DUMBO was in the spotlight on Thursday, December 7, when Ken Burns returned to the Brooklyn Museum for an event showcasing a beautifully remastered version of his first film, Brooklyn Bridge (1981). The documentary, which premiered at the Brooklyn Museum after 5 years in the making, tells the inspiring and quixotic tale of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, a monument so practical in purpose, so large in scope, so stunning in beauty, and so enduring in significance, that it spans not only the East River but also the world as an icon of human ingenuity, civic responsibility, and artistic excellence.
Burns’s film explores the private genius of the bridge’s creators — John, Washington and Emily Warren Roebling — who engineered the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time, the public euphoria that gripped New York when the bridge opened to the public in 1883, and the bridge’s subsequent effect on the city. To do it, he pioneered a style of photography and storytelling now known, via an off-screen assist by Steve Jobs, as the Ken Burns Effect. (more…)
Tonight, over 15 local galleries will stay open late tonight, hosting special events and receptions for October’s First Thursday Gallery Walk! It’s the perfect night to stroll around DUMBO and browse art. Plus neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for art lovers and appreciators!
* Free Admission Roller Skating! @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, 3pm, FREE, Weekly 3-6pm FREE admission roller skating is happening from 3-6pm with $6 skate rental, More info # Tambour Tasting @ Amarachi (189 Bridge Street), 6pm, FREE, Sample some Tambour West African Palm Liquor, More info
# BESLS & IPLA Welcome BBQ @ Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5, 1pm, FREE, Brooklyn Entertainment and Sports Law Society is holding their Annual Welcome BBQ in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Law Association, More info
If you’re in search of an evening to take in some cool art displays, check out the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.
Dumbo’s art galleries are open to the public later than usual on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The galleries have special events and receptions for participants on the walk, and area restaurants and bars offer deals and discounts.
The event allows Dumbo to show off its arts community, an important part of Dumbo for decades. Artists began to move in after the deindustrialization of the area in the 1970s, and even after the neighborhood’s transformation in the past decade or so, many still continue to work or live in the area.
Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, will hold a discussion on her new book, A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park, on Monday, October 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at powerHouse Books in Dumbo. (more…)