NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:59:02 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[Adapted Swim Program for People with Disabilities at Asser Levy Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities Date: December 12, 2014

Aquatic therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise which improves range of motion, felxibility. mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focus and strength. It also includes swim instruction that focuses on becoming comfortable in the water and learning basic swimming and safety skills.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 760-6969 ext. 0

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

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M164 Asser Levy Playground 2014-12-12 2014-12-12 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7361, -73.9757 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:17 EST
<![CDATA[Adapted Swim Program for People with Disabilities at Asser Levy Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities-at-asser-levy-recreation-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities-at-asser-levy-recreation-center Date: December 12, 2014

The Adapted Aquatics program offers aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise which improves range of motion, flexibility, mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focus and strength. It also offers swim instruction that focuses on becoming comfortable in the water and learning basic swimming and safety skills.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 760-6969 ext. 0

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

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M164 Asser Levy Playground 2014-12-12 2014-12-12 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7361, -73.9757 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:18 EST
<![CDATA[Adapted Swim Program for People with Disabilities at St. Mary's Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities3 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities3 Date: December 12, 2014

The Adapted Aquatics program offers aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise which improves range of motion, flexibility, mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focus and strength. It also offers swim instruction that focuses on becoming comfortable in the water and learning basic swimming and safety skills.

Start time: 3:45 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 760-6969 ext. 0

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

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2014-12-12 2014-12-12 3:45 pm 5:00 pm 40.8108, -73.9147 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:20 EST
<![CDATA[Walker Park Holiday Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/walker-park-holiday-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/walker-park-holiday-tree-lighting Date: December 12, 2014

Join NYC Parks for the holiday tree lighting in Walker Park! There'll be a countdown to the Christmas tree lighting up and Christmas carols.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2014-12-12 2014-12-12 4:30 pm 6:00 pm 40.6433, -74.1094 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Fitness Bootcamp]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/fitness-bootcamp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/fitness-bootcamp Date: December 12, 2014

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Come join a bootcamp class with a focus on strength, plyometrics, and high intensity circuit training. There will also be some mind/body elements of stretching and breathing.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-4793 x301

Location: Alley Athletic (in Alley Pond Park)

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Q001 Alley Pond Park 2014-12-12 2014-12-12 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.7404, -73.7339 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 09:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Owen Dolen Recreation Center's Xmas Jingle Mingle]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/owen-dolen-recreation-centers-xmas-jingle-mingle http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/owen-dolen-recreation-centers-xmas-jingle-mingle Date: December 12, 2014

Behold the Christmas tree lighting at Owen Dolen Recreation Center! See the Christmas tree light up, with hot chocolate and Christmas carolers from Moravion Church in the Bronx. There'll also be seasonal arts and crafts.

All are welcome! You don't have to be a member of the Recreation Center to attend. If you'd like more information, please call the center at (718) 829-0156.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 829-0156

Location: Owen Dolen Recreation Center (in Owen F. Dolen Park)

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X016 Owen F. Dolen Park 2014-12-12 2014-12-12 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 40.8394, -73.8436 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Adapted Swim Program for People with Disabilities at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities1 Date: December 12, 2014

The Adapted Aquatics program offers aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise whichimproves range of motion, flexibility, mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focis and strength, it also focuses on becoming comfortable in the water and learning basic swimming and safety skills.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 760-6969 ext. 0

Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatics Center

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2014-12-12 2014-12-12 5:30 pm 6:30 pm 40.7516, -73.8372 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:19 EST
<![CDATA[The 8th Annual Columbia Waterfront District Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/the-8th-annual-columbia-waterfront-district-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/the-8th-annual-columbia-waterfront-district-tree-lighting Date: December 12, 2014

Come enjoy live holiday music, free refreshments from neighborhood restaurants, and have your picture taken with Santa.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Human Compass Garden

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2014-12-12 2014-12-12 6:00 pm 7:30 pm 40.6849, -74.0025 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 13, 2014

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. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

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

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

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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5395c8d750ccf.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:37 EST
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Trail Running]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/shape-up-nyc-trail-running http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/shape-up-nyc-trail-running Date: December 13, 2014

Join Shape Up NYC, a free fitness program, in Staten Island for a weekly trail-running fitness class in The Greenbelt, the borough's largest parkland.

Get fit while enjoying our lovely settings, weather-permitting.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 8:00 am 10:00 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Van Cortlandt Track Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/van-cortlandt-track-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/van-cortlandt-track-club Date: December 13, 2014

The Van Cortlandt Track Club runs through and around the Yonkers-Bronx border in small groups. The club breaks into various groups based on different paces and distances, starting with a loop of the Parade Grounds, then some peel off through the trails for various length and speed runs in smaller groups. Be sure to meet back up after the run at the Short Stop Cafe across the street for breakfast!

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Van Cortlandt Stadium (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 8:00 am 40.888, -73.8968 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:42 EST
<![CDATA[2nd Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition Date: December 13, 2014

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to announce our second year of Whimsical Winter Wonder.

