NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://nyc.gov/parks/events NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sat, 06 Feb 2016 09:37:56 GMT <![CDATA[Chocolate Day!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/chocolate-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/chocolate-day Date: February 13, 2016

Learn more about the food item you love the most! Morris-Jumel Mansion's Executive Director Carol Ward and Assistant Curator Kelsey Brow will discuss all things chocolate, from the history of its consumption to the ways and means of the chocolate pot. Tastings, of course, will be included.

Advanced registration is required at publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2016-02-13 2016-02-13 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.83449935913086000, -73.93849945068360000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56968563b0fca.jpg Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Happy Birthday Edgar!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/happy-birthday-edgar http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/happy-birthday-edgar Date: February 13, 2016

Come celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday with the Bronx Historical Society's CEO Doc Hermalyn as he speaks about the poet's experience in the Bronx.

Rescheduled from January 23

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-02-13 2016-02-13 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Paranormal Investigation]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/paranormal-investigation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/13/paranormal-investigation Date: February 13, 2016

Join us for a special Valentine’s Day paranormal investigation, highlighting the numerous love affairs weaved within the Morris-Jumel Mansion's history.

Learn the basics of ghost hunting while attempting to communicate with some of the mansion’s previous tenants and quite possibly, reveal their romantic past.

Space is limited. Advanced paid registration is strongly suggested at publicprograms@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 9:00 pm

End time: 11:59 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2016-02-13 2016-02-13 9:00 pm 11:59 pm 40.83449935913086000, -73.93849945068360000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5696815eb2632.jpg Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[The Pen and the Trowel: A Horticultural Lecture by Marta McDowell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/17/the-pen-and-the-trowel-a-horticultural-lecture-by-marta-mcdowell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/17/the-pen-and-the-trowel-a-horticultural-lecture-by-marta-mcdowell Date: February 17, 2016

An engaging lecturer on topics ranging from design history to plant combinations, garden writer Marta McDowell has for years been occupied with writers who garden, and whose horticultural interests have changed her own planting beds, as well as her bookshelves. Starting with Mark Twain, a former illustrious tenant of Wave Hill House, and connecting to authors ranging from Emerson to Harriet Beecher Stowe, McDowell will explore the writing-gardening connection in their gardens and her own.

This is the second of Wave Hill’s three 2016 Horticultural Lectures, a winter series hosted by the Friends of Horticulture Committee and devoted to the subject of garden design and the meaning of our interactions with plants and the natural world. They are held at the New York School of Interior Design.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: NY School of Interior Design

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2016-02-17 2016-02-17 6:00 pm 7:30 pm 40.76869964599609400, -73.96230316162110000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa60c01e26e.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Brooklyn)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/18/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-brooklyn http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/18/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-brooklyn Date: February 18, 2016

For decades, New Yorkers have been taking ownership of their local parks by starting park community groups. These groups bring programs and funding to their parks, and advocate for political support. Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local group, or start a new one!

  • Connect to community park groups in your neighborhood
  • Hear from experienced park group leaders in your borough
  • Gain five free parks resources
  • Learn the first three steps to starting a new group

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5349

Location: Dodge YMCA

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2016-02-18 2016-02-18 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.68966680000000000, -73.99154830000000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/569554df60b32.jpg Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Film Screening: Ghosts of Amistad, In the Footsteps of the Rebels]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/19/film-screening-ghosts-of-amistad-in-the-footsteps-of-the-rebels http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/19/film-screening-ghosts-of-amistad-in-the-footsteps-of-the-rebels Date: February 19, 2016

Join us as we explore the Amistad slave ship rebellion 177 years later with a screening of the documentary Ghosts of Amistad.

The film, based on Marcus Rediker's The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking-Penguin, 2012) documents his journey to Sierra Leone in 2013 to recover historical accounts from the villages of those Africans who were forced onboard the Amistad vessel, and his encounter with the ruins of the slave trading factory Lomboko.

Following the screening, co-producers, Dr. Philip Misevich and Dr. Konrad Tuchscerer will lead a discussion. To reserve a seat, email programs@kingmanor.org or call (718) 206-0545 x 13.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 206-0545

Location: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Black Box Theatre

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2016-02-19 2016-02-19 6:30 pm 8:00 pm 40.70400750000000000, -73.79843160000000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/568bf4dfb802e.jpg Tue, 05 Jan 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Armor Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/20/armor-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/20/armor-day Date: February 20, 2016

Get thyself to Wave Hill’s Armor Hall for a day of merrymaking and medieval adventures! Try on armor, watch fencing and archery demonstrations, enjoy roaming minstrels, and immerse yourself altogether in the knightly world. Built in 1927 by scholar Bashford Dean, Armor Hall once displayed his personal collection of arms and armor. Be “Dean for a day” when the armor returns to Armor Hall! Co-presented with Historic Arms, an association of scholars who lecture and demonstrate arms and armor, including duels of honor and legends of chivalry.

Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-20 2016-02-20 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa616eae9fc.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Make the City Your Gym]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/22/make-the-city-your-gym http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/22/make-the-city-your-gym Date: February 22, 2016

New York may be well known for its expansive parks, pedestrian lifestyle, and greenmarkets, but many residents also cope with food deserts, prohibitively expensive gym memberships, and limited access to well-maintained green space – as well as to quality healthcare. How can New York offer world-class health and wellness opportunities for all its citizens, not just the wealthiest? Join the Museum of the City of New York for a discussion with fitness writers, physicians, and leaders of the city’s public health initiatives to explore the free and low-cost fitness resources that already exist in the city, and how best to take advantage of them. This program springs from our exhibition, The New York City Marathon: The Great Race.

Panelists include:

  • Thomas W. Farley, Former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene & Chief Executive Officer, The Public Good Projects
  • Adena Long, Assistant Commissioner, Public Programs, NYC Parks & Recreations
  • Nancy Easton, Co-Founder, Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
  • Anahad O'Connor, Reporter, New York Times
  • Jordan Metzl (moderator), Sports Medicine Physician, Author, and Fitness Instructor, Hospital for Special Surgery

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Museum of the City of New York

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2016-02-22 2016-02-22 6:30 pm 8:00 pm 40.79249954223633000, -73.95189666748047000 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Bronx)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/25/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-bronx http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/25/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-bronx Date: February 25, 2016

For decades, New Yorkers have been taking ownership of their local parks by starting park community groups. These groups bring programs and funding to their parks, and advocate for political support. Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local group, or start a new one!

  • Connect to community park groups in your neighborhood
  • Hear from experienced park group leaders in your borough
  • Gain five free parks resources
  • Learn the first three steps to starting a new group

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5349

Location: Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College

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2016-02-25 2016-02-25 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.81740590000000000, -73.92719080000000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/569554df60b32.jpg Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Illustrated Lecture: Conserving the Merchant’s House Gas Chandeliers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/25/illustrated-lecture-conserving-the-merchants-house-gas-chandeliers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/25/illustrated-lecture-conserving-the-merchants-house-gas-chandeliers Date: February 25, 2016

As well as being the first designated exterior landmark in Manhattan, the Merchant’s House is one of only 117 interior landmarks in New York City (1981). A significant presence in the Merchant House’s interior is a pair of gas chandeliers in the Greek Revival double parlor – possibly the oldest gaseliers remaining in situ in the Northeast.

Conservator Julie Baker speaks on her 2006-7 project of dismantling, conserving, researching and documenting, and re-mounting these unique lighting fixtures with state-of-the-art fiber-optic illumination.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 777-1089

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2016-02-25 2016-02-25 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.72769927978515600, -73.99230194091797000 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Cooking Demo: Cooking with Vanilla]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/27/cooking-demo-cooking-with-vanilla http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/27/cooking-demo-cooking-with-vanilla Date: February 27, 2016

The taste of vanilla is hard to describe—and even harder to resist! The source of this enigmatic flavoring is Vanilla planifolia, an orchid native to Mexico. Watch as a chef from Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances prepares some delicious dishes and, after sampling the results, take a stroll to the Marco Polo Stufano Conservatory to meet our very own vanilla plant and some of its lovely relatives.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-27 2016-02-27 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa6338e6865.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Lecture: Walking on WaterThe Past and Future of the Old Croton Aqueduct]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/28/lecture-walking-on-waterthe-past-and-future-of-the-old-croton-aqueduct http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/28/lecture-walking-on-waterthe-past-and-future-of-the-old-croton-aqueduct Date: February 28, 2016

Join Tom Tarnowsky and Mavis Cain of the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct for this talk about the fascinating history of the 41-mile aqueduct that quenched the thirst of an expanding urban population and saved the city from fires, disease and nasty smells. Completed in 1842, the aqueduct was an engineering marvel that carried fresh water from Westchester County to New York City.

The scenic walking path above the underground aqueduct, now a National Landmark, winds through villages, woodlands, urban areas, and over the newly-restored High Bridge on its journey to Manhattan.

Free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-02-28 2016-02-28 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56aa63d84ccfc.jpg Tue, 02 Feb 2016 19:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Poetry in the Parlors]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/28/poetry-in-the-parlors http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/02/28/poetry-in-the-parlors Date: February 28, 2016

Bartow-Pell teams up with Four Way Books to present the second Sunday afternoon poetry reading in the double parlors. Poet, critic, and performer J. Mae Barizo reads from her book The Cumulus Effect followed by Kamilah Aisha Moon presenting pieces from her 2013 work, She Has a Name. Enjoy a brief musical interlude in-between readings, and a reception with a book signing afterwards.

Snow date Sunday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. Registration is requested; please call (718) 885-1461 or email info@bpmm.org.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2016-02-28 2016-02-28 4:30 pm 5:30 pm 40.87186431884765600, -73.80553436279297000 Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Foodies of the Past: 19th-Century Food Culture]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/05/foodies-of-the-past-19thcentury-food-culture http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/05/foodies-of-the-past-19thcentury-food-culture Date: March 5, 2016

As the wealth of the nation grew, so did interest in fine food. In “Foodies of the Past,” Morris-Jumel Mansion Assistant Curator and food historian Kelsey Brow will discuss the 19th-century democratization of food culture and the emergence of the “foodie.” Tastings—and kale— will be included.

