NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2016 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://nyc.gov/parks/events NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:41:15 GMT <![CDATA[Sherman Creek Stewardship Day: Earth Day Cleanup]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/sherman-creek-stewardship-day-earth-day-clean-up http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/sherman-creek-stewardship-day-earth-day-clean-up Date: April 22, 2016

Join New York Restoration Project for a special Earth Day Cleanup in Highbridge Park. Help pick up litter and clean up the pathways to reveal the hidden beauty of this part of the park.

To RSVP, please email volunteer@nyrp.org or call (917) 291-6436.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 1:00 am

Contact phone: (917) 2916436

Location: 181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park)

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M037 Highbridge Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 10:30 am 1:00 am 40.84774279229800000, -73.93110585212700000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:25 EDT
<![CDATA[CRC Open House Week]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/crc-open-house-week http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/crc-open-house-week Date: April 22, 2016

Visit St. James Recreation Center and enjoy our free Computer Resource Center Exploration Week.

Participants will learn how to navigate the World Wide Web; explore the physical world through Google Earth, learn how to stay safe on the internet and away from online predators. Learn how to set up, organizem and manage an email account on one of our state of the art computers.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: 7183673657

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

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X044 St. James Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 10:30 am 12:00 pm 40.86470031738281000, -73.89920043945312000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:53 EDT
<![CDATA[Ink Blots:The Power of Imagination]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/ink-blots-the-power-of-imagination http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/ink-blots-the-power-of-imagination Date: April 22, 2016

Open your imagination and explore through a creative arts ink blot workshop. Share your story through the beauty of colors and use art as a form of expression.

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 367-3657

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

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X044 St. James Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 10:30 am 12:00 pm 40.86470031738281000, -73.89920043945312000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park Date: April 22, 2016

Take our signature tour, and let Central Park Conservancy guides give you an insider's look at some of the most iconic features of the world's greatest urban park. Learn how rocky, swampy land was built into the living work of art that is Central Park today. Highlights of this tour include: the Dairy, Sheep Meadow, Cherry Hill, the Lake, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace, The Mall, and Literary Walk.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts and ends at the Dairy Visitor Center (mid-Park at 65th Street).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.76910018920898400, -73.97409820556640000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/575f1abebf753.jpg Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:15:37 EDT
<![CDATA[Seed Starting/ Earth Day Farm Communion]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/seed-starting-earth-day-farm-communion http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/seed-starting-earth-day-farm-communion Date: April 22, 2016

Join us at a seed starting workshop and day of communion on this small Brooklyn farm. Free seeds will be distributed!

A performance by a percussion circle will begin at 3 p.m. Bring your instruments and join us.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Hattie Carthan Herban Farm

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<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/bryant-park-juggling Date: April 22, 2016

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun.

Equipment will be provided.

The Bryant Park Jugglers use the park throughout the year. They are a friendly group and open to drop-ins, even if you catch them outside of the regular juggling lessons.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Lawn (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.75350189209000000, -73.98370361328100000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57102489e50b8.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/nature-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/nature-exploration Date: April 22, 2016

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.

Thursdays and Fridays, 12–4, beginning Friday, April 7

  • Discovery Pack, 12–3 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Bird Nerds Game Hour, 1–2 pm: Test your knowledge of birds in this fun, mildly competitive hour of puzzles, Bingo, card games, and more!
  • Nature on the Go!, 2–3 pm: An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families to areas near the Audubon Center, where you can learn about the nature that is all around us and participate in a Citizen Science project.
  • Animal Encounter, 3–4 pm: Curious as to how Snappy the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble a mouse? Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection and even assist in an actual feeding.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:06 EDT
<![CDATA[Shakespeare Birthday Bash and Deaths of Shakespeare]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/shakespeare-birthday-bash-and-deaths-of-shakespeare http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/shakespeare-birthday-bash-and-deaths-of-shakespeare Date: April 22, 2016

Bryant Park Presents kicks off on April 22 with a lunchtime Shakespeare Birthday Bash (12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.), produced by The Drilling Company, celebrating the 452nd anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Then from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death is honored with a jazz funeral march by the Jambalaya Brass Band and a selection of his greatest death scenes performed by The Drilling Company.

