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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:13:13 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[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 14, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Powell's Cove Garlic Mustard Pull]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/powells-cove-garlic-mustard-pull http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/powells-cove-garlic-mustard-pull Date: May 14, 2013

Come out and volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Powell's Cove to help remove Garlic Mustard from the forest. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead at the corner of 133 Place and 11th 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: Powell's Cove Park at 133 Place (in Powell's Cove Park)

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Q461 Powell's Cove Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7877, -73.8344 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Volunteer with the Randall's Island Park Alliance Horticulture Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/volunteer-with-the-randalls-island-park-alliance-horticulture-crew http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/volunteer-with-the-randalls-island-park-alliance-horticulture-crew Date: May 14, 2013

Help maintain and beautify Randall’s Island Park. Activities vary depending on needs and resources. Instruction, gloves, & tools provided. Dress appropriate for the weather and working in the soil.

RSVP so that we may effectively prepare for an accurate number of volunteers.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899 x316

Location: Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7932, -73.9254 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Volunteer with the Randall's Island Park Alliance Horticulture Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/volunteer-with-the-randalls-island-park-alliance-horticulture-crew1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/volunteer-with-the-randalls-island-park-alliance-horticulture-crew1 Date: May 14, 2013

Help maintain and beautify Randall’s Island Park. Activities vary depending on needs and resources. RSVP required by the day before the event.

Instruction, gloves, & tools provided. Dress appropriate for the weather and working in the soil.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899 x316

Location: Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7932, -73.9254 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/fitness-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/fitness-walk Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 40.7888, -73.7821 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/catch-release-fishing Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-chess Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill Date: May 14, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 40.8991, -73.9119 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-games Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[The Battery Bosque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/the-battery-bosque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/the-battery-bosque Date: May 14, 2013

Our garden at the Battery Bosque was planted by Piet Oudolf. In early morning light, see swathes of native wildflowers such as twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), trillium, Labrador violet (Viola labradorica), golden Alexander (Zizia aurea), wild ginger (Asarum canadense), showy skullcap (Scutellaria serrata), Indian hyacinth (Camassia scilloides) and many other spring ephemerals in this horticulturally rich and unique New York City park.

Please register below.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: The Battery Bosque (in Battery Park)

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M005 Battery Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7025, -74.0144 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Meet the Birds]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-meet-the-birds http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-meet-the-birds Date: May 14, 2013

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

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

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 11:30 am 2:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-juggling1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-juggling1 Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-piano Date: May 14, 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 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Knit & Crochet Beginner's Group]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/knit-crochet-beginners-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/knit-crochet-beginners-group Date: May 14, 2013

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

Supplies:

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

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 14, 2013

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

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Circuit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/central-park-circuit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/central-park-circuit Date: May 14, 2013

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

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 348-4867

Location: North Meadow Recreation Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7911, -73.9597 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Stargazing on the High Line]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/every-tuesday-stargazing-on-the-high-line http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/every-tuesday-stargazing-on-the-high-line Date: May 14, 2013

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

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

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

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

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 6:30 pm 9:30 pm 40.7417, -74.0078 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5141fffebc529.png Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Tuesday Tours: Weekly Guided Walking Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/tuesday-tours-weekly-free-guided-walking-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/tuesday-tours-weekly-free-guided-walking-tours Date: May 14, 2013

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

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

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

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

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

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

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7417, -74.0078 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51420073ab7ef.png Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Poetry]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-poetry http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/14/bryant-park-poetry Date: May 14, 2013

Reading Room Poetry with Alex Dimitrov, Monica Ferrell and Brenda Shaughnessy .

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-14 2013-05-14 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Sunrise Tai Chi Classes]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/sunrise-tai-chi-classes http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/sunrise-tai-chi-classes Date: May 15, 2013

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

Start time: 6:30 am

End time: 7:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Linden Terrace (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 6:30 am 7:30 am 40.8617, -73.9335 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/517ff120af3f6.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 15, 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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2013-05-15 2013-05-15 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 15, 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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2013-05-15 2013-05-15 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: May 15, 2013

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

Start time: 9:45 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 9:45 am 10:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/catch-release-fishing Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[CityParks PuppetMobile Presents "Little Red's Hood"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood Date: May 15, 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: Jennifer's Playground

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R114 Jennifer's Playground 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 10:00 am 40.6201, -74.1631 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515b091466e89.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Met Pool Health Screening Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/met-pool-health-screening-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/met-pool-health-screening-day Date: May 15, 2013

