Sounds of Prospect Park Summer
June 23, 2020
With New York City still in the early stages of reopening, Prospect Park Alliance has had to cancel many of the beloved summer events that bring us together as a community in Brooklyn’s Backyard. But all is not lost! You can still celebrate summer, and we’ve got playlists from our friends at the New York Philharmonic, caribBEING and Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco to bring the sounds of Prospect Park summer to you, wherever you are.
NY Philharmonic Concerts in the Park Playlist
“As a New Yorker, nothing makes me prouder than the Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks,” said New York Philharmonic President and CEO Deborah Borda. “Performing in our beautiful parks is both a highlight of the summer and a great way to connect directly with our community, made possible through the remarkable generosity of Didi and Oscar Schafer. The entire Orchestra can’t wait until we can resume this vibrant tradition and return to our enthusiastic Prospect Park audience next summer!” Tune in on June 25 for the NY Philharmonic’s virtual Concert in the Parks celebration.
caribBEING Soiree Playlist
Prospect Park Alliance’s annual summer Soiree was canceled this year, but you can still celebrate summer with help from our friends at caribBEING and DJ Tony Gold: “For me Soiree always marks the beginning of summer,” says Shelley Worrell, founder of caribBEING. “Always a magical evening…I remember last year’s epic fête as if it were yesterday! Our tables had a ‘Tropical Chic’ theme with catered food and beverages from Black-owned Caribbean businesses Labay Market, Kafe L’ouverture and Peppas.” Enjoy weekly virtual events with caribBEING x Pop-Up Lefferts through July 12.
Here are Shelley’s tips on the perfect soiree (most businesses listed below are located in Little Caribbean NYC):
- Set the mood with the Soca playlist by DJ Tony Gold (below)
- Jerk chicken, Escovitch and Festival from Peppa’s Jerk Chicken
- Currant rolls from Allan’s Bakery
- Fresh Cane Juice and Coconut Water from Labay Market
- Haitian Patties (lamb + herring) from Kafe L’ouverture
- Rasta Wine and Caribbean Rhum Punch with selections from Little Mo Wine & Spirits
- Tropical Chic decor: monstera leaf mats, herbs + succulents from Natty Garden, bamboo/compostable flatware
Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco Playlist
While it might be a little while till we can boogie together on the roller rink at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Lola Star has put together a high-energy playlist so you can disco solo: “I had so much fun making this feel-good playlist designed to help you survive the roller coaster ride of 2020 and dance through the turmoil into a better world full of love, health and unity,” says Lola Star, founder and host of Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco. “Until we meet on the Dreamland Roller Disco dance floor together again we can dance alone in our bedrooms in roller disco solidarity!”