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 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:23:03 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[Central Park Tour: Views From the Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/central-park-tour-views-from-the-past http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/central-park-tour-views-from-the-past Date: December 18, 2013

Learn about the Park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. The route involves a few stairs.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Paper Arts & Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/paper-arts-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/paper-arts-crafts Date: December 18, 2013

Participants of all ages have fun creating paper arts and crafts using multiple mediums.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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<![CDATA[Concepts and Construction of Sub-Irrigated Planters]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/concepts-and-construction-of-subirrigated-planters http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/concepts-and-construction-of-subirrigated-planters Date: December 18, 2013

Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIPs) are a very practical way to plant with many benefits, especially if you have limited green space or water access! Join us to learn about different kinds of SIPs, and construct a small one of your own!

For the construction part of the workshop, please bring a 2 liter plastic soda/drink bottle with you to the workshop.

Grow to Learn registered schools will receive growing medium and a few seeds for the SIP, while supplies last.

Grow to Learn registered schools only may request soil, compost, and lumber for spring delivery.

Please RSVP for this workshop.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8073

Location: GrowNYC Conference Room

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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Heights Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/tree-lighting Date: December 18, 2013

Join the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club and members of the community for the 63rd annual tree lighting.

Enjoy caroling by the Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn down Montague Street after the lighting.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/18/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 18, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 19, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 19, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-19 2013-12-19 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 19, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Volunteer: Invasive Vine Removals at Riverdale Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/riverdale-park-invasive-vine-removals http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/riverdale-park-invasive-vine-removals Date: December 19, 2013

Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Riverdale Park to help remove invasive exotic vegetation from the forest.

This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.

Space is limited. Registration is required for this event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212)360-3317

Location: Riverdale Park at Railroad Terrace

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<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/wreath-interpretations Date: December 19, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

This event is free and open to the public.

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 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Stretching, Toning, and Relaxation at the Poe Visitor Center]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/craniosacral-relaxation http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/craniosacral-relaxation Date: December 19, 2013

The relaxation technique, somewhat like yoga, makes you feel as though you are floating on water.

You may experience yourself drifting in and out of sleep during the gentle and quiet sessions. You will gain a deeper sense of well-being and relaxation, with a better understanding of your body and how it feels. If you suffer migraines or back or neck pain, the instructor will advice you on the specific technique to alleviate the area of concern.

Mats and materials are provided. Come in loose and comfortable pants and clothing. Most people remove their shoes.

Get ready to have an amazing experience. This is a very popular class.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 19, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 19, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-19 2013-12-19 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 19, 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; please call 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[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 19, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 19, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 19, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Blooming Naturalist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/blooming-naturalist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/blooming-naturalist Date: December 19, 2013

Are you a blooming naturalist? Find out at the Audubon Center by making your own nature journal and learning how to use binoculars and field guides.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5278003fef882.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature on the Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/nature-on-the-go Date: December 19, 2013

A guided tour will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can be active and learn about nature that is all around us!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/animal-encounter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/animal-encounter Date: December 19, 2013

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: 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 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528133ed8869a.png Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Poe Park Holiday Tree Lighting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/poe-park-holiday-tree-lighting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/poe-park-holiday-tree-lighting Date: December 19, 2013

The Ravens, Friends of Poe Park, Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation and Poe Park Center will host a holiday tree lighting event at Poe Park. There will be hot chocolate, a raffle, and a visit from Santa!

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 367-3200

Location: Kingsbridge Road & East 192nd Street (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.8641, -73.8949 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Brooklyn Movie Night: A Christmas Story]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/brooklyn-movie-night-a-christmas-story http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/brooklyn-movie-night-a-christmas-story Date: December 19, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Follow Ralphie on his quest to get the Red Ryder B.B. Gun in the winning, holiday classic A Christmas Story. Part of Brooklyn Movie Nights, the film is one of many free movies playing in recreation centers throughout the borough in November and December.

Open to members and non-members. Rated PG.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 722-3211

Location: Red Hook Recreation Center (in Red Hook Recreation Area)

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B126 Red Hook Recreation Area 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.6724, -74.004 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/19/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 19, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-19 2013-12-19 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 20, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 20, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-20 2013-12-20 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 20, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Blood Drive]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/greenbelt-blood-drive http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/greenbelt-blood-drive Date: December 20, 2013

There is a great need for volunteers to donate blood. Please give us a few minutes of your time and support our Super Community Blood Drive.

