NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:41:03 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-juggling1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-juggling1 Date: May 28, 2013

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-piano Date: May 28, 2013

Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say yeah to weekday performances of ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie, and stride piano in Bryant Park. Produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm*

May 6 – 10 Terry Waldo
13 – 17 Jon Weber
20 – 24 Russ Kassoff
27 – 31 Larry Ham
June 3 – 7 Todd Robbins
10 – 14 Ayako Shirasaki
17 – 21 Luiz Simas
24 – 28 Joel Forrester
July 1 – 5 Junior Mance
8 – 12* Yuka Aikawa
15 – 19* Isaac ben Ayala
22 – 26* Dona Carter
29 – August 2* Deanna Witkowski
August 5 – 9* Roy Eaton
12 – 16* Victor Lin
19 – 23 Sue Maskaleris
26 – 30 Frank Owens
September 2 – 6 Armen Donelian
9 – 13 Dan Manjovi
16 – 20 Kuni Mikami
23 – 27 Daryl Sherman
*Piano will be held from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Knit & Crochet Beginner's Group]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/knit-crochet-beginners-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/knit-crochet-beginners-group Date: May 28, 2013

All participants will learn how to purchase yarn, needles & hooks, read directions and make a 4"x4" square to measure tension to be able to finish a pot holder or scarf. Knitters will learn how to cast on and how to knit or purl. Crocheters will learn to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

Supplies:

Participants should bring a 7oz skein of light colored worsted weight yarn. No multi-colored, nor dark colored yarns. Knitters should purchase #8 needles, crocheters should purchase an "H" hook.

Start time: 1:30 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 28, 2013

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Stargazing on the High Line]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/every-tuesday-stargazing-on-the-high-line http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/every-tuesday-stargazing-on-the-high-line Date: May 28, 2013

You don’t have to leave New York City to see the stars.

Gaze at the stars, planets, and Moon through the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York, and chat with the experts about the sights you see. Stargazing at the High Line takes place every Tuesday, beginning at dusk, between Tuesday, April 2 and Tuesday, October 29.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: 14th Street Passage (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 6:30 pm 9:30 pm 40.7417, -74.0078 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5141fffebc529.png Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Circuit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/central-park-circuit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/central-park-circuit Date: May 28, 2013

Get fit this summer with innovative exercises designed by top trainers to utilize the Park’s best natural features: rocks, trails, stairs, hills, and gorgeous open lawns. A variety of classes will help you to maximize your strength and agility, as well as increase flexibility and muscle tone. All fitness levels welcome. Space is limited to 20 participants per class on a first come, first served basis. Ages 18+.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 348-4867

Location: North Meadow Recreation Center (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Tuesday Tours: Weekly Guided Walking Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/tuesday-tours-weekly-free-guided-walking-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/tuesday-tours-weekly-free-guided-walking-tours Date: May 28, 2013

Hear the story behind New York City’s park in the sky. Tuesday Tours are free hour-long walking tours led by High Line Docents, knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer you an insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design, and landscape.

Tuesday Tours take place weekly between Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday, September 24.

Space is limited. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee a spot.

Tuesday Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather. Check back or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates every Tuesday by noon.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: 14th Street Passage (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7417, -74.0078 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51420073ab7ef.png Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Poetry]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-poetry http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-poetry Date: May 28, 2013

Reading Room Poetry with Tightrope Press presents Canadian poets Molly Peacock, Sue Goyette and Elise Partridge.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "The Comedy of Errors"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors Date: May 28, 2013

The Comedy of Errors, one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays, is a comical tale about two sets of twins who were separated at birth and now live in neighboring cities . When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, visit Ephesus they are mistaken for Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus, and thus begins the never ending mayhem of mistaken identity.

