NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:59:48 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[MillionTreesNYC Lecture: Stopping by Old Friends: My Favorite Trees in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/milliontreesnyc-lecture-stopping-by-old-friends-my-favorite-trees-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/milliontreesnyc-lecture-stopping-by-old-friends-my-favorite-trees-in-central-park Date: April 26, 2013

Join us for a presentation by the author and NYC tree expert Edward Barnard, Stopping by Old Friends: My Favorite Trees in Central Park.

Frederick Law Olmsted took the long view. He once described a landscape architect as an artist who “with far-reaching conception of beauty and designing power, sketches the outlines, writes the colors, and directs the shadows, of a picture so great that Nature shall be employed upon it for generations, before the work he has arranged for her shall realize his intentions!” In his illustrated presentation, Edward Barnard, author of New York City Trees, A Field Guide to the Metropolitan Area, takes us on a walk through Olmsted’s greatest “picture” over 150 years after he and Vaux sketched the outlines, using trees, water, and rock outcroppings to define a remarkable series of discrete landscapes. Most of the trees Olmsted’s gardeners planted are gone, but a few still stand. During his presentation Barnard will highlight these survivors and also visit several dozen more recent arrivals—all trees that he considers among the greatest sylvan treasures of Central Park, trees that after many generation have realized Olmsted’s “far reaching conception.”

This event is part of a series of spring lecture series events hosted by MillionTreesNYC in partnership with photographer Benjamin Swett. Benjamin Swett’s new book, New York City of Trees, is being published in spring 2013. This event is partially funded through a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

Space is Limited. Please RSVP for this event by contacting: artandantiquities@parks.nyc.gov

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Volunteer Opportunity - High Rock Challenge Adventure Race]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/volunteer-opportunity-high-rock-challenge-adventure-race http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/volunteer-opportunity-high-rock-challenge-adventure-race Date: April 27, 2013

Join the Greenbelt staff one day or both and assist with race set up, food distribution and manning the challenge tables along the race route. Site locations and arrival times vary so it is best that you email or phone us for additional information.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 667-2165 ext. 311

Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 7:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt Track Club Saturday Morning Group-Run]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/van-cortlandt-track-club-saturday-morning-grouprun http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/van-cortlandt-track-club-saturday-morning-grouprun Date: April 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Van Cortlandt Stadium (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 am 40.888, -73.8968 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[2013 High Rock Challenge and Solo 5k Sprint]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/2013-high-rock-challenge-and-new-high-rock-challenge-solo-5k-sprint-on-428 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/2013-high-rock-challenge-and-new-high-rock-challenge-solo-5k-sprint-on-428 Date: April 27, 2013

2013 High Rock Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. New this year is the Sunday, April 28 Solo 5K Sprint along a portion of the High Rock Challenge Course. This year’s High Rock Challenge will have its start/finish at the Henry Kaufmann Camp Grounds on Manor Road. This is a different location from the past several years but the site of the very first High Rock Challenges eleven years ago!

Two-member teams must run together at all times and compete in mystery events, which are located throughout the approximately 10K (and no longer than 13K) course. Mystery events are cleverly designed and encourage teamwork as well as mental and physical acumen. Location and race details to follow. Events are not revealed until race day when you’re on the course.

The High Rock Challenge Adventure Race is held in memory of NYPD Officer John Kelly. Proceeds from the High Rock Challenge help support Greenbelt trail maintenance and environmental education programs.

Registration is now open. See links below to register.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 667-2165

Location: The Greenbelt

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2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.5871, -74.1327 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51059193a53e8.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Free Saturdays at Red Hook Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/free-saturdays-at-red-hook-recreation-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/free-saturdays-at-red-hook-recreation-center Date: April 27, 2013

Free admittance for everyone, every Saturday in April 2013!

Hey Red Hook! Come enjoy FREE family fun programming at Red Hook Recreation Center. Activities will include fitness activities, board games, billiards, access to the cardio and weight room and more!

For more information, please call Jackie Spann at (718) 722-3211.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 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 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.6724, -74.004 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/512e783a61806.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[High Line Volunteer Fair]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/high-line-volunteer-fair http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/high-line-volunteer-fair Date: April 27, 2013

Don’t miss these special occasions to learn about volunteer opportunities at the High Line.

