City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

Courtesy of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy © Julienne Schaer

Everyday, I ride the subway from my Brooklyn apartment into Manhattan for work. I never look up from the book I’m reading or turn off the tunes in my headphones to stop and enjoy the beautiful views of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn right outside the train car windows. Every once in a while I’ll catch a little kid kneeling on the seat, staring at the window and shouting at his parents, “Look! Look!” Their reactions are always just as jaded as mine.

So when I heard about Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual Movies With a View series I thought this would be my chance to really enjoy the scenery. The free outdoor film series takes place in the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park section and features a variety of films from Paper Moon to Catch Me If You Can.

Each showing begins with a screening of a short film by an independent filmmaker prior to the feature film. Brooklyn Radio sets the scene at 6pm with pre-movie music from local DJ’s, while RICE provides delicious unique and healthy dishes. There’s even free valet bike parking!

Movies start at sundown, so be sure to arrive early to secure a spot with a great view of the movie and of the skyline. The series kicks off tonight with Raising Arizona, the hilarious vintage Nic Cage film and ends with Edward Scissorhands. Oh what I’d give for an evening in the park with Johnny Depp…sans the scissorhands of course!

Movies With a View is every Thursday now through August 27th visit for the complete film schedule.

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