The event is free but you will need tickets for admittance. Learn how to get them at the link below.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Delacorte Theater (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 8:30 pm 40.7799, -73.9688 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Sunrise Tai Chi Classes]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/sunrise-tai-chi-classes http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/sunrise-tai-chi-classes Date: May 29, 2013

Sunrise Tai Chi Classes with Robert Martinez, certified Tai Chi Instructor. All programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfy clothing and bring water. Rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Start time: 6:30 am

End time: 7:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Linden Terrace (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 6:30 am 7:30 am 40.8617, -73.9335 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/517ff120af3f6.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 29, 2013

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. This exhibit illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species, and is on display in the Visitor&Administration Building Gallery. Free with Garden admission.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 29, 2013

Ride your bike to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. Lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers (bicycles not allowed inside)

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Pelham Bay Park: Garlic Mustard Pull]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/pelham-bay-park-garlic-mustard-pull http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/pelham-bay-park-garlic-mustard-pull Date: May 29, 2013

Come out and volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Pelham Park to help remove Garlic Mustard from the forest. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead on the north side of the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Space is limited.

Registration is Required For This Event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360 -3317

Location: Orchard Beach Parking Lot (in Pelham Bay Park)

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<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 29, 2013

Erik Benson’s paintings depict the landscape of everyday metropolitan life, created with thousands of shapes hand-cut from dried sheets of acrylic paint. Benson uses this painstaking compositional technique to capture the complexity of urban development, with its interplay of construction and creative destruction, density and emptiness. Familiar cityscapes emerge as more complex than they initially appear.

Originally I was interested in creating a painting vocabulary that depicted the plasticity and temporality of unexamined things such as playgrounds and construction sites,” says Benson. “These interests have been growing into ideas and concerns that deal with the urban landscape, such as how cities grow and shrink, and what these issues mean to the inhabitants.”

In these vivid new paintings, Benson considers the role and impact of playgrounds, trees and parks within evolving communities, often setting the saturated colors and bold shapes of play equipment and dynamic tree branch patterns against the muted backdrops of the surrounding buildings. Inspired by his neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, he creates works that are not precise representations, but rather archetypes, at once foreboding and optimistic.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 29, 2013

Students from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation present a photography exhibition entitled Changing Lenses at Poe Park Visitors Center. The exhibition marks the beginning of a new program that expands arts education for young scientists, and brings their work beyond the walls of the school into the community at large.

Throughout the Spring 2013 semester, nine students in grades 9 – 11 gathered for weekly after-school sessions with UASWC art instructor Jessica Sinclair and teaching artist Mustafa Önder. Using SLR cameras, nine students were introduced to the fundamentals of photography. Emphasis was placed on the communicative properties of image-making: composition, storytelling, and conceptualization. Photographic outings were undertaken throughout the local community, to the Bronx Zoo, and to Bryant Park in Manhattan. The group also took a field trip to the International Center of Photography, where they received a guided tour by a museum educator.

The project is sponsored by Joy of Givings Something, Inc. (JGS), a not-for-profit organization that promotes the art of photography.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: May 29, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors [weather permitting] for 3 and 4 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 9:45 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:45 am 10:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/catch-release-fishing Date: May 29, 2013

Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 29, 2013

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 29, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features. Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; call (212) 860-1370 for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 29, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Peepers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-peepers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-peepers Date: May 29, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors [weather permitting] for 2 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus Date: May 29, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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Q021 Cunningham Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7308, -73.7728 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-chess Date: May 29, 2013

Game boards, including chess, checkers, and backgammon, are available for a small fee. Provided by the Marshall Chess Club.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 29, 2013

Learn to play pétanque, the popular European game anchored in precision, patience, and camaraderie from members of La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship-winning club.

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 29, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-games Date: May 29, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 29, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 29, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Intermediate Spanish Class]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-intermediate-spanish-class http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-intermediate-spanish-class Date: May 29, 2013

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao! Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Attend at any time – lessons are not cumulative.