Join the Facebook event to invite your friends and spread the word.

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 12:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.75410079956055000, -73.98449707031250000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570ec33c8ef47.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Workshop: Beneficial Insects]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/greenthumb-workshop-beneficial-insects http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/greenthumb-workshop-beneficial-insects Date: April 22, 2016

Some people think that all insects are pests and are a threat to your garden plants but did you ever wonder if there might be insects that help the garden?

This workshop will uncover insects that play a critical role in the life cycles of your garden plants from those that pollinate your vegetable and fruit crops to others that prey on herbivores and other harmful insects.

Participants will be able to learn about the life cycles and biology of two particular species of beneficial insects and have an opportunity to take them to their gardens where they may be released.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: City Hall Garden (in City Hall Park)

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M013 City Hall Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.71290969848633000, -74.00507354736328000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:15 EDT
<![CDATA[6th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/6th-annual-shakespeares-birthday-sonnet-slam http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/6th-annual-shakespeares-birthday-sonnet-slam Date: April 22, 2016

Remember Shakespeare's 400th birthday this year with readings from the Bard at the historic Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. The 6th Annual Shakespeare Birthday Sonnet Slam features 154 readers of all ages performing all 154 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets in numerical order. The Sonnet Slam welcomes Sonneteers from all cultures and ages, and both amateur and professional Shakespeareans will read.

This year the lineup includes a musical number from the Broadway show, SOMETHING ROTTEN!, British Deputy Consul General, Nick Astbury and some notable Broadway, film & tv actors (to be announced).

The event is accessible and free to the public and is held rain or shine.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Naumburg Bandshell (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 1:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.77249908447265600, -73.97109985351562000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5706bba232bfc.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:48 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Fencing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/bryant-park-fencing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/bryant-park-fencing Date: April 22, 2016

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center.

No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Pre-registration is required at manhattanfencing.com or by calling the Manhattan Fencing Center at (212) 382-2255. Drop-ins will only be accepted if space allows. You must be aged 16 years or older to participate.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 382-2255

Location: Fifth Avenue Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 1:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.75370025634800000, -73.98359680175800000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/571018db1f1dd.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: April 22, 2016

The North Woods is the largest of the park's three woodlands, offering people and wildlife a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City.

Join us for this tour around tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights include: Harlem Meer, Huddlestone Arch, the Loch, Glenspan Arch, several cascades, and the Pool.

The tour route involves hills, stairs, and uneven terrain. The tour starts at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues), and ends at the Pool (103rd Street and Central Park West).

For weather cancellation, ticket and other policies, please review Central Park's Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.79679870605469000, -73.95149993896484000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564241ae98fd2.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Hallett Nature Sanctuary]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/hallett-nature-sanctuary http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/hallett-nature-sanctuary Date: April 22, 2016

During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally-closed Hallett Nature Sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how the Central Park Conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife.

The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes. This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. No groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided, no registration needed. Space is limited.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 310-6600

Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 2:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.76570129394531000, -73.97609710693360000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f00ec84d426.jpg Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:00:12 EDT
<![CDATA[3 to 6 Club]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/3-to-6-club http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/3-to-6-club Date: April 22, 2016

Walker Park is offering various activities at the 3 to 6 Club, open to children ages 7 through 12 years, including art, literacy and sports.

Registration began September 8th and is ongoing. However, space is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information please contact Rich Costello at (718) 816-6172

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-6172

Location: Walker Park

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R015 Walker Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 3:00 pm 6:00 pm 40.64329910278320000, -74.10939788818360000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:36 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate Spring in Hudson Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/celebrate-spring-in-hudson-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/celebrate-spring-in-hudson-park Date: April 22, 2016

The park is in bloom and we'd like you to join us for a fun afternoon of games, music, and light refreshments near the playground at 35th Street.
Hopalong Andrew performs for kids from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. There will be bounce houses and bean bag toss games!

