NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:28:37 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[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Exhibition, Benjamin Swett: New York City of Trees]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/exhibition-benjamin-swett-new-york-city-of-trees http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/exhibition-benjamin-swett-new-york-city-of-trees Date: April 24, 2013

The photography exhibition New York City of Trees by Benjamin Swett is on view in the Arsenal Gallery from March 6 through April 26 (Arbor Day and Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday). Twenty-eight color portraits of trees around the five boroughs take the viewer up close to some of the extraordinary species that grow along the streets and in the parks, cemeteries, gardens, and backyards of the city. On view in the Arsenal Gallery from March 6 through April 26 (Arbor Day and Frederick Law Olmsted’s birthday), the images have been selected from Swett’s forthcoming book New York City of Trees, to be released by the Quantuck Lane Press on March 6.

After working at Parks for thirteen years, Swett left in 2001 to pursue a career as a freelance photographer but continued to photograph New York City’s urban forest, fascinated by the connections between trees and the city’s history. “We know that trees improve living conditions in cities by filtering and cooling the air, absorbing excess rainwater, and making neighborhoods more attractive,” writes Swett. “But little has been said about the importance of trees as keepers of a city’s past. The aim in taking these pictures—aside from taking the best photographs I could—was to try to bring back into focus an aspect of the city that most people tend to take for granted until something happens to it. The idea has been to remind New Yorkers how much of their own lives and the lives of neighbors these trees quietly contain.”

This project was partially funded through a grant from Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, with additional support from the City Parks Foundation.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-24 2013-04-24 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5115428d3278a.jpg Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:28:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: April 24, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors [weather permitting] for 3 and 4 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 9:45 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/catch-release-fishing Date: April 24, 2013

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

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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<![CDATA[CityParks PuppetMobile Presents "Little Red's Hood"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood Date: April 24, 2013

Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale updated with a modern sensibility that will appeal to kids. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Like many of today’s children, Little Red is a smart, young city slicker who is too focused on her smartphone to notice her surroundings. Wulfric is a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth. When Little Red travels from New York City to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she encounters a colorful cast of characters as Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass.

Little Red’s Hood is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon and written by Liam Hurley.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground)

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<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

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

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<![CDATA[Greenbelt Peepers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/greenbelt-peepers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/greenbelt-peepers Date: April 24, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors [weather permitting] for 2 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-petanque Date: April 24, 2013

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

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: April 24, 2013

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

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-games Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-reading-room Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Garden Lunch Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/garden-lunch-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/garden-lunch-tour Date: April 24, 2013

Enjoy a lunch break amidst spring bloom with the Garden staff. All tours are free. No reservations required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-1461

Location: Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[CityParks PuppetMobile Presents "Little Red's Hood"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/cityparks-puppetmobile-presents-little-reds-hood1 Date: April 24, 2013

Little Red’s Hood is a fresh retelling of the classic “Little Red Riding Hood” tale updated with a modern sensibility that will appeal to kids. The production features a dozen, hand-made marionettes crafted by the expert puppeteers from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.

Like many of today’s children, Little Red is a smart, young city slicker who is too focused on her smartphone to notice her surroundings. Wulfric is a misunderstood wolf with a sweet tooth. When Little Red travels from New York City to the country to deliver some cupcakes to her Grandma, she encounters a colorful cast of characters as Wulfric the Wolf tries to head her off at the pass.

Little Red’s Hood is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s Artistic Director Bruce Cannon and written by Liam Hurley.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Brownsville Recreation Center (in Brownsville Playground)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/bryant-park-juggling Date: April 24, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun Series: The Island President]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/arts-culture-fun-series-the-island-president http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/24/arts-culture-fun-series-the-island-president Date: April 24, 2013

In partnership with Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, Arts, Culture & Fun presents The Island President.

President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives is a man with a bigger problem than other world leader has ever faced – the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives, he must now ensure that his tiny country doesn’t disappear under rising sea-levels brought about by climate change.

Jon Shenk's film The Island President compellingly illustrates the perils of climate change. An audience discussion will follow the screening. Please RSVP with your name and number of guests.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 408-0243

Location: Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

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