In the city, many braved the bad weather to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Students at the Boys and Girls High School planned Saturday to re-walk the exact route that Mandela walked when he visited Brooklyn in 1990, but given the weather, they staged a 20-car motorcade through the streets instead.
The students also staged a cultural presentation of song and dance celebrating Mandela's life.
Next year, the school will share its building with the new Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice.
The event was attended by several dignitaries.
"As you know, this is one of the places that he visited during his visit to the city, 1990," said South African Consul General George Monyemangene. "So we thought it would be very important just to come and thank the people for their well wishes and for being with us and for providing messages of support during this difficult time."
Staff from Madiba restaurant in Fort Greene also attended the event.
The restaurant has been a meeting place for mourners and will show replays of Mandela's funeral throughout the day Sunday.