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 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:57:42 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/2013/04/26/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: April 26, 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/2013/04/26/exhibition-benjamin-swett-new-york-city-of-trees http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/exhibition-benjamin-swett-new-york-city-of-trees Date: April 26, 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 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5115428d3278a.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga in the Orangerie]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/yoga-in-the-orangerie http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/yoga-in-the-orangerie Date: April 26, 2013

The benefits of yoga are well known: de-stress, get strong and flexible, and have fun! This beginner level class is also suitable for those who want to deepen their practice in a steady, mindful approach. Taught by certified Anusara yoga teacher Ann Casapini in a serene, sunlit space. Ten-class series. Class size limited to 12. Registration and pre-payment required.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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<![CDATA[Project Green]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/project-green http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/project-green Date: April 26, 2013

Join us for a day of environmental projects, exhibits and performances. Groups welcome!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 622-2082

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

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B088 Herbert Von King Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6899, -73.9467 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/catch-release-fishing Date: April 26, 2013

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

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

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

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-petanque Date: April 26, 2013

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

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: April 26, 2013

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

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-games Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-reading-room Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: The Carousel (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 12:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.6637, -73.9642 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516344b163619.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/shape-up-nyc-pilates http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/shape-up-nyc-pilates Date: April 26, 2013

Join us for an introductory class to the Pilates method. These conditioning exercises can create length in the body, and improve flexibility and strength. Please bring your own mat. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Shaping Up has never been this easy. Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516342ad0457c.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Arbor Day Planting at Asser Levy Recreation Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/arbor-day-planting-at-asser-levy http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/arbor-day-planting-at-asser-levy Date: April 26, 2013

Help beautify the grounds of Asser Levy Recreation Center and Kips Bay with trees and flowers!

Asser Levy honors Arbor Day with tree and flower plantings through MillionTreesNYC.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 447-2020

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

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M164 Asser Levy Playground 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 12:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7361, -73.9757 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Schmul Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/walk-nyc-schmul-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/walk-nyc-schmul-park Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: P.S. 26 (in Schmul Park)

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R045 Schmul Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.592, -74.1901 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-juggling Date: April 26, 2013

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

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/natures-helpers Date: April 26, 2013

Spend time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean.

Families are encouraged to come and take a tour of the Park and its waterways and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags and trash grabbers will be provided.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Arbor Day Celebration at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/arbor-day-celebration-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/arbor-day-celebration-at-prospect-park Date: April 26, 2013

How many types of trees are there in Prospect Park? Learn about one of the most important aspects of our landscape. Come put down roots and enjoy crafts, games and an exhibit about the Park's trees.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51631a161b212.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/bryant-park-fencing Date: April 26, 2013

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. No prior experience needed, and equipment is provided.

Please call (212) 382-2255 to register. Drop-ins also welcome.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fifth Avenue Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7528, -73.9816 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: April 26, 2013

Curious as to how “Snappy” the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join one of our trained staff in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. Learn what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and even assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal with our box turtle!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/nature-on-the-go Date: April 26, 2013

Come have fun in nature. A Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can be active and learn about the nature that is all around us.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 287-3400

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT
<![CDATA[MillionTreesNYC Lecture: Stopping by Old Friends: My Favorite Trees in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/milliontreesnyc-lecture-stopping-by-old-friends-my-favorite-trees-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/04/26/milliontreesnyc-lecture-stopping-by-old-friends-my-favorite-trees-in-central-park Date: April 26, 2013

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

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

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

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

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-04-26 2013-04-26 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:57:42 EDT