Night life: Where to go outside after dark

Night life: Where to go outside after dark
Amateur Astronomers Association

The summer sun turns every day into a sauna, so there is just one solution — go out at night! Brooklyn has plenty of outdoor activities that you can do once the day-star has gone away, and we have rounded up some of the best.

Sunset stretch

Every Friday night, get into a Zen state of mind with Sunset Yoga, an outdoor yoga session in Industry City. The free, 90-minute classes start at 7 pm, but the sun will be down before you have finished your sun salutations. The course is designed for all experience levels, and a dee-jay will provide music to help you chill out. Bring your own mat.

Industry City Courtyard 3/4 [Second Avenue between 35th and 36th streets in Sunset Park, (718) 557–9432, www.industrycity.com]. Fridays through Sept. 28 at 7 pm. Free.

Creatures of the night

Humans are not the only ones out after dark! Join the Nocturnal Critter Crawl at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and learn about bats, rabbits, spiders, and more creepy-crawly creatures that really come alive at night. You will have the best results if you bring a flashlight and a magnifying glass.

Nocturnal Critter Crawl at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden [990 Washington Ave. between President and Carroll streets in Prospect Heights, (718) 623–7200, www.bbg.org]. Aug. 30 at 7:30 pm. $29.

Stars on screen

When the sun sets, parks across the borough light up with outdoor movies. Bring a chair or blanket to spread out on the grass at twilight and enjoy the family-friendly (mostly) films. Outdoor highlights over the next week include:

“Black Panther” at Flicks on the Beach (West 12th Street and Riegelmann Boardwalk in Coney Island, www.coneyislandfunguide.com). Aug. 20 at 8:30 pm. Free.

“Coco” at Valentino Pier (Coffey Street between Ferris Street at the water in Red Hook, www.redhookflicks.com). Aug. 21 at 8:30 pm. Free.

“This is Spinal Tap” McCarren Park (N. 12th Street between Bedford and Berry avenues in Williamsburg, www.summerscreen.org). Aug. 22 at 8 pm. Free.

“Wonder Woman” at Movies With a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 1 (enter at Furman Street at Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, www.brooklynbridgepark.org). Aug. 23 at 8 pm. Free.

“The Day the Earth Stood Still” at Narrows Botanical Garden (enter on Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street in Bay Ridge). Aug. 24 at 8 pm. Free.

Starry nights

Explore the cosmos with the Amateur Astronomers Association! The scientific society sets up its telescopes and stargazes at a different location in Brooklyn once each month, while the weather permits. The next sessions will be at Pioneer Works in Red Hook on Sept. 9, and then at Floyd Bennett Field and at Bushwick’s Evergreens Cemetery on Sept. 14.

Amateur Astronomers Association at Pioneer Works [159 Pioneer St. between Conniver and Van Brunt streets in Red Hook, (212) 535–2922, www.aaa.org]. Sept. 9, 4–10 pm. Free.

Floyd Bennett Field, at the parking lot for the Community Garden (enter at Flatbush Avenue at Aviation Road in Marine Park). Sept. 14; 8–10 pm. Free.

Evergreens Cemetery [1629 Bushwick Ave. at Conway Street in Bushwick). Sept. 14, 7–9:30 pm. Free.

Graveyard shift

If you are out at night, why not go to the creepiest place around? The Green-wood Cemetery hosts tours amongst the dead at its Moonlight Tour. The walking tour sets off through the historic cemetery as soon as the sun drops below the horizon. During the walk, accordion players will serenade visitors with eerie, unearthly sounds. Bring a flashlight.

“Moonlight Tours” at Green-Wood Cemetery [500 25th St. at Fifth Avenue, (718) 768–7300, www.green-wood.com]. Sept. 21 at 7 pm. $28.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at asimon@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @AS1mon.
Bat boy: Learn all about this happy little fellow at the Nocturnal Critter Crawl at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Aug. 30.
Uwe Schmidt