Hello, Bay Ridge!
This Massachusetts transplant by way of Queens is the latest reporter to take on Brooklyn’s nightlife Mecca, and each week in Bay Ridge Nights I will bring you the best and most boisterous sources of entertainment — beginning now!
On Friday, start the night by catching a movie under the stars, with a screening of the recent remake of “Beauty and the Beast” in McKinley Park (Bay Ridge Parkway at Fort Hamilton Parkway) at 7:45 pm. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in the 2017 live-action flick, which tells the classic love story between a young woman and a monstrous creature, both of them more than they appear.
After the show, stroll over to the Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th Streets) for a bite to eat and some tunes. The trio Full Disclosure will put on a 10 pm show of party hits of the rock, classic, alternative, modern, and Motown variety.
On Saturday, get ready for the rumble at the “Mayweather vs. McGregor Viewing Party” at Harp Bar (7710 Third Ave. at 77th Street). The long-awaited boxing match will pit pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr. against mixed martial artist Conor McGregor, dueling it out at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Only the final punch will determine who reigns supreme, and you can catch every swing on Harp Bar’s 10 indoor and outdoor televisions. The viewing party will set you back $25, and it starts at 8 pm.
On Sunday afternoon, after you have recovered from seeing what will likely be a fair amount of blood, calm yourself with a cruise to the Gulf Coast (6901 Third Ave. between Ovington Ave. and 68th Street) at 3 pm. Crooner Martin McQuade will offer a 105th birthday tribute to Gene Kelly, singing Kelly classics from the films “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “An American in Paris,” “Brigadoon,” and, of course, “Singin’ in the Rain,” while pianist Dan Furman plays the key in accompaniment.
And the entertainment does not end when the weekend does! You can rock out at an outdoor screening of the movie “School of Rock” on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm in Leif Ericson Park (67th Street between Fourth Ave. and Fort Hamilton Parkway).