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 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:12:37 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[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Peepers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/greenbelt-peepers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/greenbelt-peepers Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 11:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/big-apple-circus Date: May 22, 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: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-chess Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-games Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/bryant-park-piano Date: May 22, 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 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 22, 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: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-22 2013-05-22 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[FrogWatch USA - Monthly Monitoring Sessions]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/frogwatch-usa-monthly-monitoring-sessions http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/22/frogwatch-usa-monthly-monitoring-sessions Date: May 22, 2013

Join us for monthly monitoring sessions where we listen for the calls of local frogs. FrogWatch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you. Bring a headlamp or flashlight for the night walk and monitoring. This program is suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration required by phone or email.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-22 2013-05-22 8:00 pm 9:30 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Tai Chi]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-tai-chi http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-tai-chi Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 23, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 23, 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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2013-05-23 2013-05-23 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/fitness-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/fitness-walk Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 9:00 am 40.7888, -73.7821 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Stretching, Toning, and Relaxation at the Poe Visitor Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/craniosacral-relaxation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/craniosacral-relaxation Date: May 23, 2013

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

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

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

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/catch-release-fishing Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: May 23, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:45 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 10:45 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[CityParks PuppetMobile Presents "Little Red's Hood"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood Date: May 23, 2013

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

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

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: St. James Recreation Center (in St. James Park)

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X044 St. James Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 40.8647, -73.8992 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515b091466e89.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Adaptive Sports Field Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/adaptive-sports-field-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/adaptive-sports-field-day Date: May 23, 2013

School children are welcome at this fun, adaptive track and field day. Participate in the softball throw, javelin, discus and relay race events. There will also be bocce and lawn darts games to try. Please pre-register by calling or emailing David Deas.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 353-7853

Location: Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8344 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/big-apple-circus Date: May 23, 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: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-chess Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-games Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/bryant-park-piano Date: May 23, 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 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/every-thursday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/every-thursday-high-line-field-station Date: May 23, 2013

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

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

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

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: Chelsea Market Passage (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 1:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/natures-helpers Date: May 23, 2013

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

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

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 23, 2013

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

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/nature-on-the-go Date: May 23, 2013

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

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/garden-crew-training-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/garden-crew-training-session Date: May 23, 2013

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

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (917) 291-6436

Location: Swindler Cove Park

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2013-05-23 2013-05-23 4:00 pm 6:30 pm 40.8588, -73.923 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51360fad2696e.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding Tours at Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/birding-tours-at-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/birding-tours-at-bryant-park Date: May 23, 2013

Discover the varieties of birds that call Bryant Park home during the migratory season with guided tours. Presented in partnership with the New York City Audubon Society.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 'wichcraft coffee kiosk (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.7545, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Children Under The Stars Art Showcase]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/children-under-the-stars-art-showcase http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/children-under-the-stars-art-showcase Date: May 23, 2013

The "Children Under The Stars" showcase is an exhibition of artwork that Parks Afterschool children have produced throughout the year. Their works' will be on display from 6pm-8pm at Hansborough Recreation Center for public viewing. Light refreshments will be served during this time.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 234-9603

Location: Hansborough Pool & Recreation Center (in Hansborough Recreation Center)

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M131 Hansborough Recreation Center 2013-05-23 2013-05-23 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.8128, -73.9393 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 23, 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: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-23 2013-05-23 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[LOCATION CHANGE: Celebrate Brooklyn! Old School Funk & Hip-Hop Dance Party]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/celebrate-brooklyn-old-school-funk-hiphop-dance-party http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/23/celebrate-brooklyn-old-school-funk-hiphop-dance-party Date: May 23, 2013

Due to rain, the event has moved to the Bell House.

Bridging the gap between Prince and Dr. Dre, Zapp's bass-heavy beats and infectious talk box melodies will take you back to a time when funk ruled and hip-hop was just starting to explode on the scene. Discovered by members of Parliament Funkadelic in 1979, the group produced such massive hits as “More Bounce to the Ounce” and “Computer Love” and has been sampled by artists from 2Pac to Jay-Z. So hop in your lowrider and prepare for the funk, as we celebrate the legacy of Zapp. To get you warmed up, D-Nice will rock the house with his signature DJ mix that has been heard from Santos Party House to Obama’s Inaugural Ball. A hip-hop dance lesson by Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie (Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, and Joffrey Ballet School) will start the party.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: The Bell House

