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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:50:26 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[Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/red-knots-and-horseshoe-crabs http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/red-knots-and-horseshoe-crabs Date: May 26, 2013

Come see the annual mating ritual of the horseshoe crabs as they come ashore to lay eggs. Also present will be red knots, sanderlings, ruddy turnstones and other shorebirds to feed on them. Learn about the history, ecology and medical value of the ancient ‘crab’. Kids welcome!
Leaders: Mickey Cohen, Don Riepe

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 318-4340

Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (in Jamaica Bay Park)

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Q309 Jamaica Bay Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.619, -73.8264 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c36da3b458.png Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Spend your summer in the Greenbelt: High Rock Camp and Mini Camp]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp Date: May 26, 2013

High Rock Summer Day Camp and Mini Camp are taking reservations for their 2013 summer season. For more information on both High Rock Summer Day Camp and Mini Camp follow the links listed below.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 9:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516ab90c11a1c.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/birding-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/birding-for-families Date: May 26, 2013

Experience Central Park as a precious bird habitat and learn how to spot our feathered neighbors on a walk with NYC Audubon. Binoculars available to borrow ; space is limited; please arrive early to sign in. Ages 5+.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7968, -73.9515 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/catch-release-fishing Date: May 26, 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.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Tai-Chi in the Greenbelt]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/taichi-in-the-greenbelt http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/taichi-in-the-greenbelt Date: May 26, 2013

Join Tai-Chi instructor Raymond Yuen for Tai-Chi sessions overlooking our beautiful and inspiring woodlands. All fitness levels are welcome. Classes are ongoing year-round, but are occasionally cancelled due to holidays, inclement weather, and other events. No class on 5/12, 5/26 and 6/12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at West 181st Street Community Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/its-my-park-day-at-west-181st-street-community-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/its-my-park-day-at-west-181st-street-community-garden Date: May 26, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the West 181st Street Beautification Project as they beautify the garden space along the steps. Volunteers are needed for sweeping, weeding, litter pickup and planting of spring and summer flowering plants.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 656-3194

Location: West 181st Street Community Garden

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2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8512, -73.9392 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Tree Care Workshop hosted by The Jackson Heights Beautification Group]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/tree-care-workshop-hosted-by-the-jackson-heights-beautification-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/tree-care-workshop-hosted-by-the-jackson-heights-beautification-group Date: May 26, 2013

Help water and care for the 80,000 new street trees that have been planted across New York City. Join the MillionTreesNYC to give trees a little "Tree LC" and stewardship, and help keep New York City green by coming to a free MillionTreesNYC tree care workshop where you will learn:

  • What is MillionTreesNYC?
  • How to identify trees in New York City
  • Benefits trees bring to our city
  • Tree Care - Water! Weed! Mulch! Plant flowers!

Workshops are focused on active tree care, so come ready to get your hands dirty and care for street trees along the sidewalk. Please wear closed-toed shoes and layered clothing that can get dirty. Tree stewardship is similar to gardening work, involving bending and kneeling on the sidewalk. Children are always welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact Len Maniace to register for this workshop.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: 80th Street & 37th Ave.

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2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7496, -73.8862 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Free Yoga in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/free-yoga-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/free-yoga-in-the-park Date: May 26, 2013

Kripalu Yoga is a system of hatha yoga that integrates body postures, breathing techniques, relaxation, and meditation. Taught by Monique Schubert and Yojaida Estrella, participants are encouraged to integrate their yoga practices with this very special waterfront environment of nature and art.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 956-1819

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park

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Q465 Socrates Sculpture Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7687, -73.9369 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51d47897ba10c.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Freshkills Park May Birding Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/freshkills-park-may-birding-tour1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/freshkills-park-may-birding-tour1 Date: May 26, 2013

Join us as we search for the birds of Freshkills Park along the site's wetlands, creeks and meadows. This tour, like all our bi-monthly birding tours, will be held jointly with naturalists from the Staten Island Museum and members of the Freshkills Park team. It will diverge from the normal tour route and will be traveled by both bus and foot. This tour is a great way to witness the Freshkills Park site as well as the diverse wildlife returning to the region. This event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required.

