Williamsburg’s movie night canceled to BK parents’ dismay

Posted at 4:55 PM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 16:55:01-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (PIX11) – It’s a tradition that has gone on for years in Brooklyn – a free movie night for kids inside a popular state park.
Now parents say they are being forced out because the state refuses to help them put on the show.

East River State Park—a family-friendly place for Brooklynites to relax and hang out with the kids – and on Thursday nights it’s become an outdoor movie theatre.

The event has drawn in hundreds of Williamsburg families to the waterfront since 2005, but this year the free event has been canceled until further notice.

Williamsburg father-of-two Jonathon Burkan, like many other parents, blames the State Parks Dept. for not helping keep the popular kids movie night going.

“She wants her Toy Story and WALL-E and it doesn’t make any sense! And she says events every weekend and I don’t know what to tell her,” Burkan lamented.

His two daughters watched films like WALL-E, Ice Age and Toy Story 3 for the first time in the park.

Burkan claims the department is favoring for-profit groups like the big flea market on the weekends, and won’t help volunteer, non-profit organizations like Town Square.

PIX11 reached out to the State Parks Dept. in charge and they promise this instead:
“Parks will be holding various activities at East River State Park this summer season, including a movie series by a community-based non-profit currently under review.  In addition, staff will sponsor a ‘park house’ concept of providing activities for children on weekdays provide for games and sports like lawn bowling, giant chess and basketball.”

Some Williamsburg parents say they are going to fight for their movie night and they don’t know what they are going to tell their kids.

Meantime summer is here and the curtains will be closed on this popular tradition on the water front, leaving kids heartbroken and parents fighting to help keep the show alive.