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Fort Washington Park

The Daily Plant : Friday, September 14, 2007

This Weekend In Parks


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Manhattan

Journey to Fort Washington Park this Saturday, September 15, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., for the 15th Annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival, sponsored by Con Edison. Visitors can enjoy hayrides, face painting, the antics of a stilt-walker, live music and a reading of Hildegarde Swift’s classic story "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge," by Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Dr. Ruth. Guests can also tour Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse.

Queens

Spend Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, at the 25th Annual Queens County Fair. A traditional county fair with Blue Ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating, and corn-husking contests, pig racing, make-your-own-scarecrow, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival rides, and midway. Visit the Bavarian Garden and enjoy Irish and German bands, crafts, and food vendors. The Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Admission: Adults $6.00, Children (12 and under) $3.00.

Brooklyn

Come celebrate International Chocolate Month with the History Club on Sunday, September 16! This month’s focus is on our city’s fine chocolate history. Join us at Marine Park’s Salt Marsh Nature Center between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for a discussion of chocolate’s local historic significance…and for some free samples.

Staten Island

Just this week, Hurricane Humberto hit the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. Have you ever wondered what causes a hurricane? What would happen if a hurricane hit New York City directly? Come down to the Blue Heron Nature Center to learn more about these huge storms that have been sweeping the world. The Urban Park Rangers can answer your questions and tell you what you can do to be prepared. Blue Heron Park is located at 222 Poillon Avenue. The event begins at 3 p.m. and lasts one hour.

Bronx

On Saturday, September 15, join Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram, assistant professor at Queens College, at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park for a look at the life of New York City residents during the American Victorian Era. Crime was an everyday affair and neighborhood residents often relied on gangsters and corrupt political organizations for aid in emergencies. Registration requested. The event starts at 1 p.m. and is located at 895 Shore Road.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"All I really need is love but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"

Lucy Van Pelt in "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz

Directions to Fort Washington Park

Know Before You Go

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The Fort Washington Pedestrian Bridge, or "Amtrak Bridge," at West 180th Street is temporarily closed. We are working with the New York City Department of Transportation to ensure the bridge is safe for use; repairs are imminent and the bridge will re-open soon. If you are approaching the Amtrak bridge from the north, please use the 181st Street pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at Riverside Drive to access local streets. You can re-enter the Greenway at either West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge. If you are approaching the bridge from the south, please exit the Greenway at either West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge. You can re-enter the Greenway via the 181st Street pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at Riverside Drive. Please follow us @nycparks on Twitter or check this page again for updates as soon as we know when the bridge will re-open.

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