Join us for a day of great healthy living information and services like blood pressure and glucose readings.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 599-5707

Location: Metropolitan Recreation Center

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B085 Metropolitan Recreation Center 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 10:00 am 2:00 pm 40.7151, -73.9605 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Native Plant Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/greenbelt-native-plant-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/greenbelt-native-plant-center Date: May 15, 2013

The Greenbelt Native Plant Center is the only municipal native plant nursery in the country. It is a 13-acre greenhouse, nursery, founder seed and seed bank complex owned and operated by NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation. Over the past fifteen years, the center has grown hundreds of thousands of specimens from locally collected seed of the city's indigenous flora for use in restoration, and replanting projects and is currently developing bulk seed mixes for the city. The GNPC is a partner in the establishment of the first national native seed bank called Seeds of Success and in the past year, has spearheaded the creation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Seed Bank program.

Please register below.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Greenbelt Native Plant Center

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R017A Greenbelt Native Plant Center 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5962, -74.1813 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Peepers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/greenbelt-peepers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/greenbelt-peepers Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 11:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-chess Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-games Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Intermediate Spanish Class]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-intermediate-spanish-class http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-intermediate-spanish-class Date: May 15, 2013

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

Registration required:
inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 11:45 am 12:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bronx Week Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bronx-week http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bronx-week Date: May 15, 2013

Celebrate beauty in the Bronx with free guided tours throughout the day. Tours start at quarter past the hour.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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2013-05-15 2013-05-15 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8719, -73.8055 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-piano Date: May 15, 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 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Author Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-author http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bryant-park-author Date: May 15, 2013

Reading Room Author series: Wendy Williams, Ask Wendy

Even more relationship questions as answered by New York Times bestselling author and host of The Wendy Williams Show herself.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 12:30 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Soil Health and Maintenance Techniques]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/soil-health-and-maintenance-techniques http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/soil-health-and-maintenance-techniques Date: May 15, 2013

Good soil is hard to find. Join our NYRP experts for a skill-building workshop on how to identify healthy soil and tips on how to keep it that way.

Please RSVP below.

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

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8073

Location: Heckscher Children’s Garden

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2013-05-15 2013-05-15 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 40.7085, -73.9443 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Tour: El Anatsui’s Broken Bridge II]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/tour-el-anatsuis-broken-bridge-ii http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/tour-el-anatsuis-broken-bridge-ii Date: May 15, 2013

Join Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art, and Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator for the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands at the Brooklyn Museum, for a walking tour of the High Line and hear the story behind Broken Bridge II, the monumental sculpture by West African artist El Anatsui installed on an exterior building wall between West 21st and West 22nd Streets.

Considered one of the foremost contemporary artists of his generation, El Anatsui is known for his intricate sculptures, which are made of recycled materials mostly collected near his home in Nigeria. Much of the artist’s work consists of metallic bottle caps, which are culled from discarded Nigerian liquor bottles and woven together with copper wire. These three-dimensional paintings evoke the economic and cultural traditions and histories of West Africa, and the artist's choice of materials engages viewers to reflect on the role that consumer waste plays in changing the parameters of globalization.

For the High Line, the artist has created Broken Bridge II, an awe-inspiring sculpture that is his largest work to date. Originally shown in Paris during the 2012 Triennale, this ambitious artwork has been reconfigured for its unique location at the High Line, and creates a stunning visual of wave-like patterns and folds, evoking traditional practices of tapestry weaving, while reflecting the surrounding landscape of the High Line.

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

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: High Line (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-15 2013-05-15 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7467, -74.0057 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/514201362f454.png Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bronx Week Lecture: Yankee Stadium - A True Bronx Gem]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bronx-week-lecture-yankee-stadium-a-true-bronx-gem http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/15/bronx-week-lecture-yankee-stadium-a-true-bronx-gem Date: May 15, 2013

The esteemed Yankee Stadium historian Tony Morante will give us a fascinating historic account on the most beautiful stadium in the world - Yankee Stadium.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 881- 8900

Location: The Bronx County Archives

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2013-05-15 2013-05-15 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.8784, -73.8797 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Tai Chi]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-tai-chi http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-tai-chi Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.7541, -73.9845 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 16, 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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2013-05-16 2013-05-16 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 16, 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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2013-05-16 2013-05-16 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/fitness-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/fitness-walk Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 9:00 am 40.7888, -73.7821 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Stretching, Toning, and Relaxation at the Poe Visitor Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/craniosacral-relaxation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/craniosacral-relaxation Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/catch-release-fishing Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun Series: JCC Recorder Ensemble Spring Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/arts-culture-fun-series-jcc-recorder-ensemble-spring-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/arts-culture-fun-series-jcc-recorder-ensemble-spring-concert Date: May 16, 2013

