NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2017 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Tue, 21 Feb 2017 23:44:53 GMT <![CDATA[Living with White-Tailed Deer in NYC]]> Date: February 24, 2017

White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) are an important part of New York State's rich ecosystem and are greatly valued by many New Yorkers. At this family-friendly presentation, learn how NYC Parks and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation are working together to manage and protect the city's growing and diverse wildlife. Meet members of NYC Parks' new Wildlife Unit and an officer from the NYS DEC Environmental Control division.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: H.H. Biddle House (in Conference House Park)

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<![CDATA[Whales: Then and Now]]> Date: February 25, 2017

Paul Sieswerda, former curator of the New England and New York Aquariums and founder and director of Gotham Whale, will discuss current preservation efforts and whales in the New York Harbor area.

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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<![CDATA[Cooking Demo: Heavenly Honey]]> Date: February 25, 2017

Honey is a sweet liquid produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers. Discover fascinating facts about honey and compare the complex tastes of different varieties with beekeeper and Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day. Sample honey-infused recipes prepared by Chef Stephen Rosenberg of Great Performances.

This event is free with admission to the grounds.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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<![CDATA[The Abuela Stories Project]]> Date: February 25, 2017

This program will include a workshop, open mic, and photography exhibition.

Award-winning performance poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado and the multi-talented and highly-acclaimed poet Vanessa Chica Ferreira will facilitate an hour-long workshop using The Abuela Stories Project book as a tool to generate original writing.

Writers of all ages, identifiers, genres and levels are welcome. The second hour will be dedicated to a reading by select women writers featured in The Abuela Stories Project Book and an open mic where writers can share their work to cheers, claps, and finger snaps. Photographs featured in The Abuela Stories Project book, by Bronx-based visual artist Daisy Arroyo, will be on display during the event.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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<![CDATA[Winter Workspace Drop-In Sunday]]> Date: February 26, 2017

Artists in the Winter Workspace program share their studio practice with visitors on this Drop-in Sunday. In the Winter Workspace today are Tommy Nguyen and Alison Owen. Stop by Glyndor Gallery to speak to the artists and get a closer look at the creative process.

This event is free with admission to the grounds.

Pictured: Tommy Nyguen, Me PLUSH you long time (teal), 2005.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)

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<![CDATA[A Billion Year Odyssey: Geology of Northern Manhattan]]> Date: February 27, 2017

Join Sid Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, for a presentation exploring Northern Manhattan Park’s exposed bedrock. View the cliff edges and road cuts that provide geologic information that informs a history that includes continental collisions, breakup of continents, violent earthquakes, extensive volcanism, the creation of Rocky Mountain high elevations, profound erosion, subsidence below the sea, and massive glaciers, all leading up to our present-day subdued milieu.

Please note: Space is limited and RSVP is required. To register, please email RSVP@FortTryonParkTrust.

This program was made possible through the support of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and the Greenacre Foundation.

Photo by Louise Crowley

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Highbridge Recreation Center (in Highbridge Park)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Women Who Read Are Dangerous]]> Date: March 4, 2017

Join us for a talk about Women Who Read are Dangerous by Stephan Bollman. Please RSVP on Eventbrite!

What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann’s book Women Who Read Are Dangerous explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. As the book’s provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters such as “Intimate Moments” and “The Search for Oneself,” the book profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect, and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years.

Women Who Read Are Dangerous offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art it features, telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.


Carli Braithwaite is a media and marketing producer at Abbeville Press. After studying art history at the Fashion Institute of Technology with concentrations in critical studies and art theory, she joined Abbeville with the goal of making art history more accessible to more people than ever before through social and digital media.

Natalie N. Caro is a Bronx born author and a 2015 Pushcart Prize Nominee. She holds a BA in English Literature and Philosphy from Lehman College/CUNY where she currently teaches composition, and an MFA in Poetry from City College/CUNY.

Dr.Shamika Mitchell teaches a broad spectrum of English Courses, including composition, world literature, modern fiction, research methods, African-American literature, Asian-American literature and children's literature.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 367-3657

Location: St. James Recreation Center (in St. James Park)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Opening Reception for City Birds]]> Date: March 11, 2017

Opening reception for City Birds, and Q & A with the artist, Elana Amity. The exhibit will be on view at the Poe Park Visitor Center on Tuedays through Saturdays from March 4 through March 29.

About City Birds
Raised in the Bronx, Elana Amity visited Poe Park numerous times. As a young child she roamed in and around the cottage, and as a teenager she and her friends danced while a band played in the gazebo. Edgar Allan Poe’s poem "The Raven" was brought to life by her father who loved reciting poetry. Ironically, Poe completed his final revision of "The Raven" while living on 85 Amity Street, now West Third Street, in New York’s Greenwich Village. Amity’s current work includes numerous paintings and monotypes of birds found in New York City’s parks, sidewalks, and window sills. Her birch bark paintings reflect images and textures found in natural settings. Her illustrated poems include the works of Wallace Steven, Edgar Allan Poe, William Wordsworth, and Wilfred Owen.

Artist Bio
New York City artist, Elana Amity, began her career as a teacher and freelance illustrator. She served on the board of the Society of Illustrators for many years. In 1984 she joined the faculty of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where she taught illustration, painting and drawing. In 2010 she opened a studio in Manhattan’s Garment District. Her paintings, drawings and prints capture both fleeting and enduring moments of life in cities, nature and beyond. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and public spaces at home and abroad.

Related Events

Admission to the related events, including the opening reception, is free but space is limited. To RSVP, please email or call (718) 367-3657.

