Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Annual Kite Festival Soars

BY AMANDA MOSES

On May 5th hundreds of multi-colored kites filled the city skyline during the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s spring kickoff event, “Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival.”

This annual festival is one of many free family-friendly events that take place in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This event invited children of all ages to make their own kites and fly them in wide-open grass space overlooking the Manhattan skyline at Pier 1. One of the many highlights of the Kite Festival was that it allowed children to participate in S.T.E.A.M (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) activities, such as measuring the dynamics of a kite, looking through a telescope for lessons on space, and more.

Aside from learning about the science of flight, there was a live DJ playing fun tunes, stilt walkers, jugglers, and a large-scale bubble show. “From kayaking and seining [net fishing], to fitness classes and Movies With A View, a lot of the Conservancy’s programming takes place on the water and on land. With Lift Off: A Waterfront Kite Festival, we’re encouraging visitors to look upward and take advantage of the air,” said Nancy Webster, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is a community-led grass-roots advocacy, allowing access to interesting, innovative, and quality public programming for people all over New York City. This organization plans on expanding their free kayaking program to three times a week, which will begin at the end of the month. They also offer a film series entitled, Movies With A View, and it will return for its 19th year in July. And on August 4, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will also host a Hindu lamp ceremony where families can paint palm leaf lamps and release them in the East River.

The spring and summer are not the only time the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy will be hosting events. “Our fall lineup will include Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, a 2-day music series on Pier 3, and the Ninth Annual Harvest Festival on Pier 6. Our Environmental Education Center hosts year-round Open Hours for visitors to learn all about the park’s history;and ecology through interactive exhibits, crafts, and activities. Last year, nearly 11,000 friends and families joined us at Open Hours in the Center,” said Webster.

“We have a lot coming up this year — new programming like tennis clinics in Squibb Park, and the return of crowd favorites like Books Beneath the Bridge,” said Webster.

For more information about upcoming events visit www.brooklynbridgepark.org/

Photos by Amanda Moses and Dean Moses