The Daily Plant : Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This Weekend In Parks: Holiday Edition
On Saturday at 4:00 p.m., experience Christmas as it was celebrated centuries ago at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. View the farmhouse by the glow of “candlelight” and learn more about holiday and winter preparations in an early 19th century Manhattan farmhouse. The Dyckman Farmhouse is located at 4881 Broadway at 204th Street. This event is free, but reservations are recommended. Please call (212) 304-9422.
Don’t let the holiday season pass you by without visiting the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train show! This annual family favorite returns with model trains traversing a magical landscape that features 140 replicas of New York landmarks made from plant parts. The show runs through January 11. Call (718) 817-8700 for ticketing information.
Got cabin fever? Learn how kids kept busy during the long winter months in 19th-century Brooklyn. This was a time before video games, movies, and television helped pass the long winter days. At Lefferts Historic House, you can try your hand at needlepoint, write your New Year’s resolution with quill and ink, learn to play Nine-Man Morris, and help get the House ready for the New Year. This free event occurs each day from Friday to Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park (Flatbush Avenue at Empire Boulevard).
On Sunday, take a look back on 2008 with the Urban Park Rangers at the Forest Park Visitor’s Center. With one of the most unique jobs in the city, there’s never a dull moment for the Rangers, and they’ve captured many of their unique experiences in Queens parks on film. Enjoy this visual presentation of a year’s worth of adventures in nature and you’ll learn why they say a picture is worth a thousand words. The free retrospective begins at 1:00 p.m. Hot cocoa and coffee will be provided.
While you are busy thinking about your New Year’s resolution for 2009, come to the Blue Heron Park Preserve on Saturday to learn about the history behind making a commitment to the New Year. Where did it start? What were some of the first resolutions? You’ll be sure to make some of your own before you go! The event begins at 1:00 p.m. at Blue Heron Park (222 Poillon Avenue between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard).
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“Rats. Nobody sent me a Christmas card today. I almost wish there weren’t a holiday season. I know nobody likes me. Why do we have to have a holiday season to emphasize it?”
A Charlie Brown Christmas
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Directions to Prospect Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
The Prospect Park Well House is under reconstruction in order to build a new composting latrine. The park remains open while the building gets reconstructed.
Anticipated Completion: Winter 2015
The Long Meadow Ballfields will be closed at Prospect Park for construction. The reconstruction of the Long Meadow Ballfields is a multi-phase project encompassing 34 acres of fields, paths and woodlands. The project incorporates contemporary storm water management techniques that support our goal of capturing and retaining storm water runoff. These improvements will also help to filter runoff before it enters our watercourse. Designed to revitalize the park’s sporting community, the first phase will restore Field One, pedestrian and bridle paths, drinking fountains, benches, and include new tree plantings.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015
Starting July 6, 2015, Prospect Park's West Drive will be permanently car-free after 9 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.
Prospect Park Weather
- Introduction to Bird Watching
- Medicinal Plants Hike
- Nature Exploration
- Shape Up NYC: Cardio Toning
- Nature Exploration
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Fitness Equipment
- Great Trees
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Ice Skating Rinks
- Nature Centers
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
- Wi-Fi Hot Spots
- Zoos and Aquariums
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