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Big news for Bridge Park adventurers

June 13, 2011

The new East River Ferry service map

Brooklyn Bridge Park continues to impress with their range of free activities and amenities for Brooklynites. This summer they are offering ferry service on Fridays to Governor’s Island and points all along Brooklyn and the city, a craft night with Etsy Labs, bangers festival and free pilates classes weekly. For even more, read on down!

East River Ferry

Starting today, you can now take the East River Ferry Service from Brooklyn, and the first 2 weeks are free! This is brilliant for a summer adventure. This is huge because it finally means that Brooklynites can get to Governor’s Island on Fridays! Now, you can attend the Ranger series that run on Fridays at 10:15, 11:15 am and 12:15 through August 13. For a full review of the ranger program, check out one mom’s review here. For the full guide on what to do on Governor’s Island, go here.

The new East River Ferry Service doesn’t just mean more access to Governor’s Island, it’s a whole new ferry service with multiple stopping points in Brooklyn with a few in the city.  What a great way to explore Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan for the day! Start at Brooklyn Bridge Park at either Atlantic Ave or DUMBO locations and either head south to Wall Street or North onto to South Williamsburg, North Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City (see the Socrates Sculpture Park) or Midtown. After a day of journeying on the water, return to your Brooklyn destination for a nap!

All East River Ferries are bike friendly.  Fares are $4.00 per trip to and from any terminal and $12.00 for a hop-on-hop-off day pass.  There is a $1.00 surcharge for bikes.  Monthly passes are also available.
Download the route map and schedule here.

Governors Island Ferry

Catch free weekend ferry service to Governors Island from Brooklyn Bridge Park!  Ferries dock at Pier 6 every Saturday, Sunday and all holiday Mondays from May 27th to September 25th. Ferries run continuously, approximately every 10 minutes, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. The last ferry returns to Brooklyn at 7:00 p.m. For a full schedule of Governors Island programs and events, visit http://www.govisland.com/.  For the full guide on what to do on Governor’s Island, go here.

Craft Night with Etsy Labs and the Church of Craft

Join Etsy Labs and the Church of Craft at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park for an afternoon of pleine-air crafting. Bring along any project and snacks suitable for the outdoors, and craft in the late afternoon sun to the tune of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge, and passing clouds

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Pier 1
Rain location: Etsy Labs at 55 Washington Street #712.

Sunset Pilates on Pier 6

Join Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill’s Body in Balance Studio, for sunset pilates on Pier 6 for an Intermediate Pilates Mat Class. Lou’s teaching remains true to the basic tenets established by Joseph Pilates. Students will learn proper technique, core muscle strength, spinal alignment and shoulder stabilization.
Thursday, June 16 – Thursday, August 11, 2011
Weekly on Thursday
Pier 6 promenade(in front of One Brooklyn Bridge Park between Piers 5 & 6)
Classes every Thursday from June 16th to September 16th.  No class on August 18th or 25th.
Classes are open to ages 16 and older. Pilates experience is suggested. Students should bring a good thick mat and a Dynaband. In event of rain, class will be held the following day (Friday) at the same time. Students must complete a waiver form, which can be downloaded and filled out ahead of time, or completed at class. (Mac Users: The waiver can only be opened using Adobe Reader on Macs. Adobe Reader can be downloaded for free on the Adobe website here).

Great Small Works Presents: Banners and Cranks Festival of Cantastoria

Some of New York’s finest puppeteers join with performers from across the country to unfurl their banners, slide their trombones, turn their cranks and fiddle away, making stories from paintings.  This unique program features cantastoria and cranky performances by 15 different theater artists and live music by The Greatest Smallest Band. Bring a picnic and the whole family.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Pier 1
In case of rain shows will take place in the Tobacco Warehouse Tent on Water Street.

Biking to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Visit their biking page for directions, rental information, and more resources.

Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge

View walking directions from the Brooklyn Bridge Stairs to Park Entrance at Pier 1.

Public Parking Facilities

Quik Park at One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street)
(718) 488-0099