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District 35

Crystal Hudson

Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights

Our 2023 Summer Youth Series has ended. Check back here next year for our 2024 events!

Last summer, the Office of Council Member Hudson launched our inaugural Summer Youth Series for young people across District 35. With the closure of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club Navy Yard Club House, we teamed up with organizations and institutions across the District to host diverse youth programming every Friday throughout the summer. Some examples of the types of events we had included: movie nights, skateboard clinics, painting workshops, museum tours, and dance classes.

Upcoming Events


Previous Events

Kick-Off Party at Roller Wave NYC

Friday, June 29, 3-7pm; The Roller Wave (625 Atlantic Ave)


Together with Roller Wave and CEC 13 we’re inviting our young neighbors to join us on Friday, June 30th, from 3pm-7pm for a FREE roller skating party at Roller Wave (625 Atlantic Ave). There will be music, food, and games!

Rooftop Films – “The League”

Friday, July 7, 7:30-11pm; Commodore Barry Park


Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI), executive produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (Oscar-winning Summer of Soul), Tariq Trotter (Descendant), and produced by RadicalMedia, The League celebrates the dynamic journey of Negro League baseball’s triumphs and challenges through the first half of the twentieth century. The story is told through previously unearthed archival footage and never-before-seen interviews with legendary players like Satchel Paige and Buck O’Neil – whose early careers paved the way for the Jackie Robinson era – as well as celebrated Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron who started out in the Negro Leagues. From entrepreneurial titans Cumberland Posey and Gus Greenlee, whose intense rivalry fueled the rise of two of the best baseball teams ever to play the game, to Effa Manley, the activist owner of the Newark Eagles and the only woman ever admitted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The League explores Black baseball as an economic and social pillar of Black communities and a stage for some of the greatest athletes to ever play the game, while also examining the unintended consequences of integration. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Abstract Painting Workshop with Amani Heywood

Friday, July 14, 2-3:30pm; Pratt Institute (200 Willoughby Avenue)


Amani Heywood is a Bronx-born Trinidadian abstract expressionist whose large-scale vibrant projects reflect his passion for philosophy, architecture, and fashion. Heywood’s art unveils a blend of serenity and chaos, creating a space that inspires curiosity. Heywood’s intention is to invoke feelings of a meditative experience, sensations of transportation, and wandering through portal-like spaces. In this Abstract Painting 101, Amani Heywood will inspire our young neighbors to navigate the beauty of art and expression, unleashing their creative prowess.

  • To attend, participants must be registered.
  • This event is appropriate for children ages 10+.

Rooftop Films – “Stephen Curry: Underrated”

Friday, July 21, 7-11pm; Jackie Robinson Playground


The remarkable coming-of-age story of one of the most influential, dynamic and unexpected players in the history of basketball: Stephen Curry. This feature documentary — blending intimate cinéma vérité, archival footage and on camera interviews — documents Curry’s rise from an undersized college player at a small town Division I college to a four-time NBA champion, building one of the most dominant sports dynasties in the world. Courtesy of Apple Original Films.

Brooklyn Museum: Africa Fashion Exhibit – Exclusive Tour

Friday, August 4, 1-2pm; Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)


The Brooklyn Museum is hosting an Exclusive Tour of their Africa Fashion Exhibit. Africa Fashion is dedicated to celebrating the timeless originality and global influence of African fashion spanning from the 1950s to the present day. There are over 180 exquisite works, the largest ever presentation, which includes works by iconic designers and artists such as Kofi Ansah from Ghana and Shade Thomas-Fahm from Nigeria. These visionary works illuminate fashion’s pivotal role in Africa’s cultural renaissance, which laid the foundation for an ongoing fashion revolution. All participants must be registered.

Please note the following:

  • Photo Consent Form: If you are participating in the guided visit, participants will be asked to sign the Brooklyn Museum Photo Consent Form, which will be sent to registrants via email.
  • Bags and Belongings: There are no backpacks, large bags, food, drink, selfie-sticks or camera tripods allowed in the galleries.
  • Arrival Time: The tour will begin promptly at 2pm. Please plan to arrive by 1:45pm to ensure participation
  • This event is appropriate for ages 13-18.

People, Tools & Design Tour @ BK Navy Yard

Friday, August 11; 10am-12:30pm; Brooklyn Navy Yard: Building 92 (63 Flushing Ave)


The Brooklyn Navy Yard is hosting a Rethink & Reimagine Tour & Workshop. Participants will visit Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 92 for a tour and hands-on activities. The event will teach participants about adaptive reuse, Building 92’s sustainable features, and include a step inside the Yard’s historical exhibition. Participants will learn about shipbuilding as well get a behind-the-scenes- look at the innovation taking place at The Navy Yard. To culminate the experience, students will participate in a hands-on activity centered around sustainability. Lunch will be provided to participants. All participants must be registered.

