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 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:53:16 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[GreenThumb Membership Update]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/greenthumb-membership-update http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/greenthumb-membership-update Date: December 14, 2013

It is that time of the year when gardeners need to update their community garden membership lists. We are also introducing our new Membership Agreement Form (available in four languages). A copy of the MA form is also available on the GreenThumb website. Gardeners must ensure their garden records are kept up to date with garden registration and license agreement current with no outstanding violation (in good standing) to be eligible to receive supplies/technical assistance and services throughout the year.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8070

Location: Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center (in Herbert Von King Park)

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B088 Herbert Von King Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 10:00 am 2:00 pm 40.6899, -73.9467 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Knitting & Crocheting for Intermediate and Advanced Levels]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/knitcrochet-intermediate-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/knitcrochet-intermediate-group Date: December 14, 2013

Knit: Participants will create a small reversible knit project using two different colors. Materials: 1 (7oz) skein each of color A & color B in Worsted weight yarn, #6 knitting needles.

Crochet: Participants will make a reversible crochet project using two different colored yarns. Materials: Worsted weight yarn, crochet hook letter H. 1 (7oz.) skein each of Color A & Color B.

Must be able to read and follow patterns.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 10:30 am 12:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Walk (moderate)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/nature-exploration-walk-moderate http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/nature-exploration-walk-moderate Date: December 14, 2013

The Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City, and places often off limits to the general public. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s rich history and diverse culture, or just unplug form the world to clear your head.

Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to 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: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Riverside Park

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M072 Riverside Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 11:00 am 40.8255, -73.9541 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 14, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[A Storybook Christmas at Bartow-Pell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell Date: December 14, 2013

Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion decorated by artists and designers inspired by contemporary children’s Christmas storybooks. On view during public hours.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Hands-on History: Snowflakes are Falling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/handson-history-snowflakes-are-falling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/handson-history-snowflakes-are-falling Date: December 14, 2013

Celebrate winter and the holiday season at King Manor!

Learn about historic winter fun, read stories and make snowflakes and other seasonal decorations.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 206-0545 x13

Location: King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park)

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Q023 Rufus King Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.703, -73.8037 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5273fe6a67d74.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Reflecting on Reflections Quilt Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 Date: December 14, 2013

See the best quilts of NYC at this annual exhibit.

This year’s exhibit features 23 eclectic quilts on loan from a group show that was curated by The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Members of the Guild used the theme of “reflections” to inspire their original creations, which range from traditional to contemporary and beyond.

In partnership with Lefferts Historic House and the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Christmas Bird Count]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/christmas-bird-count http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/christmas-bird-count Date: December 14, 2013

Join a tradition over 100 years in the making!

The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. It's a great chance to enjoy the Park and participate in citizen science!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400 x 303

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52814129db36d.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour Date: December 14, 2013

Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights.

Note: Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org or (212) 360-2726.

Route involves moderate inclines and some stairs. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: William Tecumseh Sherman Statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7646, -73.9731 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0ef0e61d0b.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Introduction to Bird Watching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/introduction-to-bird-watching http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/introduction-to-bird-watching Date: December 14, 2013

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528136ab90698.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Forest Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/forest-crew-training-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/forest-crew-training-session Date: December 14, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

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 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 12:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.8512, -73.9271 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51360dd21b745.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding: Waterfowl]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/birding-waterfowl http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/birding-waterfowl Date: December 14, 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: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

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

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Q005 Baisley Pond Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 1:00 pm 40.6747, -73.7844 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[10th Annual Family Holiday Craft Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/10th-annual-family-holiday-craft-workshop http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/10th-annual-family-holiday-craft-workshop Date: December 14, 2013

Join resident artist Kathy Trimarco as she leads a family craft workshop in which participants create pieces inspired from natural objects. Program suitable for ages 8 and up. Registration and pre-payment required.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Bronx Arts Ensemble Holiday Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert Date: December 14, 2013

The Bronx Arts Ensemble and Singers present a wonderful holiday concert with music for St. Nicholas.

Space is limited and tickets are required. Call the Bronx Arts Ensemble for tickets.

The museum will not be open for tours on Saturday.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 601-7399

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 1:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House: 2nd Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: December 14, 2013

View significant artifacts from 19th-century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom.

