, Atlantic City and Great Adventure.

I was really excited back in February when JellyNYC announced that they would continue the concert series for the 5th summer with help from Senator Chuck Schumer who has given them a little bit of help in the way of dealing with the New York Park Association and the Open Air Alliance. I like the park being right on the water, looking at Manhattan's skyline, but come on---anyone who ever went to McCarren Pool Parties knows how lame and segregated the new pool party set up feels. If you are drinking they keep you in this fenced in parking lot where the asphalt is so hot is burns your bum. And there is no slip n slide. These are things they are hoping he will also rectify.

Rooftop films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists. This year they have a nice line-up including Etienne! which peaked my interest when I saw a MISSING [dwarf hamster] promo poster walking home from the park last night for it. Totally random.

On Wednesday's stay in my hood with L Magazine's Summer Screen at the McCarren Park Ball fields starting July 7 . Bring a blanket and a pillow. The pavement sucks after a while. This is by far the best film line-up, opening with Say Anything and including my all time favorite movie, The Labyrinth. I need a make-out buddy for these.

This year, Movies with a View, moves to the newly opened Pier 1. Movies With A View is one of the city's premiere outdoor film series with an eclectic lineup of films and breathtaking views of the NYC waterfront. The films are chosen by an all-volunteer Film Committee and each feature is preceded by a short film, this year curated by BAMcinématik. DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off the evening, spinning tunes as the sun sets and bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives. I love this movie series because it is always a little more "grown and proper" compared to the Williamsburg movies. There is usually really nice food vendors and the breathtaking views call for a romantic little picnic. So grab a hot date! Check the Thursday movie line-up here. Starting July 8.I am most excited about The Big Lebowski and Indiana Jones.

If you live in the vicinity of Williamsburg you can't help but hear about and run into Brooklyn Kickballers at every turn. Heated rivalries developed and carried over through the years are showcased in dance/drink offs at neighborhood bars and well into Monday morning. I'm rooting for my homies The New Frontiersmen & The Ponyboys. Stay abreast on the happenings and the stats here. [It's actually pretty comical. They made each team make a website. The Ponyboys definitely win with this photo.]

There are lots of fun camping trips I hope to embark on, including Fire Island debauchery. Great Adventure has one of my favorite roller coasters---Kingda Ka--the world's fastest and tallest. They also have like 12 other amazing roller coasters. So if you love love love a good roller coaster, you gotta take a trip to New Jersey this summer. I am planning on a nice Monday or Tuesday to avoid an insane crowd. Need lots of booze to handle all them chillins.

I'm ready for another epic Brooklyn Summer!