  • Arrival Time: The tour will begin promptly at 10 am. Please plan to arrive by 9:45am to ensure participation
  • This event is appropriate for ages 11-14.

Tour & Media Class at BRIC

Friday, August 11; 1-3pm; BRICs Art Organization Center (647 Fulton St)


BRIC is an interdisciplinary art center that has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. In partnership with our Office, they will be hosting a Tour & Media Class for our young neighbors looking to learn about the ins and outs of media production. There event will consist of a behind-the-scenes tour of BRIC’s cutting edge facilities and conclude with an interactive media production class!

  • To attend, participants must be registered.
  • This event is appropriate for children ages 13-18.

Bird Watching Tour at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Friday, August 18; 2pm; Brooklyn Botanic Garden (990 Washington Avenue)


We’re teaming up with Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) and one of our community’s young neighbors, John Dean, to host an exclusive bird-watching tour throughout BBG’s gardens.

Local birdwatcher John Dean will guide this bird walk through Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s renowned landscapes, helping participants track bird calls while explaining our avian neighbors’ fascinating behaviors. Equipment for bird-watching will be provided.

The tour will meet on the Plaza in front of BBG’s Visitor Center Entrance located at 990 Washington Avenue.

  • Arrival Time: The tour will begin promptly at 2pm. Please plan to arrive by 1:45pm to ensure participation.
  • This event is intended EXCLUSIVELY for youth between the ages of 9-18.
  • Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.

This exclusive bird walk through the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is part of Council Member Crystal Hudson’s Summer Youth Series.

Hip-Hop Dance with Brooklyn Music School

Friday, August 25; 3-4:30pm; Brooklyn Music School (126 Saint Felix Street)


Join Brooklyn Music School for an open-level dance workshop celebrating 50 years of hip hop! Participants will warm up, play movement games, and learn some classic hip hop choreography!

  • To attend, participants must be registered.
  • This event is appropriate for children ages 7-11.

The Hip-Hop Dance Class with Brooklyn Music School is part of Council Member Crystal Hudson’s District 35 Summer Youth Series.

Hip-Hop Dance Class with Creative Outlet

Friday, August 25, 3-5pm; 138 South Oxford Street, Studio G


Jamel Gaines, founder and artistic director of Creative Outlet, has dedicated his life to delivering artistic excellence and stirring soaring performances to audiences everywhere. With more than 22 years of teaching and choreographing experience, Jamel seeks to inspire, motivate, and nurture dancers and artists of all kinds. Under his leadership, Creative Outlet has set itself apart as a highly acclaimed performing arts organization with a proven record in training the next generation of professional dancers and artists. This Hip-Hop Dance Class will be taught by two teaching artists who will review the basics of Hip-Hop as well as incorporate fun TikTok dances to inspire and motivate our young neighbors.

  • To attend, participants must be registered.
  • This event is appropriate for children ages 10+.

Skate Clinic at Golconda Park Brooklyn Skate Garden, Pansy Skate & Greater Direction

Saturday, August 26, 11am-3pm; Golconda Playground


We’re teaming up with Brooklyn Skate Garden, Pansy Skate, and Greater Direction to organize a one-of-a-kind skateboard clinic at Golconda Skate Park! The Skate Clinic will provide guided skate lessons to participants of all ages and abilities! Participants will be supplied with NEW skateboards and equipment to take home (while supplies last). There will be music, food, exciting raffles, and a skills showcase featuring local skateboarders and clinic participants!

*Our skateboard supply is limited and meant for folks who do NOT own their own equipment.*

Participants who own a skateboard and helmet are welcome to participate. If you or the youth you are registering own their own equipment and wish to join the clinic, please email Alejandro Gonzalez from Council Member Hudson’s team at Do NOT register via this Eventbrite.

  • To attend, participants must be registered (if you own your equipment, please email Alejandro at the email provided above).
  • This event is appropriate for children ages 5-18.

Back-to-School Fair with the New York Liberty

Friday, September 1; 3-4pm; Barclays Center (620 Atlantic Avenue)


To close out our Summer Youth Series we’re hosting a Back-to-School Fair Giveaway at the Barclays Center with The New York Liberty! Get ready for the school year with new school supplies, and celebrate the end of summer with a FREE admittance to that evening’s Liberty game! (First 150 registrants will receive tickets!)

  • This event is intended for youth ages 4-18.
  • To attend, you must be registered

Fort Greene Park Conservancy x The Lion’s Tooth Project

Wednesday, September 6; 3:30-5pm; Fort Greene Park


The Fort Greene Park Conservancy is partnering with the Lion’s Tooth Project for our Summer Youth Series! Lion’s Tooth Project is a community project in service of LGBTQIA+, Immigrant, Black / Indigenous, and POC youth. Join Lion’s Tooth Project and youth from Fort Greene Park to participate in a scavenger hunt that examines the relationship between plants and art. Join the in the fun and learn more about nature and art!

  • To attend, participants must be registered.
  • This event is appropriate for children ages 13-18.