We offer a dynamic calendar of programs, outings, events and classes through Watermark University.
The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
In this vibrant community, the days can unfold in countless ways. Perhaps a rehearsal for a member theatrical production in our auditorium is on the schedule, or a master class with a local artist in our studio. A music recital may be on the calendar in the afternoon, or a guest lecture from a famous local author. Maybe it’s time for a competitive game of backgammon in the club room, or a film in the performing arts theater. Or a visit our art gallery to see the new exhibition. And read more about our exciting partnerships.
Food aficionados may enjoy culinary classes in our open kitchen, to learn about addressing certain health conditions through nutrition. And a full offering of mind/body/spirit integrative wellness classes and guided practices awaits at the wellness center.
Sometimes the best activity is no activity at all: To wind down the day, head to Biblio for a craft cocktail, sit in a high-back chair, and enjoy reading your favorite book, or engaging in conversation.
Our award-winning collection of enrichment offerings features activities and programs in the seven dimensions of wellness—spiritual, emotional, vocational, physical, social, environmental, and intellectual. From neurodiversity to clay modeling, wine tasting to folk dancing, there is something for everyone. Watermark University programs are available to residents at all care levels.
Brooklyn Heights has a small-town feel, and it’s an easy neighborhood to stroll, especially on the family-friendly Brooklyn Promenade. With convenient access to trains and buses into Manhattan, along with concierge service to book activities and excursions, it’s easy for residents to make the most of what this great city has to offer. Or stay close to home and browse local bookstores and art galleries, treat yourself to lunch, or find an empty bench and sit in the sun while you watch the world go by.
For those who haven’t yet tried virtual reality, it is not to be missed! The program “transports” residents, virtually, to far flung destinations in a different geographic location–or even back in time. Explore the wreck of the Titanic, watch the Apollo 11 moon landing, or head to Tanzania on safari. it’s simply spectacular—and it helps strengthen and stimulate the mind. But we have to warn you: it’s highly addictive!
Brooklyn Academy of Music BAM brings the most elevated cultural experiences to our Members at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is in partnership with BAM to offer exclusive offers and experiences for our members, as part of their membership at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights. Executive Director, Rocco Bertini and Director of People, Arts & Culture, Aaron Feinstein recently had a backstage tour of BAM where we viewed all of the incredible performance spaces in their historic buildings. BAM is the oldest performing arts institution in the United States, and was the original home of The Metropolitan Opera. The renowned performances, films, concerts – and the proximity to The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights make this a prominent partnership and a perfect fit for our members. www.bam.org
Partnership with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music: Bringing elevated music and music therapy to the Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Watermark have partnered to provide music experiences, anything from lessons and performances with The Brooklyn Conservatory’s renowned Suzuki program, to the music therapy classes with instructors from their well-loved Music Therapy program. Recently an article in the New York Times featured a great story about this unique partnership and the beautiful musical connections made from The Brooklyn Conservatory’s music therapists and our members. We’ve even been discussing ways to expand our work together to a larger public audience….so more to come! www.nytimes.com/2021/07/06/realestate/new-york-city-senior-housing.html & bkcm.org/
Partnership with Fleur Elise Bklyn – Japanese Floral arranging Ikebana classes at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights
Fleur Elise Bklyn – is the vision of Elise Bernhardt, a producer of site-specific dance performances and long-time Executive Director of cultural organizations, turned passionate floral designer and teacher. In Japan, Ikebana floral design is seen as a life skill and a spiritual practice. With our partnership with Fleur Elise Bklyn we believe that working with flowers is calm, creative, and collaborative. The classes and workshops are highly interactive and provide a framework of design principles that students can use forever. www.fleurelisebkln.com/
Partnership with Water & Stone Creative Arts Therapy
Art therapy provides a contemplative peaceful practice as our members contemplate everyday life and the various challenges that arise. Our partnership with Water & Stone Creative Arts Therapy provides exclusive classes in our beautiful art studio at The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights. Our members can explore their inner artist and dig into the practice of painting, sculpting, drawing, collage – and so much more. The goal of all of our classes is to create robust engagement amongst all of our members. www.creativelyhealing.com/
Partnership with The Brooklyn Museum to bring incredible experiences to individuals with Memory Loss
