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 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:59:18 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[Nature Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nature-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nature-crafts Date: July 21, 2013

We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world. Children who spend time outdoors develop strong imaginations and learn to socialize better with others. Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0972

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 1:00 pm 40.8911, -73.894 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Le Carrousel Magique]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/bryant-park-le-carrousel-magique http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/bryant-park-le-carrousel-magique Date: July 21, 2013

The masters are back with tricks up their sleeves and more amazing feats of magic to boot.

Produced in partnership with Monday Night Magic.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Tree Care Event]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/tree-care-workshop-hosted-by-the-jackson-heights-beautification-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/tree-care-workshop-hosted-by-the-jackson-heights-beautification-group Date: July 21, 2013

Join the Bronx Park East Community Association in caring for street trees in the Bronx!

Learn about tree-guard building and tree care and help with graffiti removal. Help care for several of the newly planted trees in the Bronx and make sure they grow up healthy and happy!

Hosted by the Bronx Park East Community Association
Please RSVP to BxParkEast@gmail.com

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Cruger Avenue between Mace Avenue & Boston Road

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<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House - Second Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: July 21, 2013

View significant artifacts from 19th-century family life and walk into a fully furnished 1820's bedroom.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 1:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5166e6336343b.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Studio Sundays: Geometric Patterns in Nature]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/studio-sundays-geometric-patterns-in-nature http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/studio-sundays-geometric-patterns-in-nature Date: July 21, 2013

Engage in a creative dialogue with your surroundings guided by professional artists working in various media. Try something new?all skill levels welcome! In this session, capture abstract and geometric patterns found in nature using your digital camera. Artist Fariba Alam guides participants in creating images that can stand on their own or become the starting point for intricate symmetrical collages and patterns. Space is limited. Registration required, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Drop-ins accommodated as space permits.

Photo credit: Bill Foley

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8976, -73.9113 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51ddac13d1613.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Adventures for Kids: Ladybugs! Ladybugs!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nature-adventures-for-kids-ladybugs-ladybugs http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nature-adventures-for-kids-ladybugs-ladybugs Date: July 21, 2013

A hands-on look at live ladybugs, using a magnifying glass, your eyes, and a lot of giggling. Educator and mom, Julia Attaway, is back again with her popular series, Nature Adventures for Kids. During these hands-on programs, kids will learn about the critters and plants of their park in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere. All programs will be accessible to people with disabilities.

Designed for children ages 4 through 8 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 2:15 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Jacob Javits Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 1:30 pm 2:15 pm 40.859, -73.9349 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51c20562dc790.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Harlem Meer Performance Festival 2013]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/harlem-meer-performance-festival-2013 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/harlem-meer-performance-festival-2013 Date: July 21, 2013

The Harlem Meer Performance Festival, now in its 20th year, presents a summer full of latin, jazz, gospel, blues and world music performed by talented artists both new and old. Bring a blanket and kick back and relax every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer.

Performance Schedule:

June 23 - Orlando Marin, The Last Mambo King (Mambo)

June 30 - Howard Johnson (Tuba Jazz)

July 7 - Michela Marino Lerman & Friends (Rhytham Tap)

July 14 - Los Soneros de Oriente (Cuban)

July 21 - Harlem Blues and Jazz Band (Jump Blues)

Jule 28 - David P. Stevens (Contemporary Jazz)

August 4 - Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test (Brazilian Jazz)

August 11 - Nayibe la Gitana (Salsa)

August 18 - Sweet Georgia Brown & Her Blues Crusaders (Blues)

August 25 - Hilliard Greene and The Jazz Expressions (Jazz)

September 1 - Ballet Hispanico's BHdos Company (Dance)

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7971, -73.9515 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[NYLaughs' Laughter in the Park 2013]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nylaughs-laughter-in-the-park-2013 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nylaughs-laughter-in-the-park-2013 Date: July 21, 2013

Laughter in the Park is a free, outdoor comedy series that takes place over the course of six weeks throughout the summer. Every Sunday, you can catch two hours of standup performed by some of comedy's most innovative and talked about artists. It's all for New Yorkers, and it's all free.

