NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://nyc.gov/parks/events NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Thu, 05 May 2016 03:20:20 GMT <![CDATA[Go Girl Athletics]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/go-girl-athletics http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/go-girl-athletics Date: December 15, 2015

Girls ages 12-17 years are invited to practice and improve their athletic skills by combining cardio and weight training to improve strength and flexibility along with cardio endurance.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-15 2015-12-15 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Help Us Plan Improvements to Carl Schurz Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/help-us-plan-improvements-to-carl-schurz-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/help-us-plan-improvements-to-carl-schurz-playground Date: December 15, 2015

Please join us and share your ideas for improving the Carl Schurz Park Playground.

NYC Parks has started the design process for this project and is holding this scope meeting to gather further input from local residents and stakeholders on how they would to see the playground improved. With this input, we will develop a schematic design that will be presented to Community Board 8 for public review. Please join us at this meeting and feel free to invite others who may be interested.

For more information, contact Matthew Beck at matthew.beck@parks.nyc.gov or (212) 408-0241.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 408-0241

Location: Chapin School

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2015-12-15 2015-12-15 6:00 pm 7:30 pm 40.77403100000000000, -73.94609190000000000 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Fundraising for Garden Groups]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/fundraising-for-garden-groups http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/fundraising-for-garden-groups Date: December 15, 2015

Partnerships for Parks invites GreenThumb gardeners to this Partnership Academy workshop to learn how to put together a fundraising plan. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, hear from industry professionals, learn best fundraising practices from other community groups, hear about grants, learn 10 fundraising techniques and when to use them, and the basics of budgeting.

Please call 212-602-5349 to register or RSVP here.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: 212-602-5349

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-15 2015-12-15 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.76760101318359400, -73.97129821777344000 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[New York Road Runners Open Run: Run for Life in Silver Lake Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-in-silver-lake-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/15/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-in-silver-lake-park Date: December 15, 2015

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that launched in St. Mary's Park in the Bronx on National Running Day, June 3, 2015. Through this initiative, New York Road Runners is empowering local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC.

All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bridge (in Silver Lake Park)

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R022 Silver Lake Park 2015-12-15 2015-12-15 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.62750538007900000, -74.09353446960400000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/567b159224df1.png Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition Date: December 16, 2015

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to present its 3rd annual Whimsical Winter Wonder...exhibition. This season's event features works from emerging and established artists from the Bronx. Participating artists include Rhonda Asher, Ernesto Camacho, Elaine Langer, Amarylis Leon, Abraham Levy, Nishanth Gopinathan, Nidhin Nishanth, Miriam Quin, and James Sexer Rodriguez.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/565ddfe39e5df.JPG Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/exhibition-wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/exhibition-wreath-interpretations Date: December 16, 2015

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 33rd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 50 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Venetian blinds, surge protectors, Q-tips, forged steel and lost winter gloves are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from jellyfish overpopulation to the upcoming presidential election. This exhibition is an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.76720046997070000, -73.97129821777344000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b4022673d0.JPG Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 16, 2015

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to enjoy bites from some of the city's finest, shop for holiday gifts from artisans and designers, and soak in the splendor of winter in New York.

The market will be open from Dececember 1 to December 24. The market is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the list of this year's vendors, please visit the Columbus Circle Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Maine Monument (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 10:00 am 9:00 pm 40.76810073852539000, -73.98139953613281000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b6a6728899.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/holiday-train-show Date: December 16, 2015

See enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track.

Please note: Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, please visit the New York Botanical Garden's website. The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays).

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8716

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2015-12-16 2015-12-16 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.86259841918945000, -73.87830352783203000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564ba54a1e42b.jpg Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[External Forces: An Exhibit by Artist Sarah Yuster]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/external-forces-an-exhibit-by-artist-sarah-yuster http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/external-forces-an-exhibit-by-artist-sarah-yuster Date: December 16, 2015

NYC Parks is pleased to present the exhibition External Forces. This series of oil paintings by artist Sarah Yuster depicts artists in situ at various Staten Island locations, specifically preserved natural areas and parks.

This exhibit has been extended to January 3, 2016.

Lenape Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: 'Counterpoint', oil on board 24" x 24", dancers move through a space where a Hurricane Sandy destroyed home once stood.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/560969c369158.jpg Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: December 16, 2015

The North Woods is the largest of the park's three woodlands, offering people and wildlife a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City.

Join us for this tour around tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights include: Harlem Meer, Huddlestone Arch, the Loch, Glenspan Arch, several cascades, and the Pool.

The tour route involves hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. The tour starts at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues), and ends at the Pool (103rd Street and Central Park West).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.79679870605469000, -73.95149993896484000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564241ae98fd2.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 16, 2015

Shop for the holidays at Union Square Park!

Wander through the holly-lined ailes and connect with local artisans who are selling their wares, from home goods and winter wear accessories to gourmet goodies and cute gift ideas.

The Union Square Holiday Market is open from November 19 to December 24. Weekday hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, the market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For this year's vendor list, please visit the Union Square Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

NYC Parks Pop-up Shop at the Union Square Holiday Market
Visit our new pop-up shop to purchase park-themed gifts, including limited-edition archival prints. Here's a peek at what's in our shop.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 11:00 am 9:00 pm 40.73500061035156000, -73.99089813232422000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b65bb8a171.JPG Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/exhibition-becoming-clear-comfort-history-of-a-landmark http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/exhibition-becoming-clear-comfort-history-of-a-landmark Date: December 16, 2015

Alice Austen House's 30th anniversary exhibition brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. On view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

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 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4e908e6cb.jpg Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Alice Austen Everyday: A Photo Series Inspired by Place]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place Date: December 16, 2015

Starting last year on Alice Austen’s birthday, the Alice Austen House began a project documenting the grounds and waterfront from Austen’s home, Clear Comfort. Each day since then the house, grounds, and activities of the site have been documented, much like Alice Austen did over a hundred years ago. The museum will present an installation of nearly 200 snapshots capturing the daily life of this historic site and invite visitors to participate in the project.

