Grove Place, the formerly forlorn alley near Hanover Place between Fulton and Livingston streets, will undergo yet another night of transformation on Friday when it will play host to a Game Night, complete with projections of vintage video games (that you can play), bocce ball, cornhole, food trucks, beer and a DJ. It will be just like high school, if in high school you hung out in alleys and...played cornhole.
Katie Lyon, the deputy director of planning and real estate for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, said the Game Night is part of a larger effort to turn the otherwise sleepy neighborhood into a night time destination, which, in turn, will improve the health of local businesses. The Grove Alley Nite Market, which drew roughly 1,100 visitors, improved the sales at surrounding stores and restaurants by as much as 40 percent, and Lyon hopes to repeat this success.
"We want the businesses to reach every market, and right now they're only reaching one," she said, referring to office crowd that normally floods the neighborhood on weekdays, leaving it somewhat desolate at night.
Unlike other Brooklyn neighborhoods which are actively trying to curtail partying, Lyon said Downtown Brooklyn could benefit from a slightly more upbeat nightlife.
"People moving here keep saying they want more stuff to do at night—every other Brooklyn neighborhood is sort of known for its nightlife," she said. "Downtown Brooklyn is an anomaly."
The partnership is attempting a slew of measures to make the neighborhood more vibrant after hours, including encouraging businesses to replace solid security gates with the grated kind for increased light on the street, and asking store owners to consider staying open until 9 or 10 p.m.
In the meantime, let's get down to brass tacks: Game Night will offer attendees the chance to re-try their hands at original Nintendo, Atari and Sega, with games like Super Mario, Pacman, Duck Hunter and Mortal Combat, everyone's favorite game for pixelated gore. Click here for more information.