NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2015 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:55:19 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[Bronx Memoir Book Reading and Discussion]]> Date: March 28, 2015

Join Charlie Vazquez, Director of the Bronx Writers Center for a lecture, readings, and a book sale.

Hear the stories of some of the Bronx writers. The Bronx Memoir Project was created by the Bronx Council on the Arts in order to develop and refine memoir fragments written by people of all ages, races, genders, nationalities, and backgrounds residing in the Bronx. This was achieved by deploying memoir-writing to various cultural destinations throughout the Bronx in spring of 2014. The book, "A Bronx Memoir Project has been released with over 50 Bronx writer's stories selected.

There will be a book signing and book sale during the event.

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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<![CDATA[First Annual Ada Louise Huxtable Lecture: Preservation, Who Needs It Anyway?]]> Date: April 7, 2015

Preservationists were once welcomed in urban environments as the lynchpin for stabilization and recovery and the key to balanced and intelligent development. Now they’re often portrayed as adversaries and obstacles to growth. Why this flip-flop? Is this accurate? Does the preservation movement still have an important positive role to play in New York City? And what is that role?

Hugh Hardy is the founding partner of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, known for design of distinctive new buildings, restoration of historic structures, and planning projects for the public realm across America. A major presence in New York, H3 has completed restoration of Radio City Music Hall, multiple projects for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and New York Botanical Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center together with restoration of Bryant Park. Their faithful recreations of the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theaters on 42nd Street were pivotal to reemergence of this famed street as one of New York’s premier places of entertainment. Mr. Hardy’s work is consistently recognized by civic, architectural, and preservation organizations for a progressive spirit and sensitive understanding of context.
Reception follows.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 777-1089

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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<![CDATA[Artist Talk with Alan Messer In Conjunction with Exhibition: Conserving Our City of Nature]]> Date: April 8, 2015

Many New Yorkers are unaware of the 350 species of wild birds—almost a third of all bird species in North America—that live in or pass through New York City each year. Artist Alan Messer skillfully captures many, from exquisite migrating Blackburnian Warblers in Central Park’s ramble to a Northern Harrier scanning the vast marshes of Jamaica Bay. Conserving Our City of Nature: The Artwork of Alan Messer presented by NYC Audubon reveals over 30 of Messer’s detailed paintings, illustrations, and field sketches of New York City's avian wildlife and habitats, offering a view of NYC Audubon's conservation mission through an artistic eye.

Alan Messer has taught birding ID and nature drawing classes at The New York Historical Society, and The New York City Audubon Society. His works have been shown at the Cape May Bird Observatory, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, at Ellis Island, and The Lincoln Center in New York NY. He has illustrated for books, magazines, and field guides, and is a regular contributor to Bird Watcher's Digest. Messer is a former President of The Linnaean Society of New York.

Admission is free but space is limited.
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Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Partnerships for Parks 2015 Conference]]> Date: April 11, 2015

Please join us at the Partnerships for Parks 2015 Conference.

Partnerships is celebrating 20 years of community engagement in neighborhood green spaces. Read more about our previous conferences here and stay tuned for more details to follow.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: NYU Law

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<![CDATA[The New York World’s Fairs in 3D: A Stereoscopic Projection Show]]> Date: April 12, 2015

Robert Munn and Sandra Cook of the Depthography Group will be presenting their “World’s Fairs in 3D” Stereoscopic Projection Show. The show consists of over 28 full color View-Master stero views of the 1939-40 Fair and over 128 views of the 1964-65 Fair, including images of the ruins and aftermath of the events.

Robert Munn has presented his 3-D photography using 3-D polarized projection since the 1980's. 3D glasses will be provided.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 939-0647

Location: Kingsland Homestead

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<![CDATA[High Bridge Historic Neighborhood Walk Tour]]> Date: April 25, 2015

Considered an engineering marvel of the day, High Bridge is a classic example of how an ancient system of water technology can play a major role in the expansion of a metropolis. It is the oldest bridge standing in New York City and after so many years of disuse, it is under renovation and slated to open for pedestrian traffic in the near future. To keep the momentum going, Bronx Co. Historical Society Educator Angel Hernandez will lead a historic walking tour of the High Bridge neighborhood with an inclusion of other historic items throughout the area. This tour will start at the foot of Tthe Bronx-bound staircase of the 167th Street #4 subway station located at the northeast corner. Bronx buses #35, #1, and #2 run near the tour meeting location and it will terminate there as well.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 881-8900

Location: 167th Street Train station

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<![CDATA[Bronx Week: Marvelous Mott Haven Historic Walking Tour]]> Date: May 9, 2015

Join the Bronx Borough Historian Lloyd Ultan on a historic stroll through one of The Bronx’s noted designated historic districts – Mott Haven. The southernmost section of our borough, Mott Haven was one of the first communities to be urbanized across the Harlem River.

Because this historic section is vast, with many items to point out, the tour may exceed more than two hours, so make sure you have your walking shoes on.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 881 8900

Location: East 138th Street and Lincoln Avenue

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<![CDATA[Bird and Nature Walk at QBG]]> Date: May 17, 2015

Join us for a stroll through the Garden as we look for springtime birds, flowers, and other treats courtesy of Mother Nature!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Natural Areas Conservancy: Prospect Park Walk]]> Date: May 21, 2015

Join the Natural Areas Conservancy and the Prospect Park Alliance for a guided walk through Prospect Park, one of Brooklyn’s last remaining native forests.

Expert ecologists will show you the native plants and unique forest features of the Park, as well as highlight the importance of native plants to the ecological health of the park and New York City.

Afterwards, enjoy light refreshments and a presentation of findings from the first-ever, citywide assessment of natural areas.

Please wear walking shoes and bring water, if needed.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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<![CDATA[World's Fair Anniversary Festival]]> Date: June 7, 2015

We're celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World's Fair with a full day of free activities for all.

Interested in revisiting the 1939 and 1964 Fairs? We'll be leading tours of historic sites that are still in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and displaying exhibits of memorabilia.

Kid-friendly events include 50-cent rides on the historic carousel, puppet shows, and face painting.

Enjoy cultural music and dance performances throughout the day followed by an evening concert and fireworks!. Different foods from around the world will be available, including Belgian waffles, which were introduced to the US at the 1964 World's Fair.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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