Alice Austen Everyday is on view September 26 – December 30, 2015 and shown in conjunction with the museum’s 30th Anniversary exhibition “Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark," tracing the history of the house. Recently tagged images will also be on view, presented on an iPad in the gallery. Exhibition s on view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.

Be like Alice Austen: Upload images taken during the day to social media using the hashtag #aliceausteneveryday. Not on social media? Email photos with title, date, and name of photographer to info@aliceausten.org to be included in the project.

Cover Photo Contest: Submit a #aliceausteneveryday photo of the house and grounds of Clear Comfort to info@aliceausten.org by November 1, 2015. The selected winner’s photo will be used as the Alice Austen House’s Facebook Cover Photo.

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 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4f87442a0.jpg Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Seth Low Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/its-my-park-at-seth-low-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/its-my-park-at-seth-low-park Date: December 16, 2015

This It's My Park Season, the Lions' Den (IS 96, Seth Low Middle School) will be planting tulips and raking leaves in Seth Low Playground.

Start time: 12:45 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: 212-602-5356

Location: Seth Low Playground (in Seth Low Playground/ Bealin Square)

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B100 Seth Low Playground/ Bealin Square 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 12:45 pm 2:00 pm 40.60820007324219000, -73.98650360107422000 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[NYC SPARX: Technology and Dance for Girls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/nycsparx http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/nycsparx Date: December 16, 2015

Girls who like dancing, fashion, games, apps, sports, fitness, chatting and technology will love this program! They'll learn coding, tinkering, app building, technology and get homework help and college prep. Appropriate for young women ages 12-17.

Register online at tinyurl.com/sparxquick.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 2:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Teen PASS]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/teen-pass http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/teen-pass Date: December 16, 2015

When school is out, Teen PASS offers FREE, exceptional clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of 6th - 8th graders. We create a safe space for young people to grow as scientists and artists, nature lovers and healthy individuals alongside our gifted staff.

Programs are held during weekday afternoons, select Saturdays and school holidays at Red Hook Recreation Center, Faber Park Field House and Westside Collaborative middle school. Check each individual site for specific program schedules.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 2123602746

Location: Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park),Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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R008, B126 Faber Pool and Park, Red Hook Recreation Area 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64023590087890600, -74.13526916503906000; 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:00:05 EDT
<![CDATA[3 to 6 Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/3-to-6-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/3-to-6-club Date: December 16, 2015

Walker Park is offering various activities at the 3 to 6 Club, open to children ages 7 through 12 years, including art, literacy and sports.

Registration began September 8th and is ongoing. However, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact Rich Costello at (718) 816-6172

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64329910278320000, -74.10939788818360000 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Basketball Skills and Drills]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/basketball-skills-and-drills http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/basketball-skills-and-drills Date: December 16, 2015

Youth and teens ages 12-17 years participate in this 10-week program that further teaches and strengthens athletic conditioning through basketball.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:00:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/holiday-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/holiday-tree-lighting Date: December 16, 2015

Join Our Lady of Refuge Church and the Catholic Churches of Brooklyn for the lighting of the Christmas tree at Grand Army Plaza.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.67350006103515600, -73.97010040283203000 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Workshop: Composting Leaves in the Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/greenthumb-workshop-composting-leaves-in-the-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/greenthumb-workshop-composting-leaves-in-the-garden Date: December 16, 2015

Composting leaves is a terrific way to recycle and create a nutrient-rich garden soil amendment at the same time. The benefits of leaf compost are numerous. The com­post increases the porosity of the soil, raises the fertility, diminishes the strain on landfills and creates a living “blanket” over your plants.

In order to secure your spot at the workshop, please RSVP here.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: El Coqui Community Garden

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<![CDATA[Christmas Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/christmas-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/christmas-tree-lighting Date: December 16, 2015

Celebrate the spirit of the season with the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club. Come to the annual tree lighting celebration at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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B223DB Brooklyn Heights Promenade 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 40.69549942016601600, -73.99814605712890000 Wed, 02 Dec 2015 15:00:01 EST
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Harlem Renaissance Orchestra Open Rehearsal]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/arts-culture-fun-uptown-jams http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/16/arts-culture-fun-uptown-jams Date: December 16, 2015

Come join us as we kick start a dynamic listening experience with members from the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra (HRO) band. Sit back and listen to some impromptu sounds by local musicians.

Harlem is the birthplace and residence of several HRO band members, and it’s why the members chose their band name to be Harlem Renaissance Orchestra. Not only that, the word renaissance means rebirth or revival, which coincides with the band’s mission to revive and preserve the music of the Big Band Era. HRO’s goal is to reestablish Harlem as the Big Band Mecca of the World. The band has played at venues such as The Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center/Mid-Summer Night Swing, The Westchester Jazz Festival, The Philadelphia Arts Center, and the infamous Copacabana.

To learn more about HRO and their music, please visit reverbnation.com/HRO. More dates to follow. Please check back later.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1380

Location: Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park)

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M058 Marcus Garvey Park 2015-12-16 2015-12-16 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.80502319335900000, -73.94498443603500000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/565f3680b8ee7.jpg Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 17, 2015

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 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. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. 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.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions. Saturday morning walks begin at 8:30 a.m.

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 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.86059951782226600, -73.93379974365234000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5395c8d750ccf.jpg Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:00:07 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition Date: December 17, 2015

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to present its 3rd annual Whimsical Winter Wonder...exhibition. This season's event features works from emerging and established artists from the Bronx. Participating artists include Rhonda Asher, Ernesto Camacho, Elaine Langer, Amarylis Leon, Abraham Levy, Nishanth Gopinathan, Nidhin Nishanth, Miriam Quin, and James Sexer Rodriguez.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/565ddfe39e5df.JPG Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/exhibition-wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/exhibition-wreath-interpretations Date: December 17, 2015

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 33rd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 50 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Venetian blinds, surge protectors, Q-tips, forged steel and lost winter gloves are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from jellyfish overpopulation to the upcoming presidential election. This exhibition is an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.76720046997070000, -73.97129821777344000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b4022673d0.JPG Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 17, 2015

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to enjoy bites from some of the city's finest, shop for holiday gifts from artisans and designers, and soak in the splendor of winter in New York.

