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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

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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Apr 24

Tree TLC With Wayne: An Arbor Day Walk and Demonstration

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Both young and old trees need care to thrive. Wander among centuries-old trees and newly-planted specimens with Assistant Director of Horticulture Wayne Morris as he discusses and…

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apr 25

In the Shop: Woodturner Chris Busak

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
In celebration of Arbor Week, artist Chris Busak demonstrates woodturning; a limited collection of bowls turned from our precious copper beech tree will be available for purchase.…

Apr 25

Solar Fest: Remembering the Eclipse of January 24, 1925 with Joe Rao

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

11:30 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Celebrate with us the 90th anniversary of the total solar eclipse that ignited the formation of AAA.org.
Free!

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 2, 2015

May 2

7th Annual Chocolate Day

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn more about the food you love the most. Historian Ellen Schnepel and Morris-Jumel Executive Director Carol Ward will discuss all things chocolate, from the history of its…

May 2

Dying for Beauty: American Women's Quest for Acceptance

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

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram will discuss women's fashion trends in the 18th through the early 20th centuries, including clothing, makeup and the role of advertising.
Free!

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!

Monday, May 18, 2015

May 18

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

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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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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Monday, June 15, 2015

Jun 15

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

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!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Jul 20

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
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!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Aug 17

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
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!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sep 21

Summer on the Hudson: Literary Lounge

at Red Shade Plaza (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
SOH and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature. Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
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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