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 04:34:11 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/2013/05/03/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 3, 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[Mother's Day Plant Sale]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/mothers-day-plant-sale http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/mothers-day-plant-sale Date: May 3, 2013

Give Mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or garden! Visit the QBG store for an assortment of blooms anytime from May 1 to may 12 , or while supplies last.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 3, 2013

Ride your bike to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. Lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers (bicycles not allowed inside)

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Yoga in the Orangerie]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/yoga-in-the-orangerie http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/yoga-in-the-orangerie Date: May 3, 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[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 3, 2013

Erik Benson’s paintings depict the landscape of everyday metropolitan life, created with thousands of shapes hand-cut from dried sheets of acrylic paint. Benson uses this painstaking compositional technique to capture the complexity of urban development, with its interplay of construction and creative destruction, density and emptiness. Familiar cityscapes emerge as more complex than they initially appear.

Originally I was interested in creating a painting vocabulary that depicted the plasticity and temporality of unexamined things such as playgrounds and construction sites,” says Benson. “These interests have been growing into ideas and concerns that deal with the urban landscape, such as how cities grow and shrink, and what these issues mean to the inhabitants.”

In these vivid new paintings, Benson considers the role and impact of playgrounds, trees and parks within evolving communities, often setting the saturated colors and bold shapes of play equipment and dynamic tree branch patterns against the muted backdrops of the surrounding buildings. Inspired by his neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, he creates works that are not precise representations, but rather archetypes, at once foreboding and optimistic.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-03 2013-05-03 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:34:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/catch-release-fishing Date: May 3, 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/2013/05/03/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 3, 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/2013/05/03/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 3, 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[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 3, 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[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-chess Date: May 3, 2013

Game boards, including chess, checkers, and backgammon, are available for a small fee. Provided by the Marshall Chess Club.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 3, 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/2013/05/03/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 3, 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/2013/05/03/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-games Date: May 3, 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/2013/05/03/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 3, 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/2013/05/03/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 3, 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[Ride The Carousel in Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/ride-the-carousel-in-prospect-park Date: May 3, 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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<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/shape-up-nyc-pilates http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/shape-up-nyc-pilates Date: May 3, 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 2013-05-03 2013-05-03 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516342ad0457c.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:34:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Schmul Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/walk-nyc-schmul-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/walk-nyc-schmul-park Date: May 3, 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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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 3, 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[Spring Fling in Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/spring-fling-in-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/spring-fling-in-bryant-park Date: May 3, 2013

What’s better than a spring day with beautiful music in the middle of Midtown? Come see a dozen of the country’s most incredible gifted teen violinists from two renowned violin programs, Peabody Pre-Conservatory in Baltimore and Manhattan School of Music Pre-College, join forces to knock it out of the park playing popular opera favorites and tuneful works by Gershwin, Kreisler, Sarasate, and Sousa. Directed by Rebecca Henry and Elizabeth Faidley.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Nature's Helpers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/natures-helpers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/natures-helpers Date: May 3, 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 2013-05-03 2013-05-03 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515c79d60235d.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:34:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/bryant-park-fencing Date: May 3, 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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<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/animal-encounter-at-prospect-park Date: May 3, 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 2013-05-03 2013-05-03 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5163470fe9ca2.png Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:34:11 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature On The Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/nature-on-the-go Date: May 3, 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 2013-05-03 2013-05-03 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51634824e03ed.jpg Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:34:11 EDT
<![CDATA[First Friday! Music & Bronx Seaside Trolley]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/first-friday-music-bronx-seaside-trolley http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/03/first-friday-music-bronx-seaside-trolley Date: May 3, 2013

The contemporary folk sound of Hawthorne is back by popular Demand. Explore the mansion, stroll the garden, and savor light refreshments. Then hop on the free Bronx Seaside Trolley for a ride to City Island. The trolley makes a continuous loop from the number 6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Registration requested.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow Pell Mansion

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