Stop by a High Line Volunteer Fair on Monday, April 22 or Saturday, April 27, and chat with High Line staff and current volunteers about ways to share your talents at the High Line.

Our volunteer community plays a critical role in all areas of the park’s operations. All year long volunteers help tend plants, lead weekly walking tours, lend a hand during special events, and much more.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: 10th Avenue Square (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 am 10:00 am 40.7438, -74.0069 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bird-walks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bird-walks Date: April 27, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 am 9:30 am 40.8911, -73.894 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: April 27, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Help Rejuvenate Fort Tryon Park with the New York Junior League]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/help-rejuvenate-fort-tryon-park-with-the-new-york-junior-league http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/help-rejuvenate-fort-tryon-park-with-the-new-york-junior-league Date: April 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:30 am 4:00 pm 40.8652, -73.9288 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[MillionTreesNYC Spring 2013 Volunteer Planting Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/milliontreesnyc-spring-2013-volunteer-planting-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/milliontreesnyc-spring-2013-volunteer-planting-day Date: April 27, 2013

Join MillionTreesNYC and fellow volunteers to make New York City greener and greater, by volunteering to help plant 20,000 trees at parks citywide!

Every planting season, MillionTreesNYC engages enthusiastic, energetic, and environmentally–minded New Yorkers in volunteer tree planting activities. Whether you're a veteran planter or this is your first time participating, your contribution will ensure the growth of healthy new forests within our parkland for many years to come.

Registration is required. Please register as an individual or group leader (if you are planning on inviting a group) for one of the following city park planting sites.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-TREE

Location: Floyd Bennett Field at Runway parallel to Flatbush Ave.,Alley Pond Park near Northern Blvd. (in Alley Pond Park),Idlewild Park at 223rd St. (in Idlewild Park),Turtle Cove at Golf Parking Lot (in Pelham Bay Park)

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Q001, Q392, X039 Alley Pond Park, Idlewild Park, Pelham Bay Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.5938, -73.9007; 40.7634, -73.7465; 40.6572, -73.7596; 40.863, -73.8071 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51505cf60ed2b.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Spend your summer in the Greenbelt: High Rock Camp and Mini Camp]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp Date: April 27, 2013

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

Start time: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 9:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516ab90c11a1c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: April 27, 2013

Join Shape Up NYC for a free outdoor Couch to 5K class each week. No registration is required, just show up ready to work out. Couch to 5K is a beginner program for the aspiring runner that will combine running, walking, and conditioning exercises to get you in shape for long distance running. Meet outside the Bowne Park Field House, rain or shine.

Shape Up NYC (an NYC Parks program run in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Bowne Park

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Q006 Bowne Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[HSBC Children's Garden Spring Session]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/hsbc-childrens-garden-spring-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/hsbc-childrens-garden-spring-session Date: April 27, 2013

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

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800 ext230

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-04-27 2013-04-27 9:30 am 12:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Shoelace Park 10K Run/Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/shoelace-park-10k-runwalk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/shoelace-park-10k-runwalk Date: April 27, 2013

Join Friends of Shoelace Park for their annual 10K Fun Run/Walk event. The Shoelace 10K is a scenic run/walk that takes runners & walkers through different sections of the Bronx Park, crossing the Bronx River several times and following its banks. Participants will enjoy the river views and the foliage as well as music and communtiy organizations at the end of the event.

Registration check-in time starts at 9:00 a.m. at the East 219th St. playground.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 430-4636

Location: 219th Street Entrance (in Bronx Park)

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X002 Bronx Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 9:30 am 2:00 pm 40.8842, -73.866 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bikes and Nature: Exploring Bronx Trees]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bicycle-tour-of-trees-in-the-bronx http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bicycle-tour-of-trees-in-the-bronx Date: April 27, 2013

Join us on a low-impact bicycle tour of some of the great trees in Riverdale and surroundings with professional tree photographer Benjamin Swett, author of New York City of Trees. Organized by Wave Hill’s Nature and Art Programs Manager Gisela Insuaste and Boogie Down Rides, a Bronx-based bicycling and art project, this nature-based bicycle tour will start off-site at the southeast corner of Isham Park and end at Wave Hill, exploring some of the trees and their stories highlighted in the book.