Admission is FREE at the JCC Recorder Ensemble's spring concert! Enjoy the show at Greenbelt Recreation Center as part of the Arts, Culture & Fun series.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.5926, -74.1358 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 10:00 am 10:45 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-chess Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-games Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/bryant-park-piano Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/every-thursday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/every-thursday-high-line-field-station Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 1:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/natures-helpers Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/nature-on-the-go Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Manhattan's Old Growth Forest]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/manhattans-old-growth-forest http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/manhattans-old-growth-forest Date: May 16, 2013

The forests of Inwood Hill Park contain mature red oak and some of the largest tulip trees in the city. There is also a rich, moist valley between two rock ridges called The Clove. During the early spring, the valley is covered in wildflowers, which are able to thrive in the sun before the tree canopy leafs out. Some of these wildflowers include the city-rare downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).

Please register below.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Park entrance at 218th Street & Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 3:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.8729, -73.9186 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/garden-crew-training-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/garden-crew-training-session Date: May 16, 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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2013-05-16 2013-05-16 4:00 pm 6:30 pm 40.8588, -73.923 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51360fad2696e.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding Tours at Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/birding-tours-at-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/birding-tours-at-bryant-park Date: May 16, 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 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.7545, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[The 1960s - A Turning Point for Central Park: Harlem Meer Social Hour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/the-1960s-a-turning-point-for-central-park-harlem-meer-social-hour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/the-1960s-a-turning-point-for-central-park-harlem-meer-social-hour Date: May 16, 2013

Learn about the innovative experiments of the 1960s in Central Park, including avant-garde art performances, popular concerts, and new approaches to playgrounds. Hear how this unique interaction between art, design, and public space led to serious decline and influenced the Park's eventual preservation and restoration with the establishment of the Conservancy. Ages 18+

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 6:30 pm 8:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[The Old Stone House and Musical Ecologies Present: Jason Cady]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/the-old-stone-house-and-musical-ecologies-present-jason-cady http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/16/the-old-stone-house-and-musical-ecologies-present-jason-cady Date: May 16, 2013

Join us for a conversation and performance by Jason Cady, composer of experimental vocal and chamber music, hosted by composer Dan Joseph.

The Wire describes Cady’s one-act opera, Post-Madonna Prima Donna, as, “thoughtful satire, sharp composition.” WQXR’s Operavore described his two-act opera Happiness is the Problem as keeping “the energy hovering at 11 consistently, fusing the stilettoed coloratura of Mozart’s ‘Queen of the Night’ with Glass at his most hyper-caffeinated; you’re left gasping at the end for a reprieve, while admiring the psychological underpinnings of Cady’s work.”

Suggested donation at the door.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 768-3195

Location: Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)

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B111 J.J. Byrne Playground 2013-05-16 2013-05-16 8:00 pm 40.6729, -73.9846 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51548bbe9d3cb.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 17, 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/2013/05/17/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 17, 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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2013-05-17 2013-05-17 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Spring Planting in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/spring-planting-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/spring-planting-in-the-park Date: May 17, 2013

Come out and enjoy the good weather. We have all the tools and plants needed to beautify Westerleigh Park. Sponsored by Goldman Sachs.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 8:00 am 3:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga in the Orangerie]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/yoga-in-the-orangerie http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/yoga-in-the-orangerie Date: May 17, 2013

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

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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2013-05-17 2013-05-17 9:00 am 10:15 am 40.8719, -73.8055 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/catch-release-fishing Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:14 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Hunting for Vintage Treasures]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/hunting-for-vintage-treasures http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/hunting-for-vintage-treasures Date: May 17, 2013

Our spring Member Morning is a guide to vintage clothing and accessories—where to find these gems from the past and which items to pick up and which to leave. Former intern Sarah Pickman, an administrator in the Textile Conservation Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will give an overview of everything you need to know to search for wearable treasures, as well as a handy pocket reference guide for future hunting. Plus coffee and pastries. Registration requested.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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2013-05-17 2013-05-17 10:30 am 12:00 pm 40.8719, -73.8055 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:14 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Field Station]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/every-friday-saturday-and-sunday-high-line-field-station Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7429, -74.0072 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:13:14 EDT