Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC
Things To Do in Brooklyn over the Presidents Day Weekend
February 17, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC.
NYC Weather. The temperature highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday will range from the high 40's to the low 50's, before rising on Monday into the high 50's. The temperature lows will fall to 30 on Friday, rising to 35 on Saturday, to 45 on Sunday, before descending into the high 30's on Monday. No precipitation is forecast. It's going to be a fairly windy weekend, with the winds at 20 mph Friday, falling to 5 - 10 mph on Saturday and Sunday, and then rising again to about 10 mph on Monday. The humidity will be 50% - 60% on Friday, falling to 40% - 50% on Saturday, rising to 50% - 70% on Sunday, before falling back to about 50% on Monday. Click for Brooklyn Weekend Weather.
The photo at right depicts George Washington in an annual reenactment of the Battle of Brooklyn, also known as the Battle of Long Island, which was one of the first American Revolutionary War battles. Washington lost the battle, but managed to keep his army intact, winning enough battles to stay in the game long enough to wear down the British monarchy and ultimately win the war. The reenactment occurs yearly in August at Greenwood Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Presidents Day is a federal holiday when all local, state and federal government offices are closed, which generally includes public schools - unless the district uses the holiday to make up a snow day, which is highly unlikely this year since there hasn't been any measureable snow.
Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, to see how they stack up versus their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday in NYC
A day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.
In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.
In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the American people.
Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC
Things To Do in Brooklyn over the Presidents Day Weekend
February 17, 2023 / Brooklyn Neighborhoods NYC / Things To Do in Brooklyn NYC / Brooklyn Blvd NYC. Continued.
Presidents Day Holiday Special Events in Brooklyn NYC
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The following were pre-pandemic Presidents Day events / programs hosted in 2020, shortly before the pandemic turned our lives upside down. We'll update these in the first weekend of February 2023.
2020 EVENT - On Monday, the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene, is hosting a Presidents Day event. There will be musical performances, a speech by a modern day civil rights activist, and a film screening [culture / free].
2020 EVENT - On Monday the Prospect Park Alliance is hosting a Presidents Day event at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park [culture / history / free but $3 donation suggested].
2020 EVENT - On Monday in Crown Heights the Brooklyn's Children's Museum is hosting a day celebrating the life the presidents. There will be arts and crafts, games and storytelling.
2020 EVENT - On Monday the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture at 53 Prospect Park West in Park Slope is hosting a day of cultural activities celebrating the life of the presidents.
In 2022 the following institutions didn't appear to have any programming specific to Presidents Day.
For 2022 - BAM has some programming this weekend - The Lefferts House is temporarily closed - The Childrens Museum is hosting a Black Future Festival from 10 am - 1 pm on Saturday - and the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture is hosting a presentation from 11 am - 12.30 pm about the roots of Black History month.
TBD & fotos. Hist Soc / Wyck / Marine / Ft Ham
The photo at right shows the rag tag band of American colonists, serving under George Washington, in a reenactment of the Battle of Brooklyn / Battle of Long Island that takes place at Greenwood Cemetery every August.
Art Exhibits in Brooklyn NYC - Presidents Day Weekend
The following venues are hosting art exhibits in Brooklyn this Presidents Day weekend.
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway along the northeast section of Prospect Park along the Eastern Parkway in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. They are open through the weekend, but closed on Monday & Tuesday including Presidents Day. See - www.brooklynmuseum.org/
The Brooklyn Historical Society is located at 128 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and they opened a second location within the past year or so in Dumbo at 55 Water Street.
The Brooklyn Prospect Park Zoo is also open through the weekend and possibly also open on Monday, Presidents Day. See - www.bbg.org/ for Brooklyn Botanical.
The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in Prospect Park is open through the weekend, but closed Monday Presidents Day. See - www.prospectparkzoo.com/ for the Brooklyn Prospect Park Zoo.
In the photo to your right is the Brooklyn Museum located along the Eastern Parkway in Prospect Park.
Dance, Theater & Music in Brooklyn NYC - Presidents Day Weekend
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Brooklyn Events Calendar to see what's doing Presidents Day weekend in the theaters in Brooklyn NYC.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music is located at 30 Lafayette Avenue off Atlantic Avenue near the Fort Greene / Prospect Heights neighborhoods. They're not far from the Barclays Center and the Atlantic Terminal. They're doing both in person and online programming. See - www.bam.org/
The Barclays Center is located at 620 Atlantic Avenue at Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, near Fort Greene, not far from Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill. They have nationally famous performers and sports events running throughout the year, so this may provide an entertainment option over the Presidents Day weekend. See - www.barclayscenter.com/ for details.
Kings Theatre is located at 1027 Flatbush Avenue in the Flatbush Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. They usually host entertainment events over the Presidents Day Weekend. See - www.kingstheatre.com/ for details.
The New York Transit Museum located at 99 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn is always worth a visit, though unlikely to have any special programming dedicated to the Presidents Day Weekend given it's focus is NYC metro transportation. They offer both in person and online programs. See - www.nytransitmuseum.org/
An example of an interesting performing arts venue is shown in the photo to your right, where the Brooklyn Academy of Music is shown.
Shopping in Brooklyn NYC - Presidents Day Weekend
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Brooklyn is a fun place to shop, as it offers a variety of shopping venues from the big box chain stores to the unique boutiqes. Click here to view our section about Brooklyn shopping.
Several of the most prominent and well traveled shopping areas include near the Barclays Center at the Atlantic Terminal near the Fort Greene and Prospect Heights neighborhoods. There you'll find the big box retailers.
Industry City is a relatively new addition to the retail scene in Brooklyn. It's a collection of renovated industrial buildings, which house a collection of boutique shopping venues, mixed with some discounters, located along the Gowanus Expressway between 37th and 33rd Streets in Sunset Park / Greenwood Heights along the waterfront just south of Park Slope.
And there's plenty of neighborhood shopping. For example there's a vibrant shopping district in the Greenpoint neighborhood, where the locus is at Greenpoint and Manhattan Avenues. Here you'll find some of the unique, made in Brooklyn, items to purchase.
In the photo at right is one of the local stores located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. Greenpoint and Williamsburg have become what SoHo was decades ago in Manhattan.
Presidents Day Weekend - Dining in Brooklyn NYC
Brooklyn Restaurants for Valentines Day. We recommend you check out our suggestions for dining on Valentines Day at restaurants in Brooklyn. if you're looking for dining options over the Presidents Day weekend. This has been updated to reflect individual Brooklyn restaurant changes due to the CoVid pandemic.
The food in Brooklyn has always been good. The variety of restaurant choices is difficult to match anywhere, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.
There are still some old style, family-run, Italian restaurants in the Park Slope and Cobble Hill neighborhoods of Brooklyn [other neighborhoods too]. And some Polish restaurants in Greenpoint / Williamsburg neighborhoods. I think the most authentic soul food can be found in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights.
We'll have more on these going forward, but in the meantime, one restaurant we've tried that provides a good, old-fashioned Italian meal, family-style [since about 1958] is Queen restaurant at 84 Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn. At present, during the CoVid Pandemic, they remain closed.
Click here to view the Brooklyn Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.
You can also visit Brooklyn farmers markets, attend events at Brooklyn theaters, performing arts & art museums, go shopping in Brooklyn NYC, and eat out at one of the Brooklyn Valentine's Day restaurants or New Years party restaurants in Brooklyn.
Presidents Day Weekend Events in Brooklyn NYC
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Presidents Day Things To Do Manhattan / Queens / Staten Island / Bronx
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