For more information please call Greenbelt Recreation Center.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 667-3545

Location: Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 8:00 am 12:30 pm 40.5926, -74.1358 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/wreath-interpretations Date: December 20, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

This event is free and open to the public.

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 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 20, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-20 2013-12-20 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 20, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-20 2013-12-20 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 20, 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; please call 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 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 20, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 20, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 20, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Belvedere's Kingdom]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/central-park-tour-belvederes-kingdom http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/central-park-tour-belvederes-kingdom Date: December 20, 2013

Take a walk around the landscapes dominated by historic Belvedere Castle, situated high atop Vista Rock.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 12:00 pm 1:15 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0f65a3bc85.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Pilates]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/shape-up-nyc-pilates http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/shape-up-nyc-pilates Date: December 20, 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. Events subject to change.

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 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528134f69ac11.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Blooming Naturalist]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/blooming-naturalist http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/blooming-naturalist Date: December 20, 2013

Are you a blooming naturalist? Find out at the Audubon Center by making your own nature journal and learning how to use binoculars and field guides.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5278003fef882.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Seasonal Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/seasonal-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/seasonal-crafts Date: December 20, 2013

Participants of all ages will engage in creating crafts for the seasons.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 1:30 pm 3:30 pm 40.865, -73.8947 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature on the Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/nature-on-the-go Date: December 20, 2013

A guided tour will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can be active and learn about nature that is all around us!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Spectacular]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/holiday-spectacular http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/holiday-spectacular Date: December 20, 2013

Enjoy an evening of holiday-themed crafts, inflatables, games, music and more!

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 353-7853

Location: Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 4:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8344 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Girls Fitness & Fun]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/shape-up-nyc-girls-fitness-fun http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/shape-up-nyc-girls-fitness-fun Date: December 20, 2013

In partnership with the NYC Girls Project, Shape Up NYC is offering free fitness classes for girls ages 6-13.

Girls Fitness & Fun is a 45-minute workout that focuses on building strong, healthy bodies through fitness games and Pilates stretches.

A free youth recreation center membership is required to participate.

Start time: 4:30 pm

End time: 5:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3304

Location: Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center (in Alfred E. Smith Playground)

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M194 Alfred E. Smith Playground 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 4:30 pm 5:15 pm 40.7107, -73.9967 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Movie Night: Elf]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/brooklyn-movie-night-elf http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/brooklyn-movie-night-elf Date: December 20, 2013

Remind yourself why Elf became an instant holiday classic.

Watch Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and others in this free film at McCarren Play Center, part of Brooklyn Movie Nights happening in recreation centers throughout the borough in November and December.

This event is open to the public.

Rated PG.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 218-2380

Location: McCarren Play Center

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2013-12-20 2013-12-20 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.7202, -73.951 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/20/a-christmas-carol-at-the-merchants-house-museum Date: December 20, 2013

Summoners Ensemble Theatre and the Merchant’s House Museum announce A Christmas Carol at the Merchant’s House Museum. John Kevin Jones recreates his outstanding solo performance of A Christmas Carol, directed by Dr. Rhonda Dodd, in the intimate Greek revival double parlor of the landmark 1832 Merchant’s House Museum (29 East 4th Street, Manhattan).

John Kevin Jones brings A Christmas Carol’s ghosts, graveyards, greed, and redemption to life in the manner of Charles Dickens himself. Based on Dickens’ own performance text of A Christmas Carol, Jones and Dodd have crafted a work of captivating storytelling that highlights Dickens’ stunning narrative imagery and wry humor. Jones’ performance is “… like an entire theatre company … under one hat” (as historian Thomas Carlyle remarked of Dickens’ famed public readings).

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Merchant's House Museum

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M318 Merchant's House Museum 2013-12-20 2013-12-20 7:30 pm 40.7277, -73.9923 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 21, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/bird-walks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/bird-walks Date: December 21, 2013

Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audubon experts or the Urban Park Rangers.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 8:00 am 9:30 am 40.8911, -73.894 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 21, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-21 2013-12-21 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 21, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Cleaning Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/cleaning-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/cleaning-westerleigh-park Date: December 21, 2013

Come out and lend a hand to help us rake, weed and do various gardening chores. Join us for coffee and doughnuts in the am. Bring a rake or use one of ours and have some fun. If you need community sevice hours come to the park to get your hours.