Registration required:
inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:45 am 12:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 29, 2013

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-piano Date: May 29, 2013

Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say yeah to weekday performances of ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie, and stride piano in Bryant Park. Produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm*

May 6 – 10 Terry Waldo
13 – 17 Jon Weber
20 – 24 Russ Kassoff
27 – 31 Larry Ham
June 3 – 7 Todd Robbins
10 – 14 Ayako Shirasaki
17 – 21 Luiz Simas
24 – 28 Joel Forrester
July 1 – 5 Junior Mance
8 – 12* Yuka Aikawa
15 – 19* Isaac ben Ayala
22 – 26* Dona Carter
29 – August 2* Deanna Witkowski
August 5 – 9* Roy Eaton
12 – 16* Victor Lin
19 – 23 Sue Maskaleris
26 – 30 Frank Owens
September 2 – 6 Armen Donelian
9 – 13 Dan Manjovi
16 – 20 Kuni Mikami
23 – 27 Daryl Sherman
*Piano will be held from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Author Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-author http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-author Date: May 29, 2013

Reading Room Author Series: Ben Mezrich, Straight Flush: The True Story of five College Kids Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Empire and How It All Came Crashing Down.

Another sure bet of a book by the bestselling author who dealt us The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 12:30 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun Film Screening: The Revolutionary Optimists]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/arts-culture-fun-film-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/arts-culture-fun-film-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists Date: May 29, 2013

In partnership with Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, Arts, Culture & Fun presents The Revolutionary Optimists.
Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur, has sewn hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and transforming their communities for the better.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5181817b5959a.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Trellising 101: Save Space and Increase Production]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/trellising-101-save-space-and-increase-production http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/trellising-101-save-space-and-increase-production Date: May 29, 2013

Space is in short supply in NYC, and when you can't grow out you need to grow up! Join us at East New York Farms and learn how to make the most of your garden. The workshop will cover the basics on how to make rock-solid trellises for your tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, beans, cucumbers, bitter melon, and more.

Please RSVP.

Grow to Learn registered schools may request soil, compost, and lumber for fall delivery.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8073

Location: Hands and Heart Community Garden

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2013-05-29 2013-05-29 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.6606, -73.8959 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Tour: High Line Design with James Corner Field Operations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/tour-high-line-design-with-james-corner-field-operations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/tour-high-line-design-with-james-corner-field-operations Date: May 29, 2013

The High Line’s design was created by a visionary team led by James Corner Field Operations, with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Piet Oudolf.

Join landscape architect Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, an associate at James Corner Field Operations, on a walking tour to learn about the High Line project, from concept through execution. Elizabeth will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the elevated steel structure when designing and installing the landscape on the High Line.

This High Line Program is open to visitors of all ages. Purchase tickets below.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: High Line (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7467, -74.0057 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/514203087f84a.png Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 29, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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Q021 Cunningham Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7308, -73.7728 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "The Comedy of Errors"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors Date: May 29, 2013

The Comedy of Errors, one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays, is a comical tale about two sets of twins who were separated at birth and now live in neighboring cities . When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, visit Ephesus they are mistaken for Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus, and thus begins the never ending mayhem of mistaken identity.

The event is free but you will need tickets for admittance. Learn how to get them at the link below.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Delacorte Theater (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 8:30 pm 40.7799, -73.9688 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Tai Chi]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-tai-chi http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-tai-chi Date: May 30, 2013

Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: 212-768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.7541, -73.9845 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: May 30, 2013

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Rain and weather / air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are cancelled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. After years of being a gym rat, I've seen the light, so to speak. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 30, 2013

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. This exhibit illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species, and is on display in the Visitor&Administration Building Gallery. Free with Garden admission.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-30 2013-05-30 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 30, 2013

Ride your bike to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. Lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers (bicycles not allowed inside)

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-30 2013-05-30 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[25th Annual Vehicle & Equipment Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/25th-annual-vehicle-equipment-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/25th-annual-vehicle-equipment-show Date: May 30, 2013

Each show highlights vehicles and equipment with alternative fuels and emissions reducing technologies. We also showcase the latest in light and heavy-duty vehicles, trucks, horticultural equipment, tools, fleet services, and more.

