Summer in New York: Movies in the Park

21/06/2011 § 2 Comments

Last night in Bryant Park.

One of my absolute favorite things to do in the summer in New York is going to movies in the park.  Grab a blanket, a couple of friends and a few bottles (of wine, whiskey, or what-have-you), and you’re all set for a classic New York experience.  Last night I attended the opening night of the 2011 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival and took in a screening of the classic 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  As you can see from the picture above, the lawn was quite crowded.  We owed our prime screening spot to Sarah, who braved the scrum when the lawn opened at 5pm.  And when I say scrum, I mean scrum.  Take a look at this video from opening night in 2009:

The secret is to run quickly and carry a large blanket.

Highlights of the evening included: hyper-vigilant blanket boundary defense, a man roving through the crowd offering to trade broccoli for booze, and the spontaneous dance party that started when the 1983 HBO “feature presentation song” was played before the film started.  I have to admit, I got excited a bit at the song, too…it’s a cultural touchstone!

If you’d like to attend a few films al fresco this summer, I highly recommend Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park for two completely different experiences.  Bryant Park is an oasis snuggled in between skyscrapers while Brooklyn Bridge Park’s view of Lower Manhattan is second to none.  (Added bonus: because I live just over in the Financial District, it’s definitely a treat to walk home over the Brooklyn Bridge after the movie.)

Brooklyn Bridge Park, from last summer.  We saw Rear Window!
More photos from this excellent evening can be seen here.

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