In Brooklyn, spectators can go to Sunset Park or Greenpoint to free live music at an official Entertainment Zone (though there are lots of live bands playing along the entire route.)
Or, head to Park Slope, BAM or Fort Greene to an official "Cheering Zone," where you can scream your heart out, wave and smile at flagging runners, clap till your hands are raw, whistle, stomp, show off your Swedish and French for the foreign runners, and generally let the Marathoners know how much Brooklyn loves 'em. (But of course, Brooklyn's giving love to the Marathon runners all along the course!)
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More Information about Music and Free Entertainment in Brooklyn NeighborhoodsFind out more:
- Marathon Miles 3-5: Watching in Bay Ridge
- Marathon Miies 6-7: Watching in Sunset Park
- Marathon Miles 7-8: Watching in Park Slope
- Marathon Miles 8-10: Watching in Fort Greene
- Marathon Mile 9: Watching Near the Brooklyn Academy of Music & Atlantic Terminal
- Marathon Miles 10-12: Watching in Williamsburg
- Marathon Mile 13: Watching in Greenpoint
If you want to be in a "zone" as a Marathon spectator, here's where to go:
ENTERTAINMENT ZONES for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon in BrooklynCheck out the bands and live entertainment here:
- The Continental Airlines Entertainment Zone is at Fourth Avenue between 38th & 37th streets in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Entertainment in Sunset Park.
- Another Entertainment Zone is at Greenpoint Avenue & McGuinness Avenue, at the halfway point of the Marathon, on the Pulaski Bridge (which connects Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to Long Island City, Queens). Live music and entertainment in Greenpoint during the last leg of the Marathon in Brooklyn..
- NY Marathon sponsor Road Runner, the internet provider, is sponsoring a "Road Runner Cheer Zone" is at Fourth Avenue & Seventh Street, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.See what bands are playing in Park Slope during the Marathon.
One of several ING Cheering Zones is at BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on the corner of Lafayette Street & Ashland Avenue. This is also where the marathoners all merge onto one big roadway, so the race gets even more crowded. Experts say that this is also when fatigue sets in for some, while elite runners remain strong. So it's important to cheer them on!
See what bands are playing at BAM during the Marathon.
- The third cheering zone is another "Road Runner Cheer Zone," in Fort Greene, at the corner of Lafayette Avenue & Clinton Street. Live music and entertainment in Fort Greene during the Marathon .