Crocheron Park hosting outdoor movie night July 29

Crocheron Park screening of "Take the Night"
Photo courtesy of nycgovparks.org

The Movies Under the Stars series will be coming to Bayside’s Crocheron Park July 29 at 8:30 p.m. with a screening of the 2022 crime/drama/thriller “Take the Night.” This screening will be free and open to the public.

Those interested in attending this screening are encouraged to bring picnic chairs and blankets with them to Crocheron Park. However, there will be chairs available that are reserved for seniors and people with disabilities. Attendees are encouraged to bring food with them. Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages will not be allowed at the event.

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and NYC Parks is bringing more than 150 film screenings to parks across each borough of New York City through Movies Under the Stars. The films played range from all-time classics to popular new movies.

Seth McTigue wrote, directed and starred in “Take the Night,” a film about a resentful brother who organizes a prank kidnapping. However, the career criminals he hires for the kidnapping have plans of their own. In addition to McTigue, the film also stars Roy Huang, Brennan Keel Cook, Sam Song Li, Shomari Love, Antonio Aaron, Grace Serrano, Ashwin Gore and Bobby Nish.

McTigue received the award for best director at the 2022 Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City. Additionally, the film received five other nominations at the Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City.

McTigue was nominated for best actor in a feature film, Serrano for best supporting actress in a feature film, Rainer Lipski for best cinematography and both Huang and Cook for best supporting actor in a feature. Additionally, the film’s production company, TDP Films, received the Donor’s Choice feature film Copper Wing Award at the 2022 Phoenix Film Festival.

The screening may be canceled in the event of extreme weather or heavy rain. Such a decision would be made prior to the screening and would be posted prominently on nycgovparks.org.

Crocheron Park is named after the Crocheron family, who spent many centuries residing on the edge of Little Neck Bay. John Crocheron, a farmer from the 17th century, was the first to live there. Among his long line of distinguished descendants are Congressmen Henry and David Crocheron, who served from 1815-1817 and 1829-1831 respectively, 1854 state Assemblyman Nicholas Crocheron and renowned horse racer and gambler Joe Crocheron.

In 1924, New York City began purchasing the Crocheron land, drawing up plans to build a park not long after. By 1936, the city had turned the land into Crocheron Park, with picnic grounds, winding walks, an enlarged lake for wintertime skating and thousands of trees. Since then, several additions have been made to Crocheron Park, including a playground, 12 tennis courts, a baseball diamond and a field house.

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