NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:41:29 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[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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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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<![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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:29 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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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<![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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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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2013-05-17 2013-05-17 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 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 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-chess Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-games Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/shape-up-nyc-pilates http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/shape-up-nyc-pilates Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516342ad0457c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Schmul Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/walk-nyc-schmul-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/walk-nyc-schmul-park Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.592, -74.1901 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-piano Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/natures-helpers Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/bryant-park-fencing Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7528, -73.9816 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Experience Life As A Plant]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/experience-life-as-a-plant http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/experience-life-as-a-plant Date: May 17, 2013

How does it feel to be a plant? Join us as we explore the lives of plants, pollinators, and soil organisms in Riverside Park, a wonderful ecosystem along the Hudson River. We will commune with our living, breathing, flowering friends through movement, drawing and poetry. All ages welcome.

Please register below.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Garden Peoples Garden (in Riverside Park)

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M072 Riverside Park 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7923, -73.9779 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/nature-on-the-go Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Book Club: The Tale of Despereaux]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/book-clubthe-tale-of-despereaux http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/book-clubthe-tale-of-despereaux Date: May 17, 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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 3:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bdbeaedb4a.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Harlem Dances]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/summer-on-the-hudson-harlem-dances http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/summer-on-the-hudson-harlem-dances Date: May 17, 2013

Dance artist Naomi Goldberg Haas choreographs dynamic concert dances with diverse communities. Her performing group, Dances for a Variable Population, aims to erase the border between dancer and non-dancer, returning dance to its initial wellspring: joy.

Working with both older adults and professional dancers, Naomi’s highly designed classes emphasize the value of cross-training between health/fitness and the expressive language of dance.

Performances, community collaborative programs, and an ongoing program of classes in Manhattan are available for the public.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

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2013-05-17 2013-05-17 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.8188, -73.9611 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Simpson & Sauternes: Lyra Consort]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/simpson-sauternes-lyra-consort http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/simpson-sauternes-lyra-consort Date: May 17, 2013

Vita Wallace, Beverly Au, and Lisa Terry perform selections from Christopher Simpson's Little Consorts and other 17th century English chamber music on violin and lyra viol while you sip Sauternes, a sweet French wine popular in early America.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 206-0545x13

Location: King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park)

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Q023 Rufus King Park 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.703, -73.8037 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Movie Night: Wreck It Ralph]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/movie-night-wreck-it-ralph http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/movie-night-wreck-it-ralph Date: May 17, 2013

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Wreck It Ralph! Popcorn and ices will be served.

Movie description: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Rated PG.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Frederick B Judge Playground (in Frederick B. Judge Playground)

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Q119 Frederick B. Judge Playground 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 7:30 pm 40.6835, -73.8082 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187d205d7d84.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[The Old Stone House and Light and Sound Concerts Present: Miguel Frasconi Glass Instrument Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/the-old-stone-house-and-light-and-sound-concerts-present-miguel-frasconi-glass-instrument-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/17/the-old-stone-house-and-light-and-sound-concerts-present-miguel-frasconi-glass-instrument-concert Date: May 17, 2013

Join us for our spring season of Light & Sound Concerts, the innovative classical concert series produced by Julianne Klopotic.

Miguel Frasconi uses electronics and an instrumentarium of glass objects to create music from a uniquely imagined tradition. His glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed, and otherwise coaxed into vibration. Miguel has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including Alonzo King and modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin. He was a founding member of The Glass Orchestra, the internationally renowned new music ensemble featuring all glass instruments. Frasconi is a member of Ne(x)tworks, one of NYC’s leading new music ensemble, and teaches at Bard College where he directs the Bard Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk).
Performance Dates:
  • Friday, May 17 @ 8 pm
  • Sunday, May 19 @ 3 pm
  • Community/Family Concert: Sunday May 19 @ 2 pm
Community/Family Concerts are 40 minutes