Also view a new exhibit about the Lefferts family genealogy. The exhibit features a family tree and rare objects from the museum collection that tell the story of notable Lefferts family members.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52813c9917fe1.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Northern Forts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/central-park-tour-northern-forts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/central-park-tour-northern-forts Date: December 14, 2013

History buffs will love this tour of the Harlem Meer and its environs, which were key lands in the American Revolution and the War of 1812. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

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

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 1:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 2:00 pm 1:15 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0fee353259.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Historic Tea Tasting - Custom Holiday Blends]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/historic-tea-tasting-custom-holiday-blends http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/historic-tea-tasting-custom-holiday-blends Date: December 14, 2013

Create your own holiday custom blend to give as gifts for your family and friends. In this workshop attendees will learn basics about blending tea and herbal components to come up with their very own bespoke blends. You will be able to sample your creations before finalizing your project. The final step will be to package your tea gifts in time for the holidays.

Supplies included. We will cap the session off with a few special holiday tea infused drinks and treats. Reservations are required, please call (212) 923-8008.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

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

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8345, -73.9385 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a897b940c7e.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Christmas Bird Count]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/christmas-bird-count1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/christmas-bird-count1 Date: December 14, 2013

Join a tradition over 100 years in the making! The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. It's a great chance to enjoy the Park and participate in citizen science!

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400 x 303

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52814129db36d.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt by Candlelight]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/van-cortlandt-by-candlelight http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/van-cortlandt-by-candlelight Date: December 14, 2013

See Van Cortlandt House decorated in 18th-century style Christmas traditions.

Reservations begin November 16.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.8911, -73.8949 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Baroque Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/holiday-baroque-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/holiday-baroque-concert Date: December 14, 2013

The always-festive annual Morris-Jumel Mansion holiday concert, with the Mansion’s ensemble-in-residence, Brooklyn Baroque, will be joined by tenor Timothy Hodges, known for his work as a soloist with, and member of, the choir of Trinity Wall Street. Works by Bach and others will be performed.

Tickets are $25, $20 for members. Please call (212) 923-8008 to make a reservation.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

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

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M073 Roger Morris Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 4:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.8345, -73.9385 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a8983da0d75.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Explore the Night Sky]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/astronomy http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/astronomy Date: December 14, 2013

The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered, and New York City parks are the perfect place to stargaze and explore the night sky.

Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe.

Learn about the effects of light pollution and discover the best places in NYC for amazing views of the sky. Fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, the phases of the moon, and many planets of the Milky Way.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 6:00 pm 40.8911, -73.894 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Explore the Night Sky]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/the-night-sky http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/the-night-sky Date: December 14, 2013

Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets. Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 6:00 pm 40.6674, -73.9726 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Candlelight Tours and Victorian Carolers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/holiday-candlelight-tours-and-victorian-carolers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/holiday-candlelight-tours-and-victorian-carolers Date: December 14, 2013

Experience the mansion by candlelight with costumed docents highlighting 19th-century holiday traditions.

Victorian carolers add to the festive atmosphere, performing while you enjoy light holiday fare, wassail in the Orangerie and Christmas trees throughout the house decorated by designers and artists inspired by contemporary children’s books.

Reservations required.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/14/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 14, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-14 2013-12-14 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 15, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[114th Annual Christmas Bird Count]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/114th-annual-christmas-bird-count http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/114th-annual-christmas-bird-count Date: December 15, 2013

Experience the beauty of the park in winter while you help collect valuable data, and learn about birds when you participate in this annual event with the National Audubon Society.

The Christmas Bird Count is a citizen-science tradition started by ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1900 and the longest-running wildlife annual census. The data you collect is used to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action in Central Park and beyond.

Each group is led by an experienced birder. Dress warmly and remember to bring your binoculars.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360 1324

Location: Reservoir Running Track & Landscape (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 8:00 am 12:30 pm 40.782, -73.9621 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5273c5654f5bf.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 15, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-15 2013-12-15 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 15, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Met Pool Health Screening Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/met-pool-health-screening-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/met-pool-health-screening-day Date: December 15, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 599-5707

Location: Metropolitan Recreation Center

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B085 Metropolitan Recreation Center 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 10:00 am 2:00 pm 40.7151, -73.9605 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 15, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-15 2013-12-15 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 15, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-15 2013-12-15 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Keeping It Green for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/keeping-it-green-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/keeping-it-green-for-families Date: December 15, 2013

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.

Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park.

