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The Daily Plant : Friday, August 2, 2002


Summerstage- Saturday. August 3
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan
Come to the heart of New York City and watch a free outdoor concert featuring Charlie Daniels Band / Drive By Truckers.
For more information call 212-360-2777.

Celebrate Brooklyn!- Saturday, August 3
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Bandshell, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
This summer-long series of free concerts today offers the Boricua Festival.
For information call 718-855-7882 ext 45.

Storytelling Festival- Saturday, August 3
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan
An afternoon of storytelling with African Folk Heritage Circle.
For more information call 212-568-1645.

Wyckoff Farm Day- Saturday, August 4
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Pieter Claesen Wycoff House, Brooklyn
Learn about the history of Brooklyn Dutch Farms.
For more information call 718-629-5400.

Summerstage- Sunday, August 4
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, Manhattan
Free outdoor concert with Cornershop and South and DJ Set: The Avalanches. For information call 212-360-2777.

Park to Park Swim- Sunday, August 4
Time: 2:45 p.m.
Swim a one mile swim from South Cove in Battery Park City to Pier 25 in Hudson River Park.
For information visit

Harlem Meer Performance Festival- Sunday, August 4
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Place: Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan
Come and view Lou Donaldson Quartet.

Queens Symphony Orchestra- Sunday, August 4
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: George Seuffert Bandshell, Forest Park, Queens
Come listen to great music outside in a park.
For more information call 718-235-4100.


5 Parkies swam the 2.4 mile race from Chelsea Piers to the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City on July 21. Nancy Barthold, Chris Osgood, Mike Szuflita, Ricardo Hinkle and Dorothy Bothwell donned their swimsuits and swam the race.

The race was sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that brings the sport of marathon swimming to New York City's unique waterways. The organization, which celebrates the ongoing recovery of our city's rivers, works closely with Parks. Their signature event is the annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, one of the most important open-water marathons held on an annual basis anywhere in the world.

They now host 6 other River Races throughout the summer:
Park to Park One Miler on August 4
Great Hudson River Swim on August 17
Riverside Park 1.5 Tri-Tune-Up on August 17
7.8 mile swim from the Little Red Lighthouse on September 21


Mathew Charles Matthews

"Goooooood Morning, Parks, 5-Boro Operations, This is Mr. Mathews speaking, How Can I Help You"

Does this guy look familiar? Maybe he’s offered you a hot cup of coffee. Or, more likely, good people like you have been on the receiving end of his now famous phone manner. Once he greets you, you’ll always remember him. His name is Mathew Charles Matthews and he’s been with Parks since 1975. Known throughout the Emerald Empire, Mathew is an engaging and unforgettable presence at 5-Boro, whose motto is "count me in."

Each morning he puts his jacket away and goes straight to his desk to maintain our aptly named MCMS fleet system. Mathew nimbly works the computer at work, tapping a lively beat second only to the sound of his never far away drum sticks when he’s playing a tune in the evenings at Washington Square Park. But, when a Parkie calls or visits, its showtime – as long as they’re no space alien - and Mathew gets on his best behavior, whether they need his help for ten minutes or all day. 5-Boro’s own public relations program, Mathew treats everyone with courtesy, respect and resounding good cheer. This guy deserves our thanks and is a terrific part of our team.

Written by Keith T. Kerman


"When one begins to live by habit and by quotation,
one has begun to stop living."

James Baldwin
(August 2, 1924 - 1927)

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