Through paintings, photography, sculpture and various other mediums, fourteen established and emerging artists express their interpretation of winter, wonder and whimsy. This exhibition will charm and delight, even the youngest of art aficionados. Don't miss the show

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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/547f36502d998.jpg Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza Date: December 13, 2014

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine, and take walk in Prospect Park? Open since 1989, Grand Army Plaza is the flagship Brooklyn market.

EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.6735, -73.9701 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52c7206a84855.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:47 EST
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: The Evolution of an Artist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist Date: December 13, 2014

From landscapes to portraits to modern abstraction, Elaine Hajian's work consistently expresses the artist's vision through myriad styles and mediums.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2014-12-13 2014-12-13 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:38 EST
<![CDATA[Winter Wildlife Viewing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/winter-wildlife-viewing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/winter-wildlife-viewing Date: December 13, 2014

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.

This time of year is perfect to spot migrating birds and waterfowl which will call our parks home for the winter. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. 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: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

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

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:00 am 40.7227, -73.827 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:53 EST
<![CDATA[Zumba]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/zumba http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/zumba Date: December 13, 2014

Combining Latin, international and popular music with dance moves that create an aerobic workout. This class features a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:59 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park Date: December 13, 2014

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

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/535b12e79fe5e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:04 EST
<![CDATA[Chair Exercise]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/chair-exercise http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/chair-exercise Date: December 13, 2014

This energizing, seated workout for adults and seniors invigorates and infuses new interest and enthusiasm in fitness. It uses exciting latin rhythms with easy to follow steps from cha-cha, mambo, merengue, salsa, bachata, flamenco, cumbia, old-school dances and even belly-dancing, making it fun, safe and healthy for all.

Recreation Center membership is required. For more information, visit the membership information page.

Instructor: Janet Wise-Thomas

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 927-1563

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

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M099 J. Hood Wright Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:30 am 10:30 am 40.8469, -73.9399 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 15:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: It's My Park Day at Carl Schurz Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/its-my-park-day-at-carl-schurz-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/its-my-park-day-at-carl-schurz-park Date: December 13, 2014

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

On It's My Park day come visit Carl Schurz Park and consider the advocacy endeavors in this unique NYC Park. The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy thrives because of its many wonderful volunteers. The Conservancy needs volunteers in fundraising and development.

Please note: As of October 27, 2014 this service project is closed. The volunteer recruitment goals has been favorably met. Thank you for supporting the Carl Schurz Park Conservancy. Feel free to visit the advocacy group's website at: www.carlschurzparknyc.org

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (347) 501-1515

Location: East 86th Street and East End Avenue (in Carl Schurz Park)

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M081 Carl Schurz Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:30 am 12:30 pm 40.7749, -73.9438 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Health and Race Walking]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/health-and-race-walking http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/health-and-race-walking Date: December 13, 2014

Moderate to brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18 years and older of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone, strength and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying Central Park's beautiful landscapes. Clinics are held every Saturday morning from 9:30am-11:00am at the North Meadow Recreation Center. Free. No pre-registration required and open to all abilities.

Programs 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.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 348-4867

Location: North Meadow Recreation Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:30 am 11:00 am 40.7911, -73.9597 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546cfae71f144.jpg Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Garden Registration & License Renewal]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/greenthumb-garden-registration-license-renewal http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/greenthumb-garden-registration-license-renewal Date: December 13, 2014

All GreenThumb gardens under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation hold licenses that are set to expire on December 31, 2014. This registration session will allow all GreenThumb gardens on city property to update their registration. Gardeners will only be able to sign new licenses once registration forms have been reviewed and all materials are complete including membership lists, open hours and the general rules and requirements of joining and being an active member of the garden. Membership lists must include at least 10 garden members with full contact information for primary contacts and mailing or e-mail addresses for regular garden members. Gardens must update their registration in order
to remain in good standing (with no violations) to be eligible to receive supplies, assistance and services. Sessions are conveniently located in all five boroughs.

RSVP online

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.6899, -73.9467 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 12:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Get Active Hiking]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/get-active-hiking1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/get-active-hiking1 Date: December 13, 2014

Wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack on this hike with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.

For more information please visit the Friends of VCP's website.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 601-1553

Location: Van Cortlandt Park Station: Last Stop on the #1 Train (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 40.8892, -73.8986 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:45 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/holiday-train-show Date: December 13, 2014

A 23-year New York tradition where real trains zip past city landmarks in the glow of the great Haupt Conservatory.

Step into a city in miniature featuring more than 150 iconic buildings recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Marvel over G-scale trains humming along between the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center, traveling on a quarter mile of track as they bring life to this cherished holiday experience. Real trains, real landmarks, real fun—now at NYBG.

Please note: Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out. Purchase tickets here.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 7:00 pm 40.8626, -73.8783 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:00 EST
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC Body Sculpting for Adults]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/shape-up-nyc-body-sculptingadults http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/shape-up-nyc-body-sculptingadults Date: December 13, 2014

This total body workout addresses muscle strength and endurance, while keeping the heart rate up to burn calories. Enjoy fun, continuous movement to great music.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:22 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 13, 2014

Shop for the holidays! Grab some hot chocolate and try an array of cuisine from Turkish to Mexican.