For more information or to RSVP, please call NYC Fleet at (212) 386-0377.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 386-0377

Location: Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 9:00 am 2:00 pm 40.7464, -73.845 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/fitness-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/fitness-walk Date: May 30, 2013

Adults can join us on a free fitness walking program every Tuesday and Thursday morning. This program is terrific for adults of all ages. We have just extended this walk until October 31st.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-4793 x301

Location: Joe Michaels Mile: Western Entrance (in Crocheron Park)

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Q012 Crocheron Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 9:00 am 40.7888, -73.7821 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 30, 2013

Join Shape Up NYC for a free outdoor Couch to 5K class each week. No registration is required, just show up ready to work out. Couch to 5K is a beginner program for the aspiring runner that will combine running, walking, and conditioning exercises to get you in shape for long distance running. Meet outside the Bowne Park Field House, rain or shine.

Shape Up NYC (an NYC Parks program run in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Bowne Park

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Q006 Bowne Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 30, 2013

Erik Benson’s paintings depict the landscape of everyday metropolitan life, created with thousands of shapes hand-cut from dried sheets of acrylic paint. Benson uses this painstaking compositional technique to capture the complexity of urban development, with its interplay of construction and creative destruction, density and emptiness. Familiar cityscapes emerge as more complex than they initially appear.

Originally I was interested in creating a painting vocabulary that depicted the plasticity and temporality of unexamined things such as playgrounds and construction sites,” says Benson. “These interests have been growing into ideas and concerns that deal with the urban landscape, such as how cities grow and shrink, and what these issues mean to the inhabitants.”

In these vivid new paintings, Benson considers the role and impact of playgrounds, trees and parks within evolving communities, often setting the saturated colors and bold shapes of play equipment and dynamic tree branch patterns against the muted backdrops of the surrounding buildings. Inspired by his neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, he creates works that are not precise representations, but rather archetypes, at once foreboding and optimistic.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 30, 2013

Students from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation present a photography exhibition entitled Changing Lenses at Poe Park Visitors Center. The exhibition marks the beginning of a new program that expands arts education for young scientists, and brings their work beyond the walls of the school into the community at large.

Throughout the Spring 2013 semester, nine students in grades 9 – 11 gathered for weekly after-school sessions with UASWC art instructor Jessica Sinclair and teaching artist Mustafa Önder. Using SLR cameras, nine students were introduced to the fundamentals of photography. Emphasis was placed on the communicative properties of image-making: composition, storytelling, and conceptualization. Photographic outings were undertaken throughout the local community, to the Bronx Zoo, and to Bryant Park in Manhattan. The group also took a field trip to the International Center of Photography, where they received a guided tour by a museum educator.

The project is sponsored by Joy of Givings Something, Inc. (JGS), a not-for-profit organization that promotes the art of photography.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Stretching, Toning, and Relaxation at the Poe Visitor Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/craniosacral-relaxation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/craniosacral-relaxation Date: May 30, 2013

The relaxation technique, somewhat like yoga, makes you feel as though you are floating on water.

You may experience yourself drifting in and out of sleep during the gentle and quiet sessions. You will gain a deeper sense of well-being and relaxation, with a better understanding of your body and how it feels. If you suffer migraines or back or neck pain, the instructor will advice you on the specific technique to alleviate the area of concern.

Mats and materials are provided. Come in loose and comfortable pants and clothing. Most people remove their shoes.

Get ready to have an amazing experience. This is a very popular class.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/catch-release-fishing Date: May 30, 2013

Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 30, 2013

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 30, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features. Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; call (212) 860-1370 for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: May 30, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors (weather permitting) for 3 and 4 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 10:00 am 10:45 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 30, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/big-apple-circus Date: May 30, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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Q021 Cunningham Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7308, -73.7728 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-chess Date: May 30, 2013

Game boards, including chess, checkers, and backgammon, are available for a small fee. Provided by the Marshall Chess Club.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 30, 2013

Learn to play pétanque, the popular European game anchored in precision, patience, and camaraderie from members of La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship-winning club.