For more information, visit www.boogiedownrides.org or www.wavehill.org or call (718) 549-3200

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Broadway and Isham Street (in Isham Park)

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M043 Isham Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8682, -73.9197 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/catch-release-fishing Date: April 27, 2013

Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: April 27, 2013

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: April 27, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features. Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; call (212) 860-1370 for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Hike (vigorous)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/fitness-hike-vigorous http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/fitness-hike-vigorous Date: April 27, 2013

Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 40.8911, -73.894 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Watching Buddies]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bird-watching-buddies http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bird-watching-buddies Date: April 27, 2013

Explore the wetlands and woodlands of Randall's Island Park in search of migratory birds on Saturday, April 27. In addition to the guided tour lead by the Natural Areas Crew and the NYC Audobon, participants will create wildlife-themed arts and crafts, enjoy lemonade and cookies, and receive compimentary guidebooks and binoculars for use during the event.

This event is suitable for children ages 7-14 with a caregiver. Participants will meet near Icahn Stadium prior to the guided tour.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park),Waterfront Pathways along Ward's Island (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7932, -73.9254; 40.7818, -73.9295 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/birding Date: April 27, 2013

We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

Location: Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 40.7227, -73.827 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Bikes And Nature: Exploring Bronx Trees]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/wave-hill-bikes-and-nature-exploring-bronx-trees http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/wave-hill-bikes-and-nature-exploring-bronx-trees Date: April 27, 2013

Join us on a low-impact bicycle tour of some of the great trees in Riverdale and surroundings with professional tree photographer Benjamin Swett, author of New York City of Trees. Organized by Wave Hill’s Nature and Art Programs Manager Gisela Insuaste and Boogie Down Rides, a Bronx-based bicycling and art project, this nature-based bicycle tour will start off-site and end at Wave Hill, exploring some of the trees and their stories highlighted in the book.

Ride starts in Northern Manhattan at the southeast corner of Isham Park and ends at Wave Hill. This event is free, but registration is required. You can register online below, by calling or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Registrants may visit Wave Hill free of admission after the ride.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200 ext. 305

Location: Broadway and West 211th Street (in Isham Park)

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M043 Isham Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8681, -73.9199 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Family Art Project:Fly Me To The Dove Tree]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/wave-hill-family-art-projectfly-me-to-the-dove-tree http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/wave-hill-family-art-projectfly-me-to-the-dove-tree Date: April 27, 2013

Visit Wave Hill’s dove tree to observe the beautiful white flower-like bracts that give this tree its name. Then, using natural materials and paper, make a dove tree sculpture, or use plaster of Paris to create a flock of doves.

Photo credit: Joshua Bright

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Ecology Building (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8979, -73.9111 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5168705978fd4.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walks at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bird-walks-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bird-walks-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: April 27, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: 718-817-8700

Location: Watson Building (in Bronx Park)

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X002 Bronx Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 40.8624, -73.8805 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Historic West Farms Walk Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/historic-west-farms-walk-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/historic-west-farms-walk-tour Date: April 27, 2013

The settlement of West Farms village by the English, one of the first such in the Bronx, marked the beginning of a colonial era in the borough that would last for almost 120 years. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, the village of West Farms was involved in many major developments in American history.
BCHS Educator Angel Hernandez will begin the tour at the West Farms Square #2 and #5 elevated train station, street level, on the northeast corner. The tours generally run for 90 minutes.
Please make reservations by contacting The Society to reserve your spot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 881-8900

Location: West Farms

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2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 40.8403, -73.8798 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Chess Clinic]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/chess-clinic http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/chess-clinic Date: April 27, 2013

Learn new tactical insights from Chess Master Shirley Ben-Dak, then pit your newly acquired skills against other players at your level tournament-style.

Ages 6+.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

Location: Chess & Checkers House (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7689, -73.9746 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Conservatory Garden Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/conservatory-garden-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/conservatory-garden-tour Date: April 27, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Conservatory Garden (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.7937, -73.9522 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: April 27, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Kids Activity Hour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/kids-activity-hour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/kids-activity-hour Date: April 27, 2013

Celebrate National Garden Month with our Kids Activity Hour every Saturday in April. Children aged 7-12 are invited for a free hour of fun activities exploring garden flowers, insects, and birds.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 235-4462

Location: Highland Park Children's Garden

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2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6829, -73.8879 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Learn to Ride: Thomas Jefferson Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/learn-to-ride http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/learn-to-ride Date: April 27, 2013

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

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Thomas Jefferson Park

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M047 Thomas Jefferson Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.7934, -73.9332 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Wellness Expo]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/family-wellness-expo http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/family-wellness-expo Date: April 27, 2013

Enjoy smoothie making, face painting, spa treatments, planting projects, Zumba and more! Sponsored by NYC Parks & Wellcare.