Please note: The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Colorful Candles and Winter Berries]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries Date: December 13, 2014

Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto your candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a source of natural light for any occasion. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610292558f0.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Volunteer Gardening at Stuyvesant Square]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/volunteer-gardening-at-stuyvesant-square http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/volunteer-gardening-at-stuyvesant-square Date: December 13, 2014

Join SPNA's gardening party.

Meet fellow New Yorkers while chatting and beautifying our neighborhood park. Learn horticulture, weed, plant, mulch and sweep.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 848-8295

Location: Stuyvesant Square

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M086 Stuyvesant Square 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7338, -73.9844 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:43 EST
<![CDATA[Tai Chi Chuan]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/tai-chi-chuan http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/tai-chi-chuan Date: December 13, 2014

Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. In this hour-long class, Irving Yee, a member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, introduces students to the internal martial arts and promotes an awareness of its benefits. Sessions are held indoors in winter.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5461082c03d9e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:14 EST
<![CDATA[Signs of the Season Saunter]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/signs-of-the-season-saunter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/signs-of-the-season-saunter Date: December 13, 2014

December isn’t as “deep and dark” as some may say.

Search for animal tracks, calling birds, evergreen trees and shrubs, and more as the trails near the Greenbelt Nature Center reveal how merry and bright they can be this holiday season.

This trail walk is at least an hour in length and geared towards ages 6 and up. Carolers and ugly sweaters welcome! Registration is required.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:36 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 13, 2014

Shop for holiday gifts and stock up on your favorite treats in Union Square Park. Visit UrbanSpace for a list of vendors.

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.735, -73.9909 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[High Line Art: Pier 54 Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/high-line-art-pier-54-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/high-line-art-pier-54-exhibit Date: December 13, 2014

High Line Art presents Pier 54, an exhibition conceived as a tribute to and a reaction against Pier 18, a legendary project organized by artist and curator Willoughby Sharp in 1971. For its original iteration, Sharp invited 27 artists to create an event or an action to take place on the abandoned Pier 18 in the Financial District of New York City. Artists responded in a variety of ways: some carried out performances, others created sculptures and installations or sent simple instructions for do-it-yourself works to be executed by someone else. All the events were photographed by artists Harry Shunk and János Kender, and subsequently exhibited in photographic form at the Museum of Modern Art in the summer of 1971. Among the participants – who, in keeping with a largely gender-biased art world at the time, happened to be all male – were Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Jan Dibbets, Dan Graham, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mario Merz, Allen Ruppersberg, Richard Serra, William Wegman, and many others.

Both a re-enactment and an exercise in historical revisionism, Pier 54 took place during the summer of 2014 on Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 – a disused pier located at 11th Avenue and West 13th Street. The pier is visible from the High Line and preserves many historical memories and architectural vestiges of Manhattan’s West Side, a neighborhood that has been swiftly transformed in the past decades. High Line Art invited 27 contemporary artists – this time all women – to realize projects that respond to the location and engage with the changing landscape of the waterfront.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: High Line Exhibition

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2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7469, -74.0079 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Le Carrousel at Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/le-carrousel Date: December 13, 2014

Support the Mayor’s Community Parks Initiative by taking a spin on Le Carrousel in Bryant Park.

Through the entire month of December, Le Carrousel in Bryant Park will contribute $1 from each individual ticket sale to this worthy program which invests money and resources in the community parks that need it most.

Please note: Le Carrousel is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Le Carrousel will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Holiday Recess (December 26 - December 30).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 10:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5476342bc91cf.jpg Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Shops]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/bryant-park-holiday-shops http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/bryant-park-holiday-shops Date: December 13, 2014

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.

Please note: The holiday shops open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/547cda2016286.jpg Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Fields of Inquiry: Photographs by Yola Monakhov Stockton]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/fields-of-inquiry-photographs-by-yola-monakhov-stockton http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/fields-of-inquiry-photographs-by-yola-monakhov-stockton Date: December 13, 2014

The show features work from two series, Field Guide to Bird Songs and Empire Picture of the Hudson. Stockton's work provides commentary on the photographic process through traditional documentary photography and constructed compositions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506 x10

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

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5408cd35c7b83.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:33 EST
<![CDATA[Four Squares Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/four-squares-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/four-squares-walk Date: December 13, 2014

Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.

Tour NYC's mighty, but tiny historic parks. Be our guest as we stroll through Madison Square Park, Union Square Park, Washington Square Park, and finally Tompkins Square Park.

Pre-registration is encouraged. If registrations exceed program capacity, participants will be chosen through lottery to ensure fairness in the selection process. To register, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, December 3rd.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: Madison Square Park

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M052 Madison Square Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 40.7413, -73.9884 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:39 EST
<![CDATA[ESL Class]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/esl-class http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/esl-class Date: December 13, 2014

Spanish-speaking adults will learn the basic structure of English from ESL instructor. New students must take a placement test, which is administered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

New students take placement test at 12 p.m.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:21 EST
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC Dance Fitness for Adults]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/shape-up-nyc-dance-fitnessadults http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/shape-up-nyc-dance-fitnessadults Date: December 13, 2014

We'll be combining Latin, international, and popular music with dance moves for an aerobic workout.

