I joined a free recital of the Metropolitan Opera in Brooklyn Bridge Park this evening.
After a short stop at Harlem Meer, Central Parks northernmost lake where I hoped to escape the sauna at home for reading on a shady bench,
I took the C train on the west side all the way down to Brooklyn and walked to Fulton Ferry Landing.
Before I went into the park I enjoyed a monstrous Pizza at famous Grimaldi’s. I was lucky to get a table. When I left a long line had formed out on the street. So 6 pm seems to be a good time to eat at popular restaurants.
The lawn on Pier 1 was full of people sitting on picnic blankets, having brought food and drinks. I even saw bottles of wine. I should have a picnic blanket as well.
The stage was placed right at the waterfront with the Statue of Liberty far out in the background and Downtown Manhattan’s skyline to the right. Staten Island Ferry, Water Taxis, a cruise boat and a freight ship were passing behind the stage. Wonderful scenery for a concert. Acoustics would be better in the Met’s building though.
They featured three singers and a piano. I had no idea what they were singing because I had missed to pick up a program. But it was great just to sit there and listen. The last two pieces where songs from My Fair Lady and The West Side Story. At least I recognized these.
Towards the end of the concert it was getting dark and when I reached Brooklyn Heights to catch the 2 or 3 express train to Harlem it was night – although it was just 9 pm.