Registration is available online by following this link below.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8277

Location: Eltingville Transit Center (in Freshkills Park)

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R017 Freshkills Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 10:30 am 12:30 pm 40.5594, -74.171 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Revolutionary New York: The Battle of Pell's Point]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/revolutionary-new-york-the-battle-of-pells-point http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/revolutionary-new-york-the-battle-of-pells-point Date: May 26, 2013

Ice-age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad have all left their mark on New York City. Their stories can be found in the names of our streets, our architecture, and our parks. Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 548-0912

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 40.8719, -73.8055 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Nature Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/family-nature-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/family-nature-games Date: May 26, 2013

We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world. Children who spend time outdoors develop strong imaginations and learn to socialize better with others. Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

While most of our programs are family friendly, this program is specifically for young children and families. Whether enjoying a family friendly movie under the stars, freeing your imagination playing in nature, or learning about conservation through eco-crafts, a free Ranger program is the perfect addition to your family’s weekend. All supplies provided.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 40.7971, -73.9515 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-chess Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Food Truck Rally]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/food-truck-rally1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/food-truck-rally1 Date: May 26, 2013

The food trucks are back! Head to Grand Army Plaza on the first and third Sunday to sample treats from New York’s best food trucks. Exceptions: May 19 and September 1; Food Truck Rally will take place on May 26 and September 8 instead.

All trucks are members of the New York City Food Truck Association.

Participating trucks (varies at each rally):

Andy's Italian ices

Mexicue

Red Hook Lobster Pound

Big D's Grub Truck

Miami Food Machine

Rickshaw

Chinese Mirch

Mike n willies

Souvlaki Gr

COOLHAUS

Milk Truck

TAIM MOBILE

Eddies pizza

Morris Grilled Cheese

The Treats Truck

gorilla cheese nyc

Mud Truck

Toum

Green Pirate Juice Truck

Nuchas

Valduccis Pizza

Kelvin Slush

palenque

Van Leeuwen

Kimchi Taco Truck

Phil's Steaks

Wafels & Dinges

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5165d9deb0b09.png Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-games Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Free Tai Chi in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/free-tai-chi-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/free-tai-chi-in-the-park Date: May 26, 2013

Led by certified instructors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, these classes offer the opportunity to learn Taoist Tai Chi, improve one's health, relax, and exercise in an outdoor setting among changing exhibitions of contemporary sculpture.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 956-1819

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park

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Q465 Socrates Sculpture Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7687, -73.9369 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51d47b12d0002.JPG Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[A Clearing in the Forest: Dancing Bird Tales]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/a-clearing-in-the-forest-dancing-bird-tales http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/a-clearing-in-the-forest-dancing-bird-tales Date: May 26, 2013

Join the Leaf Arrow Storytellers for some interactive fun and bonding with the Park’s land and your family! Listen and dance to stories about the special relationship Native Americans have with birds like those you find in Central Park and revel in the bond we all have with the natural world and its feathered beings.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Children's Glade (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7969, -73.96 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 26, 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 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/big-apple-circus Date: May 26, 2013

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.

The Big Top is air–conditioned in warm weather. The show runs for just over 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Call or visit our website to purchase tickets early. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top at Cunningham Park, will open Saturday, May 18th Tues–Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat–Mon, 10am–6pm. For groups of 15 people or more or for inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for any additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-26 2013-05-26 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Archery]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/archery http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/archery Date: May 26, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Archery is a wonderful way to improve focus and develop patience. Our trained Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Archery is a great way to build upper body strength!

Families and children ages 8 years and older are welcome to participate.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Lenape Playground (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 1:00 pm 40.6065, -73.9263 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Basic Canoeing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/basic-canoeing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/basic-canoeing Date: May 26, 2013

Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes, to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. On an Urban Park Ranger canoe program, you can go from novice to expert in one just one summer!

Children 8 years old and up are welcome.

Skill Levels:

  • Basic: Great for all skill levels, including children 8 years and older.
  • Intermediate: Some experience preferred.
  • Advanced: Experience required.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

Location: Oakland Lake Park (in Alley Pond Park)

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Q001 Alley Pond Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 1:00 pm 40.7584, -73.7565 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House-2nd Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: May 26, 2013

View significant artifacts from 19th-century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 1:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5166e6336343b.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill Date: May 26, 2013

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Photo credit: Joshua Bright

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/512cf7fddfa51.JPG Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Sweet Spot]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/summer-on-the-hudson-sweet-spot http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/summer-on-the-hudson-sweet-spot Date: May 26, 2013

Musical Directions and the legendary NYC DJ Herbert Holler bring you a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures & music lovers of all ages. Soulful House music is the cornerstone of this public dance-party, blended with classic R&B, Disco, Funk, Soul, and Afro-Beat spun by a rotating collection of North America's most renowned sound architects.