Recently, in our partnership with the Brooklyn Museum we had the lovely opportunity for an exclusive visit to the “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibit was extraordinary for several reasons – but the first thing our group took note of was the meticulous style and curation of the exhibit. It was visually overwhelming, but also a delight to the senses. The richness of Dior’s archival material such as photos and videos, the beautiful couture garments, and the design renderings were presented in a way that honored the work of Christian Dior and the several designers and artistic directors that preceded him – who made House of Dior the iconic brand beyond the famed designer and entrepreneur. Some of the featured designers and artistic directors were Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons, and Maria Grazia Chiuri – household names in the exquisite world of haute couture. The designs were presented in the context of the designer and the cultural moment or period in time – with each piece, a photograph, video, or garment, curated as part of a “high art” style installation. The effect was one of truly taking in ALL the elements of fashion design; color, style, and silhouette as well as the cultural period of the designer. Each installation offered a unique window into the influence of haute couture. It was a truly breathtaking exhibit and highly recommended for those who love high fashion, and also those who have sat on the sidelines watching the parade of style pass us by. The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights is so fortunate to be providing incredible exclusive experiences at Brooklyn Museum for individuals with memory loss with the Brooklyn Museum’s Brooklyn Afternoons program. www.brooklynmuseum.org/
Partnership with Dance to Wellness offering fitness and dance experiences to our members
The incredible Caryn Cooper is a fitness superhero. Anything from Water Aerobics to Mat Pilates, Dance to Wellness has been a wonderful partnership in the fact that Caryn caters the classes to our members. Currently her Ener-Chi class, an adaptive Tai Chi class is a hit. We love seeing our members smile, and Caryn’s classes always make us feel fit and happy! www.facebook.com/DancetoWellness/
Partnership with the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens for individuals with Memory Loss
As part of The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights partnership with Brooklyn Botanical Garden, we are able to tour our member community to experience the beauty of the gardens. As part of our exclusive arrangement, we are offered two tour guides and the outreach director as our gracious hosts. We typically will tour walking from the entrance through their accessible pathway to the Japanese garden, followed by the Shakespeare garden and last the sensory garden. After the garden tour, the residents participate in craft projects such as decorating pots, weeding, and watering. Our partnership brings together the richness and experience of being at the gardens, with adaptable programs for independent living, assisted living, and memory care members. www.bbg.org
Since its founding in 2016, Broadway Plus has garnered incomparable press as the industry leader in connecting people with Broadway in a whole new way. Broadway Plus is the only official provider of VIP Experiences for Broadway, the #1 platform for booking Broadway artists, and the only luxury concierge service dedicated to Broadway. As part of our exclusive partnership, our members over the holidays enjoyed an incredible exclusive viewing of “Caroline, or Change.” broadwayplus.com
Wendy Weiss from TechTime solves all of our technology needs – anything from classes about the iPhone with tips, tricks, and short cuts – to an incredible Watermark University seminar about Identity theft. The instructors at TechTime will also help our residents understand and fix issues that they are having with their devices. The folks at TechTime always bring their expertise in helping those of us who are not technically saavy to learn ways to experience and utilize technology to make our lives more fulfilled. TechTimetutor.com
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue – Cantor Ayelet Porzecanski from Brooklyn Heights Synagogue performs a Hanukkah concert and candle lighting for our members.
Our partnership with Brooklyn Heights Synagogue offers inspired religious learning to our members. Recently,Cantor Ayelet Porzecanski performed a beautiful concert of traditional Hanukkah songs, as well as international songs that brightened up our spirits for the festival of lights. Brooklyn Heights Synagogue is a great congregation providing resources for our residents to embrace their faith, as well as become part of a religious community that has roots in Brooklyn Heights. bhsbrooklyn.org/
Our partnership with Volara has provided our members with google chrome tablets,, that are voice activated. At The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights, we like to use the tables as a home phone – and the accessibility options have truly been a blessing to our members. volara.io/home-page
The Watermark at Brooklyn Heights believes that all of our LGBT members should be supported and celebrated. As part of our partnership with LGBT advocacy and service organization with Sage, we created the “Not Another Second” gallery that tells the untold stories of 12 LGBT+ seniors and explores the years they lost due to societal constraints. The project acknowledges the sacrifices and contributions of these seniors, celebrates their beauty and bravery and empowers them to share their words of wisdom with younger generations. SAGE also presented its distinguished Jack Watters Corporate Advocate Award to Watermark Retirement Communities. www.sageusa.org/