To volunteer in Westerleigh Park call (718) 442-0336.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 21, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-21 2013-12-21 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 21, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-21 2013-12-21 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Crochet Two-Color Easy Open Mesh Beach/Market Bag]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/crochet-twocolor-easy-open-mesh-beachmarket-bag http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/crochet-twocolor-easy-open-mesh-beachmarket-bag Date: December 21, 2013

Learn to make an open mesh bag for the beach, or to put your crochet projects and yarn into. Bring your own materials. Choose any two complementary or contrasting colors of your choice. Think summer colors--for beginners, we would suggest avoiding dark colors. If you cannot find cotton yarn, then get acrylic yarn. Avoid stretchy yarns

Supplies needed:

  • #4 (Worsted Wt.) 100% cotton yarn (1 skein color A; 1 skein color B)
  • #J crochet hook

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.865, -73.8947 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 21, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Winter Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/winter-birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/winter-birding Date: December 21, 2013

We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.

To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Willowbrook Park

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R030 Willowbrook Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 11:00 am 40.6036, -74.1584 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 21, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[A Storybook Christmas at Bartow-Pell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell Date: December 21, 2013

Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion decorated by artists and designers inspired by contemporary children’s Christmas storybooks. On view during public hours.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Reflecting on Reflections Quilt Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 Date: December 21, 2013

See the best quilts of NYC at this annual exhibit.

This year’s exhibit features 23 eclectic quilts on loan from a group show that was curated by The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Members of the Guild used the theme of “reflections” to inspire their original creations, which range from traditional to contemporary and beyond.

In partnership with Lefferts Historic House and the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Views From the Past]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/central-park-tour-views-from-the-past http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/central-park-tour-views-from-the-past Date: December 21, 2013

Learn about the park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. The route involves a few stairs.

Space is limited; advance registration suggested. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check our calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7691, -73.9741 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0f3d80ab7e.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Introduction to Bird Watching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/introduction-to-bird-watching http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/introduction-to-bird-watching Date: December 21, 2013

Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.

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 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528136ab90698.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Forest Crew]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/forest-crew-training-session http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/forest-crew-training-session Date: December 21, 2013

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

From Porcelainberry to Multiflora Rose and Oriental Bittersweet, the Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove these invasive plants and others from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. The Forest Crew will learn basic invasive and native plant identification, proper removal techniques and an overview of NYRP’s approach to urban reforestation. Anyone interested in forest ecology, invasive plant removal, and urban forests should attend and join the Forest Crew in their work every Saturday afternoon.

RSVP by emailing volunteer@nyrp.org.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 291-6436

Location: Laurel Hill Terrace (in Highbridge Park)

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M037 Highbridge Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 12:30 pm 3:00 pm 40.8512, -73.9271 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/51360dd21b745.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding: Owls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/birding-owls http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/birding-owls Date: December 21, 2013

Orchard Beach's Hunter Island is home to many different species of nesting owls. Come with the Rangers on this special program as we walk the trails of Hunter Island to get a close look at the nesting pairs of Great Horned Owls, Barred Owls, Long-Eared Owls, and Saw-Whet Owls.

To register, please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, December 11.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 1:00 pm 40.8704, -73.7867 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Wilderness Survival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/wilderness-survival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/wilderness-survival Date: December 21, 2013

What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your own shelter, or start a fire without matches? What would you eat and where would you find water? Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild?

Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect for you. Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness. On these fun, family friendly programs you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world.

Wilderness survival programs take place in the fall and winter. All programs are family friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Wilderness survival programs feature hands-on activities in an outdoor setting.

Please dress appropriately for cold weather.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 846-2731

Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)

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Q001 Alley Pond Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 1:00 pm 40.7428, -73.7359 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Welcome to Winter]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/welcome-to-winter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/welcome-to-winter Date: December 21, 2013

December 21st is the first day of winter. This means snowy fun and longer days ahead. Come celebrate this special day with us, with craft, activities, and fun. The program is suitable for children ages 4 to 8 years old with an adult chaperone. Registration and pre-payment required.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House: 2nd Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: December 21, 2013

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

Also view a new exhibit about the Lefferts family genealogy. The exhibit features a family tree and rare objects from the museum collection that tell the story of notable Lefferts family members.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52813c9917fe1.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 21, 2013

Explore the park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.

Route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Note: Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org or (212) 360-2726.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0ef6d32ff7.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[History In Your Hands: Flax to Linen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/history-in-your-hands-flax-to-linen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/history-in-your-hands-flax-to-linen Date: December 21, 2013

Come check on our flax crop and try out tools used to process flax fibers into linen cloth.

