Battle of Brooklyn in Cobble Hill on Monday

August 26, 2012 By Trudy Whitman For Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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The Battle of Brooklyn, a key conflict of the Revolutionary War, has inspired a site-specific art installation, “Battle Pass—Revolution II,” by Sasha Chavchavadze, on the corner of Bergen and Smith streets in Cobble Hill. This, in turn, inspired a site-specific street show to be performed at the same location.

The Battle of Brooklyn was fought on Aug. 27, 1776, shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was the largest battle of the Revolutionary War. While the patriots lost, George Washington and his army managed to escape, enabling them to fight another day.

“Battle on Bergen: A Street Performance,” conceived and directed by Paul Benney, will take place on Monday at 7 p.m.

Using dance, street theater, puppetry, and live music, “Battle on Bergen” focuses on the similarities between that famous battle and modern political goings-on. A reading of the Whitman poem about the Revolutionary battle, “The Centenarian’s Story,” will follow the performance.

Both the art installation and the street performance are part of a series marking sites of the Battle of Brooklyn. To learn more about the Battle of Brooklyn and upcoming commemorative events, visit the Old Stone House at

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