Our shows have been covered by the NY Times, listed in the NY Post as a "Hot Weekend Pick," and named "Best Weekend Entertainment Bet" by Time Out NY/WNBC. Check www.nylaughs.org for details on this week's headliners.

NYLaughs, Inc. is a unique non-profit that aims to change the cultural landscape of the Big Apple through humor. From parks to streets and even subways, we provide New Yorkers laughter free of charge with our public live comedy shows. We want to make New York a better place through laughter.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 419-5515

Location: Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park)

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M098 Washington Square Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7313, -73.9982 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51bb752542f30.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[History in Your Hands: Storytelling with Tammy Hall]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/history-in-your-hands-storytelling-with-tammy-hall http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/history-in-your-hands-storytelling-with-tammy-hall Date: July 21, 2013

Storyteller Tammy Hall brings the age-old art of storytelling to Prospect Park. Enjoy enchanting tales from the Lefferts family and around the world.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51ad06f2d6eb1.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Laughter in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/laughter-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/laughter-in-the-park Date: July 21, 2013

It’s good to giggle once in a while. Every summer in New York City, NYLaughs invites Big Apple residents to its Laughter in the Park, a free, outdoor comedy series.

Laughter in the Park 2013 features performances by some of the top comedians in the world who have headlined at comedy clubs, written for TV, or appeared in film. Additionally, Laughter in the Park 2013 introduces audiences to new comedians. The Laughter in the Park crowd is made up of people from all walks of life and all corners of society.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Holley Plaza (in Washington Square Park)

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M098 Washington Square Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.7313, -73.9982 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/hallett-nature-sanctuary-and-the-pond http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/hallett-nature-sanctuary-and-the-pond Date: July 21, 2013

Take a break to enjoy this walk through the Park’s smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours. The route involves hills and wood chipped trails and lasts 60 minutes.

Tour limit: Due to limited space in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, only the first 20 people to sign in at the beginning of the tour will be able to participate!

NOTE: Groups of seven or more people must call (212) 360-2726 or email tours@centralparknyc.org to schedule a Custom Tour.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

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

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M010 Central Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 2:30 pm 3:30 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51d709670f369.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits / Fatoumata Diawara / Krar Collective / DJ sets by DJ Sirak]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/oliver-mtukudzi-and-the-black-spirits-fatoumata-diawara-krar-collective-dj-sets-by-dj-sirak http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/oliver-mtukudzi-and-the-black-spirits-fatoumata-diawara-krar-collective-dj-sets-by-dj-sirak Date: July 21, 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits, a revolutionary music group originating in Zimbabwe, have been performing since 1979. The Black Spirits members have changed over the years, consisting of over 50 members throughout its time, with Oliver Mtukudzi, both musician and public figure, at the forefront throughout the group's history. Mtukudzi’s organic, savvy mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan Pop forms became widely known as Tuku Music. Mtukudzi’s deep and courageous voice solidifies the band, while most of their writing and performances act as a declaration against hatred and violence. Featuring strong socio-political themes driven by a desire to see the world conquer hate, fear and greed, the band's most popular tracks promote tolerance and non-violence including “Tozeza Baba” and “Ngoromera.”

Born in the Ivory Coast, but raised in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) has created music that has become an inspiration to people around the world. Now based in Paris, and still only 30, Fatou has led a life covering the whole gamut of the contemporary African experience: fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions and the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, and winning success as an actress in film and theatre before finding her feet in the medium she was always destined to make her own: music. She completed an album's worth of songs, composing and arranging all the titles, as well as playing guitar, percussion, bass and singing lead and harmony vocals. In 2011, Fatou released her self-titled debut album, which was deemed by the British based The Sunday Times as the #1 world music album of 2011.

