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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

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jul 5

Westchester Square History Walking Tour

at McDonald's , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Visit one of the oldest "villages" of The Bronx.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Jul 6

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join a lively and entertaining commentary on the films of Paul Thomas Anderson.
Free!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Jul 7

Bryant Park Reading Room: Changing Our Ways For A Better Planet

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.,…
Free!

Jul 7

Bryant Park Reading Room: Poetry Humor

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jul 8

Bryant Park Reading Room: Author Talk by Corey Taylor

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Corey Taylor will discuss his book You’re Making Me Hate You. Hosted by rock radio host Lou Brutus.
Free!

Jul 8

Bryant Park Reading Room: Harold Holzer & "Lincoln and the Power of the Press"

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Harold Holzer discusses his nonfiction book Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion. Produced in partnership with the New York Historical Society.
Free!

Jul 8

Inwood Night Walk with Expert Naturalist Mike Feller

at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street Entrance (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
The forest is a busy place at night as southern flying squirrels, skunks, underwing moths, cave crickets, screech owls, and other nocturnal animals become active.
Free!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jul 9

Bryant Park Reading Room: Creative Writing 101

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jul 10

Washington Cabinet Dinner Party

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
On the 225th anniversary of George Washington’s famous cabinet dinner, when the president and cabinet members John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Henry Knox sat…

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jul 11

Pearls of Wisdom: Brooklyn Then & Now

at Jane Bailey Memorial Garden , Brooklyn

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Three locals share their experience through dynamic storytelling. A discussion will follow.
Free!

Jul 11

Literary Geographies: A Celebration of Queens Writers

at Socrates Sculpture Park , Queens

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Come listen to this public reading of Queens-based writers at Socrates Sculpture Park. Queens is one of the most diverse places in the world with over 150 languages spoken. This…
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, July 13, 2015

Jul 13

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - Westerns in Film

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join us for lively and entertaining commentary on Westerns in film with resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Dennis Tafoya.
Free!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jul 14

Bryant Park Reading Room: Book Club Discussion on The Divine Comedy

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join us for a book club discussion on The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, facilitated by Joseph Luzzi, author of In a Darkwood.
Free!

Jul 14

Bryant Park Reading Room: Poetry

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Featuring the Poets of: Poetry Society of America Rain information: In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check…
Free!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jul 15

Bryant Park Reading Room: Novel Novelists Hosted by Julia Fierro

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Jul 15

Bryant Park Reading Room: Louis Masur & "Lincoln's Last Speech"

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Jul 16

Lecture: Change, Continuity, and Civic Ambition: Cultural Landscapes, Design, and Historic Preservation

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Living Landmarks celebrates the nine individually landmarked New York City public parks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the City's landmarks law. The exhibit showcases their…
Free!

Jul 16

Bryant Park Reading Room: TV Writing

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect.
Free!

Jul 16

Arts, Culture & Fun Presents Dance Away the Night!

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Enjoy everything tango: dance classes, demonstrations, and live music!
Free!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Jul 18

Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society - Talking the Talk: Writing Effective Dialogue

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!

Jul 18

Hands-on History: America the Beautiful

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

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Continue your 4th of July celebration at King Manor!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 18

Bronx River History and Folklore

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Mr. Stephen DeVillo has been doing research on the Bronx River for many years. Join him as he shares that research from his new book "Bronx River History and Folklore".
Free!

Jul 18

Eliza Day: A Mansion & Its Mistress

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

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Famed New Yorker Eliza Jumel, who rose from rags to riches, and her equally illustrious house will mark their anniversaries with a triple-barreled program at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.…
Free!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Jul 20

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - Picnic at Hanging Rock

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Lively and entertaining commentary on the film Picnic at Hanging Rock, with resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Megan Abbott.
Free!

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.
Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jul 21

Bryant Park Reading Room: Getting the Word Out

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Aliza Licht, Fashion PR Exec, DKNY PR Girl, discusses her book Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media.
Free!

Jul 21

Bryant Park Reading Room: Poetry

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22

Dunes: Walk and Talk

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This family-friendly, educational walk and talk is designed to increase the appreciation and understanding of Conference House Park's waterfront environment.
Free!

Jul 22

Bryant Park Reading Room: Romance Authors Hosted by Joyce Lamb

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 22

Living Landmarks Panel Discussion: Scenic Landmarks - Planning, Preservation and Programming

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Living Landmarks celebrates the nine individually landmarked New York City public parks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the City's landmarks law.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 22

Bryant Park Reading Room: Martha Hodes & "Mourning Lincoln"

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Martha Hodes will discuss her nonfiction book Mourning Lincoln.
Free!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jul 23

Bryant Park Reading Room: Writers Workshop - Short Story 1.0

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at these writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect your writing.
Free!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jul 25

High Bridge Festival

at The High Bridge (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Commemorate the re-opening of the iconic High Bridge with this celebratory outdoor festival, with music, fitness, art, a scavenger hunt, and more!
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jul 27

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - Badlands

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and film critic, author Stephen Whitty discuss Badlands. This film will also be screened later in the day as part of the Bryant Park Film Festival
Free!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Jul 28

Bryant Park Reading Room: Book Club Discussion on Hamlet

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join us for a book club discussion on Hamlet by Shakespeare, facilitated by Max Gladstone, author of Full Fathom Five: A Novel of the Craft Sequence.
Free!

