Brooklyn Heights hunt draws hundreds
By Mary Frost, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Huntdrew hundreds of families to Pierrepont Playground on Saturday, and once again the line wound down Columbia Heights to Remsen Street before the gates opened at 10 a.m.
According to Heather White, president of the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee, the organization “hid thousands of eggs,” and “re-egged” as the line wound into the playground.
Volunteers from the Playground Committee baked cupcakes and cookies, and Heights Kids toy store supplied hundreds of balloons.
Neighbors Lori and Michael displayed a pair of Holland “mini-lops” — adorable floppy-eared white bunnies — which kids were eager to pet. “We live in the neighborhood and asked to volunteer,” Lori told the Brooklyn Eagle. “Heather said, ‘Absolutely! Bring the bunnies.’”
Hunters were asked to limit their take to three eggs per child, and to donate $3 to help support the organization, which uses the money to buy the eggs and treats, lock the playground at night, and organize the annual Halloween parade. Ms. White said that the Summer Arts Program would not be held at Pierrepont this year because of the availability of alternate programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
John Esposito, a Parks Department Employee in Brooklyn Heights for 30 years, was on hand to help with the cleanup.
The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) held a free Easter Egg Hunt in Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday. Children dashed to find eggs that held tickets which could then be exchanged for any number of gifts. Kids also tried to guess the number of jelly beans in a jar. The one with the closest guess won a giant stuffed bunny, said Sandra Chapman, a member of the organization who was manning the table.
CACNY provides services to immigrants and minorities in New York, including free SAT prep classes, employment help, scholarships and immigration assistance.
Other Easter and spring events were held aover the weekend at the Wyckoff Farm House in East Flatbush, sponsored by City Councilman Jumaane Williams and East Flatbush Village, Inc.; at Brooklyn Children’s Museum; in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park, and at Von King Park, sponsored by the 79th Precinct. Trinity Grace Church in Crown Heights sponsored an egg hunt in Brower Park.
Churches, including Plymouth Church and Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, also hold egg hunts after Easter Sunday services.