Event Includes Beer Garden, Art Galleries, Augmented Reality Activation by NYU Tandon, Family-Friendly Activities, and Product Demos from Brooklyn Army Terminal-Based Companies
NEW YORK, NY—New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that world-renowned artists Busta Rhymes and Justine Skye will perform at the first ever, FREE Block Party at the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) on Saturday, September 15 in Sunset Park. The BAT Block Party will celebrate the campus' 100th birthday and is open to ALL AGES.
The event, which will be also feature New York City-based DJ Natasha Diggs, will run from 11:30am–8pm, with music starting at 3pm. The event will be followed by a free screening of Dead Pigs by Rooftop Films from 8:30pm–11pm.
Busta Rhymes is an 11-time Grammy nominated rapper, producer, record executive, and actor. He began his professional career as a member of the Long Island hip-hop quartet Leaders of the New School (LONS.) In 1996, Busta Rhymes unleashed his solo debut, The Coming, which featured the hit song “Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check.” Busta Rhymes’ many international pop, rap and urban top tens has extended well over a decade. They range from the platinum, Grammy-nominated single “Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check” through the No. 1 Hip-Hop/R&B and No. 3 pop “What’s it Gonna Be?!” featuring Janet Jackson and “Pass the Courvoisier” with P. Diddy and Pharrell, and into the digital era with the gold-certified song “Touch It.”
Justine Skye is a rising star that has been a resonating sound in music since 2014 and embodies the unique freshness of the next new wave of R&B through edgy lyrics centered around love and self-worth. Justine’s highly anticipated full-length debut, ULTRAVIOLET,was released in early 2018, and was followed by her first headlining North American tour. She recently had the honor of being selected to pay homage to the iconic Janet Jackson with a special tribute performance at the 2018 BMI Awards. Justine will round out this successful year with a new single and forthcoming EP scheduled for a Fall release.
In the spirit of a true Brooklyn summer block party, the BAT Block Party will feature special art exhibits by resident artists of ArtBuilt and ChaShaMa, an array of fun product demos curated by BAT-based companies like Uncommon Goods, Lowercase NYC, Tailored Industry, Riva Precision, City Saucery, and MOMO Dressing, family-friendly activities like kite making and crafts with the Singing Winds and a book making for kids workshop from Purgatory Pie Press, delicious food vendors like Mums Kitchen, a relaxing beer garden from vendors like Five Boroughs Brewery, KCBC Brewery, Singlecut, product demos from Futureworks NYC companies, an art installation by Harumi Ori, and a historical augmented reality experience from NYU Tandon and NYC Media Lab partners. Additionally, FREE BAT t-shirts and baseball hats will be available to the first 250 guests.
The BAT campus has recently undergone renovations, opening the historic property to the public and increasing the community’s connectivity to the Sunset Park waterfront. The BAT Block Party builds on other exciting community events that have taken place there this year including the Swale floating food forest, and various film screenings by Rooftop Films, the Boricua Festival, and this year’s Brooklyn PopUp dinner from Handmade Events, among other programming.
WHERE: Brooklyn Army Terminal, 140 58th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220 (map)
Subway: The nearest station is 59 St. (N,R), located about a 10-minute walk from the 58th St. entrance.
Ferry: The NYC Ferry serves the Brooklyn Army Terminal via the Sunset Park stop on the Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes from Pier 11/Wall St., Rockaway and/or Bay Ridge. For more information and schedules, please visit the NYC Ferry website.
New York City Economic Development Corporation creates shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. NYCEDC works with and for communities to provide them with the resources they need to thrive, and we invest in projects that increase sustainability, support job growth, develop talent, and spark innovation to strengthen the City’s competitive advantage. To learn more about our work and initiatives, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
In 1918, the federal government broke ground on a 4-million-square-foot, Cass Gilbert-designed military facility on the Sunset Park waterfront. This became the Brooklyn Army Terminal, which served the country for decades as a supply base and an Army headquarters during World War II, helping to deploy over 3.2 million troops and 37 million tons of supplies from the New York Port of Embarkation to battlefronts across the globe. In 1958, the campus saw its most famous solider deploy when Elvis Presley left Brooklyn for Germany in 1958.
Today, BAT is a hub for modern manufacturing in New York, with over 100 companies making everything from high-end chocolate to 3D printed clothing and sustainable furniture. As a part of the 100th year celebration, the de Blasio Administration recently unveiled new space for over 1,000 new jobs, welcoming new tenants, and launching forward-looking initiatives to further position BAT as the most innovative and accessible industrial campus in the world. NYCEDC has worked to transform BAT into a modern manufacturing hub, as part of the New York Works plan to create 100,000 good jobs over the next ten years. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook or visit bat.nyc for more information.