The Prospect Park Alliance will be on hand to help you feel different pieces of linen cloth to compare the weaves and try on some linen reproduction clothes for a fun photo-op in our farm wagon.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822 x301

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/537519d8d5698.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/birding-at-bartow http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/birding-at-bartow Date: December 21, 2013

Start the holidays with a bird walk, searching for the legendary owls that winter at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

Barred, Long-Eared, Saw Whet, and Great Horned owls have been returning year after year to harbor in the pines and woods around the mansion. Also of interest are rare visitors such as Crossbills and Pine Siskins that may be migrating through.

Registration requested.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 885-1461

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Explore The Night Sky]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/the-night-sky http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/21/the-night-sky Date: December 21, 2013

Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.

Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-21 2013-12-21 5:00 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 22, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 22, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-22 2013-12-22 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 22, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 22, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-22 2013-12-22 10:00 am 40.8597, -73.8806 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/holiday-train-show-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 22, 2013

Within the enchanting setting of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, large-scale model trains cover a wide variety of ground-a quarter-mile of track, to be specific-and travel over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves. Show favorites include the Stature of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and Brooklyn Bridge. The Artist's Studio provides an insider's look at how the replicas are constructed and, new this year, features a showcase of unique and historic model trains.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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2013-12-22 2013-12-22 10:00 am 6:00 pm 40.8597, -73.8806 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528cf4f3d9d3f.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Walk at The Ridgewood Reservoir]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/nature-walk-at-the-ridgewood-reservoir http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/nature-walk-at-the-ridgewood-reservoir Date: December 22, 2013

Enjoy the beautiful plants and wildlife of this hidden area that has been reclaimed by nature over decades of being closed to the public.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 846-2731

Location: Highland Park Entrance

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2013-12-22 2013-12-22 10:00 am 40.6882, -73.8907 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 22, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Historic New York: Prospect Heights]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/historic-new-york-prospect-heights http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/historic-new-york-prospect-heights Date: December 22, 2013

Ice-age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad have all left their mark on New York City. Their stories can be found in the names of our streets, our architecture, and our parks.

Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.

Historic New York programs highlight the history of selected neighborhoods or parks. All programs are historic walking tours unless otherwise noted.

Certain popular programs have limited space and may require registration.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza)

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 11:00 am 40.6729, -73.9698 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 22, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Hike]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/nature-exploration-hike http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/nature-exploration-hike Date: December 22, 2013

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off limits to the general public. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s rich history and diverse culture, or just unplug form the world to clear your head.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 11:00 am 40.7648, -73.9731 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[A Storybook Christmas at Bartow-Pell]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/a-storybook-christmas-at-bartowpell Date: December 22, 2013

Delight in Christmas trees throughout the mansion decorated by artists and designers inspired by contemporary children’s Christmas storybooks. On view during public hours.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.8705, -73.8109 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Reflecting on Reflections Quilt Show]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/reflecting-on-reflections-quilt-show2 Date: December 22, 2013

See the best quilts of NYC at this annual exhibit.

This year’s exhibit features 23 eclectic quilts on loan from a group show that was curated by The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Members of the Guild used the theme of “reflections” to inspire their original creations, which range from traditional to contemporary and beyond.

In partnership with Lefferts Historic House and the Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 230-7637

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Northern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/central-park-tour-northern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/central-park-tour-northern-welcome-tour Date: December 22, 2013

See the park’s northernmost highlights on this walk from Conservatory Garden, along the Harlem Meer and past the North Woods.

Route easy to negotiate, a few stairs. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Note: Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org or (212) 360-2726.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: East 106th Street Entrance (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7943, -73.9512 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52a0ef96a6454.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Winter Photography: Black and White]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/winter-photography-black-and-white http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/winter-photography-black-and-white Date: December 22, 2013

The beauty of nature has inspired many great Americans to create artistic masterpieces. From the wildlife portraits of John James Audubon to the stunning black and white photography of Ansel Adams, nature has been a muse to artist for centuries.

Urban Park Ranger Art and Photography programs allow you to interpret the natural would through artistic expression, while learning about nature and the environment.

All Photography programs are for digital cameras and you must provide your own camera, DSLR preferred, but all cameras are welcome.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

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

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 1:00 pm 40.8911, -73.894 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Animal Tracking]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/animal-tracking http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/animal-tracking Date: December 22, 2013

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. The Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park)

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R031 Wolfe's Pond Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 1:00 pm 40.5204, -74.1895 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Lefferts Historic House: 2nd Floor Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/lefferts-historic-house-2nd-floor-tours Date: December 22, 2013

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

Also view a new exhibit about the Lefferts family genealogy. The exhibit features a family tree and rare objects from the museum collection that tell the story of notable Lefferts family members.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 1:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/52813c9917fe1.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[History In Your Hands: Flax to Linen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/history-in-your-hands-flax-to-linen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/history-in-your-hands-flax-to-linen Date: December 22, 2013

Come check on our flax crop and try out tools used to process flax fibers into linen cloth.