The market will be open from Dececember 1 to December 24. The market is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the list of this year's vendors, please visit the Columbus Circle Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Maine Monument (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 10:00 am 9:00 pm 40.76810073852539000, -73.98139953613281000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b6a6728899.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/holiday-train-show Date: December 17, 2015

See enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track.

Please note: Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, please visit the New York Botanical Garden's website. The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays).

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8716

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2015-12-17 2015-12-17 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.86259841918945000, -73.87830352783203000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564ba54a1e42b.jpg Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[External Forces: An Exhibit by Artist Sarah Yuster]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/external-forces-an-exhibit-by-artist-sarah-yuster http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/external-forces-an-exhibit-by-artist-sarah-yuster Date: December 17, 2015

NYC Parks is pleased to present the exhibition External Forces. This series of oil paintings by artist Sarah Yuster depicts artists in situ at various Staten Island locations, specifically preserved natural areas and parks.

This exhibit has been extended to January 3, 2016.

Lenape Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: 'Counterpoint', oil on board 24" x 24", dancers move through a space where a Hurricane Sandy destroyed home once stood.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/560969c369158.jpg Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Stretching, Toning, Relaxation]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/stretching-toning-relaxation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/stretching-toning-relaxation Date: December 17, 2015

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 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:49 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 17, 2015

Shop for the holidays at Union Square Park!

Wander through the holly-lined ailes and connect with local artisans who are selling their wares, from home goods and winter wear accessories to gourmet goodies and cute gift ideas.

The Union Square Holiday Market is open from November 19 to December 24. Weekday hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, the market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For this year's vendor list, please visit the Union Square Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

NYC Parks Pop-up Shop at the Union Square Holiday Market
Visit our new pop-up shop to purchase park-themed gifts, including limited-edition archival prints. Here's a peek at what's in our shop.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 11:00 am 9:00 pm 40.73500061035156000, -73.99089813232422000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b65bb8a171.JPG Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Alice Austen Everyday: A Photo Series Inspired by Place]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place Date: December 17, 2015

Starting last year on Alice Austen’s birthday, the Alice Austen House began a project documenting the grounds and waterfront from Austen’s home, Clear Comfort. Each day since then the house, grounds, and activities of the site have been documented, much like Alice Austen did over a hundred years ago. The museum will present an installation of nearly 200 snapshots capturing the daily life of this historic site and invite visitors to participate in the project.

Alice Austen Everyday is on view September 26 – December 30, 2015 and shown in conjunction with the museum’s 30th Anniversary exhibition “Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark," tracing the history of the house. Recently tagged images will also be on view, presented on an iPad in the gallery. Exhibition s on view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.

Be like Alice Austen: Upload images taken during the day to social media using the hashtag #aliceausteneveryday. Not on social media? Email photos with title, date, and name of photographer to info@aliceausten.org to be included in the project.

Cover Photo Contest: Submit a #aliceausteneveryday photo of the house and grounds of Clear Comfort to info@aliceausten.org by November 1, 2015. The selected winner’s photo will be used as the Alice Austen House’s Facebook Cover Photo.

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 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4f87442a0.jpg Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/exhibition-becoming-clear-comfort-history-of-a-landmark http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/exhibition-becoming-clear-comfort-history-of-a-landmark Date: December 17, 2015

Alice Austen House's 30th anniversary exhibition brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. On view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

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 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4e908e6cb.jpg Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:00:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: The Art of the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/central-park-tour-the-art-of-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/central-park-tour-the-art-of-the-park Date: December 17, 2015

Central Park has long been revered as a masterpiece of living art. Visitors on this tour will admire park vistas as if walking through a landscape painting, all while learning about the park's intricate design features. Discover the park's most artfully executed landscapes on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights of this tour include: Sheep Meadow, the Mall, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, the Ramble, and Belvedere Castle.

The tour route involves hills and stairs. Tour starts at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park at 65th Street), and ends at Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street)

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.76910018920898400, -73.97409820556640000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564243e57ee3c.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Thursday Evening Hours at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/thursday-evening-hours-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/thursday-evening-hours-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 17, 2015

Beginning May 7, 2015, the Merchant’s House Museum and Garden will be open to the public for tours on Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. A guided tour, included with Museum admission, will be offered at 6:30 p.m.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 777-1089

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 12:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:00:07 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga At Morris-Jumel Mansion]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/yoga-at-morrisjumel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/yoga-at-morrisjumel Date: December 17, 2015

Awesome Asana Yoga is an hour-long exercise in body stretching and mind cleansing taught by registered yoga teacher Chelsea Best. As Chelsea says, “Awesome Asana offers a unique yogic journey, linking breath with movement in a meditative Vinyasa Flow class style designed to awaken the spirit and bring the body and mind back to a place of peace.” The class is Open Level Vinyasa, and is moderately challenging.

MJM’s Awesome Asana is part of Chelsea’s “Localize Yoga” project, which aims to make yoga affordable and accessible – to present it “as a possibility, rather than as a luxury” – to the denizens of upper Manhattan. The class is $5, and mats, should you need one, are provided.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.8345, -73.9385 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55301789374c7.jpg Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:10 EDT
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/arts-culture-fun-make-your-mark http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/arts-culture-fun-make-your-mark Date: December 17, 2015

In partnership with the Queens Museum of Art, please join us for a landscape painting workshop using watercolor, inks, and charcoal. The workshop will be led by artist/illustrator Georgie Flores, a Puerto Rican born artist with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design from Pratt Institute. At the age of twelve he began working as an assistant muralist and sign builder and by 17 was an established muralist in Puerto Rico. Artist educator since 2000, Painter since 1990. Flores’ most recent work revolves around his subway commute to and from Brooklyn to the Queens Museum of Art, where he currently works as an Artist Educator. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary. Space is limited so please reserve your spot at cultureartsfun@parks.nyc.gov

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-353-7853

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

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.83439636230469000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5660537193d0c.jpg Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Tunisian Patterned Scarf-Making Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/crochet-beginners-class-adults http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/crochet-beginners-class-adults Date: December 17, 2015

Participants will create a Tunisian crocheted, striped Fibonacci inspired scarf; producing an interesting numerical sequencing pattern effect on the work.