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:30 am 12:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:25 EST
<![CDATA[Hands-on History: Deck the Halls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/handson-history-deck-the-halls http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/handson-history-deck-the-halls Date: December 13, 2014

King Manor decks its halls for the winter! Come for a special holiday tour of the museum and learn how the King family celebrated the season. Create your own traditional winter and holiday decorations.

Families with children of all ages are welcome!

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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.703, -73.8037 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:51 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 13, 2014

Explore Central Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. This route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 mph 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 the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d18e90c0e8.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Riding the Waves Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/open-house-ny-riding-the-waves-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/open-house-ny-riding-the-waves-exhibit Date: December 13, 2014

The new Lenape Gallery at Conference House Park Visitor Center presents Riding the Waves, a new exhibit of the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication. The premiere exhibit will feature select pieces from the collection of the museum's founder, Mr. Samir Farag. The exhibit will run through January 2015.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 227-1403

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

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 1:00 pm 40.5026, -74.2518 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546f6a6e167c1.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Bronx Arts Ensemble Holiday Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert Date: December 13, 2014

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

The concert is free, but space is limited and tickets are required. Call Bronx Arts Ensemble at (718) 601-7399 for tickets. The concerts take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

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

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 1:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:52 EST
<![CDATA[Conference House Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/house-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/house-tours Date: December 13, 2014

Come to the Conference House in Tottenville for guided tours through an historic house where Benjamin Franklin, Edward Rutledge, John Adams, and Lord Howe met in an attempt to end the Revolutionary War. After taking a guided tour, experience the rich views of nature at Conference House Park, as well as stopping by the Visitor's Center to view our rotating exhibits!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.502, -74.2514 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5339a985105b4.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:04 EST
<![CDATA[Paper Arts & Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/paper-arts-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/paper-arts-crafts Date: December 13, 2014

Participants will have fun creating paper arts and crafts. Projects may also include origami, kirigami, decoupage, and collage.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:56 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-hallett-nature-sanctuary-and-the-pond http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-hallett-nature-sanctuary-and-the-pond Date: December 13, 2014

Take a break to enjoy this walk through Central Park's smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours April through October. Route involves hills and wood chipped trails.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. 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 30 mph 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 the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: 6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 2:00 pm 3:15 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d1dde27fe7.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Collage Memory Boxes - Children]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/collage-memory-boxes-children http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/collage-memory-boxes-children Date: December 13, 2014

Artist Nancy Benignus will teach participants how to collage memory boxes, using recycled boxes and images.

Participants may bring any images they'd like from home (photos, pictures, art, etc.)

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its World's Fairs]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/remembering-yesterday-queens-and-its-worlds-fairs http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/remembering-yesterday-queens-and-its-worlds-fairs Date: December 13, 2014

Remembering is both a collective and a personal activity. In this exhibition, both are on display in relation to two World’s Fairs that took place in Flushing, Queens in 1939/40 and 1964/65. Within this exhibition, collective memory is represented by shared experiences of the Fairs and personal memory by the memorabilia drawn from the collections of people who attended and fondly recall the Fairs. While these Fairs were global in scope, their attendees were overwhelmingly local, many residing in Queens. All items on display in the exhibition have either been donated or loaned to the Queens Historical Society by those residents of Queens who attended the Fairs.

Open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Through May 31, 2015.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 939-0647

Location: Kingsland Homestead

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2014-12-13 2014-12-13 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.7637, -73.824 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/539f45af106a7.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:07 EST
<![CDATA[Citizenship Classes for Adults]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/citizenship-classes-for-adults http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/citizenship-classes-for-adults Date: December 13, 2014

In this class, students will review sample citizenship questions as well as practice English comprehension, pronunciation, and listening skills.

Start time: 3:00 pm

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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:49 EST
<![CDATA[Inwood Owl Prowl]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/inwood-owl-prowl http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/inwood-owl-prowl Date: December 13, 2014

Whoooo goes there?

Bring the whole family and find out as you roam the winter woods in search of owls with expert naturalist Mike Feller. It's the beginning of their mating season so you may observe some interesting behaviors. Mike will demonstrate how to attract owls using calls.

Mike Feller's Nature Walks in Northern Manhattan Parks are generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

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

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 40.87, -73.9211 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:11 EST
<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Holiday on the Hudson]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/summer-on-the-hudson-holiday-on-the-hudson http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/summer-on-the-hudson-holiday-on-the-hudson Date: December 13, 2014

Join us for our holiday tree lighting party. Celebrate the season with the local community, enjoy live music you can sing and dance to by the All-City High School Chorus, make holiday decorations and count down with us to the lighting of the seasonal tree.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

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2014-12-13 2014-12-13 4:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.8188, -73.9611 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Candlelight Tours and Victorian Carolers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/holiday-candlelight-tours-and-victorian-carolers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/holiday-candlelight-tours-and-victorian-carolers Date: December 13, 2014

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

Victorian carolers add to the festive atmosphere while you enjoy light holiday snacks and wassail in the Orangerie. Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion, inspired by children’s storybooks and decorated by interior designers.