Start time: 11:00 am

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 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8344 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park World Tai Chi Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-world-tai-chi-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-world-tai-chi-day Date: April 27, 2013

Kick off the season with free classes and a continuous demonstration of Tai Chi to celebrate this global holiday. Presented by the Tai Chi Chuan Center.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Games 2013]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/street-games-2013 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/street-games-2013 Date: April 27, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, NYC Parks and the Walt Disney Company will host the 6th Annual Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park in Harlem!

Street Games celebrates the classic street games from the ’60s and ’70s and introduces them to a new generation of kids with a modern spin! Pogo sticks, double-dutch, hula hoops, and yo-yos are just some of the activities that you and your family can try out at this popular annual event. With new activities being added each year, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

For more information, and a full list of events, please visit our Street Games page.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Thomas Jefferson Park

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M047 Thomas Jefferson Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7934, -73.9332 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: April 27, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-games Date: April 27, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: April 27, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Yoga]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/shape-up-nyc-yoga http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/shape-up-nyc-yoga Date: April 27, 2013

Join Shape Up NYC for a free outdoor Yoga class each week. No registration is required, just show up ready to work out. This is an open level class with a focus on bringing awareness to the body through core strengthening and total body flexibility. Meet at the entrance to the running track.

Shape Up NYC (an NYC Parks program run in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

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Q004 Astoria Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7767, -73.9258 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/bryant-park-reading-room Date: April 27, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:49 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: April 27, 2013

Located in the Park’s "Children’s Corner," the Carousel features 51 magnificently carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of the time, and restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990, the Carousel promises that classic summertime amusement will be available for generations of fun. In addition, the Prospect Park Carousel is one of the few in the world that is wheelchair accessible.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/pop-up-audubon http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/pop-up-audubon Date: April 27, 2013

Nature on the Go: Fun in the Forest - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
We will use the last-remaining forest in Brooklyn as a real-world laboratory for hands-on discovery. Take an in-depth look at the largest organism within this habitat (trees) and discover the important role forests play in providing different habitats for the Park’s wildlife. This program includes hand-on activities and a nature walk through the forest.

Nature’s Helpers - 2 p.m.
Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags and trash grabbers will be provided.

Discovery Tour - 4 p.m.
Learn what birds eat from trees, early spring migration, and discover the layers within the forest.

Note: Pop-Up Audubon will be at the Prospect Park Fair on April 20. Meet us at the Bandshell. April 20 only.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Pruning Primer at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/pruning-primer-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/pruning-primer-at-wave-hill Date: April 27, 2013

Are your garden tools clean, sharp and ready for your spring chores? Observe and learn as students from Wave Hill’s Forest Project Summer Collaborative demonstrate the care and maintenance of hand pruners. Arbor Week event.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 12:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Forest Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/forest-crew-training-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/forest-crew-training-session Date: April 27, 2013

From Porcelainberry to Multiflora Rose and Oriental Bittersweet, the Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove these invasive plants and others from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. The Forest Crew will learn basic invasive and native plant identification, proper removal techniques and an overview of NYRP’s approach to urban reforestation. Anyone interested in forest ecology, invasive plant removal, and urban forests should attend and join the Forest Crew in their work every Saturday afternoon.

RSVP by emailing volunteer@nyrp.org.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 291-6436

Location: Laurel Hill Terrace (in Highbridge Park)

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M037 Highbridge Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 12:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.8512, -73.9271 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51360dd21b745.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Gardening Basics Workshop Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/gardening-basics-workshop-series http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/gardening-basics-workshop-series Date: April 27, 2013

Join us for these basic organic vegtable gardening workshops in celebration of National Garden Month. Learn about designing your garden plot, composting, and plant care.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 235-4462

Location: Highland Park Children's Garden

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2013-04-27 2013-04-27 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6829, -73.8879 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Orienteering]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/orienteering http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/orienteering Date: April 27, 2013

Learn how to navigate using a map and compass on our Orienteering programs.