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2013-05-23 2013-05-23 7:00 pm 40.6736, -73.9916 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 24, 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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2013-05-24 2013-05-24 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 24, 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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2013-05-24 2013-05-24 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/catch-release-fishing Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/big-apple-circus Date: May 24, 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: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-chess Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-games Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/shape-up-nyc-pilates http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/shape-up-nyc-pilates Date: May 24, 2013

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

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516342ad0457c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Schmul Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/walk-nyc-schmul-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/walk-nyc-schmul-park Date: May 24, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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R045 Schmul Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.592, -74.1901 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-piano Date: May 24, 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 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/natures-helpers Date: May 24, 2013

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

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

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/bryant-park-fencing Date: May 24, 2013

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

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

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fifth Avenue Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7528, -73.9816 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 24, 2013

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

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/nature-on-the-go Date: May 24, 2013

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

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Club: The Tale of Despereaux]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/book-clubthe-tale-of-despereaux http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/book-clubthe-tale-of-despereaux Date: May 24, 2013

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

Parents and kids welcome together.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-24 2013-05-24 3:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bdbeaedb4a.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus Presents: Legendarium - A Journey into Circus Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/24/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 24, 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: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: Parking Lot

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2013-05-24 2013-05-24 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7309, -73.7739 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt Track Club Saturday Morning Group-Run]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/van-cortlandt-track-club-saturday-morning-grouprun http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/van-cortlandt-track-club-saturday-morning-grouprun Date: May 25, 2013

Good Morning! Come join the Van Cortlandt Track Club for regular morning group runs through and around the Yonkers-Bronx border in small groups each Saturday morning at 8AM!

We break into various groups based on different paces and distances, starting with a loop of the Parade Grounds, then some peel off through the trails for various length and speed runs in smaller groups.

Be sure to meet back up after the run for breakfast!

Visit www.vctc.org for details & local running tips.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Van Cortlandt Stadium (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 8:00 am 40.888, -73.8968 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/bird-walks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/bird-walks Date: May 25, 2013

Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audubon experts or the Urban Park Rangers.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 8:00 am 9:30 am 40.8911, -73.894 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 25, 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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2013-05-25 2013-05-25 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 25, 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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2013-05-25 2013-05-25 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Pelham Bay Park/Burr Ave Planting Trees]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/pelham-bay-parkburr-ave-planting-trees http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/pelham-bay-parkburr-ave-planting-trees Date: May 25, 2013

Come out and volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Pelham Bay Park to help plant trees at Million Trees planting site. Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead off of Burr Avenue between East 196th Street and Westchester Avenue. 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: Burr Avenue and East 196th Street

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2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8547, -73.828 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Cleaning Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/cleaning-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/cleaning-westerleigh-park Date: May 25, 2013

Come out and lend a hand to help us rake, weed and do various gardening chores. Join us for coffee and doughnuts in the am. Bring a rake or use one of ours and have some fun. If you need community sevice hours come to the park to get your hours.

To volunteer in Westerleigh Park call (718) 442-0336.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Spend your summer in the Greenbelt: High Rock Camp and Mini Camp]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp Date: May 25, 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 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516ab90c11a1c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 25, 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 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Eibs Pond Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/its-my-park-day-at-eibs-pond-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/its-my-park-day-at-eibs-pond-park Date: May 25, 2013

On It's My Park Day, the Friends of Eibs Pond Park will be cleaning, raking, and weeding at Eibs Pond Park. Volunteers will also be spreading woodchips along the paths and planting flowers around the park.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 445-7095

Location: P.S. 057 Hubert H. Humphrey

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2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.611, -74.0838 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Yoga]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/parent-and-me-yoga http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/parent-and-me-yoga Date: May 25, 2013

Join us for free yoga for the whole family with Robin Rosiello, a certified yoga instructor. All ages are welcome.