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 30, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-games Date: May 30, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 30, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 30, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 30, 2013

Located in the Park’s "Children’s Corner," the Carousel features 51 magnificently carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of the time, and restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990, the Carousel promises that classic summertime amusement will be available for generations of fun. In addition, the Prospect Park Carousel is one of the few in the world that is wheelchair accessible.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 30, 2013

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-piano Date: May 30, 2013

Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say yeah to weekday performances of ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie, and stride piano in Bryant Park. Produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm*

May 6 – 10 Terry Waldo
13 – 17 Jon Weber
20 – 24 Russ Kassoff
27 – 31 Larry Ham
June 3 – 7 Todd Robbins
10 – 14 Ayako Shirasaki
17 – 21 Luiz Simas
24 – 28 Joel Forrester
July 1 – 5 Junior Mance
8 – 12* Yuka Aikawa
15 – 19* Isaac ben Ayala
22 – 26* Dona Carter
29 – August 2* Deanna Witkowski
August 5 – 9* Roy Eaton
12 – 16* Victor Lin
19 – 23 Sue Maskaleris
26 – 30 Frank Owens
September 2 – 6 Armen Donelian
9 – 13 Dan Manjovi
16 – 20 Kuni Mikami
23 – 27 Daryl Sherman
*Piano will be held from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Author Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-author http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/bryant-park-author Date: May 30, 2013

Reading Room Author Series: Dan Savage, American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

Sex advice columnist and bestselling author of the book that inspired the Emmy-award winning campaign It Gets Better weighs in on other issues.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 12:30 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/every-thursday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/every-thursday-high-line-field-station Date: May 30, 2013

Whether it’s your first walk or your hundredth visit, High Line Greeters help you discover a new side of the High Line.

The High Line Field Station is a mobile information cart, staffed by High Line Greeters, a group of knowledgeable volunteers who answer your questions and provide information about the park’s history, design, landscape, and more. The Field Station is also stocked with free resources, like monthly bloom lists, seasonal High Line Art maps, and information about upcoming free events and activities for the whole family.

The High Line Field Station is open Thursdays, from 1:00 – 7:00 PM, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, between Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, September 29. The High Line Field Station will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) from 1:00 – 7:00 PM.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: Chelsea Market Passage (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 1:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/natures-helpers Date: May 30, 2013

Spend time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean.

Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags and trash grabbers will be provided.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 30, 2013

Curious as to how “Snappy” the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join one of our trained staff in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. Learn what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and even assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal with our box turtle!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/nature-on-the-go Date: May 30, 2013

Come have fun in nature. A Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can be active and learn about the nature that is all around us.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/garden-crew-training-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/garden-crew-training-session Date: May 30, 2013

The ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove need constant care; from watering to weeding, planting to dead-heading there is always work to be done in these gardens. Help maintain the Sherman Creek Gardens and join our Garden Crew on Thursday evenings this spring through fall.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (917) 291-6436

Location: Swindler Cove Park

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2013-05-30 2013-05-30 4:00 pm 6:30 pm 40.8588, -73.923 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51360fad2696e.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[CityParks PuppetMobile Presents "Little Red's Hood"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood Date: May 30, 2013

Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale updated with a modern sensibility that will appeal to kids. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Like many of today’s children, Little Red is a smart, young city slicker who is too focused on her smartphone to notice her surroundings. Wulfric is a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth. When Little Red travels from New York City to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she encounters a colorful cast of characters as Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass.