Image: Elana Amity, Cardinal with Sparrows, 2015, Acrylic on Canvas -

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 367-3657

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights - Exploring Jupiter]]> Date: March 14, 2017

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, able to fit about 1000 Earths inside of it. The planet is majestic, with fascinating atmospheric systems we’ve managed to analyze and capture beautiful photographs of. But the majesty doesn’t stop there. With over 60 moons, the Jovian system is possibly the most diverse in our entire solar system. From explosive volcanoes to icy mountains, come learn more about Jupiter and the beautiful diversity that surrounds it.

Come hear all about Jupiter in this illustrated talk by former intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab at CALTECH, Jaclyn Avidon.

Lecture followed by skygazing (weather permitting). Feel free to bring your own telescope or binoculars and set them up next to the experts!

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to reserve your seat.

Please call (212) 360-1430 or email by March 7, 2017 for more information regarding accessibility.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 242-5228

Location: Tony Dapolito Recreation Center

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<![CDATA[Freshkills Park Research and Ecology presentation with Dr. Cait Field]]> Date: March 18, 2017

At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be the largest park developed park in New York City in more than 100 years, and the largest conversion of a former landfill to a public park in the country.

Dr. Cait Field, the Freshkills Park Manager for Science and Research Development, will discuss the ecology of the site, both before and during landfill operations, since the landfill's closing, and current and future ecological developments.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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<![CDATA[33rd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference: Sustaining Garden Legacies]]> Date: March 25, 2017

Come celebrate the official kickoff of the community gardening season in New York City!

The day will be packed with 30+ workshops on garden-related topics including: food systems education, kids’ activities, vegetable growing techniques, and designing your community garden for the present and future.

Workshop Highlights

  • Real Food in Fake Democracy
  • The Power of Herbs
  • Making Vinegar from Scraps
  • Herbal Soap Making
  • West African "Cowpea"
  • Compost 101
  • The Hip-Hop Hauler: How to Turn Trash into Cash
  • Barrier-Free Garden Design
  • Grant Writing 101
  • Youth in Gardens
  • How to Build a Simple Rainwater Harvesting System

Keynote Speakers

The conference will also include a panel discussion on ways to sustain your garden legacy. This year’s keynote speaker is Tony Hillary, Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown. Tony founded Harlem Grown to address the health and academic challenges facing public elementary school students in Harlem. Our youth speaker is Kadiatou Ba and has been a youth participant at Harlem Grown since its inception five years ago. Read more about our keynote speakers here.

You can pre-register for GreenThumb's GrowTogether Conference online, in person, or by mail. Admission is $5 per person and free for kids 12 years old and younger.

Please register online by Thursday, March 23, 2017.

To register by mail, please mail to the following address. Your mail must be postmarked by Friday, March 10, 2017. Please mail to:
The Arsenal/GreenThumb
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065.

To register in person, please visit the GreenThumb office at 100 Gold Street, Suite 3100, New York, NY 10038.

Admission at the door is $7 per person and free for kids 12 years old and younger. Day-of registration* will take place from 9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.

*GreenThumb cannot guarantee lunch or a t-shirt to walk-in participants.

Bus Service

For those gardeners from Brooklyn who would prefer to take a bus, GreenThumb has scheduled bus pickup in two locations in Brooklyn. For more information about Bus Service, please visit GreenThumb's website.

Table at GrowTogether

If you are greening partner and would like to table at this year’s event, please fill out the Networking Table Form by February 17.

Volunteer at GrowTogether

GreenThumb is looking for volunteers to help out at the conference. Breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Sign up here.

Become a Sponsor

*Interested in becoming a sponsor at GrowTogether or sending any in-kind donations, please contact Twywana Bush at


For more information about GreenThumb GrowTogether, please call (212) 602-5300. Follow along or share your experience on social media at #GrowTogetherConference2017 and #growtogether.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: Hostos Community College

2017-03-25 2017-03-25 9:00 am 4:00 pm 40.81760025024414000, -73.92769622802734000 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:15:04 EST
<![CDATA[Women's History Month Program: Women and Chocolate]]> Date: March 25, 2017

A Taste for Chocolate curator Carol S. Ward will present an illustrated lecture discussing women’s changing roles in the importation, distribution, and consumption of chocolate.

For more information and to make a reservation, please email

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 923-8008

Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: National Bird Screening]]> Date: April 18, 2017

Indie Lens Pop Up and PBS present a pre-screening of National Bird By Sonia Kennebeck before it airs on PBS.

National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives a rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.

Stick around for a lively conversation after the screening.

RSVP to to reserve your seat.

About Indie Lens Pop-Up
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on the PBS series Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Ancient Trees with Beth Moon]]> Date: May 19, 2017

Join acclaimed photographer Beth Moon, author of Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees, as she delves into her artistic process and the experience of traveling around the world to photograph these natural relics. It is only in the rarest and clearest of nights that we can look up at the sky to find a sprinkling of twinkling stars.

Surrounded by the bright lights of humanity, the infinite majesty of the night sky can only be truly enjoyed by those devoted enough to seek it. Critically-acclaimed photographer Beth Moon’s own appreciation of cosmos inspired her quest, spanning from continent to continent, to some of the darkest corners of world, where constellations and nebulas shine more brightly. Moon’s Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees captures the boundless beauty of trees under the night sky, seemingly undisturbed by humans. Discover her relentless journey—undeterred by knee-high mud, windstorms, and distance—to reveal the rich hues of the night that are often too faint to be seen by the naked eye.

Beth Moon is a photographer based in New York who has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly-toned platinum prints. Her prints are held in numerous public and private collections and have appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada, receiving widespread critical acclaim. With this new book, she explores color photography for the first time.

Space is limited so please RSVP to

Contact (212) 360-1430 or by May 17 for more information regarding accessibility.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 242-5228

Location: Tony Dapolito Recreation Center

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