Van Cortlandt Park

The Daily Plant : Friday, October 3, 2014

This Weekend In Parks

Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Saturday, October 4

Highbridge Hawk Watch

West 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Bring the whole family and roam the winter woods in search of hawks with expert naturalist Mike Feller.

Dachshund Octoberfest

Washington Square Park, Manhattan

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Dachshund Friendship Club organizes this non-competitive social gathering of dachshunds and their owners as a celebration of the beloved dog breed.

Pumpkin Picking at Historic Richmond Town

Decker Farm 435 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

Visit the historic 1800s Decker Farm and bring home a pumpkin! Enjoy a self guided tour, hayride, face painting, farm animals, arts and crafts, and corn stalk maze.

Free shuttle bus.

Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond

6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central Park), Manhattan

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Take a break to enjoy this walk through the Park’s smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours April through October. Tickets: $15 per person. Central Park Conservancy members: $10 per person.

Bike Ride! Celebrate Park Communities

Green Map System 220A E. 4th Street, Manhattan

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Catalyst Program at Partnership for Parks will highlight the East River Park community with a bike ride and a photography exhibition featuring portraits.

Sunday, October 5

Art in the Garden: The Evolution of an Artist

Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main Street, Queens

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

From Landscapes to portraits to modern abstraction, Elaine Hajian’s work consistently expresses the artist’s vision through myriad styles and mediums.

Wheelchair Football League

Bulova Park, Queens

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Are you ready for some wheelchair football? Come out and play pickup wheelchair football every Sunday.

Birding: Fall Migration

Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx

10:00 a.m.

Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Raptor Fest

Peninsula (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Experience the thrill of viewing New York’s premier predators, live and up close with the Urban Park Rangers and the Prospect Park Audubon Center.


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Directions to Van Cortlandt Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Barbecuing AreasVan Cortlandt Park

Due to construction at Broadway and West 242nd Street, the entrance near the subway is closed. Please access the park at the stairway adjacent to the public comfort station (Broadway & Manhattan College Parkway). There is an accessible entrance at the end of the block. The barbecuing area at Van Cortlandt Park has temporarily been moved behind the Nature Center. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker page.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

Hiking TrailsPutnam Trail

The Putnam Greenway Trail is currently closed for construction. For north-south access, runners and pedestrians can use the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail (enter at Mosholu Parkway & Van Cortlandt Park South), and bicyclists and pedestrians can use Broadway. For more information on the progress of this construction project, please visit our Capital Project Tracker page.

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2020

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