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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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 7

Historical Walk: Jane's River Sisters

at Concrete Plant Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Jane Jacobs may have never set foot in the South Bronx, but there are many examples of how community activism has made neighborhoods all but written off in the 1960s. Join our…
Free!

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Event
May 7

Central Park Conservancy On A Wing Festival

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

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Meet live bats, butterflies, and birds of prey, some of which call Central Park their home.
Free!

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Kids
May 7

The Grand Concourse Historic District – Art Deco Delights

at E.167th Street and the Grand Concourse , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan on a stroll through one of The Bronx’s noted designated historic districts – the Grand Concourse.

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

May 10

Partnerships Academy Workshop: Partnering for Success (Bronx)

at The Bronx Museum of the Arts , Bronx

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
At this workshop, participants will gain the skills to build strong relationships with businesses, government, and other organizations.
Free!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 12

28th Annual Equipment and Vehicle Show

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This show highlights vendors who support NYC’s Clean Fleet and Vision Zero initiatives, as well as daily operations. The fleet show will feature vendors offering a wide array of…
Free!

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Event

Friday, May 13, 2016

May 13

Greening the Globe Begins at Home: Symposium at the College of Staten Island

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

9:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for this special series to explore environmental advocacy through environmental education, green career paths, and initiatives for creating sustainable communities.
Free!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Illustrator Giada Crispiels for a unique coloring project celebrating her new book Wildlife of New York, which captures the diverse beauty of the animals that call this city home.
Free!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 15

Genealogy Workshop

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

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
If you've ever wanted to learn how genealogical research is done, or how to research your own family tree, now's your chance!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

May 17

Chroma Botanica Exhibition Tour and Art Demonstration with Linda Stillman

at Arsenal (in Central Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
"Chroma Botanica: Ellie Irons & Linda Stillman" showcases the work of two artists that use natural plant pigments in their artwork to explore wild and cultivated environments.
Free!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 21

Bronx Crime & Noir Writer's Society: Writing Series

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
This casual writers meeting gathers the third Saturday of each month to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques of these eternal, ever reinventing genres of fiction.
Free!

May 21

Sacred Sites Weekend with Landmarks Conservancy

at Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Highlights include the archaeology of Queens and New York City, along with tours of the house and our beautiful gardens.
Free!

May 21

Artist and Curator Talk

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join the artists and curators of (Not So) Still Life, the spring exhibition at Wave Hill, in a conversation about how contemporary artists are transforming the still-life genre.
Free!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 22

Triennial Talks: Staten Island As Community

at Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Triennial artists discuss working with the diverse communities of Staten Island. Q&A to follow. Free with museum admission. RSVP to 718-816-4506 x10 or info@aliceausten.org.…

May 22

'Corona: The Early Years' Book Talk

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

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Learn about Corona's neighborhood development in the mid-1800s, the history of the National Race Course, and the impact of the Tiffany Glass Company.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24

Parks Without Borders Summit

at The New School University Center , Manhattan

9:30 a.m.5:00 p.m.
On May 24, 2016, NYC Parks, the Center for New York City Affairs, and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School will discuss ideas for the next generation of urban parks and public space.

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Event
May 24

Chroma Botanica Exhibition Tour and Art Demonstration with Ellie Irons

at Arsenal (in Central Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Chroma Botanica: Ellie Irons & Linda Stillman showcases the work of two artists that use natural plant pigments in their artwork to explore wild and cultivated environments.
Free!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Illustrator Giada Crispiels for a unique coloring project celebrating her new book Wildlife of New York which captures the diverse beauty of the city.
Free!

May 29

The Art of Recycling

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join a workshop with artist Chris Spollen, an award-winning illustrator, who has evolved from working with traditional materials on paper to creating evocative mixed-media projects.
Free!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jun 1

Partnerships Academy Workshop: Partnering for Success (Manhattan)

at Arsenal (in Central Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will gain the skills to build strong relationships with businesses, government, and other organizations.
Free!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jun 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Screening of 'T-Rex' and Meet the Producer

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for a preview screening of the documentary T-Rex by Zack Canepari and Drea Cooper. After the screening there will be a Q & A with the producer.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jun 4

Plein Air Painting Showcase

at Cloisters Lawn (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.
As part of Garden Days at Fort Tryon Park, landscape painters have been invited to demonstrate their painting techniques on the Cloisters Lawn.
Free!

Jun 4

Go Green! Greenpoint!

at 900 Lorimer Street (in McCarren Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Beginning in 2008, Go Green! Greenpoint! was the first Earth Day Festival to take place in North Brooklyn. Since then, this event has become an annual staple of community life.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jun 5

Plein Air Painting Showcase

at Cloisters Lawn (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.5:30 p.m.
As part of Garden Days at Fort Tryon Park, landscape painters have been invited to demonstrate their painting techniques on the Cloisters Lawn.
Free!

Jun 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Jun 7

Partnerships Academy Workshop: Partnering for Success (Staten Island)

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will gain the skills to build strong relationships with businesses, government, and other organizations.
Free!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jun 11

Summer on the Hudson: AmpLit Amplifying Fresh Voices in Literature

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
SOH partners with Lamprophonic to bring authors of all backgrounds, style and levels of recognition center stage. With readings, workshops, panels and a community market AmpLit Fest…
Free!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jun 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Concerts at Isham Park

at Upper Lawn by Bruce's Garden (in Isham Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drum and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums. Big…
Free!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jun 16

Summer on the Hudson: Riverside Gallery, Art in the Park - Opening Ceremony

at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join us for an opening ceremony and tour with the artist on Thursday, June 16 at 4 p.m.
Free!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jun 22

Partnerships Academy Workshop: Partnering for Success (Queens)

at Overlook Building Conference Room , Queens

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will gain the skills to build strong relationships with businesses, government, and other organizations.
Free!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights Quantum Astronomy for Beginners

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
We'll discuss what was actually found out about Pluto’s size, surface, atmosphere, moons, and more.
Free!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jun 25

Romance Literary Festival

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

2:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Meet authors of contemporary, paranormal, and historic romance. Take a tour of the mansion and find out how Eliza Jumel lived and loved.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Jul 10

George Washington Dinner Fundraiser

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Step back to the late 18th century to discover some of George and Martha Washington’s favorite foods and the culinary customs of America’s first presidential couple.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jul 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Street Stories

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

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
This hands-on workshop is an introduction to documentary photography. Aldo Saligno will take you through a range of tips and techniques necessary to capture compelling images of…
Free!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Jul 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Jul 16

Garden Crafts for Adults

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Why should kids get to have all the fun? Due to popular demand, join Gardener Karen and Curator Kelsey for a fun afternoon of garden-related colonial and modern crafts for adults.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jul 17

Paranormal Investigation: Eliza Jumel's Death Anniversary

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

8:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of paranormal investigating while possibly communicating with Morris-Jumel Mansion’s longest resident Eliza Jumel on the 151st anniversary of her passing.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Jul 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

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