Students bring own materials (#H Tunisian crochet hook, #4 color worsted weight yarn-two contrasting or complementary colors of your choice).

This is a class for those with serious interest in learning Tunisian crochet and working with two colors.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: 718-365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Teen PASS]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/teen-pass http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/teen-pass Date: December 17, 2015

When school is out, Teen PASS offers FREE, exceptional clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of 6th - 8th graders. We create a safe space for young people to grow as scientists and artists, nature lovers and healthy individuals alongside our gifted staff.

Programs are held during weekday afternoons, select Saturdays and school holidays at Red Hook Recreation Center, Faber Park Field House and Westside Collaborative middle school. Check each individual site for specific program schedules.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 2123602746

Location: Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park),Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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R008, B126 Faber Pool and Park, Red Hook Recreation Area 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64023590087890600, -74.13526916503906000; 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:00:05 EDT
<![CDATA[3 to 6 Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/3-to-6-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/3-to-6-club Date: December 17, 2015

Walker Park is offering various activities at the 3 to 6 Club, open to children ages 7 through 12 years, including art, literacy and sports.

Registration began September 8th and is ongoing. However, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact Rich Costello at (718) 816-6172

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64329910278320000, -74.10939788818360000 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Teen Fitness]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/teen-fitness http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/teen-fitness Date: December 17, 2015

Youth and teens ages 12-17 years are can use utilize the cardio and weight training rooms to build strength and endurance under the supervision of trained personnel.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Thu, 24 Sep 2015 17:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/tree-lighting-at-loreto-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/tree-lighting-at-loreto-playground Date: December 17, 2015

Please note: this event has been cancelled. Event will be rescheduled tomorrow, December 18th, 4pm.

Come to the first-ever tree lighting at Loreto Playground in the Morris Park neighborhood in the Bronx.

Join the Morris Park Community Association along with Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, and Councilmember James Vacca in celebrating the season with warm beverages, musical performaces, and a special appearance by Santa Claus!

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 409 0109

Location: Morris Park Avenue and Haight Avenue (in Loreto Playground)

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X163 Loreto Playground 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.84912123833300000, -73.85271986771900000 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Workshop: Soil Health]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/greenthumb-workshop-soil-health http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/greenthumb-workshop-soil-health Date: December 17, 2015

Want to learn how to keep your plants growing strong this season? Plant health is usually directly linked to the health of the soil it grows in. We will cover soil health basics, including different ways of checking to see how your soil is doing. We will also cover ways you can amend or prepare your soil in order to improve its health.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: GreenThumb Compound

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2015-12-17 2015-12-17 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 40.75339889526367000, -73.94750213623047000 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Family Karaoke]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/holiday-family-karaoke http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/17/holiday-family-karaoke Date: December 17, 2015

Join us for a special day of singing, togetherness, fun and karaoke. Bring your friends and family along!

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 397-3159

Location: Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

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M063 Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center 2015-12-17 2015-12-17 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.77149963378906000, -73.98850250244140000 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition Date: December 18, 2015

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to present its 3rd annual Whimsical Winter Wonder...exhibition. This season's event features works from emerging and established artists from the Bronx. Participating artists include Rhonda Asher, Ernesto Camacho, Elaine Langer, Amarylis Leon, Abraham Levy, Nishanth Gopinathan, Nidhin Nishanth, Miriam Quin, and James Sexer Rodriguez.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/565ddfe39e5df.JPG Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Emergency Holiday Toy and Coat Drive]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/emergency-holiday-toy-and-coat-drive http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/emergency-holiday-toy-and-coat-drive Date: December 18, 2015

Every year the Friends of Kaiser Park host a winter coat and toy drive for the holidays. This year disaster struck and eight bags of coats and ten bags of toys disappeared from the site. But we can help make it right. If you have spare toys or coats (both new and lightly used will be accepted) in your home, please bring them in tomorrow to one of the following sites. Please do not gift-wrap the items. At each site, there will be a collection point in the lobby unless otherwise indicated.

  • Brooklyn: Litchfield Villa
  • Bronx: Ranaqua (Drop off to Chief Martell in the Commissioner’s office)
  • Manhattan: The Arsenal
  • Queens: The Overlook
  • Staten Island: Stonehenge

At the end of the day, we will pick up donations and bring them to Kaiser Park in time for Saturday morning’s give away.

Thank you for your help – and happy holidays!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Litchfield Villa (in Prospect Park),The Arsenal (in Central Park),The Overlook (in Forest Park),Clove Lakes Park Parkhouse (in Clove Lakes Park),Bronx Parks Department Headquarters

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B073, M010, Q015, R005 Prospect Park, Central Park, Forest Park, Clove Lakes Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.66690063476562500, -73.97409820556640000; 40.76760101318359400, -73.97129821777344000; 40.70989990234375000, -73.83660125732422000; 40.61740112304687500, -74.10579681396484000; 40.84729580000000000, -73.87070090000000000 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/exhibition-wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/exhibition-wreath-interpretations Date: December 18, 2015

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 33rd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 50 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Venetian blinds, surge protectors, Q-tips, forged steel and lost winter gloves are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from jellyfish overpopulation to the upcoming presidential election. This exhibition is an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.76720046997070000, -73.97129821777344000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b4022673d0.JPG Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 18, 2015

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to enjoy bites from some of the city's finest, shop for holiday gifts from artisans and designers, and soak in the splendor of winter in New York.

The market will be open from Dececember 1 to December 24. The market is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the list of this year's vendors, please visit the Columbus Circle Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Maine Monument (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 10:00 am 9:00 pm 40.76810073852539000, -73.98139953613281000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b6a6728899.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/holiday-train-show Date: December 18, 2015

See enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track.

Please note: Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, please visit the New York Botanical Garden's website. The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays).