Ages 5+; closed-toe shoes required. Families only; no groups. Space is limited; advance registration required. Arrive early for check-in. Registration and more info: centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen

This program is made possible by the GM Foundation.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Central Park

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7796, -73.9694 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5273c9fd7acd3.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Brunch With Santa]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/brunch-with-santa http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/brunch-with-santa Date: December 15, 2013

Enjoy an afternoon with Santa and his elves. Hear the story “T’was The Night Before Christmas”. Decorate Holiday cookies and much more!

Please bring a camera.

1st Seating – 10:00AM – 11:30AM for ages 3 – 6

2nd Seating – 12:00PM – 1:30PM for ages 7 - 10

RSVP by December 8, 2013.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 667-3545

Location: Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 10:00 am 1:30 pm 40.5926, -74.1358 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 15, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Urban Wildlife Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/urban-wildlife-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/urban-wildlife-exploration Date: December 15, 2013

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife.

From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. The Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

Location: Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park)

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Q015 Forest Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 11:00 am 40.7003, -73.8548 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Hike (vigorous)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/fitness-hike-vigorous http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/fitness-hike-vigorous Date: December 15, 2013

Fitness Hikes feature less talking and more walking, for those who don’t mind a vigorous two-hour hike. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to 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: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Clove Lakes Park

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R005 Clove Lakes Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 11:00 am 40.6174, -74.1117 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 15, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[A Storybook Christmas at Bartow-Pell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell Date: December 15, 2013

Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion decorated by artists and designers inspired by contemporary children’s Christmas storybooks. On view during public hours.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Reflecting on Reflections Quilt Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 Date: December 15, 2013

See the best quilts of NYC at this annual exhibit.

This year’s exhibit features 23 eclectic quilts on loan from a group show that was curated by The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Members of the Guild used the theme of “reflections” to inspire their original creations, which range from traditional to contemporary and beyond.

In partnership with Lefferts Historic House and the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Bones of an Old Dutch Farmhouse]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/bones-of-an-old-dutch-farmhouse http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/bones-of-an-old-dutch-farmhouse Date: December 15, 2013

Examine the white oak times (the bones) of Lefferts Historic House and the many layers that were added, subtracted and changed over the past 230 years.

Climb the staircase for a view of the attic's smokehouse and descend into the cellar for a look at the foundation.

For adults and teenagers. Only 10 people per tour. Reservations required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (347) 992-4732

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5277f626e9f51.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Nature Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/holiday-nature-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/holiday-nature-crafts Date: December 15, 2013

Whether enjoying a family friendly-beach exploration, freeing your imagination playing in nature, or learning about conservation through eco-crafts, a free Ranger program is the perfect addition to your family’s weekend.

While nearly all of our programs are family friendly, the programs highlighted here are specifically designed for young children and families.

All supplies provided.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 1:00 pm 40.8516, -73.8266 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Journaling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/nature-journaling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/nature-journaling Date: December 15, 2013

Nature has been a muse to artist for centuries.

Urban Park Ranger Art and Photography programs allow you to interpret the natural through artistic expression, while learning about nature and the environment.

Art programs may include drawing, painting, journaling and nature art projects. All supplies are provided unless otherwise indicated.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 1:00 pm 40.6047, -73.9298 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Bronx Arts Ensemble Holiday Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert Date: December 15, 2013

The Bronx Arts Ensemble and Singers present a wonderful holiday concert with music for St. Nicholas.

Space is limited and tickets are required. Call the Bronx Arts Ensemble for tickets.

The museum will not be open for tours on Saturday.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 601-7399

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 1:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House: 2nd Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: December 15, 2013

View significant artifacts from 19th-century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820s bedroom.

Also view a new exhibit about the Lefferts family genealogy. The exhibit features a family tree and rare objects from the museum collection that tell the story of notable Lefferts family members.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52813c9917fe1.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[QBG Craft Table at the Shops at SkyView Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/qbg-craft-table-at-the-shops-at-skyview-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/qbg-craft-table-at-the-shops-at-skyview-center Date: December 15, 2013

Learn how to make beeswax candles with Queens Botanical Garden (while supplies last).

Supplies are limited and times/location subject to change.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: The Shops at SkyView Center

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2013-12-15 2013-12-15 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7578, -73.8347 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Eco-crafts: Gifts and Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/ecocrafts-gifts-and-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/ecocrafts-gifts-and-games Date: December 15, 2013

Don't throw that away!

Learn how to make cool recycled crafts, gifts, and games from materials that would have been otherwise thrown away. Transform a bottle into a piggy bank or decorative plant pot.

