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Downward dogs and disco: 10 things to do in Brooklyn this weekend

October 10, 2019 Scott Enman
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From a scary movie under the stars to a concert in a graveyard to a pumpkin patch in Williamsburg, this weekend is all about getting you in the Halloween spirit. Here’s what’s going on:

1. Listen to music in a most unusual place

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. Photo by Kevin Condon

What better place to take in a concert than in the crypts of Brooklyn’s most famous graveyard? For the final edition of Green-Wood Cemetery’s opera and chamber series, watch the String Orchestra of Brooklyn perform Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in the catacombs, one of the oldest structures in Green-Wood. There will also be wall-to-ceiling film projections to complement the music.

Thursday at 6 p.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery. $85. More info here.

2. Watch a film under the stars

Movies Under the Stars. Photo by NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

With Halloween on the horizon, start celebrating early at Dyker Beach Park for a evening screening of “Ju-On: The Grudge,” the 2002 Japanese horror film. Dress warmly, bring a picnic basket and enjoy a thriller under the stars.

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Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Dyker Beach Park. Free. More info here.

3. See some art in the street

“Bunker Head” by Leonard Ursachi. Photo by Leonard Ursachi

Leonard Ursachi’s sculpture “Bunker Head” will be unveiled at University Place in Downtown Brooklyn on Friday. The Romanian-born artist will be showcasing his latest piece in his decades-long series of human-scale “bunker sculptures,” where he transforms military bunkers into artwork.

Friday at 5 p.m. at University Place. Free. More info here.

4. Bliss out to Bon Iver

Bon Iver performs at a concert. Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP

Head down to Barclays Center to see Bon Iver perform at its only New York stop on the band’s roughly 13-month tour. Yo La Tengo, an indie rock band from Hoboken, will be on supporting duties.

Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Barclays Center. From $30. More info here.

5. Get down and dirty

City officials are currently considering docking at two locations in Coney Creek. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan
Coney Island Creek. Eagle file photo by Lore Croghan

The Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek get all the attention, but Coney Island Creek is oh-so filthy. Head down to the creek this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to clean up the polluted waterway. The event is sponsored by Making Waves, a city-run program that provides swimming and water safety classes.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coney Island Creek. More info here.

6. Dance to some disco

A disco ball. Image via Pexels

New York mainstays Horse Meat Disco are bringing their iconic queer party to East Williamsburg venue Elsewhere. Expect disco, house classics and everything in between from the four-man group with support from Tedd Patterson.

Saturday from 11 p.m. at Elsewhere. From $25. More info here.

7. Pick pumpkins

Pumpkins. Image via Pexels

The William Vale will be converting its outdoor patio into a fall celebration this weekend. Pick pumpkins, eat ice cream from Mister Dips and indulge in warm beverages at the Williamsburg hotel. There will also be character carvings and a painting station for the kiddies.

Saturday at the William Vale. Free. More info here.

8. Do yoga at the museum

adidas Art & Yoga at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Kolin Mendez

What better way to start your morning than with yoga and meditation at the beautiful Beaux-Arts Court in the Brooklyn Museum? The space features lots of natural light — and after the hour-plus session presented by Adidas, enjoy a tour of the museum’s galleries, including the new JR exhibit.

Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Brooklyn Museum. $16. More info here.

9. Eat fried chicken

Fuku’s Spicy fried chicken sandwich. Photo by Andrew Bezek

Brooklyn has no shortage of fried chicken joints. That’s why we recently asked our readers for their go-to spots. Here are the top 10, based on their suggestions — plus some of our favorites. Let us know if you agree.

Anytime at multiple locations. More info here.

10. Pay respects to a legend

Jackie Robinson’s gravestone is an inspiring sight. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan
Jackie Robinson’s gravestone is an inspiring sight. Eagle photo by Lore Croghan

Jackie Robinson, the famed Brooklyn Dodgers player who broke the race barrier in Major League Baseball in the ’40s, is buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery. His grave is high up on a hill. Pay respects to No. 42 by dropping off a baseball or other memorabilia at his tombstone.

Cypress Hills Cemetery is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. More info here.

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