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 239-1619

Location: 35th Street Playground (in Hudson Park)

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M399 Hudson Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 3:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.75603679324600000, -74.00011681216400000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57190c9595e6e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Earth Day Afternoon]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/earth-day-afternoon http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/earth-day-afternoon Date: April 22, 2016

Reduce, reuse, recycle--rot! Learn some of the simplest practices in sustainability and make-and-take a compost cookie to feed a plant at home or at school. This program is suitable for ages 7 and older. Registration required.

This program is part of the Greening the Globe Begins at Home series, which highlights environmental education, “green collar” career paths, and initiatives towards creating sustainable communities.

Funding for these events is provided by a grant from the New York City Council, including Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, CM Donovan Richards, and the Staten Island delegation: CM Joseph Borelli, CM Debi Rose, and CM Steven Matteo.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 3:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.58840179443359400, -74.13909912109375000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/571130628fadd.png Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:51 EDT
<![CDATA[Storefront Science: Afterschool Pop-Up Program]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/storefront-science-afterschool-popup-program http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/storefront-science-afterschool-popup-program Date: April 22, 2016

Explore the natural world around you with Dr. A!

Learn how to identify different trees and insects. Test and play various science tools through interactive games for children during this two-hour exploration session.

Funded through the generosity of Coucilmember Ydanis Rodriguez.

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 3:30 pm 5:30 pm 40.86520004272461000, -73.92880249023438000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570ff462b89b5.png Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:53 EDT
<![CDATA[Randall's Island Historical Tour (North)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/historical-tour-north http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/historical-tour-north Date: April 22, 2016

Randall's Island has a rich, unique and varied history. RIPA’s staff loves nothing more than to share this fascinating history with interested visitors. Two colossal bridges, both the largest of their kind when completed, span the island, which was once three separate land masses; these were combined by Robert Moses through landfill in the mid-1900s. Come learn more about the man, the bridges, and the history of the Island and the park it became.

Meet at: Randall's Island Connector

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Randall's Island Connector (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.79737834109800000, -73.91649150848400000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:19 EDT
<![CDATA[Historical Tour - Randall's Island North]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/historical-tour-randalls-island-north http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/historical-tour-randalls-island-north Date: April 22, 2016

Randall's Island has a rich and unique history. Did you know that the Island was once three separate land masses? Come learn about the influential people, the bridges, and the landscape changes that transformed the island into the beautiful park it is today!

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Randall's Island Connector (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.79737834109800000, -73.91649150848400000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f9642a2b567.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:41 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga Week]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/yoga-week1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/yoga-week1 Date: April 22, 2016

Yoga is a way to relax, stretch, and tone your body. Through these free classes, you can learn how to do some basic postures at home. The focus of these classes are balance, breathing and meditation. Yoga mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

Please bring your own workout clothing which can be leggings, sweats, t-shirts, and more. Please, no jeans!

Additional classes include

Monday April 18 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday April 19 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Thursday April 21 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Friday April 22 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday April 23 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Saturday April 23 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. --- Family Yoga ----

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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X104 Williamsbridge Oval 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.87669691244100000, -73.87855219841000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570eb6440eec5.png Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:53 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/bryant-park-shakespeare-much-ado-about-nothing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/bryant-park-shakespeare-much-ado-about-nothing Date: April 22, 2016

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising, and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest, and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind, and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment.

Visit bryantpark.org for the schedule and general infomation about the performances.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.75370025634800000, -73.98359680175800000 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:24 EDT
<![CDATA[Inwood Moonwalk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/inwood-moonwalk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/22/inwood-moonwalk Date: April 22, 2016

**This event has been postponed due to inclement weather.**

Join the Friends of Inwood Hill Park and Recycleday, and explore Inwood Hill Park under the light of the full moon! The Moonwalk is free and open to all - adults and their children and dogs. Appropriate footwear and season-appropriate clothing is strongly encouraged, as well as water. The walk will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Entrance at Payson Avenue and Beak Street, New York, NY 10034 (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2016-04-22 2016-04-22 8:30 pm 10:00 pm 40.87300109863300000, -73.92539978027300000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/greenmarket-at-grand-army-plaza Date: April 23, 2016

At what other market can you do all your food shopping, sample local wine, and explore Brooklyn's favorite park? Established in 1989, the Grand Army Plaza greenmarket is the flagship Brooklyn market.

