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A Brooklyn Bridge to the World Celebration events guide

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The Brooklyn Bridge to the World Celebration, hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and honoring the 120th birthday of our most famous icon takes place on May 24. For more information, call (718) 802-3875 or visit Brooklyn-USA.org on the Web.

BIG Crossing

Beginning in City Hall park in Manhattan, cross the world famous Brooklyn Bridge and finish at Cadman Plaza Park where you’ll be treated to free food and live entertainment.

· 8 am: bicyclists cross

· 9 am: runners cross

· 10 am: walk across

Free T-shirts to the first 100 registered in each group. Walkers should arrive by 9:30 am and all participants are encouraged to wear their favorite Brooklyn T-shirt or costume.


Cadman Plaza Park

Free Brooklyn shuttle loops run 11 am-5 pm from Cadman Plaza Park. All tours leave on the hour from Cadman Plaza West and Middagh Street.

· Shuttle loop to 499 Van Brunt St. for Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition’s spring exhibit, "Pier Show 11," and stop/pickup points at Lorraine and Columbia streets for visits to David Sharps’ Waterfront Museum. Vintage Tours will provide free historical commentary about the history of Red Hook.

· Shuttle loop to the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. Free admission.

· Walking tour of Williamsburg offered by Williamsburg Art & Historical Center at 1:30 pm. $10 admission.

· Shuttle loop to DUMBO’s Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park - the center of the Celebration.

· Shuttle to Grand Army Plaza’s ARCH Gallery and Prospect Park (connects to free Heart of Brooklyn shuttle to Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Prospect Park and Prospect Park Zoo) or Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Dance Africa and Urban Glass.


Free Brooklyn tours

· 11 am-2 pm: From Cadman Plaza West, visit the Old Stone House, a replica of a Dutch stone farmhouse with a very rich history. Continue with a walking tour of historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Tour conducted by Old Stone House Interpretive Center and the Green-Wood Historic Fund.

· 1-3 pm: From Cadman Plaza West, visit the Wyckoff House, which is believed to be the oldest standing house in New York State. Tour conducted by Wyckoff House.

· 1-2 pm: From Grand Army Plaza, join the Brooklyn 101 Tour: Discover Park Slope & Prospect Heights. Tour conducted by New York Like a Native.

· 2-3:30 pm: From Cadman Plaza West, take a walking tour of Fort Greene & Clinton Hill. Tour conducted by Harlem, Your Way!

· 2-3 pm: From Fulton Ferry Landing, sail along Brooklyn’s waterfront. Special free tour guided by New York Water Taxi’s own Mark Baker. Seating limited - first come, first served!

· 2-3 pm: From Cadman Plaza West, take a tour of the Brooklyn Bridge. Tour conducted by DayHops.

· 2:30-5:30 pm: From Cadman Plaza West, take a bus tour of Historic Neighborhoods of Prospect Park South, Ditmas and Flatbush - Victorian homes and mansions! Tour conducted by Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger.

· 3-6 pm: From Cadman Plaza West, take a walking tour of Little Odessa in Brighton Beach. Tour conducted by Russian America.

· 4-5 pm: From Brooklyn Arch on the Brooklyn Bridge learn from a photographer who has climbed 15 New York bridges and will show and tell you all about the world’s most famous bridge! Tour conducted by Dave Frieder, aka Dave the Bridge Man.


Coney Island

From 11 am to 5 pm, shuttle on Coney Island’s Surf Avenue between the New York Aquarium and Keyspan Park - continuous loop around the Coney Island fun spots! (Pickup shuttle outside New York Aquarium and Keyspan Park on Surf Avenue.)


Cadman Plaza Park

Free events throughout the day in Cadman Plaza Park:

· 11 am: Sesame Flyers Steel Band

· Noon: EBC Bushwick Steppers

· 2 pm: the 3rd U.S. Infantry - Old Guard. U.S. Army’s official ceremonial unit from the nation’s capitol. Revolutionary dress.

· 2:30 pm: Kings Chorus Barbershop Harmony

· 3 pm: Heart & Soul - Brooklyn Doo-wop

· 4 pm: Paprika - Afro-Brazilian-reggae band

· 5 pm: Stage closes - evening party continues at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.


Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park

Located on Water Street between Main and New Dock streets, the events on this stage will be emceed by Todd Robbins, the "Coney Island Ambassador." Note: all performance acts and times subject to change.

· Noon: the 3rd U.S. Infantry - Old Guard - U.S. Army’s official ceremonial unit from the nation’s capitol. Revolutionary dress.

· 12:30 pm: see the West Indian Day Parade costumed performers.

· 1 pm: "Art and Science of Bridge Building: The Great Suspension Bridge - A Case History." Dan Wiley, in association with the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, is calling all kids, and grownups, too, to help him build the Brooklyn Bridge on stage in this unique, hands-on, human bridge-building project.

· 1:30 pm: Brooklyn rock band Daphne.

· 2 pm & 4 pm: Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater Puppets in the Parks presents "Sleeping Beauty."

· 3 pm: the dance, theatre and spoken word of Creative Outlet.

· 4 pm: Brooklyn’s Big Band - Dem Brooklyn Bums - back from their "EURO tour."

· 5 pm: Brooklyn doo-wop with Heart & Soul.

· 6:30 pm: Brooklyn Poets Praise the Bridge - Brooklyn Poet Laureate Ken Siegelman, Daniela Gioseffi, Maurice Edwards and Wanda Phipps.

· 7:15 pm: Sunset concert with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, conducted by Edward Outwater.

· 8:15 pm: "Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge!" An architectural wonder of a cake made by CakeMan Raven of Fort Greene and 120 candles by Grucci.

· 8:30 pm: A spectacular laser & light show on a six-story, 100-foot-wide screen created by Image Engineering.

· 9 pm: The legendary Johnny Maestro and The Brooklyn Bridge.

· 10 pm: "Brooklyn Bridge After-Party" - Southpaw presents Beetroot plus other performers.

· 10:45 pm: Late Laser Light Spectacle.


Additional events

At Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park:

· 10 am-5 pm: The Brooklyn Bridge Troupe - Enjoy the strolling, costumed actors who will be delighted to let you take photos with them!

· Noon-5 pm: Hands on! Use a real spud wrench and work with Brooklyn Bridge nuts and bolts. Souvenir nuts and bolts given out until they run out! Iron Workers Local 361.

· Noon-5 pm: Hall of Cultural Enrichment - Brooklyn’s arts and cultural institutions show and tell their summer events and programs.

· 1 pm: Workshop with Central Park Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater Puppets in the Parks. Learn how to make puppets come to life.

· 2 pm & 3 pm: "The Brooklyn Bridge: A Study in Greatness" with Carrie Wilson and John Stern, Aesthetic Realism consultants. What makes the Bridge beautiful and loved by millions is explained in this exciting slide talk.

· 2:30 pm: The Brooklyn Ballet, which performs a fusion of contemporary, baroque and modern dance, will perform excerpts from "Mystery Sonatas," choreographed by Lynn Parkerson.


Photography contest

Brooklyn Bridge to the World Amateur Photography Contest invites contestants to take the best and most unique photograph (a) of the bridge, (b) from the bridge or (c) of people on the bridge.

Three adult winners (18 and older) and three youth winners (17 and younger), one in each category, will each win a new Nikon camera and have their work featured on Best of Brooklyn postcards to be sold to benefit the not-for-profit Best of Brooklyn Inc.

Entry forms available only at the Celebration. (Pictures must be taken between May 24 and June 30, 2003. Winners announced July 2003.)

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