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Talks

Nature, history, or just a good time, learn from New Yorkers and experts who have come to New York City's parks to share their stories. Check out these readings and discussions.

Talks Events

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mar 27

Women Greening the Globe Symposium

at College of Staten Island (CUNY), Performing Arts Center-Recital Hall , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Celebrate women's inspiring environmental advocacy and accomplishments in creating sustainable communities.
Free!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mar 28

Bronx Memoir Book Reading and Discussion

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:30 a.m.12:45 p.m.
Hear the stories of some of the Bronx Writers.
Free!

Mar 28

Bronx Memoir Project: Book Reading and Discussion

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:30 a.m.12:45 p.m.
The Bronx Council on the Arts will present some readers from the breakthrough volume, Bronx Memoir Project.
Free!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mar 31

A Contemporary Conversation Inspired by Two Victorian Women

at Penumbra Foundation , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join Ann Marie McDonnell, Director of Education at the Alice Austen House and Stacy Morrison, historian & photographer as they discuss the life and work of two…
Free!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Apr 1

Midweek Bird Walk: Conference House Park

at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a walk in New York City’s southernmost park, as we search for newly arrived migrants.
Free!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Apr 2

Arts, Culture & Fun: Screening of The Homestretch

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground) , Brooklyn

11:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Watch a special pre-screening of the Community Cinema film The Homestretch!
Free!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Apr 4

Ranger's Choice: Fort Tour by Candlelight

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.
A pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress, Fort Totten Park provides a fascinating glimpse in New York's past. Register on Wednesday, March 25th.
Free!

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Apr 7

Outdoor Adventures: Snug Harbor

at Building H (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Explore Staten Island's Snug Harbor, a cultural center and botanical garden, on this nature hike.
Free!

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Kids
Apr 7

First Annual Ada Louise Huxtable Lecture: Preservation, Who Needs It Anyway?

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.
Preservationists were once welcomed in urban environments as the lynchpin for stabilization and recovery and the key to balanced and intelligent development. Now they’re often…

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Apr 8

Artist Talk with Alan Messer In Conjunction with Exhibition: Conserving Our City of Nature

at Arsenal (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Many New Yorkers are unaware of the 350 species of wild birds—almost a third of all bird species in North America—that live in or pass through New York City each year.…
Free!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Apr 9

Conference House Park Nature Hike

at Visitor’s Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Visitor’s Center on Satterlee Street for this all ages nature hikes with your guide Will Lenihan. Wear sturdy shoes and sun block.
Free!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apr 11

Partnerships for Parks 2015 Conference

at NYU Law , Manhattan

9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.
We are excited to share best practices, tools, and resources we have honed over our 20 years of successfully supporting community partners and transforming communities.
Free!

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Apr 11

Master Story Tellers Opening Reception

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of Master Story Tellers exhibition; classic tales from HAns Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm, Edgar Allan Poe and other master story…
Free!

Apr 11

Historic New York: Old Croton Aqueduct

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
This historic walking tour along the original site will discuss the history of the old Croton Aqueduct system and its role in shaping New York City's past.
Free!

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Apr 11

A Talk with Literary Historian Michael Patrick Hearn

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Michael Patrick Hearn has remained one of the most respected contemporary writers about children’s literature since the publication of The Annotated Wizard of Oz right…
Free!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Apr 12

The New York World’s Fairs in 3D: A Stereoscopic Projection Show

at Kingsland Homestead (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech) , Queens

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Robert Munn and Sandra Cook of the Depthography Group will be presenting their “World’s Fairs in 3D” Stereoscopic Projection Show. The show consists of over 28…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Apr 15

Midweek Bird Walk: Clove Lakes Park

at Martling Avenue Bridge (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Clove Lakes Park is well known as one of the better localities in which to search for neotropical migrant birds in spring.
Free!

Apr 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: The Beginning of Our Universe

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Although our observable Universe is almost 14 billion years old, the basis for much of what we see today was laid in the first 400,000 years. In fact, the first tenth of the first…
Free!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Apr 16

Exhibition Talk: Accomplished Women Schoolgirl Art from Female Academies in the Early Nineteenth Century

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

7:30 p.m.
Collectors and exhibition curators Bill and Sally Gemmill present a not-to-be-missed talk on early 19th-century schoolgirl art.
Free!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Apr 18

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Apr 18

Hands-on History: Roads & Rails

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn about transportation in the 19th century, hear a story about the history of trains, and create your own toy horse to ride home!
Free!

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Kids
Apr 18

Spring Bird and Wildflower Walk

at Wolfe's Pond Park House (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore the ephemeral beauty of spring wildflowers at Wolfe’s Pond Park, Research Associate Ray Matarazzo, and Curator of Science, Will Lenihan.
Free!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Apr 19

Guest Lecture: Neighborhoods of Brooklyn

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join us for author and professor emeritus John B. Manbeck’s lecture, Neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Professor Manbeck will share the story of Brooklyn’s transformation from…
Free!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apr 21

Child Abuse Prevention Month

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
April is Child Abuse Prevention month. This presentation will focus on behaviors and signs exhibited by child victims of physical and sexual abuse. We will discuss dealing with…
Free!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Apr 23

Feet, Hooves, and Rails: Transportation in Nineteenth Century America

at St. John's University  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Learn about the development of transportation from the pre-industrial period to the introduction of combustion engines.
Free!

Apr 23

Local Author Spotlight - The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

7:30 p.m.
A book signing and reception will follow the talk.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apr 25

High Bridge Historic Neighborhood Walk Tour

at 167th Street Train station , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Considered an engineering marvel of the day, High Bridge is a classic example of how an ancient system of water technology can play a major role in the expansion of a metropolis. It…

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Apr 26

Farewell, Father, Friend and Guardian: A Musical Elegy Commemorating President Lincoln’s Death

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
In commemoration of President Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago, the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society presents music composed in 1865 offering solace to a newly reunited…

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Apr 29

Midweek Bird Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park and Lemon Creek

at Holten Ave. and Purdy Place (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Wolfe’s Pond, its surrounding woodlands, and proximity to Raritan Bay make it one of Staten Island’s premiere birding localities.
Free!

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

May 9

Bronx Week: Marvelous Mott Haven Historic Walking Tour

at East 138th Street and Lincoln Avenue , Bronx

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The southernmost section of our borough, Mott Haven was one of the first communities to be urbanized across the Harlem River.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

May 16

Arts, Culture & Fun: Limited Partnership

at Poe Park Visitors Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:15 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, took on the U.S. government to fight for equality.
Free!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 17

Bird and Nature Walk at QBG

at Queens Botanical Garden , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a stroll through the Garden as we look for springtime birds, flowers, and other treats courtesy of Mother Nature!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21

Natural Areas Conservancy: Prospect Park Walk

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Expert ecologists will show you the native plants and unique forest features of the Park, as well as highlight the importance of native plants to the ecological health of the park and New York City.
Free!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 30

NatureFest 2015

at Carousel for All Children (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Naturefest is a family celebration of environmental awareness and local natural history.
Free!

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Kids

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jun 7

World's Fair Anniversary Festival

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
We're celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World's Fair with a full day of free activities for all.
Free!

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Jun 20

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jul 18

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Aug 15

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sep 19

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct 17

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Nov 21

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dec 19

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop Hosted By Charlie Vazquez

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This workshop will come together every third Saturday to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques.
Free!

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