Enjoy Brooklyn all day — for free — on Sunday

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This one’s a real culture club.

Gallery-hoppers and bird-watchers will be able to take advantage of the borough’s most high-brow offerings — free of charge — on Aug. 7, thanks to Heart of Brooklyn, a consortium of big-name cultural institutions near Prospect Park like The Brooklyn Museum and The Brooklyn Public Library.

Expect mini-golf tourneys in Grand Army Plaza (complete with not-to-scale replicas of the Brooklyn Bridge), a special Brooklyn Botanic Garden exhibit on the area’s native flora and a morning bird-walk through Prospect Park, among other celebrations of the borough’s history and makeup.

“It’s about getting to know the treasures in your neighborho­od,” said Ellen Salpeter, Heart of Brooklyn’s director.

The day-long “Free Summer Sunday” promises something for all ages, including an ice cream-making workshop at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum and a rare look at pieces held in storage at The Brooklyn Museum.

Salpeter is hoping that the day’s offerings will draw commuters from around the city — including, presumably, from that other borough.

“These are world-class institutions that transcend place,” she said.

“Of course,” she added, “it’s all about Brooklyn.”

Of course.

“Free Summer Sunday” at the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. near Washington Avenue, (718) 638-5000]; the Audubon Center in Prospect Park [enter at Lincoln Road/Ocean Avenue, (718) 287-3400]; Brooklyn Botanic Garden [900 Washington Ave. near Eastern Parkway, (718) 623-7200]; Brooklyn Public Library Central branch [Grand Army Plaza at Flatbush Avenue, (718) 230-2100]; Prospect Park Zoo [450 Flatbush Ave. between Empire Boulevard and Eastern Parkway, (718) 399-7339]; The Brooklyn Children’s Museum [145 Brooklyn Ave. between Prospect Place and St. Marks Avenue, (718) 735-4400], Aug. 7. For info, visit

Updated 3:58 pm, August 4, 2011
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