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 2013-05-17 2013-05-17 8:00 pm 40.6729, -73.9846 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51548d27cddea.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt Track Club Saturday Morning Group-Run]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/van-cortlandt-track-club-saturday-morning-grouprun http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/van-cortlandt-track-club-saturday-morning-grouprun Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 8:00 am 40.888, -73.8968 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/bird-walks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/bird-walks Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 8:00 am 9:30 am 40.8911, -73.894 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 18, 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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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 18, 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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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at J. Hood Wright Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day6 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day6 Date: May 18, 2013

As part of it's My Park Day celebration, members will help to beautify the center and surrounding park.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 927-1514

Location: J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park)

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M099 J. Hood Wright Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 8:00 am 10:30 am 40.846, -73.941 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Help Rejuvenate Fort Tryon Park with the New York Junior League]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/help-rejuvenate-fort-tryon-park-with-the-new-york-junior-league http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/help-rejuvenate-fort-tryon-park-with-the-new-york-junior-league Date: May 18, 2013

Join the New York Junior League’s Playground Improvement Project (PIP) as they set out to beautify and improve Fort Tryon Park. The project will involve gardening, landscaping, renovating, and making general improvements to Fort Tryon Park. PIP is a collaborative effort with NYC Parks, corporate and community volunteers, neighborhood citizens, children and families. NYJL volunteers can fulfill membership responsibilities by spending a day in the park.

Children age 13 or older are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by an adult. All children under the age of 18 must have permission slips signed by a parent or guardian to participate. Permission slips are available onsite.

All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, breakfast and boxed lunch. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy, closed-toed shoes and dress in layers.

To register, visit the New York Junior League website. Make Sure to register below as well.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 8:30 am 4:00 pm 40.8652, -73.9288 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Spend your summer in the Greenbelt: High Rock Camp and Mini Camp]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516ab90c11a1c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Leif Ericson Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-leif-ericson-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-leif-ericson-park Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join Brooklyn Bones for a general clean-up of Leif Ericson Park and community gardening througout the interior. This service project will be coupled with fun activity for the entire family. Any experience level is welcome. Volunteers should bring work gloves, bottled water and wear appropriate attire.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-8907

Location: Fort Hamilton Parkway Interior Garden (in Leif Ericson Park)

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B052 Leif Ericson Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 3:00 pm 40.63, -74.0106 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Navigator Registration: Alley Pond Park - May 18, June 8, & Aug. 24]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/navigator-registration-alley-pond-park-may-18-june-8-aug-24 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/navigator-registration-alley-pond-park-may-18-june-8-aug-24 Date: May 18, 2013

By becoming a NAVigator, you can help young trees grow into healthy forests. NAVigators are needed to help weed and monitor new reforestation plantings, and will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. NAVigators must attend 3 training sessions and commit to volunteer 12 hours over the summer in weeding reforestation sites. All training and tools are provided by NYC Parks. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead at the Alley Pond Park Winchester Boulevard Parking Lot near the Challenge Course). Space is limited. Registration Is Required For This Event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3317

Location: Alley Pond Park Winchester Boulevard Parking Lot (in Alley Pond Park)

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Q001 Alley Pond Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7408, -73.7339 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Navigator Registration: Marine Park - May 18, June 8, & Aug. 24]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/navigator-registration-marine-park-may-18-june-8-aug-24 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/navigator-registration-marine-park-may-18-june-8-aug-24 Date: May 18, 2013

By becoming a NAVigator, you can help young trees grow into healthy forests. NAVigators are needed to help weed and monitor new reforestation plantings, and will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. NAVigators must attend 3 training sessions and commit to volunteer 12 hours over the summer in weeding reforestation sites. All training and tools are provided by NYC Parks.

Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead at Gerritsen Avenue & Channel Avenue. Space is limited. Registration Is Required For This Event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3317

Location: Gerritsen and Channel Avenues (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5951, -73.9276 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[NAVigator Registration: Pelham Bay Park - May 18, June 8, & Aug. 24]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/navigator-registration-pelham-bay-park-may-18-june-8-aug-24 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/navigator-registration-pelham-bay-park-may-18-june-8-aug-24 Date: May 18, 2013

By becoming a NAVigator, you can help young trees grow into healthy forests. NAVigators are needed to help weed and monitor new reforestation plantings, and will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. NAVigators must attend 3 training sessions and commit to volunteer 12 hours over the summer in weeding reforestation sites. All training and tools are provided by NYC Parks.

Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead at the North side of the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Space is limited. Registration Is Required For This Event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3317

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

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8687, -73.797 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Bloom and Bugs]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/bloom-and-bugs http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/bloom-and-bugs Date: May 18, 2013

We will walk through the three-year old Brooklyn Bridge Park’s native plant gardens, where much has been built into the relatively small space of Pier One: freshwater pools, woodland, prairie, and salt marsh habitat. On the lookout for spring blooms, we will also keep an eye open for the insects and birds that have found this rich mixture of habitats a welcoming place, and discuss the interrelationships of plants, pollinators, and ecosystems.

Please register below.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 11:30 am 40.7017, -73.9969 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Sutton Place Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-sutton-place-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-sutton-place-park Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the Sutton Area Community organization and local residents for a clean-up of the park and some planting.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 408-0216

Location: Sutton Place and East 57th Street (in Sutton Place Park)

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M108R Sutton Place Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7554, -73.962 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Cooper Triangle]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-cooper-triangle http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-cooper-triangle Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, come along and help the Friends of Cooper Triangle plant flowers and tidy up this well used square for the summer.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 408-0216

Location: Cooper Triangle

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M016 Cooper Triangle 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7288, -73.9908 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at West 132nd Street Block Association]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-west-132nd-street-block-association http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-west-132nd-street-block-association Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the West 132nd Street Block Association as they conduct a general clean-up and plant flowers at the West 132nd Street Community Garden. Please bring your own gloves if possible.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 281-3431

Location: 132 St Block Association Park

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8123, -73.9432 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. Malls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-the-adam-clayton-powell-jr-blvd-malls http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-the-adam-clayton-powell-jr-blvd-malls Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the Friends of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard Malls to help clean, rake out and plant flowers in the malls along ACP Jr. Boulevard. Please bring your own work gloves if possible.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 427-3644

Location: West 152nd Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8257, -73.936 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Collyer Brothers Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-collyer-brothers-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-collyer-brothers-park Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the Harlem Fifth Avenue Association to help clean-up and plant annuals and perennials at Collyer Brother's Park. Please bring your own work gloves if possible.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 406-4770

Location: Collyer Brothers Park

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8085, -73.9411 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Frederick Johnson Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-frederick-johnson-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-frederick-johnson-park Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the Fred Johnson Park Association to help clean, rake out and plant flowers at the front entrance of Fred Johnson Park. Please bring your own work gloves if possible.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 408-0230

Location: West 150th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (in Frederick Johnson Playground)

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M159 Frederick Johnson Playground 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8248, -73.9367 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Cleaning Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/cleaning-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/cleaning-westerleigh-park Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Isham Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-isham-park1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-isham-park1 Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, come help the Volunteers of Isham Park clear debris left by Hurricane Sandy and plant various flowers under the park's famous ginkgo tree. For more information about Volunteers for Isham Park, visit our blog below.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 673-8960

Location: Broadway and Isham Street (in Isham Park)

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M043 Isham Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8682, -73.9197 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Convent Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-convent-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-convent-garden Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the Convent Garden Community Association to help clean, rake, weed, and plant annuals and perennials throughout the garden. Please bring your own gloves if able.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 368-6655

Location: Convent Garden

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M284 Convent Garden 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8283, -73.9427 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Col. Charles Young Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-col-charles-young-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-col-charles-young-playground Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day join the Frederick Douglass Academy as they conduct a cleanup around the athletic fields and playground at Colonel Charles Young. Please bring your own gloves if able.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (646) 431-7035

Location: Col Charles Young Playground (in Col. Young Playground)