Advanced registration is required at curator@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2016-03-05 2016-03-05 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.83449935913086000, -73.93849945068360000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56968729a1090.jpg Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Manhattan)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/10/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-manhattan http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/10/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-manhattan Date: March 10, 2016

For decades, New Yorkers have been taking ownership of their local parks by starting park community groups. These groups bring programs and funding to their parks, and advocate for political support. Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local group, or start a new one!

  • CONNECT to community park groups in your neighborhood
  • HEAR from experienced park group leaders in your borough
  • GAIN 5 free parks resources
  • LEARN the first 3 steps to starting a new group

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5349

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-03-10 2016-03-10 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.76760101318400000, -73.97129821777300000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/569554df60b32.jpg Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Ecology and Urbanity: The Past, Present and Future of Manhattan Island]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/12/ecology-and-urbanity-the-past-present-and-future-of-manhattan-island http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/12/ecology-and-urbanity-the-past-present-and-future-of-manhattan-island Date: March 12, 2016

Eric Sanderson, Senior Conservation Ecologist of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and director of the Mannahatta2409/Visionmaker NYC project, will speak about the historic ecology of Manhattan island, with a special focus on Washington Heights (themes echoed by our currently running exhibition Talia Greene: Passage). Dr. Sanderson will also discuss current and future urban planning in northern Manhattan, and what you can do to make your voice heard.

Advanced registration is required at curator@morrisjumel.org.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2016-03-12 2016-03-12 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.83449935913086000, -73.93849945068360000 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 19:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Meet the Author: Book Discussion and Signing with Leslie Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/13/leslie-days-book-talk-and-signing-at-the-new-leaf http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/13/leslie-days-book-talk-and-signing-at-the-new-leaf Date: March 13, 2016

Join local author Leslie Day, natural science illustrator Trudy Smoke, and Metropolitan Opera Company photographer Beth Bergman for a presentation based on their book, Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City.

Learn about the abundant and beautiful birds that make Fort Tryon Park their home, while enjoying one of New York's hidden gems, the New Leaf Restaurant in Fort Tryon Park.

Books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will take place after the presentation.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: New Leaf Restaurant (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2016-03-13 2016-03-13 3:30 pm 5:00 pm 40.86079583495000000, -73.93278813031800000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56a9289eb185e.jpg Thu, 28 Jan 2016 12:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[St. Patrick’s Day: A Tribute to the Tredwells’ Irish Servants with Bridget Murphy]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-tribute-to-the-tredwells-irish-servants-with-bridget-murphy http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/17/st-patricks-day-a-tribute-to-the-tredwells-irish-servants-with-bridget-murphy Date: March 17, 2016

Guided Tours at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a back-stairs tour of the Merchant’s House and explore the world of the Irish immigrants who worked as domestic servants for the Tredwell family.

You’ll climb the narrow staircase to the fourth-floor servants’ quarters and see where the Tredwells’ four Irish servants lived and did some of their work, “arguably the oldest intact site of Irish habitation in New York City” (Time Out New York). In the kitchen, you’ll meet 19-year-old Bridget Murphy, who worked for the Tredwells in the 1850s. What did the servants do on their day off? Where did they shop? Where did they go to to church? How did they find employment when they first arrived? Bridget will tell you why it would have been impossible to run a home like the Merchant’s House without her.

Included with General Admission. Reservations not required.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 777-1089

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2016-03-17 2016-03-17 12:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.72769927978515600, -73.99230194091797000 Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Staten Island)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/22/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-staten-island http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/03/22/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-staten-island Date: March 22, 2016

For decades, New Yorkers have been taking ownership of their local parks by starting park community groups. These groups bring programs and funding to their parks, and advocate for political support. Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local group, or start a new one!

  • CONNECT to community park groups in your neighborhood
  • HEAR from experienced park group leaders in your borough
  • GAIN 5 free parks resources
  • LEARN the first 3 steps to starting a new group

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: 12126025349

Location: De Matti Playground

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R035 De Matti Playground 2016-03-22 2016-03-22 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.61449813842773400, -74.07420349121094000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/569554df60b32.jpg Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Partnerships Academy: How to Start or Join a Community Park Group (Queens)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/06/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-queens http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/06/partnerships-academy-how-to-start-or-join-a-community-park-group-queens Date: April 6, 2016

For decades, New Yorkers have been taking ownership of their local parks by starting park community groups. These groups bring programs and funding to their parks, and advocate for political support. Join us for a free workshop to learn how you can join an existing local group, or start a new one!

  • CONNECT to community park groups in your neighborhood
  • HEAR from experienced park group leaders in your borough
  • GAIN 5 free parks resources
  • LEARN the first 3 steps to starting a new group

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5349

Location: Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

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Q401 Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center 2016-04-06 2016-04-06 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.73220062255859400, -73.86519622802734000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/569554df60b32.jpg Mon, 01 Feb 2016 18:00:02 EST