Summer Space a hit on Montague Street

“We call this the ‘Big Mama,’ said chess instructor Asando Jones, holding a giant chess queen up over the heads of chess players hardly bigger than the queen.

“But we don’t call the king the ‘Big Daddy,’ he continued. “We call him the ‘Big Lazy’ because the queen does all the work. Can somebody find the bishop? He’s sometimes known as ‘Sneaky Pete’ because he runs diagonally.”

Kids ran to find the chess pieces on the giant board set up on Montague Street on Sunday during the first of two “Summer Space” events sponsored by the Montague Street Business Improvement District in Brooklyn Heights.

Grownups enjoyed playing chess, too.

The giant chess game, chess tables and demonstrations were provided by the educational organization New York Chess & Games, courtesy of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

 BAM’s button-making table.

Other attendees stretched with a free yoga class, created arts & crafts with Etsy and BAM, took a free walking tour of Brooklyn Heights (courtesy of the Brooklyn Historical Society), read a book at the Uni Project’s pop-up library, or just relaxed at one of the tables scattered along Montague Street.

The bubble machine at Summer Space’s Play Land delighted these kids.

Brooklyn resident Stella, almost two years old, enjoys Uni Project’s pop-up library with her parents. Photos by Mary Frost

The second Summer Space takes place next Sunday, September 22, and will feature dance, music performances and the ever-popular Brooklyn Heights Dog Show.

Visit the Montague Street BID website for more information.