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8716

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2015-12-18 2015-12-18 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.86259841918945000, -73.87830352783203000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564ba54a1e42b.jpg Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Children's Story Time & Art]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/childrens-story-time-art http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/childrens-story-time-art Date: December 18, 2015

Enjoy interactive story time with songs, nursery rhymes, stories, and poems for toddlers and preschoolers. Children will create a work of art inspired by the stories to take home.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 10:00 am 10:30 am 40.865, -73.8947 Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:06 EDT
<![CDATA[External Forces: An Exhibit by Artist Sarah Yuster]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/external-forces-an-exhibit-by-artist-sarah-yuster http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/external-forces-an-exhibit-by-artist-sarah-yuster Date: December 18, 2015

NYC Parks is pleased to present the exhibition External Forces. This series of oil paintings by artist Sarah Yuster depicts artists in situ at various Staten Island locations, specifically preserved natural areas and parks.

This exhibit has been extended to January 3, 2016.

Lenape Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: 'Counterpoint', oil on board 24" x 24", dancers move through a space where a Hurricane Sandy destroyed home once stood.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/560969c369158.jpg Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 18, 2015

Shop for the holidays at Union Square Park!

Wander through the holly-lined ailes and connect with local artisans who are selling their wares, from home goods and winter wear accessories to gourmet goodies and cute gift ideas.

The Union Square Holiday Market is open from November 19 to December 24. Weekday hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, the market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For this year's vendor list, please visit the Union Square Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

NYC Parks Pop-up Shop at the Union Square Holiday Market
Visit our new pop-up shop to purchase park-themed gifts, including limited-edition archival prints. Here's a peek at what's in our shop.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 11:00 am 9:00 pm 40.73500061035156000, -73.99089813232422000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b65bb8a171.JPG Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Alice Austen Everyday: A Photo Series Inspired by Place]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place Date: December 18, 2015

Starting last year on Alice Austen’s birthday, the Alice Austen House began a project documenting the grounds and waterfront from Austen’s home, Clear Comfort. Each day since then the house, grounds, and activities of the site have been documented, much like Alice Austen did over a hundred years ago. The museum will present an installation of nearly 200 snapshots capturing the daily life of this historic site and invite visitors to participate in the project.

Alice Austen Everyday is on view September 26 – December 30, 2015 and shown in conjunction with the museum’s 30th Anniversary exhibition “Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark," tracing the history of the house. Recently tagged images will also be on view, presented on an iPad in the gallery. Exhibition s on view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.

Be like Alice Austen: Upload images taken during the day to social media using the hashtag #aliceausteneveryday. Not on social media? Email photos with title, date, and name of photographer to info@aliceausten.org to be included in the project.

Cover Photo Contest: Submit a #aliceausteneveryday photo of the house and grounds of Clear Comfort to info@aliceausten.org by November 1, 2015. The selected winner’s photo will be used as the Alice Austen House’s Facebook Cover Photo.

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 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4f87442a0.jpg Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/exhibition-becoming-clear-comfort-history-of-a-landmark http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/exhibition-becoming-clear-comfort-history-of-a-landmark Date: December 18, 2015

Alice Austen House's 30th anniversary exhibition brings to light the history of the museum’s National and New York City Landmark building, tracing its path from one-room Dutch farmhouse in the 1690s, to Victorian Gothic cottage and home to early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952), to protected landmark, to public museum. Presented upon the museum’s 30th anniversary and as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law, this exhibition explores the Alice Austen House’s significance in New York City history and tells the fascinating story of the saving of the house from threatened destruction. On view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm

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 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4e908e6cb.jpg Fri, 18 Sep 2015 18:00:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park1 Date: December 18, 2015

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts and ends at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park at 65th Street).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.76910018920898400, -73.97409820556640000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5707fdbcd2ffa.JPG Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Santa's Corner]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/santas-corner http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/santas-corner Date: December 18, 2015

Santa stops by Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free photo opportunities.

There are two ways to snap a photo with Santa. Bring your own camera or cell phone, and you can snap your own pic; or elves will take a photo that can be downloaded from our Flickr page.

Special Events?

  • Santa Parade: Dec 24, 1 - 1:30pm: Santa starts off with a parade throughout the park accompanied by carolers and elves, before returning to take photos at Santa's Corner from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Deck (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.75396845796800000, -73.98375773429900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5670794cb3f8e.jpg Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 18, 2015

Explore some of the park's best-known features, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this introductory tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights of this tour include: Balcony Bridge, Oak Bridge, the Lake, the Ramble, and Belvedere Castle.

The tour route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. Tour starts in front of the Alexander von Humboldt statue (77th Street and Central Park West), and ends at Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully. Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 40.77939987182617000, -73.97339630126953000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564244ab82975.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Seasonal Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/seasonal-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/seasonal-crafts Date: December 18, 2015

Make seasonal and holiday arts & crafts items to take home.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:16 EST
<![CDATA[NYC SPARX: Technology and Dance for Girls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/nycsparx http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/nycsparx Date: December 18, 2015

Girls who like dancing, fashion, games, apps, sports, fitness, chatting and technology will love this program! They'll learn coding, tinkering, app building, technology and get homework help and college prep. Appropriate for young women ages 12-17.

Register online at tinyurl.com/sparxquick.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 2:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Teen PASS]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/teen-pass http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/teen-pass Date: December 18, 2015

When school is out, Teen PASS offers FREE, exceptional clubs that focus on the areas of NYC Parks, arts, environmental science and sports that are tailored to the interests and talents of 6th - 8th graders. We create a safe space for young people to grow as scientists and artists, nature lovers and healthy individuals alongside our gifted staff.

Programs are held during weekday afternoons, select Saturdays and school holidays at Red Hook Recreation Center, Faber Park Field House and Westside Collaborative middle school. Check each individual site for specific program schedules.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 2123602746

Location: Faber Park Field House (in Faber Pool and Park),Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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R008, B126 Faber Pool and Park, Red Hook Recreation Area 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64023590087890600, -74.13526916503906000; 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 13:00:05 EDT
<![CDATA[3 to 6 Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/3-to-6-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/3-to-6-club Date: December 18, 2015

Walker Park is offering various activities at the 3 to 6 Club, open to children ages 7 through 12 years, including art, literacy and sports.