Little Red’s Hood is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon and written by Liam Hurley.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Eastern Lawns (in Washington Square Park)

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M098 Washington Square Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 5:00 pm 40.7303, -73.9969 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515b091466e89.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 30, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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Q021 Cunningham Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7308, -73.7728 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "The Comedy of Errors"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/30/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors Date: May 30, 2013

The Comedy of Errors, one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays, is a comical tale about two sets of twins who were separated at birth and now live in neighboring cities . When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, visit Ephesus they are mistaken for Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus, and thus begins the never ending mayhem of mistaken identity.

The event is free but you will need tickets for admittance. Learn how to get them at the link below.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Delacorte Theater (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-30 2013-05-30 8:30 pm 40.7799, -73.9688 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 31, 2013

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. This exhibit illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species, and is on display in the Visitor&Administration Building Gallery. Free with Garden admission.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-31 2013-05-31 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 31, 2013

Ride your bike to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. Lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers (bicycles not allowed inside)

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-31 2013-05-31 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga in the Orangerie]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/yoga-in-the-orangerie http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/yoga-in-the-orangerie Date: May 31, 2013

The benefits of yoga are well known: de-stress, get strong and flexible, and have fun! This beginner level class is also suitable for those who want to deepen their practice in a steady, mindful approach. Taught by certified Anusara yoga teacher Ann Casapini in a serene, sunlit space. Ten-class series. Class size limited to 12. Registration and pre-payment required.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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2013-05-31 2013-05-31 9:00 am 10:15 am 40.8719, -73.8055 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 31, 2013

Erik Benson’s paintings depict the landscape of everyday metropolitan life, created with thousands of shapes hand-cut from dried sheets of acrylic paint. Benson uses this painstaking compositional technique to capture the complexity of urban development, with its interplay of construction and creative destruction, density and emptiness. Familiar cityscapes emerge as more complex than they initially appear.

Originally I was interested in creating a painting vocabulary that depicted the plasticity and temporality of unexamined things such as playgrounds and construction sites,” says Benson. “These interests have been growing into ideas and concerns that deal with the urban landscape, such as how cities grow and shrink, and what these issues mean to the inhabitants.”

In these vivid new paintings, Benson considers the role and impact of playgrounds, trees and parks within evolving communities, often setting the saturated colors and bold shapes of play equipment and dynamic tree branch patterns against the muted backdrops of the surrounding buildings. Inspired by his neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, he creates works that are not precise representations, but rather archetypes, at once foreboding and optimistic.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 31, 2013

Students from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation present a photography exhibition entitled Changing Lenses at Poe Park Visitors Center. The exhibition marks the beginning of a new program that expands arts education for young scientists, and brings their work beyond the walls of the school into the community at large.

Throughout the Spring 2013 semester, nine students in grades 9 – 11 gathered for weekly after-school sessions with UASWC art instructor Jessica Sinclair and teaching artist Mustafa Önder. Using SLR cameras, nine students were introduced to the fundamentals of photography. Emphasis was placed on the communicative properties of image-making: composition, storytelling, and conceptualization. Photographic outings were undertaken throughout the local community, to the Bronx Zoo, and to Bryant Park in Manhattan. The group also took a field trip to the International Center of Photography, where they received a guided tour by a museum educator.

The project is sponsored by Joy of Givings Something, Inc. (JGS), a not-for-profit organization that promotes the art of photography.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/catch-release-fishing Date: May 31, 2013

Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 31, 2013

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 31, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features. Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; call (212) 860-1370 for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 31, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station Date: May 31, 2013

Whether it’s your first walk or your hundredth visit, High Line Greeters help you discover a new side of the High Line.

The High Line Field Station is a mobile information cart, staffed by High Line Greeters, a group of knowledgeable volunteers who answer your questions and provide information about the park’s history, design, landscape, and more. The Field Station is also stocked with free resources, like monthly bloom lists, seasonal High Line Art maps, and information about upcoming free events and activities for the whole family.