Reservations requested.

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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:00 EST
<![CDATA[Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower Date: December 13, 2014

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

The Geminids is one of the best meteor showers in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 7:00 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 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 7:00 pm 40.8911, -73.894 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Shiny Ornaments]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/shiny-ornaments http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/shiny-ornaments Date: December 14, 2014

Learn Japanese paperfolding to make ornaments for a tree – yours or the park’s tree.

Start time: 1:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 490-1890

Location: Sachkerah Woods Archway (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 1:00 am 40.8824, -73.8812 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:32 EST
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: The Evolution of an Artist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist Date: December 14, 2014

From landscapes to portraits to modern abstraction, Elaine Hajian's work consistently expresses the artist's vision through myriad styles and mediums.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2014-12-14 2014-12-14 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:38 EST
<![CDATA[Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/birding Date: December 14, 2014

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. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. 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: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Ridgewood Reservoir

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2014-12-14 2014-12-14 9:00 am 40.6864, -73.8892 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:48 EST
<![CDATA[Winter Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winter-birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winter-birding Date: December 14, 2014

The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow to observe birds in their winter habitats. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Birders of all levels welcome! Severe weather cancels. Free with admission to the grounds. (NYC Audubon Members enjoy two-for-one admission.) Registration required, online at www.wavehill.org or at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 9:30 am 11:30 am 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546108d407e4e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 14, 2014

Shop for the holidays! Grab some hot chocolate and try an array of cuisine from Turkish to Mexican.

Please note: The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Colorful Candles and Winter Berries]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries Date: December 14, 2014

Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto your candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a source of natural light for any occasion.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546102c728970.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/holiday-train-show Date: December 14, 2014

A 23-year New York tradition where real trains zip past city landmarks in the glow of the great Haupt Conservatory.

Step into a city in miniature featuring more than 150 iconic buildings recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Marvel over G-scale trains humming along between the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center, traveling on a quarter mile of track as they bring life to this cherished holiday experience. Real trains, real landmarks, real fun—now at NYBG.

Please note: Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out. Purchase tickets here. This exhibition is closed on some Mondays and major holidays.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2014-12-14 2014-12-14 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8626, -73.8783 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:01 EST
<![CDATA[Keeping It Green for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/keeping-it-green-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/keeping-it-green-for-families Date: December 14, 2014

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green. Central Park Conservancy 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. Registrants receive project location one week prior to the scheduled event.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 841-2081

Location: Central Park

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 10:00 am 12:00 pm 40.7796, -73.9694 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d0037bda7d.jpg Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Hatha Yoga]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/hatha-yoga http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/hatha-yoga Date: December 14, 2014

Reduce stress and increase your energy by focusing on your posture, breath and mind/body/spirit. Classes are led by Yoga for Bliss Director Neem Dewji and other certified instructors, and last for an hour and a quarter. Ms. Dewji is certified in Hatha and Therapeutic Yoga from The Yoga for Health Foundation, England, and The Integral Yoga Institute, NYC. All levels welcome. Sessions are held indoors in winter.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5461066c90c8a.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:53 EST
<![CDATA[Le Carrousel at Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/le-carrousel-at-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/le-carrousel-at-bryant-park Date: December 14, 2014

Support the Mayor’s Community Parks Initiative by taking a spin on Le Carrousel in Bryant Park.

Through the entire month of December, Le Carrousel in Bryant Park will contribute $1 from each individual ticket sale to this worthy program which invests money and resources in the community parks that need it most.

Please note: Le Carrousel is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Le Carrousel will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Holiday Recess (December 26 - December 30).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:00 am 9:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5476342bc91cf.jpg Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Youth Wheelchair Basketball]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/youth-wheelchair-basketball http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/youth-wheelchair-basketball Date: December 14, 2014

NYC Parks' Chelsea Recreation Center is starting a new sports program for children with physical disabilities ages 6-21. Come out and learn to play wheelchair basketball with the New York Rollin' Fury! There are sportschairs available for use at Chelsea Recreation Center, if needed.

For more information, contact Emmanuel Diaz at Emmanuel.Diaz@parks.nyc.gov or (212) 255-3705.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 255-3705

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:57 EST
<![CDATA[Santa Shuffle]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/santa-shuffle http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/santa-shuffle Date: December 14, 2014

Elevate your holiday spirit with festive 5K in Prospect Park!

Supporting the Prospect Park Youth Track Club, registration for this race ncludes a Santa suit for each runner. Suit distribution takes place pre-race at Farrell's pub on Prospect Park West.

Registration is required.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Bartel-Pritchard Square

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B003 Bartel-Pritchard Square 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:00 am 40.661, -73.9799 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 14, 2014

Shop for holiday gifts and stock up on your favorite treats in Union Square Park. Visit UrbanSpace for a list of vendors.