EBT/Food Stamps and WIC & Senior FMNP coupons accepted year-round.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.67350006103515600, -73.97010040283203000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Will Eisner "The Spirit" Retrospective Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/will-eisner-the-spirit-retrospective-exhibitionwomens-history-month http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/will-eisner-the-spirit-retrospective-exhibitionwomens-history-month Date: April 23, 2016

The Poe Park Visitor Center is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Will Eisner's "The Spirit." Arguably the most influential person in American comics, Will Eisner as artist, entrepreneur, innovator, and virtual storyteller, enjoyed a career that encompassed comic books from their early beginnings in the 1930s to their development as graphic novels in the 1990s.

On display at the Poe Park Visitor Center gallery, the exhibit will feature artworks from Will Eisner's estate, which will include comic strips of "The Spirit", Eisner's graphic novels "A Contact with God", "Dropsie Avenue", "Life Force", and more.

There will be a discussion with Ray Felix of The Spirit's Femme Fatales as part of Women's History Month: "P'Gell", "Sand Sarif", and more.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 8:00 am 4:00 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:14 EDT
<![CDATA[Morning Fitness at Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/morning-fitness-at-fort-tryon-park Date: April 23, 2016

Come to Fort Tryon Park and try something new. Join us on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings for one hour of walking, stretching, and strengthening exercises.

All of our fitness programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water. Please check back for rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

For a breath of fresh air, take your workouts outdoors. Parks are becoming a logical alternative environment for those who want to add variety to their work outs, or who just don't like the gym. And, it's an affordable way to increase physical activity opportunities, because there's nothing special to build.

Exercise with a view, in natural sunlight, with green scenery all around bestows health benefits that can’t be found indoors. Scientific studies have shown that the pleasure of being outdoors for example gives your brain, psyche, and immune system an extra boost.

Please note: Fitness programs are canceled if the weather is lower than 20 degrees and when there are icy conditions.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 9:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 8:30 am 9:30 am 40.86059951782226600, -73.93379974365234000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:58 EDT
<![CDATA[New York Junior League’s Playground Improvement Project Day in Marcus Garvey Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/new-york-junior-leagues-playground-improvement-project-day-in-marcus-garvey-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/new-york-junior-leagues-playground-improvement-project-day-in-marcus-garvey-park Date: April 23, 2016

This spring, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP) of the New York Junior League invites you to join them in rolling up your sleeves to help revitalize Marcus Garvey Park.

Throughout five weekends in April and May, PIP committee members, New York Junior League volunteers, and external volunteers will spend a day in the park gardening, landscaping, painting, and completing other tasks to help spruce up this well-loved park. We will provide you with breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt. Please reach out to playground@nyjl.org with any questions or if you are interested in making a donation to this cause.

Please RSVP if you are interested in participating in one or more park days. Registration closes when capacity is reached or the Wednesday prior to that weekend's park days. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Volunteers ages 13 - 18 will require a parental consent form.

About the New York Junior League Playground Improvement Project
For 25 years, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP) has been a New York Junior League signature community project. Our volunteers create safe, beautiful, well-organized and educational play spaces for children and other members of the New York City community. PIP focuses on sites and parks that need major renovation and have the greatest impact on the surrounding community. Weekend cleanup days include landscaping and repairing the parks. We work with over 700 volunteers each season to help improve the park and make a positive impact on the community.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 288-6220

Location: Marcus Garvey Park

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M058 Marcus Garvey Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 8:30 am 4:00 pm 40.80450820922851600, -73.94366455078125000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5705487f01a7e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga Week]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/yoga-week1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/yoga-week1 Date: April 23, 2016

Yoga is a way to relax, stretch, and tone your body. Through these free classes, you can learn how to do some basic postures at home. The focus of these classes are balance, breathing and meditation. Yoga mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

Please bring your own workout clothing which can be leggings, sweats, t-shirts, and more. Please, no jeans!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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X104 Williamsbridge Oval 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.87669691244100000, -73.87855219841000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570eb674d63cf.png Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:53 EDT
<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run: Astoria Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/nyrr-open-run-astoria-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/nyrr-open-run-astoria-park Date: April 23, 2016

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Astoria Park Track (in Astoria Park)

