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Fireworks: why are they so damn appealing? (Photo by FlySi/Flickr)

Fireworks: why are they so damn appealing? (Photo by FlySi/Flickr)

I didn’t intend on seeing the New York Phiharmonic play in Prospect Park as part of the free Celebrate Brooklyn concert series since I had seen the same program the night before at the disgustingly crowded Central Park show. But when my evening plans in Greenpoint ended on the early side, I decided to make use of the (incredible) new G stop at 7th Avenue and meet up with my friends, who had staked out a grassy patch in the park. I missed the Mozart entirely but arrived in time for the Beethoven, my favorite crazy composer. The Philharmonic was superb, the air was warm but not humid, the bugs were greedily feasting on my legs, and the crowd was refreshingly mature (and if there were some young’uns around, the music was loud enough to block out their chatter); in short, everyone had something to be happy about.

But the best part of the evening came after the brief Mendelssohn encore…

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One of the Celebrate Brooklyn concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell (photo by hilde.ileana/Flickr)

One of the Celebrate Brooklyn concerts at the Prospect Park Bandshell (photo by hilde.ileana/Flickr)

People come from Brooklyn and beyond to take part in one of my favorite summer Slope activities: the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series held in the Prospect Park bandshell. And unlike the McCarren Park Pool concerts of yore (RIP), when you don’t feel like paying for a ticket, you can have just as much fun picnicking with some friends around the bandshell perimeter, listening to the show and drinking some vino.

For those who aren’t fortunate enough to live within walking distance of Prospect Park (suckers!) there is now a new option for the particularly lazy bikers among you: free valet bike parking.

The “Celebrate Brooklyn Bike Zone” will be right next to the 9th Street entrance to the park, and while there are some useful aspects to the zone, like “Bike Experts” to help with minor repairs like flat tires, and a self-lock zone, why anyone would desire to use the bike valet service is beyond me.

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