All materials will be provided. Ages 7 and up. Registration and pre-payment required.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Belvedere's Kingdom]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/central-park-tour-belvederes-kingdom http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/central-park-tour-belvederes-kingdom Date: December 15, 2013

Take a walk around the landscapes dominated by historic Belvedere Castle, situated high atop Vista Rock.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

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

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 2:00 pm 3:15 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0f65a3bc85.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Christmas Bird Count]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/christmas-bird-count http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/christmas-bird-count Date: December 15, 2013

Join a tradition over 100 years in the making!

The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. It's a great chance to enjoy the Park and participate in citizen science!

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400 x 303

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52814129db36d.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt by Candlelight]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/van-cortlandt-by-candlelight http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/van-cortlandt-by-candlelight Date: December 15, 2013

See Van Cortlandt House decorated in 18th century style Christmas traditions. Reservations begin November 16, make your reservation by calling (718) 543-3344.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-12-15 2013-12-15 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.8911, -73.8949 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/summer-on-the-hudson-holiday-on-the-hudson http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/15/summer-on-the-hudson-holiday-on-the-hudson Date: December 15, 2013

Schedule has changed due to deep cold - please mark your calendars and join us for our holiday tree lighting party and celebrate the season with the local community, live music, arts & crafts, cider and more on Sunday, December 15th from 5-6pm.

Thank you to our 2013 Summer on the Hudson in West Harlem Piers Park sponsor Fairway Market.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

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2013-12-15 2013-12-15 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.8188, -73.9611 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 16, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 16, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-16 2013-12-16 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 16, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/wreath-interpretations Date: December 16, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

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 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 16, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call 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 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 16, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 16, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 16, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Ragin' Stations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/shape-up-nyc-ragin-stations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/shape-up-nyc-ragin-stations Date: December 16, 2013

Join us for Ragin’ Stations, a free fitness class which focuses on core movements, strength and cardio training. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Mcdonald Playground (in McDonald Playground)

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B244 McDonald Playground 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6006, -73.972 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Cross-Park Promenade]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/central-park-tour-crosspark-promenade http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/central-park-tour-crosspark-promenade Date: December 16, 2013

On this east-west walk you will see a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and much more. The route involves a few stairs.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

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

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: East 72 Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 12:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.7725, -73.967 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0f6c69c8bb.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Girls Fitness & Fun]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/shape-up-nyc-girls-fitness-fun1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/16/shape-up-nyc-girls-fitness-fun1 Date: December 16, 2013

In partnership with the NYC Girls Project, Shape Up NYC will offer free fitness classes for girls ages 6-13. Girls Fitness & Fun is a 45-minute workout that focuses on building strong, healthy bodies through fitness games and Pilates stretches.

A free youth recreation center membership is required to participate.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 4:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3304

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

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B126 Red Hook Recreation Area 2013-12-16 2013-12-16 4:00 pm 4:45 pm 40.6724, -74.004 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:16 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 17, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 17, 2013

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Rain and weather / air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are cancelled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. After years of being a gym rat, I've seen the light, so to speak. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 17, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-17 2013-12-17 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 17, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/wreath-interpretations Date: December 17, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

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 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 17, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-17 2013-12-17 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 17, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-17 2013-12-17 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 17, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call 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 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 17, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Jewelry Making Workshop]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/jewelry-making-workshop http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/jewelry-making-workshop Date: December 17, 2013

Learn basics of elegant jewelry making for adults.

Participants must bring their own materials, including a beading board, bead box, round nose plyer, chain nose plyer, side cutter, light spring cutter, eye pins: 1" & 1 1/2" metal, head pins 1" & 1 1/2" metal, Lobster Claw or spring rings, fish hook earring wires or lever backs, jump rings round soldered rings, and pearl beads: glass or plastic 4mm, 6mm, 8mm.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 17, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 17, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Central Park Tour: Northern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/central-park-tour-northern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/central-park-tour-northern-welcome-tour Date: December 17, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

See the Park’s northernmost highlights on this walk from Conservatory Garden, along the Harlem Meer and past the North Woods.