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Q004 Astoria Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.77669906616211000, -73.92579650878906000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/572a15bfb9157.jpg Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:23 EDT
<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run: St. Mary's Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/nyrr-open-run-st-marys-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/nyrr-open-run-st-marys-park Date: April 23, 2016

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Eagle Avenue and 149th Street (in St. Mary's Park)

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X045 St. Mary's Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.81381420348400000, -73.91180372238200000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/572a15e8eb87f.jpg Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:25 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Linden Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-linden-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-linden-park Date: April 23, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Brite Leadership Coalition/ENY to clean-up at Linden Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Linden Park Comfort Station (in Linden Park)

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B214 Linden Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.65779876708984400, -73.88770294189453000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Fresh Creek Nature Preserve]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-fresh-creek-nature-preserve http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-fresh-creek-nature-preserve Date: April 23, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Fresh Creek Nature Association to weed, rake leaves, and conduct general cleanup at Fresh Creek Nature Preserve.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: East 108th Street and Avenue M (in Fresh Creek Nature Preserve)

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B384 Fresh Creek Nature Preserve 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.64229965209961000, -73.88529968261719000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Community Boatbuilding at Brooklyn Bridge Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/community-boatbuilding-at-bbp http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/community-boatbuilding-at-bbp Date: April 23, 2016

The experienced boatbuilders of the Village Community Boathouse will lead volunteers in constructing a 14-foot-long Whitehall rowboat in Brooklyn Bridge Park's Community Room at 99 Plymouth. Named after the Lower Manhattan street that now ends at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Whitehalls were the water taxis of their day, speedily ferrying passengers across the East River and to and from ships at anchor in the harbor. The shape and dimensions of this boat are drawn from a Whitehall built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1890.

Regular boatbuilding sessions will take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to noon until May 22. Spectators are more than welcome and volunteers are encouraged to join. No experience is necessary.

For more information or to sign up, please email info@villagecommunityboathouse.org or register here.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 724-6432

Location: 99 Plymouth Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.70405696345800000, -73.98930621147200000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d07b0d24f5.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[Beautify Historic Flushing: Outdoor Volunteer Project]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/beautify-historic-flushing-outdoor-volunteer-project http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/beautify-historic-flushing-outdoor-volunteer-project Date: April 23, 2016

Enjoy the beautiful spring garden at the historic Bowne House and help prepare it for the summer.

Tools and gloves will be supplied for the project's duration.

Registration is recommended. Please email bownehouse@verizon.net with your name and contact information (telephone or email).

All ages are welcome.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)

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Q022 Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.76290130615234400, -73.82520294189453000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5717d3f459b2d.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Tai Chi Chuan at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/tai-chi-chuan http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/tai-chi-chuan Date: April 23, 2016

Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. In this beginner level class, Irving Yee, a member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, introduces students to the internal martial arts, and promotes an awareness of its health benefits.

Students split into groups according to their level of expertise, exploring movements at their own pace, whether as beginners or as more advanced students of Tai Chi.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.89910125732422000, -73.91190338134766000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d3816aa08e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[Fitness Hike (vigorous)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/fitness-hike-vigorous http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/fitness-hike-vigorous Date: April 23, 2016

Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

Vigorous hikes may include walking long distances, with hills and rugged terrain. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.89110183715800000, -73.89399719238300000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f02b6136220.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Birding: Raptor Nests]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/birding-raptor-nests http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/birding-raptor-nests Date: April 23, 2016

Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.77249908447265600, -73.96700286865234000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:39 EDT
<![CDATA[Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/little-hell-gate-salt-marsh-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/little-hell-gate-salt-marsh-tour Date: April 23, 2016

Join us for a tour of our flagship salt marsh! Learn about the ecology of the space, view wildlife up-close, and learn how the island’s history has shaped our natural areas.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone:

Location: Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.79146526423800000, -73.92687702179000000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:41 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Stories and Symbols in Clay Masks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/family-art-project-stories-and-symbols-in-clay-masks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/family-art-project-stories-and-symbols-in-clay-masks Date: April 23, 2016

