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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, February 5, 2016

Feb 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Preview Screening of The Black Panthers

at St. Johns Recreation Center , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for a preview screening of The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson before it airs on PBS.
Free!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Feb 6

Black History Month Docent Tour at Morris Jumel Mansion

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a guided, in-depth tour of Manhattan's oldest house, led by one of MJM's expert docents, Gregory Washington. Today's tour will highlight the history of…

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Feb 6

Researching Your Story

at Valentine-Varian House (in Valentine Varian House) , Bronx

3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join genealogist and family historian Andrea Butler Ramsey for a tale of family research as she shares the challenges and rewards of investigating her West-Indian immigrant roots.

Feb 6

The Science and Art of Winter Tree Pruning

at 334 Furman Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Horticulture Supervisor Rashid Poulson, as he takes you through the basic of tree anatomy and pruning techniques.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Feb 9

Members Trip: The Bruce Museum and Artist Studio Visit

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Join Wave Hill staff for a trip to Greenwich, Connecticut, to tour the eclectic Bruce Museum.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Feb 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark

at Roy Wilkins Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Please join us for a landscape painting workshop using watercolor, inks, and charcoal.
Free!

Feb 11

Personal Finance 101: Dollars and Sense

at Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Looking to get a better understanding of your personal finance? Join us for a special information session presented by AXA Advisors LLC. You'll learn about financial planning…
Free!

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Feb 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Preview Screening of The Black Panthers

at St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Brittany Williams, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, and former Black Panthers.
Free!

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Feb 12

Movies in the Parks: "Black Rose"

at Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground) , Brooklyn

11:30 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join Parks as we preview an exciting new TV show! Set in Brownsville, “Black Rose” follows an anthropology professor as she investigates the mysterious abduction of youth…
Free!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Feb 13

Winter Workspace Open Studios

at Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
This winter, Glyndor Gallery is transformed again into studio spaces for artists to develop new work and offer opportunities for public interaction in the context of the garden.…

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Feb 13

On Poe & Becoming A Writer

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

1:30 p.m.2:00 p.m.
In celebration of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, Bronx Writer's Center Director Charlie Vazquez shares his childhood experience of learning about Poe and Poe Cottage.
Free!

Feb 13

Chocolate Day!

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
We'll discuss all things chocolate, from the history of its consumption to the ways and means of the chocolate pot.

Feb 13

Happy Birthday Edgar!

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Come celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday with the Bronx Historical Society's CEO Doc Hermalyn as he speaks about the poet's experience in the Bronx.
Free!

Feb 13

Paranormal Investigation

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

9:00 p.m.11:59 p.m.
Learn the basics of ghost hunting while attempting to communicate with some of the mansion’s previous tenants and quite possibly, reveal their romantic past.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Feb 17

The Pen and the Trowel: A Horticultural Lecture by Marta McDowell

at NY School of Interior Design , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Garden writer Marta McDowell will explore the writing-gardening connection in their gardens and her own.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Feb 18

Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Brooklyn)

at Dodge YMCA , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
For decades, New Yorkers have been taking ownership of their local parks by starting park community groups. These groups bring programs and funding to parks, and advocate for political support.
Free!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Feb 19

Film Screening: Ghosts of Amistad, In the Footsteps of the Rebels

at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Black Box Theatre , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us as we explore the Amistad slave ship rebellion 177 years later with a screening of the documentary Ghosts of Amistad.
Free!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Feb 20

Armor Day

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Try on armor, watch fencing and archery demonstrations, enjoy roaming minstrels, and immerse yourself altogether in the knightly world.
Free!

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Feb 22

Make the City Your Gym

at Museum of the City of New York , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
New York may be well known for its expansive parks, pedestrian lifestyle, and greenmarkets, but many residents also cope with food deserts, prohibitively expensive gym memberships, and…

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Feb 25

Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Bronx)

at Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College , Bronx

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local group, or start a new one!
Free!

Feb 25

Illustrated Lecture: Conserving the Merchant’s House Gas Chandeliers

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
A significant presence in Merchant House’s interior is a pair of gas chandeliers in the Greek Revival double parlor – possibly the oldest gaseliers remaining in situ in the Northeast.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Feb 27

Cooking Demo: Cooking with Vanilla

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Watch as a chef from Wave Hill prepares some delicious dishes and take a stroll to the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory to meet our very own vanilla plant and some of its lovely relatives.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Feb 28

Lecture: Walking on Water–The Past and Future of the Old Croton Aqueduct

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn about the fascinating history of the 41-mile aqueduct that quenched the thirst of an expanding urban population and saved the city.

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Feb 28

Poetry in the Parlors

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

4:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Bartow-Pell teams up with Four Way Books to present the second Sunday afternoon poetry reading in the double parlors.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Mar 5

Foodies of the Past: 19th-Century Food Culture

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Morris-Jumel Mansion Assistant Curator and food historian Kelsey Brow will discuss the 19th-century democratization of food culture and the emergence of the “foodie.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mar 10

Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Manhattan)

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local community park group, or start a new one!
Free!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mar 12

Ecology and Urbanity: The Past, Present and Future of Manhattan Island

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Learn about the historic ecology of Manhattan island, and current and future urban planning in Northern Manhattan.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mar 13

Meet the Author: Book Discussion and Signing with Leslie Day

at New Leaf Restaurant (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Learn about the abundant and beautiful birds that make Fort Tryon Park their home, while enjoying one of New York's hidden gems, the New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Mar 17

St. Patrick’s Day: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy

at Merchant's House Museum , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Guided Tours at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. Tour Merchant’s House and explore the world of the Irish immigrants who worked as domestic servants for the Tredwell family.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mar 22

Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Staten Island)

at De Matti Playground , Staten Island

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local community park group, or start a new one!
Free!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Apr 6

Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Queens)

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local community park group, or start a new one!
Free!

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