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Nature, history, or just a good time, learn from New Yorkers and experts who have come to New York City's parks to share their stories. Check out these readings and discussions.

Talks Events

Monday, June 24, 2019

Jun24

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Jun24

Reel Talks: 'Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen'

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join Scott Adlerberg, resident film expert, for a conversation with Stephen Pimpare on his book 'Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down and Out on the Silver Screen'
Free!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Jun25

University Open Air

at The Rose Garden This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
A free series of classes taught by refugees and immigrants who were teachers, researchers, and academics in their home countries. Please note: Times vary.
Free!

Jun25

Graphic Novel BookClub: Kodansha Manga Comics

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Kodansha Editors Naho Yamada, Kiichiro Sugawara, and Tomo Tran will join host Ben Applegate, Director of Publishing Services, Penguin Random House in discussion on everything Kodansha
Free!

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Event
Jun25

Workshop for Volunteers: Brooklyn Parks Connections

at Brooklyn Borough HallBrooklyn

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Discover how volunteers, city agencies, and elected officials collaborate to create thriving parks. Learn to advocate for funding, bring programming to your park, and more. Free dinner!
Free!

Jun25

Stonewall Legacy Poetry Reading

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Poets and friends of the LGBTQ+ community honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots at this Bryant Park reading event.
Free!

Must See
Event

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Jun26

Bryant Park Authors: Topical Themes

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Authors discuss their latest books.. With Casey Barrett (Against Nature: A Duck Darley Novel), Catherine Cusset (Life of David Hockney), and Angie Kim (Miracle Creek).
Free!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Jun27

University Open Air

at The Rose Garden This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
A free series of classes taught by refugees and immigrants who were teachers, researchers, and academics in their home countries. Please note: Times vary.
Free!

Jun27

Business and Finance: Mindfulness in Real Life

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 a.m.
Tim Desmond discusses his new book, How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World: Mindfulness Practices for Real Life.
Free!

Jun27

Film Discussion: A Conversation with Tourmaline and Kimberly Drew - Salacia

at On the High Line at 14th Street (in The High Line)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Tourmaline's film, Salaci, follows Mary Jones (born 1803), a Black transgender New Yorker as she discovers her power in the face of heightened systemic racism and transphobia.
Free!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Jun28

Free Community Friday

at Westchester Avenue Park Entrance (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River Alliance on the last Friday of the month from June through October for fun activities including Foodway tours, free paddling, art workshops, and more!
Free!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Jun29

University Open Air

at The Rose Garden This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
A free series of classes taught by refugees and immigrants who were teachers, researchers, and academics in their home countries. Please note: Times vary.
Free!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Jun30

Public Art Unveiling + Performance : Hospicio Cabañas (Playable Stage for Thunder Hawk)

at 111th Street and 49th Avenue Entrance (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Join us at the opening celebration of a public artwork by Karl Orozco, who has partnered with Mexican indigenous performance group Tonalxochitl Danza Mexica to celebrate histories of colonial resistance.
Free!

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Kids

Monday, July 1, 2019

Jul 1

Reel Talks: Monitoring the Movies

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join Scott Adlerberg, resident film expert, for talks on film. This week, Jennifer Fronc discusses her book Monitoring the Movies: The Fight over Film Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century Urban America.
Free!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Jul 2

Classics BookClub: On Murder by Thomas De Quincey

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join fellow enthusiasts and expert literary facilitators to discuss classics under the park’s London Plane trees. This week's book is On Murder by Thomas De Quincey.
Free!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Jul 8

Reel Talks: Lame Brains and Lunatics

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Scott Adlerberg, Resident Film Expert, discusses the book Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy.
Free!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Jul 9

Graphic Novel Book Club: Archie Comics

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join fellow enthusiasts and expert literary facilitators to discuss graphic novels under the park’s London Plane trees. This week'a book is Archie at Riverdale High Vol. 2
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 9

Bryant Park Poetry

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us for Bryant Park Reading Room's Poetry series. Produced in partnership with University of Iowa Press Featuring the poets: Oni Buchanan, Adam Giannelli, Eric Linsker, Rob Schlegel, and Sarah V. Schweig
Free!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jul10

Bryant Park Authors: Thrillers

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Authors discuss their latest books at our Thrillers panel.
Free!

Jul10

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Jul11

Film Screening: Loyalty & Rebellion

at The Conference House (in Conference House Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join award-winning filmmaker James Verdi, as his documentary film Loyalty & Rebellion, exploring the American Revolutionary War on Staten Island, makes its Conference House debut.
Free!

Jul11

Writers Workshop

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Workshops geared to sharpen, polish, and improve your skills as a writer. Dialogue Writing with Tal McThenia Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers Workshop
Free!