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

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

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2013-05-26 2013-05-26 2:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.8188, -73.9611 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Rockaway Barrier Painting Design Competition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/rockaway-barrier-painting-design-competition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/rockaway-barrier-painting-design-competition Date: May 26, 2013

Please join us at the Dome to view the proposals and cast your vote for the Rockaway Barrier Painting Design Competition! The barriers will be placed along Shore Front Parkway from Beach 74th to Beach 107th Street to protect bicyclists and pedestrians. Volunteers will help paint designs on the barriers later this summer.

For more information, please visit our website.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway (in Rockaway Beach)

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Q050 Rockaway Beach 2013-05-26 2013-05-26 2:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.5832, -73.8154 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/26/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 26, 2013

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.

The Big Top is air–conditioned in warm weather. The show runs for just over 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Call or visit our website to purchase tickets early. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top at Cunningham Park, will open Saturday, May 18th Tues–Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat–Mon, 10am–6pm. For groups of 15 people or more or for inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for any additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-26 2013-05-26 4:30 pm 6:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 27, 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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2013-05-27 2013-05-27 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 27, 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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2013-05-27 2013-05-27 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-chess Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-games Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Willowbrook Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/walk-nyc-willowbrook-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/walk-nyc-willowbrook-park Date: May 27, 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.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Carousel for All Children (in Willowbrook Park)

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R030 Willowbrook Park 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6039, -74.1586 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/big-apple-circus Date: May 27, 2013

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.

The Big Top is air–conditioned in warm weather. The show runs for just over 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Call or visit our website to purchase tickets early. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top at Cunningham Park, will open Saturday, May 18th Tues–Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat–Mon, 10am–6pm. For groups of 15 people or more or for inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for any additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-27 2013-05-27 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/bryant-park-piano Date: May 27, 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 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill Date: May 27, 2013

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights on this special holiday Monday.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-05-27 2013-05-27 2:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 27, 2013

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.

The Big Top is air–conditioned in warm weather. The show runs for just over 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Call or visit our website to purchase tickets early. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top at Cunningham Park, will open Saturday, May 18th Tues–Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat–Mon, 10am–6pm. For groups of 15 people or more or for inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for any additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-27 2013-05-27 4:30 pm 6:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/grow-more-vegetables-certificate-seriesthe http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/27/grow-more-vegetables-certificate-seriesthe Date: May 27, 2013

The Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series is an edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in an urban setting. The program consists of six classes, both in the classroom and with hands-on gardening instruction in the field. The Queens Botanical Garden and Just Food in Manhattan will each host a Certificate series in their respective boroughs. Be advised that there is an application process for this Certificate series; preference will be given to community, school, and resident gardeners of the specific borough. For more information, e-mail greg@justfood.org for the Manhattan series.

Thursdays, April 4th - May 9th 6pm - 8pm
Mondays, May 6 - June 17th 6pm - 8pm

*Manhattan series will be held on six Mondays

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Just Food Office

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2013-05-27 2013-05-27 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.7564, -73.983 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Tai Chi]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-tai-chi http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-tai-chi Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.7541, -73.9845 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 28, 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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2013-05-28 2013-05-28 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 28, 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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2013-05-28 2013-05-28 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/fitness-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/fitness-walk Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 9:00 am 40.7888, -73.7821 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/catch-release-fishing Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-chess Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill Date: May 28, 2013

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 40.8991, -73.9119 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-games Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 28, 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 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Meet the Birds]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-meet-the-birds http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/28/bryant-park-meet-the-birds Date: May 28, 2013

Get an up-close visit with exotic birds from Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Educational Center.

*No "Meet the Birds" on June 25 and July 2*

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 11:30 am 2:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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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M010 Central Park 2013-05-28 2013-05-28 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7911, -73.9597 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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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2013-05-29 2013-05-29 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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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2013-05-29 2013-05-29 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8687, -73.797 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 11:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT
<![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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 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 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:50:26 EDT