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.735, -73.9909 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Fields of Inquiry: Photographs by Yola Monakhov Stockton]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/fields-of-inquiry-photographs-by-yola-monakhov-stockton http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/fields-of-inquiry-photographs-by-yola-monakhov-stockton Date: December 14, 2014

The show features work from two series, Field Guide to Bird Songs and Empire Picture of the Hudson. Stockton's work provides commentary on the photographic process through traditional documentary photography and constructed compositions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506 x10

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

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5408cd35c7b83.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:33 EST
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Shops]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/bryant-park-holiday-shops http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/bryant-park-holiday-shops Date: December 14, 2014

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.

Please note: The holiday shops open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/547cda2016286.jpg Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Meditation]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/meditation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/meditation Date: December 14, 2014

Let nature inspire you to find your center and reconnect with your true self using guided mindfulness and other meditation practices. Each session includes instruction in simple techniques, followed by guided meditations. Led by Yoga for Bliss director Neem Dewji and other qualified instructors. Sessions are held indoors. All levels welcome.

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 0:45 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 11:45 am 0:45 am 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5461079b4f93d.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:28 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/central-park-tour-heart-of-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/central-park-tour-heart-of-the-park Date: December 14, 2014

See some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields, on this east-to-west walk. The route involves 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).

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 the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

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

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7725, -73.967 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/538cbe0e4c275.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Conference House Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/house-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/house-tours Date: December 14, 2014

Come to the Conference House in Tottenville for guided tours through an historic house where Benjamin Franklin, Edward Rutledge, John Adams, and Lord Howe met in an attempt to end the Revolutionary War. After taking a guided tour, experience the rich views of nature at Conference House Park, as well as stopping by the Visitor's Center to view our rotating exhibits!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 984-6046

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.502, -74.2514 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5339a985105b4.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:04 EST
<![CDATA[Riding the Waves Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/open-house-ny-riding-the-waves-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/open-house-ny-riding-the-waves-exhibit Date: December 14, 2014

The new Lenape Gallery at Conference House Park Visitor Center presents Riding the Waves, a new exhibit of the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication. The premiere exhibit will feature select pieces from the collection of the museum's founder, Mr. Samir Farag. The exhibit will run through January 2015.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 227-1403

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

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 1:00 pm 40.5026, -74.2518 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546f6a6e167c1.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Winter's Adornment Family Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winters-adornment-family-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winters-adornment-family-walk Date: December 14, 2014

After the Family Art Project, continue exploring the theme on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands, led by naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow. Let winter surprise you with an adornment of color. Join us on a walk through the gardens and woodlands to investigate vibrant berries, colorful twigs and dazzling patterns. Ages six and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546109ab040e7.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Bronx Arts Ensemble Holiday Concert]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/bronx-arts-ensemble-holiday-concert Date: December 14, 2014

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

The concert is free, but space is limited and tickets are required. Call Bronx Arts Ensemble at (718) 601-7399 for tickets. The concerts take place at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

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

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 1:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:52 EST
<![CDATA[QBG Craft Table at The Shops at Skyview Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/qbg-craft-table-at-the-shops-at-skyview-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/qbg-craft-table-at-the-shops-at-skyview-center Date: December 14, 2014

Join Queens Botanical Garden on Level B where they will be making winter-themed pendants for key chains or necklaces.

Supplies are limited and times/location are subject to change.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Shops at SkyView Center

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2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7578, -73.8347 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:01 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: The Ramble]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/central-park-tour-the-ramble http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/central-park-tour-the-ramble Date: December 14, 2014

Pass over streams and under arches on a maze of pathways in this secluded, 38-acre woodland on this route, which involves many hills and stairs.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. 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 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees 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 the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d194cc75ed.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/garden-and-conservatory-highlights-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/garden-and-conservatory-highlights-walk Date: December 14, 2014

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

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610a1eaf227.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Concert: Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/concert-soyeon-kate-lee-and-ran-dank http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/concert-soyeon-kate-lee-and-ran-dank Date: December 14, 2014

Already Wave Hill favorites, pianists Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank return to share the wonder of the holidays with a four-hand arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker Suite. The New York Times, describing the duo as a “tour de force…with such sensitivity and grace,” credits Ms. Lee with “a lively imagination and a firm sense of style” and Mr. Dank for a “muscular and virtuosic performance.”

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5461047e19682.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Remembering Yesterday: Queens and Its World's Fairs]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/remembering-yesterday-queens-and-its-worlds-fairs http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/remembering-yesterday-queens-and-its-worlds-fairs Date: December 14, 2014

Remembering is both a collective and a personal activity. In this exhibition, both are on display in relation to two World’s Fairs that took place in Flushing, Queens in 1939/40 and 1964/65. Within this exhibition, collective memory is represented by shared experiences of the Fairs and personal memory by the memorabilia drawn from the collections of people who attended and fondly recall the Fairs. While these Fairs were global in scope, their attendees were overwhelmingly local, many residing in Queens. All items on display in the exhibition have either been donated or loaned to the Queens Historical Society by those residents of Queens who attended the Fairs.

