Willoughby Walks

For three consecutive Thursdays from 12pm to 8pm, enjoy a traffic-free oasis on Willoughby Street, opened up to offer unique, fun activities, with live music, non-stop fitness classes, giant games, and more! In partnership with NYC DOT.

Schedule for September 27

All Day:

Ping Pong
Pick up a paddle and play some ping pong with our friends from The Push. Sponsored by NYU.

Giant Games
Play life-size chess, Connect 4, Jenga, checkers, and more!

Urban Oasis
Lounge on our beach chairs and enjoy a meal on a green oasis along Willoughby Street.

St. Boniface Social Justice Committee
The St. Boniface Social Justice Committee supports events and initiatives focused on a wide range of issues. Come visit our table and learn more about what we do. For information: stbonifacesjc@gmail.com.

More Activations!

12:00PM - 6:00PM, Citi Bike
Join Citi Bike Ambassadors who will be on hand to offer bike demonstrations at the Lawrence Street & Willoughby Street Citi Bike station.

12:00PM - 5:00PM, Heights and Hills
Meet Heights and Hills, a non-profit organization that supports older adults in the community with the mission of successful aging. At Willoughby Walks, Heights and Hills will provide information around elder care, navigating the healthcare maze, understanding dementia, and coping with a resistant older relative.

12:00PM - 5:00PM, Bubbles and Hula Hoops
Kids are welcome to come play in our pop-up “green” space along Willoughby Street!  

12:30PM - 2:00PM, Facepainting
At 55 Willoughby, get to know the families of the International Charter School of New York who are gifting Downtown Brooklyn with free facepainting!

Fitness Corner!

At the corner of Lawrence and Fulton, non-stop fitness all Willoughby Walk-day long with our friends from At Your Beat, Dodge YMCA, Manhattan Athletic Club, and Yogaworks!

12:00PM - 1:00PM, At Your Beat presents BashmentBEAT
Wind your waist, work your core and burn those thighs to dancehall rhythms and anthems

2:00PM - 3:00PM, Dodge YMCA presents CATCH for Kids with Victoria
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) are inclusive games for all levels of play that keeps kids moving while having fun!

3:00PM - 4:00PM, Dodge YMCA presents Hip Hop Fitness with Victoria
A cardiovascular workout using Hip Hop dance music. The class teaches step by step movements with fun choreography, so you can get your feet moving and heart pumping.

4:00PM - 5:00PM, Dodge YMCA presents Total Body Fitness with Natarsha
A full body workout designed to strengthen and tone the upper and lower body using an assortment of fitness techniques.

5:00PM - 6:00PM, Zumba with Natarsha
Sweat it out with a free, one-hour high impact Zumba class led by MetroTech’s favorite Zumba instructor, Natarsha!

7:00PM - 8:00PM, Manhattan Athletic Club - Brooklyn presents Ordinary Athletes Bootcamp
Awaken your inner athlete with the Ordinary Athletes Bootcamp. This class is designed to build strength, burn fat, and increase athleticism. The bootcamp uses body weight, resistance band, and slam ball exercises to give you a complete full body workout. For all fitness levels.

Music on Willoughby

In advance of the annual fall HONK NYC Festival, get a sneak preview of five global street bands, on our own Willoughby Street

1:00PM - 5:00PM: HONK NYC Crafts
Check out HONK NYC’s trademark Kids’ Craft Table at Willoughby Walks. Make paper marching bands hats on-site and join the parade!

1:00PM - 1:45PM: Dingonek Street Band
Dingonek Street Band is a Brooklyn-based brass band dedicated to sonic adventure and the human condition. Built on the celebratory energy and raw spontaneity of the second-line brass band tradition, Dingonek has created a funky, high-energy party music all its own by absorbing and reworking elements of Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, punk rock, free jazz, and Balkan brass music.

1:45PM - 2:30PM: Wollesonics, led by Kenny Wollesen
Fronted by percussionist Kenny Wollesen, Wollesonics is a marching band that plays anywhere & anytime. Wollesonics have been known to play on bridges, mountain tops, beaches, in elevators, on Grammy nominated records, on huge uptown stages & in dinky downtown clubs. Wollesonics is a spontaneous, organic, ephemeral pleasure-filled situation.

2:30PM - 3:15PM: Dawn Drake & Zapote
American bassist, conguera, and singer-songwriter Dawn Drake leads this worldbeat-meets-funk ensemble, which breaks down cultural barriers by incorporating everything from Afro-Cuban jazz to hip-hop to samba into a soul-shaking mix.

3:15PM - 4:00PM: Unintended Consequences
Unintended Consequences is a novelty busking band, playing the most eclectic set list of instrumental arrangements you’ve ever heard, since 2015. They play their “silly songs and catchy tunes” mostly in Washington Square Park, and as the House Band at SpoonfedNYC every other Tuesday night.

4:00PM - 5:00PM: Mariachi Real de Mexico
Mariachi Real De Mexico was founded in New York City in 1991 by Ramon Ponce, Sr and his son Ramon Ponce, Jr. Mariachi Real De Mexico is considered to be the most important and sought after Mariachi band in the East Coast of The United States. In 2002, the group established The Mariachi Academy of New York a non-profit organization devoted to teaching the music and tradition of mariachi for free in New York City.

Dance Party

5:00PM - 8:00PM, Salsa
Our friends at Salsa Salsa Dance Studio will teach you the basics in the beginning, and then you can practice your new moves to tunes spun by DJ John John Acevedo.

Questions? Wish to participate in programming? Contact us here.

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