Orienteering programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Seaman Avenue and Isham Street Entrance (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 1:00 pm 40.87, -73.9211 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA["The Proper Cut" Pruning Demonstration at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/the-proper-cut-pruning-demonstration-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/the-proper-cut-pruning-demonstration-at-wave-hill Date: April 27, 2013

Even healthy trees and shrubs may require occasional pruning. Join students from Wave Hill’s Forest Project as they discuss tool selection and demonstrate proper cutting techniques for woody plants in the Abrons Woodland. Arbor Week event.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: 718-549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 1:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Best Trees for the Small Garden at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/best-trees-for-the-small-garden-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/best-trees-for-the-small-garden-at-wave-hill Date: April 27, 2013

Are you thinking about planting a tree for your yard but overwhelmed by the choices? Enjoy a spring walk around Wave Hill as a garden interpreter highlights some great trees with four seasons of interest, suitably scaled to the smaller garden.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 2:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5155e249beffd.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Gallery Tours at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/gallery-tours-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/gallery-tours-at-wave-hill Date: April 27, 2013

Join a curatorial fellow for a tour of Wave Hill’s spring exhibition, Drawn to Nature, which features the work of seven artists who use drawing to convey a deep connection to the natural world. In the Sunroom Project Space, Matthew Jensen’s installation showcases found objects from the east and west coasts of the Bronx. Tours take place Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2PM. Free, and admission to the grounds is free all day.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 2:00 pm 40.8989, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5155feb00dfab.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[History In Your Hands: Spring Sprouts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/history-in-your-hands http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/history-in-your-hands Date: April 27, 2013

Our farm plots are almost ready for spring planting. We need your help to rotate and sift our compost, then spread it in the plots to enrich the soil. Afterwards you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil, and plant a seed in it to take home.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822 x301

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51635132de039.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Voices/Voces Theater Performance]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/voicesvoces-theater-performance http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/voicesvoces-theater-performance Date: April 27, 2013

Upper Manhattan teens join with the People's Theatre Project and Seven Stories Institute for the culminating performance of their VOICES/VOCES program. The participants study the role of youth throughout history in the struggle for justice and work together to create their own theatrical protest piece on their role as youth and artists in Northern Manhattan today.

This event is free, but advanced registration is required. Call (212) 923-8008 to register.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

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

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 3:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.8345, -73.9385 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/513617adf3294.JPG Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[The Old Stone House celebrates Classical Music with The Janus Trio]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/the-old-stone-house-celebrates-classical-music-with-the-janus-trio http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/27/the-old-stone-house-celebrates-classical-music-with-the-janus-trio Date: April 27, 2013

Brooklyn-based janus was formed in 2002 with the goal of creating and presenting new repertoire for the trio through commissioning projects and works-in-process collaborations. Named after Janus, the Roman god whose double-faced image peers into the past and future, the trio maintains the established tradition for the instrumentation while breaking new ground into unexplored sonic frontiers. Beginning with Debussy and including Toru Takemitsu, André Jolivet, Sophia Gubaidulina and Kaija Saariaho, composers have been allured by this intriguing combination of something bowed, something blown, and something plucked.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 768-3195

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

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B111 J.J. Byrne Playground 2013-04-27 2013-04-27 8:00 pm 40.6729, -73.9846 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Volunteer Opportunity - High Rock Challenge Adventure Race]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/volunteer-opportunity-high-rock-challenge-adventure-race http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/volunteer-opportunity-high-rock-challenge-adventure-race Date: April 28, 2013

Join the Greenbelt staff one day or both and assist with race set up, food distribution and manning the challenge tables along the race route. Site locations and arrival times vary so it is best that you email or phone us for additional information.

Start time: 7:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 667-2165 ext. 311

Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 7:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[2013 High Rock Challenge and Solo 5k Sprint]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/2013-high-rock-challenge-and-new-high-rock-challenge-solo-5k-sprint-on-428 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/2013-high-rock-challenge-and-new-high-rock-challenge-solo-5k-sprint-on-428 Date: April 28, 2013

2013 High Rock Challenge is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. New this year is the Sunday, April 28 Solo 5K Sprint along a portion of the High Rock Challenge Course. This year’s High Rock Challenge will have its start/finish at the Henry Kaufmann Camp Grounds on Manor Road. This is a different location from the past several years but the site of the very first High Rock Challenges eleven years ago!