The High Line Field Station is open Thursdays, from 1:00 – 7:00 PM, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, between Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, September 29. The High Line Field Station will be open on Memorial Day (Monday, May 27) from 1:00 – 7:00 PM.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: Chelsea Market Passage (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/big-apple-circus Date: May 31, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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Q021 Cunningham Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7308, -73.7728 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-chess Date: May 31, 2013

Game boards, including chess, checkers, and backgammon, are available for a small fee. Provided by the Marshall Chess Club.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 31, 2013

Learn to play pétanque, the popular European game anchored in precision, patience, and camaraderie from members of La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship-winning club.

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 31, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-games Date: May 31, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 31, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 31, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Lunchtime Listen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/summer-on-the-hudson-lunchtime-listen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/summer-on-the-hudson-lunchtime-listen Date: May 31, 2013

Lunchtime sounds even better now when you enjoy the ambient acoustics. Bring a bag of yummies and drink in the reverberations. Enter at 130th St.

Thank you to our 2013 Summer on the Hudson in West Harlem Piers Park sponsor Fairway Market.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

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2013-05-31 2013-05-31 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.8188, -73.9611 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515481609ddf8.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/shape-up-nyc-pilates http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/shape-up-nyc-pilates Date: May 31, 2013

Join us for an introductory class to the Pilates method. These conditioning exercises can create length in the body, and improve flexibility and strength. Please bring your own mat. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Shaping Up has never been this easy. Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516342ad0457c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 31, 2013

Located in the Park’s "Children’s Corner," the Carousel features 51 magnificently carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of the time, and restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990, the Carousel promises that classic summertime amusement will be available for generations of fun. In addition, the Prospect Park Carousel is one of the few in the world that is wheelchair accessible.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Schmul Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/walk-nyc-schmul-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/walk-nyc-schmul-park Date: May 31, 2013

Walk NYC is a free program that encourages New Yorkers of all ages to get fit while enjoying the outdoors. With funding provided by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Parks will staff locations throughout the city with trained walking instructors to lead one-hour walks (unless otherwise noted).

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: P.S. 26 (in Schmul Park)

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R045 Schmul Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.592, -74.1901 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 31, 2013

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-piano Date: May 31, 2013

Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say yeah to weekday performances of ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie, and stride piano in Bryant Park. Produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm*

May 6 – 10 Terry Waldo
13 – 17 Jon Weber
20 – 24 Russ Kassoff
27 – 31 Larry Ham
June 3 – 7 Todd Robbins
10 – 14 Ayako Shirasaki
17 – 21 Luiz Simas
24 – 28 Joel Forrester
July 1 – 5 Junior Mance
8 – 12* Yuka Aikawa
15 – 19* Isaac ben Ayala
22 – 26* Dona Carter
29 – August 2* Deanna Witkowski
August 5 – 9* Roy Eaton
12 – 16* Victor Lin
19 – 23 Sue Maskaleris
26 – 30 Frank Owens
September 2 – 6 Armen Donelian
9 – 13 Dan Manjovi
16 – 20 Kuni Mikami
23 – 27 Daryl Sherman
*Piano will be held from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/natures-helpers Date: May 31, 2013

Spend time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean.

Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags and trash grabbers will be provided.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/bryant-park-fencing Date: May 31, 2013

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. No prior experience needed, and equipment is provided.

Please call (212) 382-2255 to register. Drop-ins also welcome.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fifth Avenue Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7528, -73.9816 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 31, 2013

Curious as to how “Snappy” the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join one of our trained staff in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. Learn what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and even assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal with our box turtle!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/nature-on-the-go Date: May 31, 2013

Come have fun in nature. A Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can be active and learn about the nature that is all around us.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Club: The Tale of Despereaux]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/book-clubthe-tale-of-despereaux http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/book-clubthe-tale-of-despereaux Date: May 31, 2013

The story of a mouse, a princess, some soup and a spool of thread. Reading, discussion and arts activity relating to the story.

Parents and kids welcome together.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-31 2013-05-31 3:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bdbeaedb4a.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:41:05 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/31/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 31, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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