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M186 Col. Young Playground 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8193, -73.9357 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Queens Village Veterans Plaza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-queens-village-veterans-plaza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-queens-village-veterans-plaza Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, please join Assemblywoman Barbara Clark's office for a beautification of CB 12 and 13.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 479-2333

Location: Queens Village Veterans Plaza

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Q047 Queens Village Veterans Plaza 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.718, -73.7359 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at the West 132nd Street Block Association]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-the-west-132nd-street-block-association http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-the-west-132nd-street-block-association Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join the West 132nd Street Block Association as they conduct a general cleanup and plant flowers at the West 132nd Street Community Garden. Please bring your own gloves if you are able.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 281-3431

Location: 132 St Block Association Park

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8123, -73.9432 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Parent & Me Yoga]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/parent-and-me-yoga http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/parent-and-me-yoga Date: May 18, 2013

Join us for free yoga for the whole family with Robin Rosiello, a certified children's 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 9:45 am 40.8621, -73.9333 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518289fd89081.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-central-park Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day the Friends of Frederick Douglass Circle will be weeding and planting annuals in the tree pits adjacent to Frederick Douglass Circle. The groups will also be organizing arts and educational events for that day. Please bring your own gloves if able.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 280-7800

Location: Frederick Douglass Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8005, -73.9581 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Asser Levy Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day5 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day5 Date: May 18, 2013

Asser Levy Recreation Center invites you to come and take ownership of your park. Come and help us beautify the facility.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 447-2020

Location: Asser Levy Recreation Center (in Asser Levy Playground)

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M164 Asser Levy Playground 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7361, -73.9757 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Hollis Playground (JHS 192)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-hollis-playground-jhs-192 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-hollis-playground-jhs-192 Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, come out to Hollis Playground for a clean-up. Volunteers will be painting, raking leaves and removing litter from the playground.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 670-0364

Location: Hollis Playground

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Q405 Hollis Playground 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7065, -73.7531 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Forest Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-forest-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-forest-park Date: May 18, 2013

On It's My Park Day, join The Friends of the Queens Way for a clean-up of Forest Park. They will be cleaning, removing litter and raking leaves near the track on Myrtle Avenue.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (347) 829-4379

Location: Myrtle Ave. & Woodhaven Blvd.

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7025, -73.8551 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[HSBC Children's Garden Spring Session]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/hsbc-childrens-garden-spring-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/hsbc-childrens-garden-spring-session Date: May 18, 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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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:30 am 12:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park Day at Riverside Oval]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-riverside-oval http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/its-my-park-day-at-riverside-oval Date: May 18, 2013

Come out to the Riverside Oval to prepare the space for the summer months. Come help with raking, litter pick-up, spreading of woodchips and planting.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (917) 301-1120

Location: Riverside Oval Greenstreet

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:30 am 1:30 pm 40.8344, -73.9477 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Free Yoga in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/free-yoga-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/free-yoga-in-the-park Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 9:30 am 10:30 am 40.7687, -73.9369 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51d47897ba10c.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/catch-release-fishing Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 18, 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 2013-05-18 2013-05-18 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Plant Starts Giveaway]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/greenthumb-plant-starts-giveaway http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/18/greenthumb-plant-starts-giveaway Date: May 18, 2013

Since 2002, GreenThumb has contracted with Kingsboro Psychiatric Hospital's Urban Oasis program to grow out vegetable starts for distribution to community gardens. This program is a horticultural therapy project that grows tasty vegetables while supporting the growth and well being of its clients. Thanks to this partnership, GreenThumb is able to distribute organic, non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) plants in unique varieties unavailable in your local nursery. Come tour the facility, including a commercial greenhouse and urban agriculture site. Learn about the Urban Oasis program and meet the growers. After the tour, hundreds of tasty vegetable plants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available on-site.

Supplies: Plant Starts (Veggies & Herbs)

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8070

Location: Brooklyn Kingsboro Psychiatric Hospital's Urban Oasis

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2013-05-18 2013-05-18 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.6562, -73.9374 Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:30 EDT