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Felines and fermentation: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

July 18, 2019 Scott Enman
An atendee of OZY Fest. Photo by Jinette Lopez

Friday, Saturday and Sunday will all be scorching hot with the real-feel temperature predicted to be 100 degrees or higher each day. Don’t fret, though. We’ve selected 10 events this weekend, all of which are in the comfort of air conditioning or in the evening, when the heat is expected to subside.

1. A movie with a view

‘Movies with a View’ at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo by Etienne Frossard

Head down to Brooklyn Bridge Park tonight to watch Karyn Kusama’s 2000 hit drama “Girlfight” featuring Michelle Rodriguez. There will be Smorgasburg vendors, a pre-party with a DJ and the usual beautiful backdrop of Lower Manhattan.

Thursday from 6-10 p.m. at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Free. More info here.

2. A pickle primer

Fermented foods. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society
Fermented foods. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society

At the Brooklyn Historical Society, learn about fermented foods, including the process of fermentation, its history and its recent innovations. Brooklyn producers Kheedim Oh of Mama O’s Premium Kimchi, Alex Ingalls of Pilot Kombucha and Jeffrey Yoskowitz of The Gefilteria will be panelists.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Historical Society. $10. More info here.

3. Cats, cats and more cats

Cats at Meowmania. Photo by Edwina Hay

Meowmania, labeled the “cat party of the year” (and perhaps the only cat party ever?) is returning to Brooklyn once again. Celebrate cats, raise funds for cats and adopt cats. Vendors will be selling cat mittens, cat hats and many other feline trinkets.

Saturday from 2-6 p.m. at Rubulad. $5. More info here.

4. OZY Fest

Update (July 19 at 3 p.m.) — Mayor Bill de Blasio has cancelled the festival due to this weekend’s extreme heat.

A silent disco at a past iteration of OZY Fest. Photo courtesy of OZY Fest
A silent disco at a past iteration of OZY Fest. Photo courtesy of OZY Fest

OZY Fest is New York’s answer to South by Southwest. The two-day gathering features talks from director and Brooklynite Spike Lee, as well as 2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and former Yankees star Alex Rodriguez. Stacey Abrams, Trevor Noah and Mark Cuban round out a very impressive lineup. Plus, there will be music performances from the likes of Miguel and John Legend.

Saturday and Sunday all day in Central Park. From $99. More info here.

5. Go back in time

A historic subway car. Photo courtesy of The New York Transit Museum
A historic subway car. Photo courtesy of The New York Transit Museum

Travel to a bygone area with the New York Transit Museum’s Nostalgia Ride to Coney Island. Hop onboard historic subway cars from the 1910s and 1920s for a two hour ride from Manhattan to Coney Island. Spend the afternoon enjoying the People’s Playground and then head back on the train.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from the 96th Street-Second Avenue station to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue. $50. More info here.

6. Do some outdoor shopping

Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Flea.
Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Flea.

You never know what you’ll find at Brooklyn Flea. Head down to Williamsburg on Saturday or DUMBO on Sunday to shop for rare records, old subway maps, vintage clothes and everything in between.

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Williamsburg and DUMBO. Free. More info here.

7. Rooftop dancing

DJ Milkyshake. Photo courtesy of Lauren Cowart
Milkyshake. Photo courtesy of Lauren Cowart

Enjoy Time Out Market’s rooftop bar and listen to some free tunes from DJs. On the decks this weekend are Milkyshake on Friday night and KevLove on Sunday.

Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at noon at 55 Water St. Free. More info here.

8. Take a gander at some graffiti

A look inside Beyond The Streets. Eagle photo by Scott Enman

Work from 150 graffiti artists is now on display at a 100,000-square-foot graffiti and street art exhibition in Williamsburg. Beyond The Streets, on view through August, highlights artists with roots in graffiti who transitioned from the streets to the studio — their creations evolving into highly disciplined work showcased in museums and galleries.

Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. $25. More info here.

9. A twilight tour at Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Steve Acres.
Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo by Steve Acres.

Watch the sunset, enjoy the cool evening air and get an after-hours twilight tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. The event will end with a rare visit to the graveyard’s catacombs.

Friday and Saturday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. $25. More info here.

10. Dance until the sun comes up

A partygoer shows off his moves. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

This party is not for the faint of heart. German DJs Zip and Thomas Melchior will be bringing their minimalist beats to the city for a 14-hour party that goes until noon the next day. Expect world-class production from veteran party promoters Resolute in a unique underground building.

Saturday from 10 p.m. to noon. From $30. More info here.

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