Beautiful Brooklyn: Fort Greene & Clinton Hill + the Fort Greene Jazz Festival
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About The Event
Our adventure begins at the art center at BRIC where you can use the restroom, see the current art exhibits and grab a bite or drink at the Cafe. Next store is Urban Glass which displays unusual and beautiful glassworks. NOTE WE WILL START OUR WALK BY 12 NOON. It is suggested to aim to arrive early around 11:30am for restrooms, etc. Please check your travel route given weekend subway changes. http://www.bricartsmedia.org/about-bric .
It is suggested to bring snacks, a picnic lunch and water. This tour is free with an optional donation.
The tour ends in Fort Greene Park where the Jazz Festival (optional to attend) runs from 3pm - 7pm. The music is free and most of the seating is on the grass so do bring something to sit on. There are some benches and other seating but it is limited. The park has a visitor center with restrooms.
The Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods feature some of New York's most beautiful and historic residential streets - filled with architectural treasures includes lovely townhouses, magnificent churches, mansions, along with the Pratt Institute and campus with its fascinating collection of outdoor art and sculpture.
The beginning of the tour includes a stroll through the neighborhood's Cultural District which includes a stop at the Brooklyn Academy of Music one of NYC's great places for movies, music, dance and theater. This is where Nureyev's first American performance took place and also the site of opera star Enrico Caruso's last concert. Over the year's BAM has hosted live performances from Isadora Duncan, Sarah Bernhardt, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Sufjan Stevens to name a few.
Before enjoying the Jazz we'll the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park which honors the over 11,000 Americans who died in nearby Wallabout Bay aboard British warships during the American Revolution. The Jazz Festival in the park is free and runs until 7pm. There are nearby places to purchase food for either a picnic or you can opt for local restaurants. There are also restroom and a visitor center in the park.
Practicalities: Please try and take care of business beforehand: there is a restroom at BRIC. During the walk we'll take a restroom break at the Pratt Institute campus. We'll be walking a good 3 miles so you may want to have a meal beforehand or bring a snack or sandwich. The Bric Arts center sells snacks and beverages.