Two-member teams must run together at all times and compete in mystery events, which are located throughout the approximately 10K (and no longer than 13K) course. Mystery events are cleverly designed and encourage teamwork as well as mental and physical acumen. Location and race details to follow. Events are not revealed until race day when you’re on the course.

The High Rock Challenge Adventure Race is held in memory of NYPD Officer John Kelly. Proceeds from the High Rock Challenge help support Greenbelt trail maintenance and environmental education programs.

Registration is now open. See links below to register.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 667-2165

Location: The Greenbelt

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2013-04-28 2013-04-28 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.5871, -74.1327 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51059193a53e8.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: April 28, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-04-28 2013-04-28 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Free Sundays for Adults at St. Mary's Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/free-sundays-for-adults-at-st-marys-recreation-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/free-sundays-for-adults-at-st-marys-recreation-center Date: April 28, 2013

Hey Bronx! Are you ready to sweat?

Every Sunday in April is FREE at St. Mary's Recreation Center for adults and seniors! Come enjoy free fitness at St. Mary's cardio and strength facilities. Shoot some hoops in the gymnasium!

For more information, please call St. Mary's Recreation Center at (718) 402-5155.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 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 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.8108, -73.9147 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Help Rejuvenate Fort Tryon Park with the New York Junior League]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/help-rejuvenate-fort-tryon-park-with-the-new-york-junior-league http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/help-rejuvenate-fort-tryon-park-with-the-new-york-junior-league Date: April 28, 2013

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

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

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

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

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 8:30 am 4:00 pm 40.8652, -73.9288 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Spend your summer in the Greenbelt: High Rock Camp and Mini Camp]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/spend-your-summer-in-the-greenbelt-high-rock-camp-and-mini-camp Date: April 28, 2013

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

Start time: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)

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R088 High Rock Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 9:00 am 40.5845, -74.1251 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516ab90c11a1c.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/birding-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/birding-for-families Date: April 28, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: April 28, 2013

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: April 28, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features. Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; call (212) 860-1370 for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/catch-release-fishing Date: April 28, 2013

Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Rain Date-Celebrate Earth Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/rain-datecelebrate-earth-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/rain-datecelebrate-earth-day Date: April 28, 2013

Need volunteer hours for school or work? Fort Tryon Park welcomes you! Join us for preparations for our spring planting season.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Subway Terrace (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 2:00 pm 40.8587, -73.9338 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[NYC Audubon Spring Migration Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/nyc-audubon-spring-migration-workshop http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/nyc-audubon-spring-migration-workshop Date: April 28, 2013

Celebrate spring with a walk around the refuge during the spring bird migration. Many species of birds including some warblers, orioles, &
grosbeaks should be present. Leader: Don Riepe.
Please call or email to reserve a spot.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 371-8577

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

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Q309 Jamaica Bay Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.619, -73.8264 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5150733dd316d.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop and Care Day in Brooklyn]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/milliontreesnyc-tree-care-workshop-and-care-day-in-brooklyn http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/milliontreesnyc-tree-care-workshop-and-care-day-in-brooklyn Date: April 28, 2013

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

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

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1342

Location: Intersection of Sutter Ave. and Van Siclen Ave., Brooklyn

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2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6702, -73.8897 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Tai-Chi in the Greenbelt]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/taichi-in-the-greenbelt http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/taichi-in-the-greenbelt Date: April 28, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Family Art Project:Fly Me To The Dove Tree]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/wave-hill-family-art-projectfly-me-to-the-dove-tree http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/wave-hill-family-art-projectfly-me-to-the-dove-tree Date: April 28, 2013

Visit Wave Hill’s dove tree to observe the beautiful white flower-like bracts that give this tree its name. Then, using natural materials and paper, make a dove tree sculpture, or use plaster of Paris to create a flock of doves.

Photo credit: Joshua Bright

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Ecology Building (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8979, -73.9111 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5168705978fd4.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Hack the Rock: Rockaway Civic Hack Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/hack-the-rock-rockaway-civic-hack-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/hack-the-rock-rockaway-civic-hack-day Date: April 28, 2013

Rockaway Help will be hosting a community workshop at the MoMA VW Dome to brainstorm around what web based tools and apps they wished existed for emergency preparedness and response. This will be a hands-on session where participants will be sketching, talking and thinking through design and coastal living problems and work to see if we can collaboratively come up with concrete solutions through technology.

