Free Workouts, Bike Lessons and Boating- But No Pool Yet

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Kayaking at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Piers 1 and 6 have been the only 2 parks open at Brooklyn Bridge Park but this July that will change with the addition of the pop-up pool at Pier 2. Everyone is excited about the new pool but in the meantime the other 2 piers will continue to dominate with their amenities and full roster of activities.  From yoga, to kayaking, to Shakespeare, there’s tons to do. And this year, they’re even adding a literature series. Here’s a few things we have to look forward to (a full calendar can be found here):

Boating Opens for the Season
SAT June 9 | 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Starting this Saturday, you can get out on the water for kayaking with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse at the Pier 1 Boat Basin. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time. Boating will recur every Saturday until September 1, 2012.
Date: Saturdays, June through September 15 (except for September) FREE More info

Water Lab Open for the Summer
The Water Lab at Pier 6 is open for the rest of the summer! The Water Lab will be open daily from 9 am to dusk, weather permitting. FREE More info

Learn to Ride – Kids
SUN June 10 | 10 am – 12 pm
Check out this group class for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. Through a safe, easy, effective method, experienced instructors help parents teach their kids how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. FREE More info

Outdoor Fitness with Brooklyn Strength
Strength training and aerobic intervals in and around Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Date: Mondays, June 4-25
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Pier 6

Waterfront Workouts: Pilates with the Fitness Guru
The Fitness Guru returns with Pilates Mat classes overlooking the New York Harbor. Limited mats available.
Date: Tuesdays, June 19 – September 11
Time: 7:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Empire Fulton Ferry

Waterfront Workouts: Early Morning Yoga with Dodge YMCA
Morning yoga integrates posture, breathing exercises, relaxation, and meditation to stretch, strengthen, and condition. All levels are welcome. Limited mats available. Pier 1, Bridgeview Lawn
Date: Mondays, July 2 – August 27
Time: 7:30am (registration begins at 7:00am)
Location: Pier 1, Bridgeview Lawn

Waterfront Workouts: Zumba with Dodge YMCA
Zumba© fuses Latin and world music with aerobic interval training to sculpt the body and invigorate the soul! Pier 1, Promenade
Date: Sundays, July 1 – August 26
Time: 4:00pm (registration begins at 3:30pm)
Location: Pier 1, Promenade

Waterfront Workouts: Belly Dance with Dodge YMCA
Dance to Middle Eastern rhythms while learning traditional movements and combinations that tone your core.
Date: Fridays, July 6-27
Time: 7:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Pier 1, Promenade

Waterfront Workouts: Hip Hop Dance Aerobics with Dodge YMCA
This class gets your heart pumping with Hip Hop music and hot step-by-step dance moves.=
Date: Fridays, August 3-31
Time: 7:00pm (registration begins at 6:30pm)
Location: Pier 1, Promenade

Sunset Pilates
Join Lou Cornacchia, founder of Cobble Hill’s Body in Balance Studio, on Pier 6 for an Intermediate Pilates Mat Class.
Date: Thursdays, June 21 – September 27
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Pier 6

Half the Sky Festival

The Bard on Pier 1
Free performances of Shakespeare on the Granite Prospect. Two different New York-based companies interpret the Bard and bring his words and wisdom to Pier 1.
Comedy of Errors by Theater 2020
Saturday, June 9, 7:00pm
Sunday, June 10, 7:00pm

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
The Metropolitan Opera presents a summer recital series featuring opera stars Danielle de Niese, Dimitri Pittas, and John Del Carlo, accompanied by Dan Saunders. Presented in collaboration with the City Parks Foundation. More info: metopera.org/parks
Date: Friday, July 27
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Pier 1

3rd Annual Etsy Craft Party
You’re invited to the most handmade party of the summer on August 24. Join Etsy for an evening of hands-on festivities to celebrate creativity and community.
Date: Friday, August 24
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: Empire Fulton Ferry

Books Beneath the Bridge
This inaugural outdoor literature series will feature 6 nights of outdoor readings by authors, followed by a Q&A. Each night will be curated by a local, independent bookstore.
Location: Pier 1, Granite Prospect
Monday, July 9, 7:00pm – Freebird
Monday, July 16, 7:00pm – Greenlight Bookstore
Monday, July 23, 7:00pm – Powerhouse Arena
Monday, July 30, 7:00pm – Word Bookstore
Monday, August 6, 7:00pm – Community Bookstore Park Slope
Monday, August 13, 7:00pm – Bookcourt

For a full schedule of Brooklyn Bridge Park events, please click here: http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/events/calendar

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