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Van Alen Block Party at Douglass St and Bond St

Van Alen Block Party

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Come out to this year’s Van Alen Block Party — a day of food, music, and dancing in the streets! Free and open to the public, the Van Alen Block Party showcases the creative energy of Gowanus and celebrates the power of bringing people together.


1:15 pm | Batalá New York Procession and drumline by the all-women, Black-led, Afrocentric drumming ensemble

2 pm | KONANTÜ From artists Courtney Smith and Iván Navarro, a participatory performance that circulate good luck objects

2:30 and 3:45 pm | Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York Promoting Mexican traditions and cultural heritage by showcasing Mexico’s regional dances

2:45 pm | Son de Brooklyn Contagiously fun, rum-drenched music of Latin America with a modern Brooklyn sensibility

4 pm | Theater of the Liberated Led by artist Imani Gayle Gillison, performance art through a social justice and spiritual healing lens

4:15 pm | The Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team The multigenerational, all-star drill team that started in NYCHA’s Gowanus Houses in 1970

4:45 pm | DJ Scribe Bringing the energy of his legendary I Love Vinyl dance parties to Gowanus

6:30–9 pm | DJ Niara Sterling Having played famed NYC spots like House of Yes and Le Bain, DJ Niara Sterling closes out the day with a sunset dance party FOOD Ample Hills Creamery Four and Twenty Blackbirds GG’s Fish and Chips FAMILY ACTIVITIES Lawn games Free face painting by Fantasy Arts by Sharon Book giveaway hosted by House of SpeakEasy Bookmobile About Van Alen Institute Van Alen Institute helps create equitable cities through inclusive design. Community-driven decision-making builds resilience, social infrastructure, and ultimately, more just cities. 

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