Last Minute Ideas for Celebrating the Inauguration

The day most of us have been waiting for is finally here, and all over America folks are preparing to say “Buh-bye Bush” and “Hello Lucky Number 44.” In true Obama fashion, the festivities, which started Friday night in D.C. and will go through Wednesday, promise to be the most publicly available inaugural ceremonies ever. But what if you missed the boat and have just discovered that (shock!) Amtrak has been sold out for weeks? Or what if freezing cold and massive crowds just aren’t your thing?

Don’t fret, all you home-bound Obama-philes—you happen to live in New York—city where the streets erupted on November 4 and city that promises no less on January 20. Regardless of what party you belong to, we all wish the new president great success. Let’s start fresh together by watching a broadcast of the historical ceremonies, including the post-swear-in parade, at any of the following:

The Rose Cinemas of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cost: free. Time: Starting at 11 a.m. tickets are available. How to get there: The BAMbus picks up at Park Avenue between 41st and 42nd Streets Cost: $7 ($6 for subscribers, Friends of BAM, and students with valid ID). For reservations call 718.636.4100. Or take the 2/3, 4/5, B, or Q to Atlantic Avenue, the C to Lafayette, the G to Fulton Street, or the N/R, D, or M to Pacific Street. The B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, and B67 buses all stop within three blocks of BAM.

Medgar Evers College, 966 Fulton St. in Crown Heights will show the ceremony in the Founders Auditorium. Doors open at 10 a.m. Cost: Free How to get there: Take the 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Avenue. And walk down Franklin Avenue towards Empire Blvd. or take the B44 or B49 bus to Carroll St.

The Grace Agard Harewood Center, 966 Fulton St., Brooklyn, is hosting a day-long celebration, complete with lunch. Cost: $3 suggested donation. Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. How to get there: Take the A or the C to Clinton-Washington Ave.

Take a walk down memory lane at the “Yes We Can” photo exhibit, a chronicle of the campaign trail thanks to Brooklyn photojournalist Scout Tufankjian. Price: Free The Power House Arena, 37 Main St at Water St. Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-666-3049). Mon–Fri 10am–7pm; Sat, Sun 11am–7pm. Through Feb 8. How to get there: AC to High St. or F to York St.

Celebrate the Obama Chicago style with Two Brothers Brewery draught and cask ales at Park Slope’s Inaugural Beer Event. Starts 3 p.m. Register here. The Gate., 321 5th St. How to get there: F or R to 9th St. & 4th Ave.  Right on 5th St. BUS B37 to 6th St.  and 3rd Ave. B77 and B75 to 9th St. and 3rd Ave., or B71 to3rd St. and 3rd Ave.

Sad to be missing the biggest inaugural balls in DC? Pull out your best duds and head to the Bell House for the Brooklyn Inaugural Ball, where a re-broadcast of the ceremonies will be followed by music and dancing. Live South African music, spoken word poetry and Afro-pop tunes are promised. In true Obama style, proceeds will benefit PS261. Cost: $75, purchase tickets here. 149 7th St. How to get there: F or R to 9th St. & 4th Ave. Turn right on 3rd Ave., then left on 7th St.  G to 9th St. & Smith St. Turn left on 9th St. then left on 2nd Ave. then right on 7th St. BUS B37 to 6th St. and 3rd Ave. B77 and B75 to 9th St. and 3rd Ave., or B71 to 3rd St. and 3rd Ave.

For more great options in your hood or others, check Moveon.org

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