Route easy to negotiate, a few stairs. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Note: Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org or (212) 360-2726.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: East 106th Street Entrance (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7943, -73.9512 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0ef3dd01c1.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Knit & Crochet Beginner's Group]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/knit-crochet-beginners-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/knit-crochet-beginners-group Date: December 17, 2013

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

Supplies:

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

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 1:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Knitting & Crocheting for Intermediate and Advanced Levels]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/knitcroxchet-intermediate-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/knitcroxchet-intermediate-group Date: December 17, 2013

Knit: Participants will create a small reversible knit project using two different colors. Materials: 1 (7oz) skein each of color A & color B in Worsted weight yarn, #6 knitting needles.

Crochet: Participants will make a reversible crochet project using two different colored yarns. Materials: Worsted weight yarn, crochet hook letter H. 1 (7oz.) skein each of Color A & Color B.

Must be able to read and follow patterns.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 3:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 2:30 pm 3:30 am 40.865, -73.8947 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Workshop: Healthy Holiday Treats]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/greenthumb-workshop-healthy-holiday-treats http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/greenthumb-workshop-healthy-holiday-treats Date: December 17, 2013

Come and warm up in the kitchen as we prepare holiday treats for our family and friends. Learn how to put together simple recipes that are nutritious and delicious using ingredients grown in most gardens. Participants will be able to work together to prepare treats, share recipes and tips for food and drinks of the season, and best of all, chow down in the best of company, your fellow community gardeners.

Supplies: Just Food Veggie Tip Sheets and Gardening Books

RSVP here

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-1960

Location: Whole Foods Market

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2013-12-17 2013-12-17 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7238, -73.9924 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/17/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 17, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-17 2013-12-17 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 18, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 18, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-18 2013-12-18 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 18, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/wreath-interpretations Date: December 18, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's 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 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 18, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-18 2013-12-18 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 18, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-18 2013-12-18 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 18, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands, and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park.

The exhibit includes a digital, interactive app highlighting historic photos, and revealing hidden features.

Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; please call 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 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 18, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 18, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 18, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[A Storybook Christmas at Bartow-Pell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell Date: December 18, 2013

Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion decorated by artists and designers inspired by contemporary children’s Christmas storybooks. On view during public hours.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: F.I.S.T.]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/shape-up-nyc-fist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/shape-up-nyc-fist Date: December 18, 2013

This Fitness Interval & Strength Training (F.I.S.T.) class is a full body workout that focuses on core movements, strength and cardio training. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Mcdonald Playground (in McDonald Playground)

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B244 McDonald Playground 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6006, -73.972 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Views From the Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/central-park-tour-views-from-the-past http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/central-park-tour-views-from-the-past Date: December 18, 2013

Learn about the Park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. The route involves a few stairs.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

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

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7691, -73.9741 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0f3d80ab7e.jpg Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Paper Arts & Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/paper-arts-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/paper-arts-crafts Date: December 18, 2013

Participants of all ages have fun creating paper arts and crafts using multiple mediums.

Start time: 1:30 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 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 1:30 pm 3:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Concepts and Construction of Sub-Irrigated Planters]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/concepts-and-construction-of-subirrigated-planters http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/concepts-and-construction-of-subirrigated-planters Date: December 18, 2013

Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIPs) are a very practical way to plant with many benefits, especially if you have limited green space or water access! Join us to learn about different kinds of SIPs, and construct a small one of your own!

For the construction part of the workshop, please bring a 2 liter plastic soda/drink bottle with you to the workshop.

Grow to Learn registered schools will receive growing medium and a few seeds for the SIP, while supplies last.

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

Please RSVP for this workshop.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8073

Location: GrowNYC Conference Room

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2013-12-18 2013-12-18 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7137, -74.0055 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Heights Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/tree-lighting Date: December 18, 2013

Join the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club and members of the community for the 63rd annual tree lighting.

Enjoy caroling by the Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn down Montague Street after the lighting.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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B223DB Brooklyn Heights Promenade 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 5:00 pm 40.6955, -73.9981 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 18, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-18 2013-12-18 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:53:17 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 19, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

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Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/my-morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 19, 2013

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Saturdays, Tuesday and Thursday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Rain and weather / air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are cancelled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. After years of being a gym rat, I've seen the light, so to speak. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Start time: 7:30 am

End time: 8:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 19, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 19, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

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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<![CDATA[Volunteer: Invasive Vine Removals at Riverdale Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/riverdale-park-invasive-vine-removals http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/riverdale-park-invasive-vine-removals Date: December 19, 2013

Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Riverdale Park to help remove invasive exotic vegetation from the forest.

This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.

Space is limited. Registration is required for this event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212)360-3317

Location: Riverdale Park at Railroad Terrace

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