The annual Brooklyn Bridge Park Kite Festival, rebranded as "Lift Off" this year, got lucky on Saturday with an afternoon of spectacular weather by the river: bright blue sky, no humidity, and long enough periods of sustained breeze to launch even the most reluctant fliers.

Hundreds of people showed up to try their skills and soak in the sun. The BBP Conservancy, which organized the event, sold out of kites by about 2 p.m. "I think we brought a couple thousand," one staffer told me, though that number couldn’t be verified.

Either way, even the festival’s huge new venue, the turfed sports fields at BBP's Pier 5, could barely hold all the kite enthusiasts. The official reason for moving from the hill at Pier 1, with its dramatic views of the Brooklyn Bridge, was “too many kites getting caught in the trees."

(Scott Lynch / Gothamist)