Thousands attend Summer Soiree in Prospect Park

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Party: Guests mingle at the 2019 Prospect Park Soiree on June 22.
Cheers: Brooklynites toast at the Soiree in Prospect Park.
Guests of honor: Senator Chuck Schumer, Councilman Brad Lander, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver pose on stage.
Dessert: Soiree attendees enjoy an after-dinner snack.
Showtime: Guests were treated to live music from Ernest Ernie & The Sincerities.
Dusk: Partygoers chat in the park while the sun goes down.
All smiles: Guests wait in line in Prospect Park to enter the Soiree.
Sold out: 4,500 guests attended this year’s event in Prospect Park.
Picturesque: Guests pose at the photo booth at the Soiree.
Party music: DJ Cosmo Baker takes the stage to serenade dancing partygoers.
Disco: Attendees dance the night away at the Prospect Park event.
Dress up: Guests pose in extravagant costumes at the Soiree.

More than 4,500 people gathered for an evening of dining and dancing under the stars at the Prospect Park Soiree on June 22.

“It was incredibly successful,” said Deborah Kirschner of the Prospect Park Alliance. “What we love about the event is that it brings together people from different communities around the park for a wonderful evening.”

Guests donned festive summer attire as they piled into Brooklyn’s Backyard for the third annual event — which took place at the park’s scenic Peninsula area near Prospect Park Lake. Partygoers brought along picnic-style dinners, eating and drinking while listening to the 60s soul serenades of Ernest Ernie and The Sincerities. After sunset, DJ Cosmo Baker took the stage as dancing Brooklynites partied the night away.

Dressed-up attendees competed for prizes — gift certificates to City Point stores — which were awarded to groups with the most creative decorative apparel, said Kirschner.

“We had awards for tables for food, best decor, and best park-inspired decor,” said Kirschner. “We had roughly 50 entries, we’re in the process of judging them.”

The night also featured toasts from local leaders — including U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Councilman Brad Lander, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver — who spoke of the importance of preserving the borough’s green spaces.

The sold-out event — which boasted a $50 ticket price — was hosted as a benefit for the non-profit Prospect Park Alliance, which promotes conservation and restoration of the park.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Posted 12:00 am, July 11, 2019
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Gary says:
We need Marty Markowitz to run the summer concerts in Coney Island once again. They were great for the neighborhood. They were easily accessible for people with mobility issues. The ford ampitheater was not designed for free summer concerts.
July 11, 2019, 10:39 am
Park Lover from Prospect Park says:
This event did a huge amount of damage to this grassy area, trashed it.
July 11, 2019, 11:36 pm

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