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, 17 Apr 2014 22:05:04 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/2013/05/20/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 20, 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[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 20, 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[Birding Tours of Bryant Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/birding-tours-of-bryant-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/birding-tours-of-bryant-park Date: May 20, 2013

Discover the varieties of birds that call Bryant Park home during the migratory season with guided tours. Presented in partnership with the New York City Audubon Society.


Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 'wichcraft coffee kiosk (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 20, 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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<![CDATA[Gardens For The City Work Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/gardens-for-the-city-work-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/gardens-for-the-city-work-day Date: May 20, 2013

5 - 10 volunteers are needed to remove rugs and weeds from the ground covering at May GFTC site, 111th Street Community Garden. Gardens for the City (GFTC) is New York Restoration Project's annual application program to help communities transform public space. Award recipients receive free greening materials, muscle and construction.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 333-2552

Location: 111th Street Community Garden

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<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 20, 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/2013/05/20/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-chess Date: May 20, 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/2013/05/20/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 20, 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/2013/05/20/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 20, 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/2013/05/20/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-games Date: May 20, 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/2013/05/20/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 20, 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/2013/05/20/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 20, 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[Bryant Park Beginner Italian Class]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-beginner-italian-class http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-beginner-italian-class Date: May 20, 2013

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao! Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Attend at any time – lessons are not cumulative.

Registration required:
inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Walk NYC: Willowbrook Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/walk-nyc-willowbrook-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/walk-nyc-willowbrook-park Date: May 20, 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.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Carousel for All Children (in Willowbrook Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 20, 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[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/bryant-park-piano Date: May 20, 2013

Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say yeah to weekday performances of ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie, and stride piano in Bryant Park. Produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm*

May 6 – 10 Terry Waldo
13 – 17 Jon Weber
20 – 24 Russ Kassoff
27 – 31 Larry Ham
June 3 – 7 Todd Robbins
10 – 14 Ayako Shirasaki
17 – 21 Luiz Simas
24 – 28 Joel Forrester
July 1 – 5 Junior Mance
8 – 12* Yuka Aikawa
15 – 19* Isaac ben Ayala
22 – 26* Dona Carter
29 – August 2* Deanna Witkowski
August 5 – 9* Roy Eaton
12 – 16* Victor Lin
19 – 23 Sue Maskaleris
26 – 30 Frank Owens
September 2 – 6 Armen Donelian
9 – 13 Dan Manjovi
16 – 20 Kuni Mikami
23 – 27 Daryl Sherman
*Piano will be held from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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<![CDATA[Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/grow-more-vegetables-certificate-seriesthe http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/20/grow-more-vegetables-certificate-seriesthe Date: May 20, 2013

The Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series is an edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in an urban setting. The program consists of six classes, both in the classroom and with hands-on gardening instruction in the field. The Queens Botanical Garden and Just Food in Manhattan will each host a Certificate series in their respective boroughs. Be advised that there is an application process for this Certificate series; preference will be given to community, school, and resident gardeners of the specific borough. For more information, e-mail greg@justfood.org for the Manhattan series.

Thursdays, April 4th - May 9th 6pm - 8pm
Mondays, May 6 - June 17th 6pm - 8pm

*Manhattan series will be held on six Mondays

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Just Food Office

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