Jul11

Artists in Conversation: Complete Total Pleasure

at On the High Line at 14th Street (in The High Line)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
On the occasion of High Line Channel artist Autumn Knight's video work Complete Total Pleasure, Knight is joined in conversation by artist Robert Pruitt.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Jul13

Ceramic Stories

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join us this Saturday for gardening and storytelling! Ceramics Stories is a free inclusive gardening and storytelling workshop for children of all abilities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul13

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Jul14

Hidden History of Queens with Richard Panchyk

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park)Queens

3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Discover the fascinating "firsts," cool characters, and ramshackle ruins of our favorite borough. A book signing will follow this free program.
Free!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Jul15

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Jul15

Workshop for Volunteers: How to Work with the Press

at LMHQManhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Learn how to work with local media to rally your community around your park. Learn to pitch compelling stories to media outlets and how to write a press release. Complimentary dinner!
Free!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Jul17

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Jul18

Roots Workshop: 'Eating Locally – Key Factors in the Search for Local Food'

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

6:30 a.m.7:30 a.m.
We'll discuss the importance of buying local for your community as well as the global food system, considering how your dollar impacts your neighborhood and the environment as a whole.
Free!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Jul22

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jul23

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Jul24

Workshop for New Volunteers: How to Get Involved With Your Park

at Southbridge TowersManhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Make a difference in your community by supporting a park near you. Learn what you can do for your neighborhood green spaces & how Partnerships for Parks can help. Complimentary dinner!
Free!

Jul24

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Jul25

Graphic Novel Book Club

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join fellow enthusiasts and expert literary facilitators to discuss graphic novels under the park’s London Plane trees.
Free!

Jul25

Mad. Sq. Hort: Hort Talks with Louis Sorkin, B.C.E

at Southern Fountain (in Madison Square Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join us for a series of free, lively park walkthroughs led by a diverse group of field experts who will discuss the horticulture of the park through their unique perspectives.
Free!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Jul26

Peace in the Park: Bringing Communities Together

at Naumburg Bandshell (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join Brahma Kumaris for creative meditation, yoga, live entertainment, interactive discussions, and more activities that focus on peace-building and values.
Free!

Jul26

Free Community Friday

at Westchester Avenue Park Entrance (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River Alliance on the last Friday of the month from June through October for fun activities including Foodway tours, free paddling, art workshops, and more!
Free!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Jul29

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Jul31

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Monday, August 5, 2019

Aug 5

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Aug 7

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Aug 8

Sharing our Farm Traditions: Mr. Herbert

at All People's Garden of the Apostolic Faith Community GardenBrooklyn

5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us as we learn growing tips and experience what life was like in Bedford Stuyvesant in the 1950s until today.
Free!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Aug 9

Civil War Weekend at Historic Richmond Town

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us as living history organization, The Liberty Rifles, presents a two-day long immersive program highlighting the service of native Staten Islanders during the American Civil War!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Aug10

Civil War Weekend at Historic Richmond Town

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us as living history organization, The Liberty Rifles, presents a two-day long immersive program highlighting the service of native Staten Islanders during the American Civil War!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Aug11

Civil War Weekend at Historic Richmond Town

at Historic Richmond TownStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us as living history organization, The Liberty Rifles, presents a two-day long immersive program highlighting the service of native Staten Islanders during the American Civil War!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Aug12

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Aug14

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Aug15

Roots Workshop: 'Home Grown – Community Self-Reliance and Growing Your Own Food'

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Learn the baby steps of growing your own food in an NYC environment.
Free!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Aug19

Reel Talks

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:30 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking. Hosted by Film Connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Free!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Aug21

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Aug23

Free Community Friday

at Westchester Avenue Park Entrance (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River Alliance on the last Friday of the month from June through October for fun activities including Foodway tours, free paddling, art workshops, and more!
Free!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Aug28

Non-Fiction Authors

at Reading Room (in Bryant Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
American history as seen through the eyes of preeminent authors. Produced in partnership with the New-York Historical Society. Photo Credit: Angelito Jusay
Free!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sep11

Summer on the Hudson Literary Lounge

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Summer on the Hudson and Lamprophonic team up to bring local writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction out into nature.
Free!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sep14

Monarch Celebration

at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join us during what should be the height of monarch butterfly migration in our area. We’ll explore our gardens and natural areas in search of these charismatic creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Sep18

Wondrous Water

at Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
On World Water Monitoring Day, we’ll address the importance of protecting our local water bodies and showcase how Randall's Island Park Alliance's staff track the water’s health!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sep19

Roots Workshops: 'Choices Beyond Food'

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Learn practical and innovative ways you can take sustainability to the next level in your own community and beyond.
Free!

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sep27

Free Community Friday

at Westchester Avenue Park Entrance (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River Alliance on the last Friday of the month from June through October for fun activities including Foodway tours, free paddling, art workshops, and more!
Free!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oct12

400 Years of Inequality: A People’s Observance

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
We invite the community to gather with us to nationally acknowledge and reflect upon the 400 years since Africans were first brought to Jamestown to be sold into bondage.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, October 25, 2019

Oct25

Free Community Friday

at Westchester Avenue Park Entrance (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River Alliance on the last Friday of the month from June through October for fun activities including Foodway tours, free paddling, art workshops, and more!
Free!

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