The Prospect Park Alliance will be on hand to help you feel different pieces of linen cloth to compare the weaves and try on some linen reproduction clothes for a fun photo-op in our farm wagon.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822 x301

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2013-12-22 2013-12-22 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6643, -73.9639 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/537519d8d5698.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Concert at Kingsland Homestead: John Scardina and Friends]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/john-scardina-and-friends-musical-stylings http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/22/john-scardina-and-friends-musical-stylings Date: December 22, 2013

Join John Scardina and Friends in an afternoon of song. John Scardina and Friends is a group of musicians playing songs of peace and hope, using music as a creative response to the insanity of war and poverty. They combine originals with covers of their favorite artists - a set might include Stan Rodgers, Bonnie Raitt, Mose Allison, and Mavis Staples!

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 939-0647 x17

Location: Kingsland Homestead

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2013-12-22 2013-12-22 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.7637, -73.824 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 23, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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M052 Madison Square Park 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 6:00 am 40.7417, -73.988 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 23, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-12-23 2013-12-23 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/525819588c8b3.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 23, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/wreath-interpretations Date: December 23, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

This event is free and open to the public.

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 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/the-wild-garden-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/the-wild-garden-exhibit Date: December 23, 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; please call 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 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Columbus Circle Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/columbus-circle-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/columbus-circle-holiday-market Date: December 23, 2013

Enjoy a hot meal or snack, shop for holiday gifts, and spend time with friends and family in one of the most stunning locations in New York City.

Situated near the southwest entrance of beautiful Central Park, the market boasts more than 100 small New York businesses, from fine art to children's apparel and toys, to gorgeous handmade jewelry, artisanal jam and holiday ornaments. Notable shopping vendors include Brooklyn Charm, Mr. Ellie Pooh, Pamela Barsky and Saskia de Vries.

Induldge in hearty dishes from Charlito's Cocina, Two Tablespoons, Bar Suzette, Hong Kong Street Cart, Seoul Lee Korean BBQ, and many more.

UrbanSpace will set up several picnic tables adjacent to Central Park for busy shoppers to enjoy their warm snacks and drinks in style.

Please note: On Sundays, Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens later at 11:00 p.m. and closes earlier at 7:00 p.m. The market will close at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 10:00 am 8:00 pm 40.768, -73.9819 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Union Square Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/union-square-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/union-square-holiday-market Date: December 23, 2013

Grab your friends and family, and come out to the annual holiday market in Union Square.

Shop for chic bags, luxurious salts, local, handmade belts and jewelry, men's fashion, children's wear, books, pet accessories, holiday-themed decorations & more from 100+ vendors.

Brew your own brew kits, and indulge in warm food and drinks in a festive atmosphere.

Please note: The market opens from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sundays. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Union Square (in Union Square Park)

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M089 Union Square Park 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.736, -73.9908 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/bryant-park-holiday-market http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/bryant-park-holiday-market Date: December 23, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Holiday Market]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/bryant-park-holiday-market1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/bryant-park-holiday-market1 Date: December 23, 2013

Featuring more than 125 boutique-style shops in the park's tree-lined allées, the Holiday Shops complete the park's transformation into a winter wonderland. From distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more, the Holiday Shops are the perfect place to find gifts for all – adults, kids, and even pets.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Shape Up NYC: Ragin' Stations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/shape-up-nyc-ragin-stations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/23/shape-up-nyc-ragin-stations Date: December 23, 2013

Join us for Ragin’ Stations, a free fitness class which focuses on core movements, strength and cardio training. The class is open to adults and seniors and no registration is required.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Mcdonald Playground (in McDonald Playground)

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B244 McDonald Playground 2013-12-23 2013-12-23 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.6006, -73.972 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Mad. Sq. Art 2013: Giuseppe Penone: "Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra)"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/mad-sq-art-2013-l-giuseppe-penone-ideas-of-stone-idee-di-pietra Date: December 24, 2013

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpufdfdf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

New York—Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art announces a new sculptural installation for fall 2013 by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone, consisting of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone, featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

President of the Madison Square Park Conservancy, Debbie Landau comments: “With this, the Park’s twenty-sixth exhibition of outdoor sculpture, we are honored to present Giuseppe Penone, an esteemed artist of international stature. Penone’s work may be best-known to European audiences, and the opportunity to display his towering bronze trees in New York is a tribute to his unique vision which complements the natural environment of the Park’s foliage as the seasons transition from fall to winter.”