Jul 28

Bryant Park Reading Room: Poetry - Sibling Rivalry Press

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This event features the Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press: Jane Summer, Ralph Hamilton, Daniel Nathan Terry, and Priscilla Atkins.
Free!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jul 29

Bryant Park Reading Room: Author Talk by Colin Quinn

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Colin Quinn will discuss his book The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America, a laugh-out-loud look into why we tiptoe around the subject we should be celebrating.
Free!

Jul 29

Bryant Park Reading Room: Charles Kaiser & "The Cost of Courage"

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Charles Kaiser discusses his nonfiction book The Cost of Courage.
Free!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jul 30

Bryant Park Reading Room: Writers Workshop - Short Story 2.0

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at this writers workshop guaranteed to improve and perfect your writing.
Free!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Aug 3

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - James Dean

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Lively and entertaining commentary on James Dean, with resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Jim Baker.
Free!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aug 4

Bryant Park Reading Room: The Retirement Crisis

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Charles D. Ellis, Founder Greenwich Associates, discusses his book Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It.
Free!

Aug 4

Bryant Park Reading Room: Poetry - Cave Canem

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
This event features the poets of Cave Canem: Brian Gilmore, JP Howard, and Angel Nafis.
Free!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Aug 5

Bryant Park Reading Room: DC Entertainment - Comics Superstar John Romita Jr.

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.12:00 a.m.
Join John Romita Jr. in a discussion about redefining the greatest superhero of all time, Superman, and what it means to create a new legacy with DC Entertainment.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 5

Bryant Park Reading Room: Terry Alford & 'Fortune's Fool'

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Terry Alford will discuss his nonfiction book Fortune's Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth.
Free!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Aug 8

Co-op City Historic Walking Tour

at Barnes and Noble , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
There are some surprising secret places in this part of the Bronx. Come explore Co-op City and surrounding neighborhoods.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Aug 10

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - Chinatown

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Film connoisseur Scott Adlerberg and author Wallace Stroby discuss Chinatown. This film will also be screened later in the day as part of the Bryant Park Film Festival.
Free!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Aug 11

Bryant Park Reading Room: Book Club Discussion on Frankenstein

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join us for a book club discussion on Frankenstein by Mary Shelley facilitated by Robert Repino, author of Morte.
Free!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aug 13

Green Infrastructure Tour

at Hunts Point Riverside Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Come see the new green infrastructure and help us keep our river clean and streets clear from flooding.
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

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - Marathon Man

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Wallace Stroby discuss Marathon Man, which will also be screened later in the day as part of the Bryant Park Film Festival
Free!

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.
Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Aug 19

Bryant Park Reading Room: Author Talk by Dr. Ruth Westheimer

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s most loved therapist, will discuss her book The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre and give tips on living life to its fullest.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 19

Bryant Park Reading Room: Eric Burns & "1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar"

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Eric Burns discusses his nonfiction book 1920: The Year that Made the Decade Roar.
Free!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Aug 22

Upper River Paddle

at 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard (in Bronx Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come canoe through Shoelace Park, Bronx River Forest, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo.

Must See
Event

Monday, August 24, 2015

Aug 24

Bryant Park Reading Room: Reel Talks - Rock Music in Film

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word-under the London plane trees-in the open-air Reading Room.
Free!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sep 5

Upper River Paddle

at 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard (in Bronx Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come canoe through Shoelace Park, Bronx River Forest, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo.

Must See
Event

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sep 19

The Buzz About Bees

at Castle Clinton (in The Battery) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Visit the beehives in The Battery and learn about the ways in which bees live, work, and play.
Free!

Best For
Kids
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!

Sep 19

Bronx River Ramble

at Rosedale and Lacombe Avenue (in Soundview Park) , Bronx

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River's volunteer historians as they explore three of the borough's waterways: the Bronx River, Pugsley Creek, and Westchester Creek.
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.
Come hear a reading, a moderated discussion, and join in an open Q&A.
Free!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oct 3

Upper River Paddle

at 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard (in Bronx Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come canoe through Shoelace Park, Bronx River Forest, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo.

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oct 10

Highbridge Hawk Watch

at Highbridge Park , Manhattan

9:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Bring the whole family and roam the autumn woods in search of hawks with expert naturalist Mike Feller.
Free!

Oct 10

Bronx River Ramble: Starlight Park

at West Farms #2 Train Station , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Discover the park's pre-history that includes a replica of Henry Hudson's Half Moon and no less than three unsuccessful attempts to hold a world's fair by the Bronx River.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Oct 17

Upper River Paddle

at 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard (in Bronx Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come canoe through Shoelace Park, Bronx River Forest, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo.

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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