Heavy petting in Greenpoint

This is weird: Humans will dress up as animals at a “human petting zoo” (with free beer) at the Brouwerij Lane beer store in Greenpoint.
Faith-Ann Young

A newly opened Greenpoint beer seller will celebrate May Day (a day late, but who’s counting?) with a petting zoo — but the only animals on display will be of the human variety.

Five actors costumed in plush masks will confine themselves to a chicken wire pen at the May 2 party at Brouwerij Lane, in what organizers claim is an attempt to foster kinship between Brooklynites and beasts.

“There really aren’t that many petting zoos where you get to experience an animal-human bond,” said Nate Hill, whose comedy theater troupe Club Animals will be donning dog, chicken, rat, bear, and dolphin masks.

Visitors will also enjoy live music and free German sausage and beers.

Brouwerij Lane owner Ed Raven claims he booked the human petting zoo as a nod to Germany’s May Day “bock” beers, which are strong light lagers that often include goats on their labels.

Club Animals human petting zoo, May 2, at Brouwerij Lane [78 Greenpoint Ave. at Franklin Street in Greenpoint, no phone], 1 to 4 pm. For information, visit brouwerijlane.wordpress.com.

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