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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, August 2, 2015

Aug 2

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This program will teach you about the basics of coyote biology and the best tips for co-existing and living together with coyotes in our urban environment.
Free!

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Aug 2

Book Talk & Signing by Arleen Mercorella

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

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Written candidly by Frances’s daughter, Arleen Mercorella, A Matter of Survival: The Story of Frances, is a testament to the ability to overcome life’s challenges—a…

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!

Aug 3

Books Beneath The Bridge

at The Granite Prospect (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
WORD is delighted to be returning to the Books Beneath the Bridge reading series with two wonderful fantasy novelists. Naomi Novik and Peter V. Brett will be reading.
Free!

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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!

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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!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Aug 6

Bryant Park Reading Room: Writers Workshop - Short Story 3.0

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.
Free!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Aug 7

Bryant Park Reading Room: Spelling Bee

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

6:30 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!

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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.

Aug 8

Wrath In The Garden Walk: Plants Strike Back

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day on a walk to uncover the more sinister aspects of the garden.
Free!

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Aug 8

Cooking Demo: Bitter Melon—A Vengeful Vegetable?

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Bitter in taste and weird in appearance, the intriguing bitter melon (Momordica charantia) is a popular ingredient in Asian, African and Caribbean cuisine.

Aug 8

Artists Talk: Wrath–Force of Nature

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

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Curators lead a discussion with artists about the ideas behind their work and how they frame natural occurrences through the lens of emotion, observation or allegory.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Aug 9

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals; wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers…
Free!

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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!

Aug 10

Books Beneath The Bridge

at The Granite Prospect (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
This evening's reading is by Dennis Dunaway, author of About Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!, a riveting account of the band Alice Cooper.
Free!

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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!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Aug 12

Bryant Park Reading Room: Jonathan Horn & 'The Man Who Would Not Be Washington'

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Jonathan Horn discusses his nonfiction book "The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee's Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History".
Free!

Aug 12

Inwood Lecture Series: Lost Inwood on the Back Porch

at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (in Dyckman House Museum) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Learn about how Inwood's streets got their names and when they were built.
Free!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Aug 13

Poetry Celebration: Light on Sound

at Lewis H. Latimer House (in Lewis H Latimer House) , Queens

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for the opening of "Light on Sound," an interactive poetry installation in Flushing, Queens with the Lewis H. Latimer House. CART + ASL interpreters will be provided.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 13

Bryant Park Reading Room: Writers Workshop - Short Story 4.0

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!

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!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Aug 14

Bryant Park Reading Room: Spelling Bee

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

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Register to compete in the Spelling Bee at Bryant Park.
Free!

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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!

Aug 15

Lecture: 'The Bronx: The Ultimate Guide to New York City's Beautiful Borough'

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the official Bronx historian Lloyd Ultan and Ms. Shelly Olson on a discussion about their latest publication The Bronx: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s City’s Beautiful Borough.
Free!

Aug 15

Storytelling Workshop: Women in Comics

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join artists and writers from the Women in Comics NYC Collective International as they discuss and teach how to tell stories through the comic book medium.
Free!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Aug 16

Lecture: The History of Parkway Village

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

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Judith Guttman, President of Parkway Village Historical Society, will be presenting a lecture on the history of the area of Queens. The 35-acre co-op community was built in the…

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!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Aug 18

Bryant Park Reading Room: Doing the KIND Thing

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

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & CEO of KIND, discusses his book Do the Kind Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately.
Free!

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Aug 18

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.
This event features the poets of Red Hen Press: Mark Doty, Dean Kostos, and J.D. McClatchy.
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!

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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!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Aug 20

Bryant Park Reading Room: Write-In with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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.
Free!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Aug 21

Ice Cream Social

at Bathgate Community Garden , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Mix, mingle, and indulge at the Ice Cream Social, featuring entertainment by Jazzy Randolph Dancers, and others.
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.

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Aug 22

Tales of Kartika Film Screening with Wi-Moto Nyoko

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The Last Days of Kartika is a multi-disciplinary work using hip-hop music, motion comics, and live theater to tell the story of one city in its final days.
Free!

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!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Aug 27

Ice Cream Social

at Willis Avenue Community Garden , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Mix, mingle, and indulge at the Ice Cream Social, featuring entertainment by Jazzy Randolph Dancers, and others.
Free!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Aug 28

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night! Tango

at Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue (in Hunter's Point South Park) , Queens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Enjoy everything tango: dance classes, demonstrations, and live music!
Free!

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Event

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Aug 29

Women in Comics ll Closing Reception

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

1:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Join us for the closing reception of our Women in Comics Exhibition II. We'll have a Q & A with artists showcasing their work in the show about the comic book industry and…
Free!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Aug 30

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This program will teach about the basics of coyote biology and the best tips for coexisting with coyotes in our urban environment.
Free!

Must See
Event

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

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Sep 10

Artist Talk: Tom Fruin

at Empire Fulton Ferry (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn artist Tom Fruin will discuss the origin and fabrication of his internationally known ICON series.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sep 12

GreenThumb Annual Harvest Fair

at Diamante Garden (in ) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join GreenThumb for our annual celebration that honors thousands of community gardeners and greening professionals across New York City for their work during the season.
Free!

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!

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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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