This summer, I didn’t do much along the ways of traveling. I’m not complaining, honestly. My whole summer was pretty much a staycation vibe. Not because I didn’t want to travel but because with family visiting consistently and last-minute, it just didn’t fit into my plans. So I did what anyone else would do and made the best of it.
What Is The “Movies With A View” series about?
The program, Movies With A View, began back in 2000 and it occurs during the months of July and August. The screenings happen every Thursday on the lawn near Pier 1. The setting is perfect to get a breeze from the East River and see the beautiful views until the sun goes down and the movie starts. The line-up of the scheduled movies span classics and new releases. It makes sense since one of the major sponsors is Netflix and BamCinématek, Smorgasburg, and Brooklyn Radio were partners. So the movies were the best, the shorts reflected the community, the music was bumping and the food was delicious.
Movies and What Else?
The show starts with a DJ playing music at 6 pm and unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy the dance party. Smorgasburg had food and beer for sale just off the lawn, which included Homes Frites, Musser’s Famous Crab Cake Sandwiches, Burgers Supreme, Wood Fired Edibles and Bona Bona Ice Cream. So all you need to bring is a blanket and bug spray. The lawn opens up at 6 pm and the pre-show starts at 7:30 pm, so you get to relax, eat and talk before the film.
Each Summer is centered around a theme and it was “She Directs” everything was related to women’s advancement in the film industry. The theme was consistent with every detail, the DJ was a woman, the short film before the main feature was made by a woman and the feature film, Wonder Woman, starred a female lead and was directed by a woman. And the best part was that I hadn’t seen it before! I know that I am super late and it was pretty good.
And What About This View?
I can’t truthfully say that I was really distracted by the view! I kept taking pictures and I am sure that the people around me thought that I was following someone closer to the movie screen. The movie was entertaining, the view was amazing, the breeze cooled us down and the food was good. My only issue was that a lot of food was sold out by the end of the long lines because the crowds were larger than expected. I can’t wait until next summer to make this a ritual, looking at the stars, watching a movie, eating fresh french fries on a blanket, so simple but the best night ever!
Have you gone to the Movies With A View, in Brooklyn Bridge Park? Or maybe you’ve done this somewhere else? Tell me all about it in the comments, I can imagine the other locations that would be amazing for this kind of event. Is there a special event that you take part of in the Summer that is special to you? Let’s keep the conversation going.
Until our next rendezvous…