Open Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Through May 31, 2015.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 939-0647

Location: Kingsland Homestead

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2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.7637, -73.824 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/539f45af106a7.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:07 EST
<![CDATA[Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower Date: December 14, 2014

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

The Geminids Meteor shower is one of the best in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak! Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 7:00 pm 40.6047, -73.9298 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: The Evolution of an Artist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist Date: December 15, 2014

From landscapes to portraits to modern abstraction, Elaine Hajian's work consistently expresses the artist's vision through myriad styles and mediums.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:38 EST
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations Holiday Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/wreath-interpretations-holiday-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/wreath-interpretations-holiday-exhibition Date: December 15, 2014

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 32nd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths.

A diverse selection of 56 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Sponges, keys, Smarties, forged steel and insect specimens are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from drones to damaging debris in our waterways.

This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

Please note: The Arsenal Gallery is closed on holidays.

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 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5464c8838cc72.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:55 EST
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 15, 2014

Shop for the holidays! Grab some hot chocolate and try an array of cuisine from Turkish to Mexican.

Please note: The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/holiday-train-show http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/holiday-train-show Date: December 15, 2014

A 23-year New York tradition where real trains zip past city landmarks in the glow of the great Haupt Conservatory.

Step into a city in miniature featuring more than 150 iconic buildings recreated with bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Marvel over G-scale trains humming along between the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center, traveling on a quarter mile of track as they bring life to this cherished holiday experience. Real trains, real landmarks, real fun—now at NYBG.

Please note: Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out. Purchase tickets here. This exhibition is closed on some Mondays and major holidays.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: New York Botanical Garden

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8626, -73.8783 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:01 EST
<![CDATA[ShapeUp NYC: Mind Body Fusion]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/shapeup-nyc-mind-body-fusion http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/shapeup-nyc-mind-body-fusion Date: December 15, 2014

Low impact cardio followed by balancing stretches and meditation to raise heart rate, burn calories, reduce stress and work out every muscle.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 227-1403

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

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 10:30 am 11:30 am 40.5026, -74.2518 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:32 EST
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 15, 2014

Shop for holiday gifts and stock up on your favorite treats in Union Square Park. Visit UrbanSpace for a list of vendors.

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 529-9262

Location: South Plaza (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.735, -73.9909 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Monday Movement]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/monday-movement http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/monday-movement Date: December 15, 2014

Get the week started off right in this low-impact, chair aerobics class. Perfect for seniors or those with limited mobility. Open to adults and seniors.

Recreation center membership is required. Visit the recreation membership page for more information.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 485-4633

Location: Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground)

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B270 Brownsville Playground 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.6566, -73.902 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:34 EST
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Shops]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/bryant-park-holiday-shops http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/bryant-park-holiday-shops Date: December 15, 2014

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.

Please note: The holiday shops open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/547cda2016286.jpg Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Le Carrousel at Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/le-carrousel-at-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/le-carrousel-at-bryant-park Date: December 15, 2014

Support the Mayor’s Community Parks Initiative by taking a spin on Le Carrousel in Bryant Park.

Through the entire month of December, Le Carrousel in Bryant Park will contribute $1 from each individual ticket sale to this worthy program which invests money and resources in the community parks that need it most.

Please note: Le Carrousel is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Le Carrousel will open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during Holiday Recess (December 26 - December 30).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 11:00 am 9:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5476342bc91cf.jpg Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Intro to Computers for Adults with Disabilities]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/intro-to-computers-for-adults-with-disabilities http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/intro-to-computers-for-adults-with-disabilities Date: December 15, 2014

Learn computing basics in a friendly, sociable environment! Adults with disabilities of any kind are welcome, as are persons without disabilities.

Join us! Recreation Center membership is required. For more information, visit the Recreation Center Membership Information page.

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 218-2380

Location: McCarren Play Center

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 11:30 am 12:30 pm 40.7202, -73.951 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Northern Forts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/central-park-tour-northern-forts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/central-park-tour-northern-forts Date: December 15, 2014

History buffs will love this tour of key sites in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 and learning about the rich pre-Central Park history of the Harlem Meer and its surrounds. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. 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 the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/530fede1b969d.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Riding the Waves Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/open-house-ny-riding-the-waves-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/open-house-ny-riding-the-waves-exhibit Date: December 15, 2014

The new Lenape Gallery at Conference House Park Visitor Center presents Riding the Waves, a new exhibit of the Museum of Maritime Navigation and Communication. The premiere exhibit will feature select pieces from the collection of the museum's founder, Mr. Samir Farag. The exhibit will run through January 2015.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 227-1403

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

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 1:00 pm 40.5026, -74.2518 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546f6a6e167c1.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Adapted Swim Program for People with Disabilities at Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities-at-gertrude-ederle-recreation-center http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/adapted-swim-program-for-people-with-disabilities-at-gertrude-ederle-recreation-center Date: December 15, 2014

The Adapted Aquatics programs offers aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise which improves flexibility, mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focus and strength. It also offers swim instruction that focuses on becoming comfiortable in the water and learning basic swimming and skills.