Registration began September 8th and is ongoing. However, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact Rich Costello at (718) 816-6172

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64329910278320000, -74.10939788818360000 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Green Girls After School Program]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/green-girls-after-school-program http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/green-girls-after-school-program Date: December 18, 2015

Green Girls is an innovative program that inspires early adolescents to excel as environmental scientists, media artists and stewards of New York City’s precious natural resources. Open to girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grade, Green Girls continues throughout the school year with FREE weekly sessions at I.S. 204 in Long Island City Queens. Green Girls after school combines science, technology, interactive games and field trips that focus on the healthy and well-being of our waterways.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 2123602788

Location: IS 204. 36th Avenue and 28th Street. Long Island City.

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2015-12-18 2015-12-18 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.75670117430000000, -73.93281698230000000 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:00:10 EDT
<![CDATA[Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/18/tree-lighting Date: December 18, 2015

Please note: This event was originally scheduled for December 17, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Come to the first-ever tree lighting at Loreto Playground in the Morris Park neighborhood in the Bronx.

Join the Morris Park Community Association along with Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, State Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, and Councilmember James Vacca in celebrating the season with warm beverages, musical performaces, and a special appearance by Santa Claus!

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 409 0109

Location: Morris Park Avenue and Haight Avenue (in Loreto Playground)

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X163 Loreto Playground 2015-12-18 2015-12-18 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.84912123833300000, -73.85271986771900000 Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition Date: December 19, 2015

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to present its 3rd annual Whimsical Winter Wonder...exhibition. This season's event features works from emerging and established artists from the Bronx. Participating artists include Rhonda Asher, Ernesto Camacho, Elaine Langer, Amarylis Leon, Abraham Levy, Nishanth Gopinathan, Nidhin Nishanth, Miriam Quin, and James Sexer Rodriguez.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/565ddfe39e5df.JPG Tue, 01 Dec 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt Track Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/van-cortlandt-track-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/van-cortlandt-track-club Date: December 19, 2015

The Van Cortlandt Track Club runs through and around the Yonkers-Bronx border in small groups. The club breaks 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 at the Short Stop Cafe across the street for breakfast!

For more information about the Saturday morning run and other races, visit: http://www.vctc.org/page/saturday-morning-group-runs

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Van Cortlandt Stadium (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 8:00 am 9:00 am 40.888, -73.8968 Wed, 06 May 2015 12:02:48 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza Date: December 19, 2015

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market. EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:00:08 EST
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 19, 2015

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 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. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. 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.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 8:30 am 9:30 am 40.86059951782226600, -73.93379974365234000 Tue, 09 Feb 2016 15:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[New York Road Runners Open Run: Run for Life - Astoria Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-astoria-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-astoria-park Date: December 19, 2015

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that launched in St. Mary's Park in the Bronx on National Running Day, June 3, 2015. Through this initiative, New York Road Runners is empowering local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC.

All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

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Q004 Astoria Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.77669906616211000, -73.92579650878906000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/567b14d16da82.png Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[New York Road Runners Open Run: Run for Life - St. Mary's Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-st-marys-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/new-york-road-runners-open-run-run-for-life-st-marys-park Date: December 19, 2015

Open Run is a new community-based initiative that launched in St. Mary's Park in the Bronx on National Running Day, June 3, 2015. Through this initiative, New York Road Runners is empowering local volunteers to bring free weekly runs to local neighborhood parks all over NYC.

All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on park, but they are between 2.5-3 miles. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: St. Anns Avenue and East 149th Street (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.81409835815430000, -73.91290283203125000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/567b147d97ced.png Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Learn to Play Basketball]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/learn-to-play-basketball http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/learn-to-play-basketball Date: December 19, 2015

Children and youth ages 6-12 year will learn fundamental basketball skills and training at this free class.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 9:00 am 11:00 am 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at McCarren Park with Good.Clean.Fun.]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/its-my-park-at-mccarren-park-with-goodcleanfun http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/its-my-park-at-mccarren-park-with-goodcleanfun Date: December 19, 2015

This It's My Park season, please join Good.Clean.Fun. to help care for McCarren Park during your morning fitness routine. Good.Clean.Fun. is a unique initiative encouraging us to re-imagine the way we encounter community service. When you go exercise in the park, borrow a pair of re-usable work gloves from Good.Clean.Fun to pick up some of the trash you may encounter along the way. We look forward to creating a safer, cleaner, and more energetically friendly place for us all to enjoy! Check out Good.Clean.Fun. on Facebook.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: McCarren Park Track (in McCarren Park)

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B058 McCarren Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 9:00 am 12:30 pm 40.72010040283203000, -73.95130157470703000 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning and Maintaining Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park Date: December 19, 2015

Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting, or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while getting great exercise. We are there every Saturday morning.

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 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/552ef635b291e.jpg Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:00:06 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Franz Sigel Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/its-my-park-at-franz-sigel-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/its-my-park-at-franz-sigel-park Date: December 19, 2015

This It's My Park season, come on out and lend a helping hand to prepare the park for the winter season by raking leaves and conducting a general clean-up. Walk on volunteers are highly welcome. We hope to see you in the park!

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 917-659-4794

Location: E. 153rd Street & Grand Concourse (in Franz Sigel Park)

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X047 Franz Sigel Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.82130050659180000, -73.92579650878906000 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Arts & Crafts and Games for Kids]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/artscraftsgame-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/artscraftsgame-day Date: December 19, 2015

Participants will enjoy arts & crafts, sand art, and different games. Appropriate for ages 5 and up.

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 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Tai Chi Chuan]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/tai-chi-chuan http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/tai-chi-chuan Date: December 19, 2015

Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi Chuan is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. In this class, Irving Yee, a member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, introduces students to the internal martial arts, and promotes awareness of their health benefits. Students split into groups according to their level of expertise, exploring movements at their own pace, whether as beginners or more advanced students of Tai Chi. Classes are held indoors November through April.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 11:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/563d1d51486b4.jpg Fri, 06 Nov 2015 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Snow-Globe Gift Boxes]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/family-art-project-snowglobe-gift-boxes http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/family-art-project-snowglobe-gift-boxes Date: December 19, 2015

Walk among Wave Hill’s majestic conifers with their wonderful scents and textures. Then, using live pine boughs we provide, create a winter wonderland resembling a snow globe. Add inhabitants and decorate it with shiny foil, snow-like shapes and natural objects like cones, dried herbs and spices.

Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/563d1da091b67.jpg Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 19, 2015

Shop for the holidays at Union Square Park!

Wander through the holly-lined ailes and connect with local artisans who are selling their wares, from home goods and winter wear accessories to gourmet goodies and cute gift ideas.

The Union Square Holiday Market is open from November 19 to December 24. Weekday hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Saturdays, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Sundays, the market is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For this year's vendor list, please visit the Union Square Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 9:00 pm 40.73500061035156000, -73.99089813232422000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b65bb8a171.JPG Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 19, 2015

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect place to enjoy bites from some of the city's finest, shop for holiday gifts from artisans and designers, and soak in the splendor of winter in New York.

The market will be open from Dececember 1 to December 24. The market is open on Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For the list of this year's vendors, please visit the Columbus Circle Holiday Market's website at urbanspacenyc.com.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Maine Monument (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 9:00 pm 40.76810073852539000, -73.98139953613281000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564b6a6728899.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/holiday-train-show Date: December 19, 2015

See enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center—surprising at every turn—on nearly a half-mile of track.

Please note: Advanced reservations are strongly recommended. To purchase tickets, please visit the New York Botanical Garden's website. The New York Botanical Garden is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed on Mondays).

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8716

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.86259841918945000, -73.87830352783203000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564ba54a1e42b.jpg Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Christmas in the Colonies]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/chirstmas-in-the-colonies http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/chirstmas-in-the-colonies Date: December 19, 2015

Enjoy Van Cortlandt House decked out in its holiday finery for Saint Nicholas Day, New Year’s Day, and Twelfth Night.

Free with regular museum admission.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.89114379882812500, -73.89489746093750000 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Forest Restoration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/forest-restoration-restauracin-forestal http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/forest-restoration-restauracin-forestal Date: December 19, 2015

Help restore our Forever Wild Preserve by clearing invasive weeds and planting native species.

Meet at the nature center with NYC Parks or VCP Conservancy staff. Enter the park on foot at Broadway and 246 Street.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: West 246th Street and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.89220046997070000, -73.89720153808594000 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Parkchester Historic Walk Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/parkchester-historic-walk-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/parkchester-historic-walk-tour Date: December 19, 2015

The residential community of Parkchester in the East Bronx is a prime example of a self-sustained development that still holds prime art deco and art moderne examples from the 1930s.

The name “Parkchester” was chosen by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company sometime before 1938. The word “Park” has always been a favorite one with real estate operators to conjure up a mental picture of trees and lawns. The “chester” preserves part of the name of the ancient town of Westchester, in which the real estate development is situated.

Bronx Co. Historical Society tour guide Nestor Danyluk will lead a historic tour of Parkchester, enriched with local history and lore. This tour will meet in front of Zaro’s Bakery at 29 Hugh L. Grant Circle. T

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 718 881 8900

Location: Zaro's Bakery

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2015-12-19 2015-12-19 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.83364367024000000, -73.86102336137700000 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 14:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park with Friends of Brower Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/its-my-park-with-friends-of-brower-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/its-my-park-with-friends-of-brower-park Date: December 19, 2015

This It's My Park season, volunteer with the Friends of Brower Park to help care for Brower Park. Volunteers are needed to mulch, weed, and plant the butterfly garden and tree beds. Please bring your own work gloves. There will be additional opportunities to get involved in Brower Park by connecting with group leaders. We look forward to caring for Brower Park with you.

Please register online here.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 965-6991

Location: Brower Park Parkhouse (in Brower Park)

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B012 Brower Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.67380142211914000, -73.94390106201172000 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Outdoor Skills: Fire Building]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/outdoor-skills-fire-building http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/outdoor-skills-fire-building Date: December 19, 2015

Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you.

In this program participants will learn about fire safety and different methods for creating and sustaining fire in a wilderness situation. This program is family-friendly, but recommended for ages 8 years and older.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park)

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R119 Blue Heron Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.53085327148437500, -74.17777252197266000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56201c74df0bb.JPG Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding: Winter Waterfowl]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/birding-winter-waterfowl http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/birding-winter-waterfowl Date: December 19, 2015

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. We offer birding programs throughout the year. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring a pair of binoculars or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot (in Baisley Pond Park)

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Q005 Baisley Pond Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.67470169067383000, -73.78440093994140000 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Red Hook Story on the Quad Holiday Celebration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/ered-hook-story-on-the-quad-holiday-celebration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/ered-hook-story-on-the-quad-holiday-celebration Date: December 19, 2015

Celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and Three Kings Day with us as we share stories about the origin of these holidays. Toy giveaway for children 0-13 years and light refreshments.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 722-3211

Location: Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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B126 Red Hook Recreation Area 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.67240142822265600, -74.00399780273438000 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Exhibition: Alice Austen Everyday: A Photo Series Inspired by Place]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/exhibition-alice-austen-everyday-a-photo-series-inspired-by-place Date: December 19, 2015

Starting last year on Alice Austen’s birthday, the Alice Austen House began a project documenting the grounds and waterfront from Austen’s home, Clear Comfort. Each day since then the house, grounds, and activities of the site have been documented, much like Alice Austen did over a hundred years ago. The museum will present an installation of nearly 200 snapshots capturing the daily life of this historic site and invite visitors to participate in the project.

Alice Austen Everyday is on view September 26 – December 30, 2015 and shown in conjunction with the museum’s 30th Anniversary exhibition “Becoming Clear Comfort: History of a Landmark," tracing the history of the house. Recently tagged images will also be on view, presented on an iPad in the gallery. Exhibition s on view during museum hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm.

Be like Alice Austen: Upload images taken during the day to social media using the hashtag #aliceausteneveryday. Not on social media? Email photos with title, date, and name of photographer to info@aliceausten.org to be included in the project.

Cover Photo Contest: Submit a #aliceausteneveryday photo of the house and grounds of Clear Comfort to info@aliceausten.org by November 1, 2015. The selected winner’s photo will be used as the Alice Austen House’s Facebook Cover Photo.