Artist Giuseppe Penone states: “It is with great anticipation that I have planned for the exhibition of my work in Madison Square Park. A tree summarizes in an exemplary way the contrast between two forces: the force of gravity and the weight of life we are part of. The need and the search for balance, which exists in every living being to counteract the force of gravity, is evident in every step and in every small action of our lives. It is a river stone that appears amid the branches of a tree. A stone suspended amid the branches of a tree, separated from the soil by a structure that is not land and is not air, a stone that lies between the force of gravity and the force of the attraction of light.”

- See more at: http://www.madisonsquarepark.org/things-to-do/calendar/mad-sq-art-giuseppe-penone#sthash.lBVaxX5M.dpuf

Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art's sculptural installation for fall 2013 is by renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone and consists of three monumental, 30-foot tall bronze trees. Ideas of Stone (Idee di pietra), featuring Penone’s signature manipulation of the trees’ natural forms, will interact with Madison Square Park’s lush landscape to highlight the relationships amongst man, sculpture and nature. The installation will remain on view daily from September 26, 2013 through February 9, 2014 in Madison Square Park.

Throughout his 40-year career, Penone has employed natural materials and forms in an exploration of the contrasting and fundamental relationships between man and nature. Penone was a member of the Italian Arte Povera movement, which was comprised of artists who sought to dissolve divisions between art and life by using commonplace subjects and materials in their work. Trees as living sculpture is a recurring theme for Penone. He often manipulates these natural forms by twisting, deconstructing, hollowing, and uprooting the organic figures. He incorporates traces of fingerprints, nails, wires, carvings, and precariously placed boulders as remnant evidence of the sculptures’ manmade composition and the effect of human interaction with the natural world. Penone addresses concepts of weight, balance, and scale, while merging the manmade and the organic.

Start time: 6:00 am

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Contact phone:

Location: Oval Lawn (in Madison Square Park)

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<![CDATA[Art in the Garden: “Deconstructed Flowers”]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/art-in-the-garden-at-qbg-deconstructed-flowers Date: December 24, 2013

H. David Stein’s unique mosaic of flora is distinctively detailed in his exhibit “Deconstructed Flowers.” His intricate photographs pull out the dimensional presence of flowers using a special technique which layers multiple photographs into a single montage. The end result shows many views of the flower’s beauty in a single image.

The exhibit will be available from Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[Whimsical Winter Wonderland exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/whimsical-winter-wonderland-exhibit Date: December 24, 2013

Sixteen emerging and established artists interpret a Whimsical Winter Wonderland.

These American and international artists’ works will charm and delight the spirit of the child or the child within.

Curated by Lucy Aponte and Laura Alvarez.

Due to popular demand, it has been extended to February 22, with the closing exhibition on that date, from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Please note: The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-12-24 2013-12-24 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/529f4213e26e9.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Wreath Interpretations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/wreath-interpretations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/wreath-interpretations Date: December 24, 2013

NYC Parks celebrates the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year's holiday season.

***CLOSED CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DAY***

This event is free and open to the public.

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 2013-12-24 2013-12-24 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7672, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/528e5f2c12606.jpg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:23:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Close: A Journey in Scotland at The New York Botanical Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/12/24/close-a-journey-in-scotland-at-the-new-york-botanical-garden Date: December 24, 2013

The word "close" is a traditional Scottish word that describes a landscape so inspirational that heaven seems closer to Earth in that place.

In 2004 when landscape photographer and journalist Allan Pollok-Morris learned that Little Sparta, a garden designed by Ian Hamilton Finlay, had been named the most important work of art in Scotland, he was inspired to travel throughout his home country in search of new works in landscape design and land art.

This exhibition documents Pollok-Morris's journey and celebrates the creations of many notable contemporary designers and artists working in the Scottish landscape. Through his documentary-style photographs, Pollok-Morris aims to capture "everyday" images of these landscapes from the point of view of those who envisioned and created them. The exhibition uses examples from all corners of the country to celebrate the important role of gardens and land art in international arts and culture.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 817-8700

Location: The New York Botanical Garden

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