Scene spotlight: Celebrate Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bridge Park

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  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

    Rebecca Feinberg, 23; program assistant at an educational nonprofit;...

    Rebecca Feinberg, 23; program assistant at an educational nonprofit; Williamsburg, Brooklyn (left)
    "Hell yes, we're having a great time. There's little kids getting down---which is awesome. And unlike other early-summer events, it's not a total I-can't-move clusterfuck."

    Ariel Zucker, 24; assistant economist; Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (right)
    "It's more diverse than a lot of other concerts, which is cool."

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    Silke Fleming, 32, motion graphic designer, Brooklyn Heights (left) "We go...

    Silke Fleming, 32, motion graphic designer, Brooklyn Heights (left)
    "We go every year. We live nearby, so we spend a lot of time in the park. We're looking forward to the Andrew Bird and Decemberists concerts. I've been to a lot of movies here, more so than concerts, but it's New York, so the crowd's always different. It's fun tonight."

    Brian Baldor, 31, architect, Brooklyn Heights (center)
    "It's fun to watch the people dancing."

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    Merlin Whitehawk, 31; unemployed; Williamsburg, Brooklyn (left) "Maceo's the...

    Merlin Whitehawk, 31; unemployed; Williamsburg, Brooklyn (left)
    "Maceo's the shit. I saw him with James Brown in '99 or 2000. James Brown is amazing, but Maceo is better. No offense to James Brown, may he rest in peace, but at the time, I enjoyed Maceo way more. We were here for the first concert [Brooklyn Bridge Park] had last year and it was horrible. It was so bad---they had just opened the park. It was like, Wow, what a nice night that was ruined by that horrible music. We were like, Who did that guy know that he got to play here? This is definitely an improvement. It's not even comparable---you have a living legend versus whatever the hell that was."

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    Ydalia Camejo, 44; babysitter; Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (second in from...

    Ydalia Camejo, 44; babysitter; Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (second in from left)
    "We're having a great time. And no alcohol!"

    David McElroy, 24; legal assistant; Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (far right)
    "I've seen Maceo open for someone before, but I haven't seem him headlining. He's great---he plays an instrument, and James Brown just struts his stuff. Prospect Park is going to be fun this summer too. I'm looking forward to it."

  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

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  • Photograph: Michael Alexander

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Photograph: Michael Alexander

When: May 12
The scene: The first of three musically themed outdoor shindigs kicked off with the Funk Dance Party along the East River. With the twinkling Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, locals flocked to the lawn to lounge on picnic blankets and boogie by the stage, where former James Brown cohort Maceo Parker led a full-on funk assault. While twentysomethings moseyed toward Brooklyn Bridge Wine Bar's makeshift beer garden, babies and canines frolicked on the grass. After all, this was a family-friendly affair—as confirmed by Parker's battle call, "We're going to have a funking good time!" Next party: Bhangra Dance Party with Red Baraat and DJ Rekha, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Main St at Fulton Ferry Landing, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-802-0603, brooklynbridgeparknyc.org). Thu 26 at 7pm; free.

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