Brooklyn Public Library


Summer in the City Is a Trip

Jun 17, 2010 12:15 PM | 0 comments

If you’re like me, you won’t be doing a European vacation this summer. The Caribbean…all washed up. Honolu-who? Like the good Brooklyn boy I was raised to be, I prefer to stay local, and lucky for me (and you) there’s more to do during the summer around here than ever before. Here are two activities I recommend:


It was only a matter of time before someone made copies of the key to the city. This key, normally given to distinguished people and honored guests, has been recreated by Creative Time as a key for everyone. It unlocks 24 sites across the 5 boroughs. I’ve been to six sites. The key has brought me to areas of New York I rarely visit, and I’ve gotten many laughs as I unlock some of the surprising sites. Coney Island Library just happens to be one of the sites! Visit Creative Time’s website for more information.


Now, anyone can be the piano man. Thanks to a new public art project beginning June 21, pianos will be placed in public spots throughout the five boroughs. Whether you’re an amateur adding to the street noise or a pro that can draw a crowd, these pianos are for everyone to play. Check out our online catalog for books on how to tickle those ivories.  

We also have plenty of free events at the library, including a swing series at Central Library where you can learn some fancy footwork. Visit our website for the details.

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