Preregistration with Parks Citywide Aquatics is required. For more information, visit the Adapted Aquatics page.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 397-3159

Location: Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

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M063 Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7715, -73.9885 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:18 EST
<![CDATA[Sit Aerobics]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/sit-aerobics http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/sit-aerobics Date: December 15, 2014

A seated exercise class that raises the heart rate and improves balance, with minimal impact on joints. For adults and seniors.

Recreation center membership is required. Visit the recreation membership page for more information.

Start time: 2:15 pm

End time: 3:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 387-7687

Location: Hamilton Fish Recreation Center

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 2:15 pm 3:15 pm 40.7198, -73.9818 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:40 EST
<![CDATA[Borough Hall Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/borough-hall-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/borough-hall-tree-lighting Date: December 15, 2014

Join Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in celebrating the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree in Columbus Park at Borough Hall, Brooklyn.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Park

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B113C Columbus Park 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 5:00 pm 40.6937, -73.9899 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Southern New York Chapter Level 2 Wellness Class]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/national-multiple-sclerosis-society-southern-new-york-chapter-level-2-wellness-class http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/national-multiple-sclerosis-society-southern-new-york-chapter-level-2-wellness-class Date: December 15, 2014

Level 2 programs are for those who want to focus on a more advanced fitness regimen. These exercises are done from a standing position or while lying on the floor or mat. These activities are minimally modified and you must be able to move from a standing position to the floor or mat independently.

Our wellness programs are a 22 to 24-week format, and incorporate a holistic approach to promote wellness of mind, body and spirit. Classes will employ similar modalities of movement like yoga, Pilates and aerobic exercise. Guest classes on Reiki, stress management, tai chi and other subjects will provide an enhanced, comprehensive experience for all participants. All classes are designed to tone and strengthen muscles, with a focus on strength and cardiovascular fitness. Light weights and exercise bands are often used.

Register here.

Start time: 6:15 pm

End time: 7:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 453-3247

Location: McCarren Play Center

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 6:15 pm 7:15 pm 40.7202, -73.951 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:42 EST
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: New Horizons, Exploring Pluto]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/arts-culture-fun-new-horizons-exploring-pluto http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/arts-culture-fun-new-horizons-exploring-pluto Date: December 15, 2014

The New Horizons spacecraft has been on its way to Pluto since 2006, and will be making its closest approach to the former planet in just nine short months. Before it gets there, come listen to a talk by Jaclyn Avidon, Chair of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York’s Education and Educational Outreach Committees, as she explains all you need to know about Pluto – from what we currently know about the dwarf planet to why it lost its planetary status. After the talk, telescopes will be set up for observing on the rooftop (weather permitting). Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes and set them up alongside the experts.

About the AAA: The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York was organized in 1927 to promote the study of Astronomy, emphasizing its cultural and inspirational value. The AAA holds observing and educational events throughout the 5 boroughs, and beyond. Visit aaa.org to find out more and check out their calendar of upcoming events!

Photo credit: NASA

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Tony Dapolito Recreation Center

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7295, -74.0055 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5464c831921ba.JPG Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[NYU Mobility Clinic]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/nyu-mobility-clinic1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/nyu-mobility-clinic1 Date: December 15, 2014

New York University has partnered with Recreation Center 54 in hosting its Amputee Mobility Clinic. Held every other Monday, this program is part of NYU's Amputee Support Program.

All participants must pre-register with NYU and become a member of the recreation center. To become a member, please visit the Recreation Center membership information page.

Start time: 7:15 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 754-5411

Location: Recreation Center Fifty-four (in Recreation Center 54)

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M130 Recreation Center 54 2014-12-15 2014-12-15 7:15 pm 8:30 pm 40.7565, -73.9651 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: December 16, 2014

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. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels. Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees.

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

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

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 2014-12-16 2014-12-16 7:30 am 8:30 am 40.8606, -73.9338 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5395c8d750ccf.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:37 EST
<![CDATA[2nd Whimsical Winter Wonder...Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/whimsical-winter-wonderexhibition Date: December 16, 2014

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to announce our second year of Whimsical Winter Wonder.

Through paintings, photography, sculpture and various other mediums, fourteen established and emerging artists express their interpretation of winter, wonder and whimsy. This exhibition will charm and delight, even the youngest of art aficionados. Don't miss the show

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 2014-12-16 2014-12-16 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/547f36502d998.jpg Wed, 03 Dec 2014 12:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: The Evolution of an Artist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/art-in-the-garden-the-evolution-of-an-artist Date: December 16, 2014

From landscapes to portraits to modern abstraction, Elaine Hajian's work consistently expresses the artist's vision through myriad styles and mediums.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2014-12-16 2014-12-16 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:38 EST
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations Holiday Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/wreath-interpretations-holiday-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/wreath-interpretations-holiday-exhibition Date: December 16, 2014

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 32nd annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths.

A diverse selection of 56 fine artists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Sponges, keys, Smarties, forged steel and insect specimens are among the many varied materials used to examine diverse themes ranging from drones to damaging debris in our waterways.

This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this holiday season.

Please note: The Arsenal Gallery is closed on holidays.

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 2014-12-16 2014-12-16 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5464c8838cc72.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:55 EST