We need community leaders to help us figure out what kinds of problems we had before and after Sandy - problems that we can solve using technology. Once we identify the problems, our hacking teams will work with community members to build the solutions.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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Q050 Rockaway Beach 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5832, -73.8154 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Arbor Festival at Queens Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/arbor-festival-at-queens-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/arbor-festival-at-queens-botanical-garden Date: April 28, 2013

It's a fun-filled day at QBG's Arbor Festival. Come and enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, storytelling, live music, hiccups the Clown and facepainting, garden tours, bird walks, workshops, consultations with tree and compost experts, food and craft vendors and a beer-tasting tent!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 4:30 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[34th Annual Antique Auto Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/34th-annual-antique-auto-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/34th-annual-antique-auto-show Date: April 28, 2013

Members of the New York Antique Auto Club will exhibit their cars on the farmhouse grounds. Automobile memorabilia, historic house tours, hayrides, and food will be available.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 347-3276

Location: Queens County Farm Museum

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2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7478, -73.7223 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: April 28, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Saltwater Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/saltwater-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/saltwater-fishing Date: April 28, 2013

Mastering any new skill requires practice and patience. Fishing programs help develop these skills while connecting you with nature. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

Location: Bayswater Park

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Q007 Bayswater Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 40.5974, -73.768 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Leaf Rubbing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/leaf-rubbing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/leaf-rubbing Date: April 28, 2013

Art programs may include drawing, painting, poetry and nature art projects. All supplies are provided unless otherwise indicated. All art programs are family friendly, but may be challenging for younger children.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

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

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R119 Blue Heron Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 40.5309, -74.1778 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: April 28, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-games Date: April 28, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: April 28, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/bryant-park-reading-room Date: April 28, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[A Clearing in the Forest: Trash to Treasure]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/a-clearing-in-the-forest-trash-to-treasure http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/a-clearing-in-the-forest-trash-to-treasure Date: April 28, 2013

The Conservancy collects over 5 million pounds of trash from the Park each year. Celebrate Earth Month and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet to the beat of instruments made from trash with Bash the Trash! Be sure to bring your granola bar wrappers and turn your trash into treasure with TerraCycle as they are woven into a picnic blanket! One lucky participant will get to take it home and use it in the Park!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7969, -73.96 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[MillionTreesNYC Spring 2013 Volunteer Planting Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/milliontreesnyc-spring-2013-volunteer-planting-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/milliontreesnyc-spring-2013-volunteer-planting-day Date: April 28, 2013

Join MillionTreesNYC and fellow volunteers to make New York City greener and greater, by volunteering to help plant 20,000 trees at parks citywide.

Every planting season, MillionTreesNYC engages enthusiastic, energetic, and environmentally–minded New Yorkers in volunteer tree planting activities. Whether you're a veteran planter or this is your first time participating, your contribution will ensure the growth of healthy new forests within our parkland for many years to come. Our Sunday planting site will be Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island.

Registration is required. Please register as an individual or group leader (if you are planning on inviting a group).

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-TREE

Location: Clove Lakes Park at Rice Avenue (in Clove Lakes Park)

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R005 Clove Lakes Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6181, -74.1145 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51505cf60ed2b.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: April 28, 2013

Located in the Park’s "Children’s Corner," the Carousel features 51 magnificently carved horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer, and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of the time, and restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990, the Carousel promises that classic summertime amusement will be available for generations of fun. In addition, the Prospect Park Carousel is one of the few in the world that is wheelchair accessible.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/pop-up-audubon http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/pop-up-audubon Date: April 28, 2013

Nature on the Go: Fun in the Forest - 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
We will use the last-remaining forest in Brooklyn as a real-world laboratory for hands-on discovery. Take an in-depth look at the largest organism within this habitat (trees) and discover the important role forests play in providing different habitats for the Park’s wildlife. This program includes hand-on activities and a nature walk through the forest.

Nature’s Helpers - 2 p.m.
Spend some time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags and trash grabbers will be provided.

Discovery Tour - 4 p.m.
Learn what birds eat from trees, early spring migration, and discover the layers within the forest.

Note: Pop-Up Audubon will be at the Prospect Park Fair on April 20. Meet us at the Bandshell. April 20 only.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Split Rock Hike (moderate)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/split-rock-hike-moderate http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/split-rock-hike-moderate Date: April 28, 2013

Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0972

Location: Split Rock Golf House (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 1:00 pm 40.8729, -73.8086 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Orienteering (light)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/orienteering-ight http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/orienteering-ight Date: April 28, 2013

Learn how to navigate using a map and compass on our Orienteering programs.