Meet on Abby's Lawn in Fort Tryon Park. Please arrive early, and bring a towel or yoga mat. Note that the ground is sloped and there are uneven spots. Rain or wet ground cancels.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 9:45 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Abby's Lawn (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 9:45 am 40.8621, -73.9333 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518289fd89081.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 25, 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 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Rufus King Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/its-my-park-day-at-rufus-king-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/its-my-park-day-at-rufus-king-park Date: May 25, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join Centro Hispano for a clean-up of Rufus King Park. Volunteers can assist with raking leaves, picking up debris and removing litter from the park.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 298-5083

Location: Rufus King Park

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Q023 Rufus King Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7039, -73.8034 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[HSBC Children's Garden Spring Session]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/hsbc-childrens-garden-spring-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/hsbc-childrens-garden-spring-session Date: May 25, 2013

The HSBC Children's Garden at Queens Botanical Garden offers a hands-on discovery program for children ages 5-12. Children's imaginations and knowledge blossom as they plant and harvest vegetables and flowers, visit the Bee Garden, and more! No class on May 25 for Memorial Day weekend. Special price: $166 members /$185 for non-members. To register email rwolf@queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800 ext. 230.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800 ext230

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:30 am 12:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Free Yoga in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/free-yoga-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/free-yoga-in-the-park Date: May 25, 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: 9:30 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 956-1819

Location: Socrates Sculpture Park

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Q465 Socrates Sculpture Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 9:30 am 10:30 am 40.7687, -73.9369 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51d47897ba10c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/catch-release-fishing Date: May 25, 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 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 25, 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 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 25, 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 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Learn to Ride: McCarren Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/learn-to-ride http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/learn-to-ride Date: May 25, 2013

Prepare your child to experience beautiful spring weather on a bicycle. NYC Parks and Bike New York present the Learn to Ride program, providing free bike riding classes for children. Conducted by our trained professionals, learning can be easy and safe.

Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet. For more information, visit the Learn to Ride website.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bedford Avenue and North 12 Street (in McCarren Park)

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B058 McCarren Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7203, -73.9545 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Learn to Ride: Admiral Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/learn-to-ride1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/learn-to-ride1 Date: May 25, 2013

Prepare your child to experience beautiful spring weather on a bicycle. NYC Parks and Bike New York present the Learn to Ride program, providing free bike riding classes for children. Conducted by our trained professionals, learning can be easy and safe. Participants must bring their own bicycle and helmet.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Admiral Park

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Q338 Admiral Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.771, -73.7379 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekend Warriors]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/weekend-warriors http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/weekend-warriors Date: May 25, 2013

There is a war against weeds, and we would love to enlist you in the battle. Help us spruce up the grounds of the Greenbelt Nature Center during the growing season. This year, we will also be helping restore the walkway between the Greenbelt Recreation Center and Greenbelt Nature Center. Bring water and a snack. Community service credit is available. Registration required.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Moves with Limon Dance]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/bryant-park-moves-with-limon-dance http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/bryant-park-moves-with-limon-dance Date: May 25, 2013

Experience the joy of movement and dance. Led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance. Open to all levels.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park Lawn (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7535, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Remsen Family Cemetery]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/its-my-park-day-at-remsen-family-cemetery http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/its-my-park-day-at-remsen-family-cemetery Date: May 25, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the Forest Hills Civic Association as they do Spring cleaning at the Remsen Cemetery. They will be weeding, mulching, raking and planting.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 314-3857

Location: Remsen Family Cemetery

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Q480 Remsen Family Cemetery 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7125, -73.8585 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[St. John the Baptist Community Garden Memorial Weekend Celebration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/st-john-the-baptist-community-garden-memorial-weekend-celebration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/st-john-the-baptist-community-garden-memorial-weekend-celebration Date: May 25, 2013

Please join St. John the Baptist Community Garden for their summer feast and flea market bazaar. This is the first event of 2013 and will kick off another great summer season. Please show your support in memory of the awesome legacy of Rev. Molley Golden.

  • 10:00 a.m. - noon: Free food for the community
  • noon - dusk: Flea market bazaar

* Please contact the email below for details on tabling at this event.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: St. John The Baptist Community Garden

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2013-05-25 2013-05-25 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.6963, -73.9347 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walks at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/bird-walks-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/bird-walks-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: May 25, 2013

The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with an expert.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: 718-817-8700

Location: Watson Building (in Bronx Park)

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X002 Bronx Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 11:00 am 40.8624, -73.8805 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Conservatory Garden Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/conservatory-garden-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/25/conservatory-garden-tour Date: May 25, 2013

See thousands of blooming trees, shrubs, bulbs, and perennials with the Garden staff. Tours are free and meet at the Vanderbilt Gate at 5th Ave. between 104th and 105th Streets. No reservations needed.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conservatory Garden (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-25 2013-05-25 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.7937, -73.9522 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:12:37 EDT