Yoga, Films, and a Kids' Book Truck Hit North Brooklyn Parks

By Meredith Hoffman | July 11, 2012 8:29am 

WILLIAMSBURG — Whether you're seeking Shakespeare, kids' books, yoga or Hollywood, the neighborhood's parks have got you covered this week, as they kick up their gear for summer.

McCarren, McGolrick, Sternberg, Cooper, and East River State Park are all offering events this week free of charge, hosted by the non-profit Open Space Alliance.


Children can check out the Brooklyn Public Library's 'Kidsmobile' with books and activities in McGolrick Park Wednesday morning, and every Wednesday following through September 5, from 10 — 11:30 a.m.


Yogis (or aspiring yoga practicioners) can take a free class at East River State Park Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. or one Sunday at noon at Cooper Park (during the farmers' market there).

"Where you practice can be as important as what you practice," En Yoga, the duo of teachers instructing at East River State Park, wrote on their website about their chosen setting to teach, noting it would "add a unique flavor and new inspiration to your experience."


You can catch the popular throwback flick "Cruel Intentions" with star Sarah Michelle Gellar Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in McCarren Park, with free music before the film.

Or for a more serious cinematic experience (also free) viewers can hop back in time to the South Williamsburg of the 1970's and 1980's Sunday night at Sternberg Park, with the 1984 documentary "Los Sures" about the area's poverty, drug issues and cultural vibrance.


Free plays are also on tap, with performances of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night in McCarren Park Saturday at 4 p.m. and in East River State Park Monday at 6:30 p.m by the independent theater company Black Henna Productions.


In the visual art realm, a sculptural exhibit by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition has its opening reception at East River State Park Saturday from 1 p.m. — 4 p.m., with talks by the creators.


And for music lovers, longtime rock group the Counting Crows are playing at the new outdoor concert space 50 Kent Avenue Tuesday evening, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Entrance to the event (the only one that costs money of the mix) is $50, and tickets can be bought online.