NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2017 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:55:44 GMT <![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.

Lorraine Currelley is a mental Health Counselor with a certificate in Thanatology. She also writes in this professinal capacity and incorporates her knowledge to advocate for mental health and self care. She is a life and writing coach.

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[TD Five Boro Bike Tour]]> Date: May 7, 2017

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is the world's biggest charity bike ride.

Produced by Bike New York, NYC's premier bicycling nonprofit, in association with the City of New York and the New York City Department of Transportation, this dynamic event draws 32,000 cyclists from around the world to pedal 40 miles through all five boroughs of New York City on totally traffic-free streets. After 40 years, it remains the best way for anyone—New Yorkers and visitors alike—to experience the streets of the Big Apple.

Using proceeds from the Tour, Bike New York has, over the years, taught bike skills to tens of thousands of kids and adults throughout the five boroughs. Our free bike education program is the largest of its kind in the country—every year, more than 17,000 kids and adults learn from us.

How to Register

Registration for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is required to participate in the event, and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will open at noon on January 10, 2017. Visit Bike New York's TD Five Boro Bike Tour page to register.

Start time: 7:45 am

End time: 8:45 am

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Location: Across from 17 Battery Place (in The Battery)

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<![CDATA[15th Annual Drums Along the Hudson]]> Date: June 4, 2017

Join NYC Parks and Lotus Music and Dance for this annual Multicultural Celebration and Native American Festival.

This is a free event featuring Native American, Japanese, Brazilian, Flamenco, and Korean dancers and drummers from around the world! The festival combines a celebration of Native American heritage, culture, and art with the diversity of New York City. Spanish, African, Brazilian, and Tibetan cultures will also be celebrated with food, music, and dancing. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow, crafts. and visits from Captain Planet.

Photo Credit: Manhattan Times News

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park)

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<![CDATA[Hydrangea Hurrah at Madison Square Park]]> Date: June 24, 2017

Madison Square Park Conservancy is excited to present the second annual Madison Square Hort Day: Hydrangea Hurrah celebrating our beautiful hydrangea collection. Hydrangea Hurrah is a family-friendly event for our favorite summer blooms with a host of free, fun activities including guest speakers, park tours, floral demos, a kids zone with games, and musical entertainment.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

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Location: Madison Square Park

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