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Gowanus Bar Offers Outdoor Movies This Summer

GOWANUS — What better place to watch an outdoor screening of aquatic classics "Jaws" and "Point Break" than on the banks of the Gowanus Canal?

Those water-themed films will soon be shown al fresco at the canal-side bar Lavender Lake, which recently launched free movie nights on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Screenings start at sunset in the bar's backyard, where movies are projected onto the wall of a neighboring building. Tuesday night selections will be lighter films geared more to family audiences, while Wednesday's flicks will be more suited to couples without kids, said co-owner Eric Chavez.

The bar screened "Raising Arizona" and "The Big Lebowski" this past Tuesday, and "My Own Private Idaho" and "Stand by Me" on Wednesday. The series, first reported by Brooklyn Based, will continue throughout the summer.

Though the toxic canal has been designated a federal Superfund site in need of a massive clean-up, it's becoming a popular spot for outdoor recreation.  Lavender Lake is across the street from Gowanus Grove, which hosts a weekly outdoor dance party, and in June the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club will host a boat race on the waterway.

Lavender Lake, on Carroll Street between the canal and Bond Street, was forced to close for about two weeks after it was flooded with three feet of water during Hurricane Sandy, Chavez said.