This Weekend In Parks
St. Patrick's Day
Join NYC Parks as we and our partners celebrate St. Patrick's Day throughout the city. Highlights include historic walking tours led by the Urban Park Rangers, and the Grand Reopening of the Servants' Quarters at the Merchant's House Museum, a bastion of Irish history in New York.
The Merchant’s House Museum celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the re-opening of its newly restored 4th floor Servants' Quarters, home to the Tredwell family’s four Irish servants and “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish inhabitation in New York City” (Time Out New York).
From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, you are invited to come climb the narrow staircase and see where the servants lived and worked. In addition to substantial structural repairs, the Servants' Quarters also underwent a comprehensive paint analysis and is the first space in the house to be re-painted to match its authentic 1850s colors. It is included along with the regular museum admission.
Coastal Cleanup: Rockaway Community Park
Or, head to the Rockaways to help us clean one of the great restoration projects in New York City, Rockaway Community Park. On Saturday, this park is being restored to the public, and we need your help to pick up trash and large debris. Pitch in and join your neighbors in supporting this local ecosystem. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Almeda Avenue and Beach 58th Street.
And don't forget the St. Patrick's Day Parade which marches up 5th Avenue on Saturday. Be sure to visit Central Park afterwards!
Saturday, March 17
Historic New York Walking Tour: The Irish in NYC
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
West Bronx Recreation Center, Bronx
Grand Re-opening of the Servants' Quarters
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Merchant's House Museum, Manhattan
The Night Sky
Wolfes Pond Park, Staten Island
Sunday, March 18
Pass, Punt, and Kick Competition
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, Manhattan
Staten Island OutLOUD: Tom-Becky-Huck Look-Alike Contest
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Nature's Helpers at the Audubon Center
2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
GREEN TIP OF THE WEEK
Instead of throwing your unneeded plastic bags to the trash, donate them –
places like libraries and food banks often need them.
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.”