Orienteering programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 722-3218

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

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B032 Fort Greene Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 1:00 pm 40.6922, -73.9748 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Insect Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/insect-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/insect-exploration Date: April 28, 2013

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

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 1:00 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Meet The Artist: Matthew Jensen at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/meet-the-artist-matthew-jensen-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/meet-the-artist-matthew-jensen-at-wave-hill Date: April 28, 2013

Brooklyn-based Matthew Jensen’s artistic practice investigates how public perception of landscapes affects the experience of these spaces. His Sunroom Project will showcase two Bronx collections. The “west coast” component, a totemic structure displaying objects collected in and around Wave Hill during his 2012 Wave Hill Winter Workspace residency, will be constructed from a reclaimed Wave Hill beehive. The “east coast” assemblage will consist of artifacts found throughout Pelham Bay Park and Hunter Island, displayed in vitrines made from large chunks of dock foam, buoys and driftwood that litter the coasts of the park.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 1:30 pm 40.8989, -73.9119 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/garden-highlights-walk-at-wave-hill Date: April 28, 2013

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

Photo credit: Joshua Bright

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/512cf7fddfa51.JPG Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Best Trees for the Small Garden at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/best-trees-for-the-small-garden-at-wave-hill http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/best-trees-for-the-small-garden-at-wave-hill Date: April 28, 2013

Are you thinking about planting a tree for your yard but overwhelmed by the choices? Enjoy a spring walk around Wave Hill as a garden interpreter highlights some great trees with four seasons of interest, suitably scaled to the smaller garden.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 2:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5155e249beffd.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[History In Your Hands: Spring Sprouts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/history-in-your-hands http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/28/history-in-your-hands Date: April 28, 2013

Our farm plots are almost ready for spring planting. We need your help to rotate and sift our compost, then spread it in the plots to enrich the soil. Afterwards you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil, and plant a seed in it to take home.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822 x301

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-28 2013-04-28 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51635132de039.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: April 29, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-04-29 2013-04-29 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding Tours of Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/birding-tours-of-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/birding-tours-of-bryant-park Date: April 29, 2013

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


Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 'wichcraft coffee kiosk (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 8:00 am 9:00 am 40.7545, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: April 29, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-petanque Date: April 29, 2013

Learn to play pétanque, the popular European game anchored in precision, patience, and camaraderie from members of La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship-winning club.

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: April 29, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-games Date: April 29, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: April 29, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-reading-room Date: April 29, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Willowbrook Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/walk-nyc-willowbrook-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/walk-nyc-willowbrook-park Date: April 29, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Carousel for All Children (in Willowbrook Park)

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R030 Willowbrook Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6039, -74.1586 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/bryant-park-juggling Date: April 29, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[The Prepared Paddler]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/the-prepared-paddler http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/29/the-prepared-paddler Date: April 29, 2013

Interested in going paddling in Jamaica Bay? Get an overview of paddling best practices. Learn about the skills and equipment you will need, so you can plan your
next trip. Space is limited; call for reservations.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 338-3799

Location: Ryan Visitor Center (in Jamaica Bay Park)

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Q309 Jamaica Bay Park 2013-04-29 2013-04-29 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.5855, -73.8936 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515065cab5152.jpg Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Tai Chi]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/30/bryant-park-tai-chi http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/30/bryant-park-tai-chi Date: April 30, 2013

Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: 212-768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-30 2013-04-30 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.7541, -73.9845 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/30/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/30/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: April 30, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-04-30 2013-04-30 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Couch to 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/30/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/30/shape-up-nyc-couch-to-5k Date: April 30, 2013

Join Shape Up NYC for a free outdoor Couch to 5K class each week. No registration is required, just show up ready to work out. Couch to 5K is a beginner program for the aspiring runner that will combine running, walking, and conditioning exercises to get you in shape for long distance running. Meet outside the Bowne Park Field House, rain or shine.

Shape Up NYC (an NYC Parks program run in partnership with Equinox, NYC Service, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers get and stay fit.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Bowne Park

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Q006 Bowne Park 2013-04-30 2013-04-30 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.7705, -73.8073 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:59:50 EDT