London-based Ethiopian trio, Krar Collective, have developed a distinctive style based on the reworking of traditional songs from their native land. Dubbed ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes” for their stripped-down sound, Krar Collective provide their audiences with a colorful blend of dynamic roots music from different regions and ethnic traditions, but with a contemporary edge, plugged-in and funked-up. In September of 2012, The Guardian described Krar Collective as “one of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year.” Their first album, Ethiopia Super Krar¸ featuring their 6-stringed krar lyre, kebero drums and the powerful vocals of singer Genet Assefa, serves up some mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves.

DJ Sirak, born in Addis Ababa, adds depth to the conversation by making Afro-beat a prominent influence in his style. As the co-founder of Africology, an entertainment venture that focuses on educating the world on music of African descent, his endeavors as a DJ help to break down the cultural barriers through the medium of music. Sirak matches the beats of artists like the Notorious B.I.G and dead prez to the up-tempo drums and breaks from his homeland. The fusion is his way of bridging the culture gap between the communities of the Americas and Africa. His sets not only spice up the dance floor, but also add heat to the debate over the origin of rhythm driven Hip-Hop beats.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 3:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7728, -73.9702 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516c3f0db754c.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Adventures for Kids: Ladybugs! Ladybugs!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nature-adventures-for-kids-ladybugs-ladybugs1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/nature-adventures-for-kids-ladybugs-ladybugs1 Date: July 21, 2013

A hands-on look at live ladybugs, using a magnifying glass, your eyes, and a lot of giggling. Educator and mom Julia Attaway is back again with her popular series, Nature Adventures for Kids. During these hands-on programs, kids will learn about the critters and plants of their park in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere. All programs will be accessible to people with disabilities.

Designed for children ages 4 through 8 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 3:45 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 3:00 pm 3:45 pm 40.8652, -73.9288 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51c205c5a44c6.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Queens Family Day Featuring: Invincible: A Tribute to the King of Pop / PitchBlak Brass Band / Little Club Heads / DJ set by Chris Love “The Mixologist”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/queens-family-day-invincible-a-tribute-to-the-king-of-pop-pitchblak-brass-band-little-club-heads-dj-set-by-chris-love-the-mixologist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/queens-family-day-invincible-a-tribute-to-the-king-of-pop-pitchblak-brass-band-little-club-heads-dj-set-by-chris-love-the-mixologist Date: July 21, 2013

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Queens Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging children and their families through engaging performances! This year’s special event will have families on their feet for a memorable dance party experience as well as celebrating the iconic musical genius of Michael Jackson. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting and fun interactive surprises. This is sure to be an entertaining day you will not want to miss!

INVINCIBLE: A Tribute To The King Of Pop is a Michael Jackson tribute spectacular. Come see the hits “Dangerous,” “Thriller,” “Ghosts” and much more performed live by an amazing Michael Jackson tribute artist along with world class dancers and other special guests. A must see spectacular for current fans of the King of Pop and a for those being newly introduced to his works.

PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn based, ten-piece brass band whose style and sound represent Hip-Hop from the 1980s to present day. The band is a diverse group of young musicians, composers and artists who truly represent the new and vibrant undercurrents of the city. In 2012, PitchBlak was invited to record at the coveted Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio, where many established and up and coming artists have been invited to record and perform. PitchBlak’s members come to the band with an incredible diversity of musical background and training, infusing their Hip-Hop driven music with Rock, Jazz, and Classical.

Little Club Heads has revolutionized the idea of “family time” by providing a dance party experience for children aged 12 months to 10 years old and their parents. At their events, parents can socialize while children have an opportunity to mingle, dance, and stay fit. After over 40 events and entertaining over 35 thousand guests over the past two and half years, the New York City based business is rapidly expanding.

