It was a party to make Herbert Hoover proud!
Brooklynites celebrated the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary at a star-studded birthday bash in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Monday night.
Attendees were entertained by Australian rock band Atlas Genius, disc jockey Questlove, and professional science guy Bill Nye, and had the chance to play with a gizmo that controlled the colors of in One World Trade Center’s spire across the river — the first time that civilians have been able to determine the Manhattan skyscraper’s lighting scheme.
Guests also indulged in free ice cream from Dumbo’s Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which handed out national park-themed flavors such as Rocky Mountain vanilla chocolate chunk, strawb-Ellis Island, and Golden Gate birthday cake.
Congress established the agency in 1916 when just 35 parks made up the national park system. One hundred years later, there are 412 protected meadows across the United States, which include parks, monuments, and designated historic sites. Brooklyn Bridge Park is not one of them.