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 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55fc4f87442a0.jpg Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Learn to Play Soccer with Coach Victor Campbell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/learn-to-play-soccer-with-coach-victor-campbell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/learn-to-play-soccer-with-coach-victor-campbell Date: December 19, 2015

Children and youth ages 6-12 years learn fundamental and advanced soccer skills.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-402-5155

Location: St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.81079864501953000, -73.91470336914062000 Wed, 23 Sep 2015 18:00:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center Winter Wonderland]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/wbo-winter-wonderland http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/wbo-winter-wonderland Date: December 19, 2015

Come celebrate Christmas, Eid e-Milad-un Nabi, Kwanza, Three Kings Day, Hanukah, and the holiday season.

Join us for winter arts and crafts, carnival games, healthy snack program, and a visit from some special guests, including Santa! Come learn about different winter holidays. The recreation center will be turned into a winter wonderland that the whole family can be a part of. Be sure to bring your phone or camera to get a picture with Santa and our other guests!

Free for all!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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X104 Williamsbridge Oval 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.87689971923828000, -73.87650299072266000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5658b4f71accc.png Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Introduction to Bird Watching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/introduction-to-bird-watching http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/introduction-to-bird-watching Date: December 19, 2015

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:00:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Bronx Crime and Noir Writers Society Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/bronx-crime-and-noir-writers-society-workshop-with-charlie-vazquez http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/bronx-crime-and-noir-writers-society-workshop-with-charlie-vazquez Date: December 19, 2015

The Bronx Writers Center presents this exciting new gathering of crime and noir writers.

This casual writers' meeting will come together every third Saturday of each month to participate in writing prompts, readings, and critiques of these eternal, ever reinventing genres of fiction. Hosted by Charlie Vazquez.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Children's Bridge Building Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/childrens-bridge-building-workshop http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/childrens-bridge-building-workshop Date: December 19, 2015

Living on Manhattan Island, we are surrounded by amazing feats of engineering—bridges! Have you ever wondered how bridges can hold heavy trucks suspended over thin air? Join Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone of Storefront Science to explore the form and function, as well as the strength and stability of bridges as we design and build our own models!

Please note: Space is limited. RSVP is required. To register for this workshop, please email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.org.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

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

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M099 J. Hood Wright Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.84690093994140600, -73.93990325927734000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56534a736962b.jpg Mon, 23 Nov 2015 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Photography Scavenger Hunt]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/photography-scavenger-hunt http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/photography-scavenger-hunt Date: December 19, 2015

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head.

This guided hike through Fort Greene Park will challenge your photography skills as you work to complete a photo scavenger hunt. Bring your own digital camera or smartphone.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park)

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B032 Fort Greene Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.69219970703125000, -73.97480010986328000 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Cold Weather Survival Skills]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/cold-weather-survival-skills http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/cold-weather-survival-skills Date: December 19, 2015

Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you. All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older.

In this program learn to build a super shelter and other methods to survive as the temperature plummets.

Participants are chosen by lottery. To enter your name in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, December 9th.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 1:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.89110183715820000, -73.89399719238281000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56201cfa46a40.JPG Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:00:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Santa's Corner]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/santas-corner http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/santas-corner Date: December 19, 2015

Santa stops by Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park for free photo opportunities.

There are two ways to snap a photo with Santa. Bring your own camera or cell phone, and you can snap your own pic; or elves will take a photo that can be downloaded from our Flickr page.

Special Events?

  • Santa Parade: Dec 24, 1 - 1:30pm: Santa starts off with a parade throughout the park accompanied by carolers and elves, before returning to take photos at Santa's Corner from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Deck (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.75396845796800000, -73.98375773429900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5670794cb3f8e.jpg Thu, 24 Dec 2015 14:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Free Family Day at Wyckoff Farmhouse]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/free-family-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/free-family-day Date: December 19, 2015

Visit the Wyckoff Farmhouse this winter for a free family day!

While our public tours on Fridays and Saturdays are normally geared for an adult audience, we’ve planned engaging, kid-friendly tours, hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, and more on select Saturdays. If the weather’s nice, bring a picnic and enjoy our grounds before or after your visit to the house.

If you plan to visit with children under 10, we recommend visiting before 2 p.m. to take advantage of specially planned activities for younger children.

Want to learn more? Email programs@wyckoffmuseum.org for additional information.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 629-5400

Location: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park)

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B376 Fidler-Wyckoff House Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.64431762695312500, -73.92077636718750000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/55918d302cad0.jpg Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square: Crossroads of New York Walking Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/union-square-crossroads-of-new-york-walking-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/union-square-crossroads-of-new-york-walking-tour Date: December 19, 2015

The Union Square Partnership teamed with Big Onion Walking Tours to create a free, 90-minute walking tour Saturdays entitled Union Square: Crossroads of New York. The tour departs from the Abraham Lincoln Statue located along the 16th Street transverse. With the help of a tour guide, you will explore the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. Reservations are not required for individuals, but are required for groups.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 517-1826

Location: Abraham Lincoln Statue (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.73630142211914000, -73.99009704589844000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54cfe899a5d4d.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Spectacular]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/holiday-spectacular http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/holiday-spectacular Date: December 19, 2015

Join us for an afternoon of fun activities, including a bounce house, games, photos with Santa, crafts, movies, music, and more!

All ages are welcome!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 353-7853

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

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.83439636230469000 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Family Karaoke]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/holiday-family-karaoke http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/holiday-family-karaoke Date: December 19, 2015

Join us for our final day of holiday togetherness, fun, and karaoke. Bring your friends and family along!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 397-3159

Location: Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

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M063 Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.77149963378906000, -73.98850250244140000 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour Date: December 19, 2015

Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to some of the southern park highlights, including Grand Army Plaza, the pond, Gapstow Bridge, Wollman Rink, Chess & Checkers House, and the Dairy.

The tour route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. Tour starts inside the park at 61st Street and Fifth Avenue. For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully. Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 40.76549911499023400, -73.97219848632812000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56423f05b161b.jpg Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:00:02 EST
<![CDATA[Le Petit Art]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/le-petit-art http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/12/19/le-petit-art Date: December 19, 2015

Create miniature works of art (4"x6") or less using multiple mediums like acrylic paint, water color, pastel, pencil, ink, and surfaces like wood, canvas, paper, metal, and glass.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2015-12-19 2015-12-19 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:00:04 EDT