Chris Love has been in the entertainment for over 20 years turning up the heat with a full spectrum of the hottest music from diverse genres including R&B, Hip-Hop, Funk, Motown, Disco, Reggae, Calypso, Salsa, Merengue, and Jazz.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Queensbridge Park

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Q104 Queensbridge Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7566, -73.9486 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays presents Vensaire]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/summer-on-the-hudson-amplified-sundays-presents-vensaire http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/summer-on-the-hudson-amplified-sundays-presents-vensaire Date: July 21, 2013

Vensaire

"Akin to a jigsaw puzzle, Vensaire is assembled from jagged, oblong, and often eccentrically shaped pieces: influences range from the sweeping sounds of traditional Chinese music, to the soothing voice of Billie Holiday, to the spastic and stuttered beats of Chicago footwork, to the stories that accompany psychedelic folk music." Interview Magazine

Vibrantly danceable live music in Riverside Park accompanied by spectacular sunsets along the Hudson River every Sunday in July for free. All ages welcome.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)

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M353 Riverside Park South 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.7797, -73.9889 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/515b164ed87b5.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[DJ D-Nice / 25th Anniversary Screening of "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/dj-dnice-25th-anniversary-screening-of-im-gonna-git-you-sucka-in-association-with-imagenation-cinema-foundation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/dj-dnice-25th-anniversary-screening-of-im-gonna-git-you-sucka-in-association-with-imagenation-cinema-foundation Date: July 21, 2013

At the intersection of music and technology, Derrick “D-Nice” Jones has built a career as a respected musician, photographer, and web-developer. D-Nice grew up in the Bronx, Hip-Hop's birthplace, and emerged as a rapper and producer in the late 1980s. DJ Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions mentored D-Nice as a teenager and offered him a place to develop his talent alongside rap legend, KRS-One. He began to expand into production, producing The Stop The Violence Movement’s number 1 single “Self Destruction,” and later working with Queen Latifah and Kid Rock on their early albums. Among his many musical projects he also contributed to the soundtrack for the film, “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.” DJ D-Nice has performed at events with/alongside Stevie Wonder, Diplo, , Santigold, Big Sean, Drake, Trey Songz, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Will Smith, Billy Joel, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Prince, Queen Latifah, Russell Simmons, Wiz Khalifa and many more.

Twenty-five years ago Keenan Ivory Wayans unleashed I'm Gonna Got You Sucka on the world and a comedic classic was born in this parody of blaxploitation movies, wherein a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s, to help him get revenge on Mr. Big. Written, directed and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans, I'm Gonna Got You Sucka features noteworthy Black actors from the blaxploitation era including Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, and Isaac Hayes. Chris Rock, Kadeem Hardison, Ja'net Dubois, John Witherspoon, Damon Wayans and Clarence Williams III, are also featured. Join us for a fun-filled tribute to a wayward classic.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Queensbridge Park

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Q104 Queensbridge Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 7:00 pm 9:30 pm 40.7566, -73.9486 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/516c3fe03779b.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT
<![CDATA[Arteries of a Nation by Renegade Performance Group]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/arteries-of-a-nation-by-renegade-performance-group http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/07/21/arteries-of-a-nation-by-renegade-performance-group Date: July 21, 2013

Brooklyn-based Renegade Performance Group presents this site-specific performance in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of three Civil War-era events that left significant impacts on the fabric of American society.

Arteries of a Nation is a multi-disciplinary performance re-examining the battle of Gettysburg, the New York City Draft Riots, and the 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiments attack on Fort Wagner in South Carolina. This collaborative work puts a critical lens on these three events - imagining that perhaps these specific instances - though horrific - represented the most honest examples of the realities in the United States. A country made to be a constant battleground of conflicting ideas, a country where violence itself is an act of transformation, and a country where compromises are sacrificed in the face of those seeking equality.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2013-07-21 2013-07-21 7:30 pm 9:00 pm 40.7017, -73.9969 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:59:18 EDT