6 Things To Do in the Summer in North Brooklyn

by Heather Van De Mark on

TimeOut New York recently posted it’s 101 things to do in the summer in New York City 2013. I’ve scoured the list for all the great events taking place outdoors in North Brooklyn. So ignore the other 95 things on the list, and enjoy a summer of cool in Greenpoint & Williamsburg!

*Obviously there are way more than six great things to do this summer in North Brooklyn. Want a more localized list than TimeOut’s? Check out the GWAPP calendar for all the great parks and open space events taking place Greenpoint & Williamsburg.

© Taso Hountas. Williamsburg Park.

93. Catch a show at Williamsburg Park
Open Space Alliance (OSA) for North Brooklyn presents Williamsburg Park’s summer concert series in an open space along the waterfront at 50 Kent Ave. and N. 12th St. They kicked off the season with The Shins during the Memorial Day weekend. Upcoming concerts include: Odd Future & Meek Mill, New Order, Daptone Soul, Volbeat, Him and more! View the full line-up and ticket information on the Williamsburg Park website.

© Signe Pierce. Northside Festival.

73. Go all out at, or just dabble in, the Northside Festival
“The Northside Festival is New York City’s largest and most accessible discovery festival. From June 13-20, 2013, hundreds of bands, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, innovators, and over 80,000 fans will converge on Brooklyn over eight days to witness an incredible showcase of what’s next in music, film, entrepreneurship and art.” View more details and ticket information on the Northside Festival website.

41. Check out a hardware and garden store turned art gallery and sculpture garden
Crest Fest comes to Williamsburg on Saturday, June 8th with food, music, crafts and hardware at 558 Metropolitan Ave. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to the event, the 12th annual Crest Hardware Art Show’s artwork and sculptures will be exhibited (and for sale) from June 8 to August 12. For more details, visit the Crest Arts website.

© Sean T. Smith. Summerscreen

31. Vote for The NeverEnding Story to close Summerscreen
Summerscreen in McCarren park is bringing back some childhood classics to the big, outdoor movie screen, including: The Goonies, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Speed. Movies take place each Wednesday in July and August at sunset. Vote for the last film on Summerscreen’s Facebook page. TimeOut wants you to vote for The NeverEnding Story, but I’m going to make a small push for you all to vote for Heathers instead. Don’t just vote, be sure to attend a screening too. Movie line-up and details can be found on the Summerscreen website.

© Sean T. Smith. Sing for Hope piano

25. Sing us a song, you’re the piano man (or women)
McCarren Park has its own Sing for Hope piano! Go see the neat artwork, “More” by Scott Michael Ackerman that’s painted onto the piano or take a seat and play a tune for the whole park to enjoy. Sing for Hope Pianos are a vibrant public art installation, wherein 88 artist-designed pianos (one for each key on a piano) are placed in parks and public spaces throughout the 5 boroughs for anyone and everyone to enjoy. Learn more about Sing for Hope pianos.

© Abigail Cohen. Havemeyer Park.

1. Hang out in Williamsburg’s new Havemeyer Park
Once the new Havemeyer Park (Kent Ave at S. 3rd and S. 4th Streets) is complete, locals and tourists alike can enjoy the 55,000-square-foot, multi-use space that includes a grassy lawn, an open-air library and reading room, music and film event space, an urban farm, and a mountain bike course. Visitors also get to enjoy picturesque views of the Williamsburg Bridge and historical Domino Sugar Factory. Keep up-to-date on the park’s opening by following @bbbyrdd on Twitter and North Brooklyn Farms on Facebook.

Heather Van De Mark

Heather Van De Mark

Heather is a designer/writer specializing in non-profit organizations and social causes. Originally from central NY, Heather settled into the charming Greenpoint neighborhood in 2011. While most of her community activism takes place from behind a computer screen, Heather can often be found at CB1 meetings, the McCarren Park track and any of the parks along the waterfront.