Local Bronx visiting artist Dennis RedMoon Darkeem takes us on a journey to understand how meanings are represented in Native American and African masks. Work with air-dry clay and natural pigments, or collect natural materials, to craft your own cultural story in a natural clay mask.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d43e908b5c.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[Dance Fest]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/dance-fest http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/dance-fest Date: April 23, 2016

Join us for a day of dance fitness. Activities will include Zumba, Reggaeton, Bolly-X, Samba, and children's dance.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 397-3159

Location: Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center

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M063 Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 2:00 pm 40.77149963378906000, -73.98850250244140000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Earth Day Celebration with Harlem Grown]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/earth-day-celebration-with-harlem-grown http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/earth-day-celebration-with-harlem-grown Date: April 23, 2016

Join Harlem Grown for an Earth Day celebration! Help prepare the farms for a new growing season and enjoy fun, free activities!

Participate in volunteer activities at three of our farm locations—118 W. 134 St., 34 W. 131 St., and 77 W. 127 St.—or enjoy free workshops and family-friendly activities at the 134 Street Farm. To join the volunteer activities, meet at the main event at 118 West 134th Street Farm , then walk over with the group to the other farms.

Schedule

10:00 a.m.: Free yoga (bring your mat)
11:00 a.m.: Volunteer farm tasks and hands-on, family-friendly activities, including making your own seed bombs, and up-cycled crafts with A. Bernadette (bring old clothes to create beautiful fabric flowers)
1:00 p.m.: Lunch provided by Pret-A-Manger USA and juice from Juice Generation
2:00 p.m.: Volunteer farm tasks and family-friendly activities continue
2:30 p.m.: Special children's performance

For updates about this event, please visit Harlem Grown's Earth Day celebration Facebook event listing.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Harlem Grown

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2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.81380081176758000, -73.94280242919922000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Protectors of Pine Oak Woods: 40 Years of Green]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/protectors-of-pine-oak-woods-40-years-of-green Date: April 23, 2016

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, and learn more about their dedication to preserving and expanding Staten Island parks.This exhibit traces the group’s history and growth through text, photos, and other ephemera. The exhibit runs through June 11, 2016.

The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays. Admission is free.

Image: The Protectors of Pine Oak Woods has led in the creation of the parks and bluebelts indicated by stars on this map.

Dominick Durso/ALMAR Graphics

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:00 am 4:00 pm 40.50260162353500000, -74.25180053710900000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f15c0f3a162.jpeg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:25 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Sol Bloom Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-sol-bloom-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-sol-bloom-playground Date: April 23, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteers will be painting at Sol Bloom Playground. Join us as we open the park stewardship season! We look forward to a great day of painting and cleaning up at Sol Bloom Playground!

Start time: 10:30 am

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Sol Bloom Playground

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M244 Sol Bloom Playground 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 10:30 am 1:30 pm 40.78969955444336000, -73.96880340576172000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at St. James Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-st-james-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-st-james-park Date: April 23, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with the Friends of St. James Park to clean up, beautify, and activate the Bronx. Join the group as they build a community around this beautiful space on Jerome Avenue.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

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

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X044 St. James Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.86470031738281000, -73.89920043945312000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Northern Forts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/central-park-tour-northern-forts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/central-park-tour-northern-forts Date: April 23, 2016

Did you know that the north end of Central Park has a rich history that includes the British having been stationed here during the American Revolution, and American troops stationed there during the War of 1812? Recent archaeological and historical investigations in the area have revealed even more information about how the "Fort Landscape" was used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, before this area was part of Central Park. This season, join our guides and learn the history of this part of the Park, get insight into the studies in the area, and appreciate the recent restorations undertaken by the Conservancy.

Highlights of this tour include McGowan's Pass, Fort Clinton, Nutter's Battery, and the Harlem Meer.

The tour route involves many hills and stairs, and some uneven terrain. Tour starts at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues), and ends near the park perimeter at 106th Street and Fifth Avenue.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.79679870605469000, -73.95149993896484000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/564242ad5ee65.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Conservatory Garden]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/central-park-tour-conservatory-garden http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/central-park-tour-conservatory-garden Date: April 23, 2016

From a magnificent iron gate made in 1894 to a sculptural tribute to The Secret Garden, Central Park Conservancy staff takes you on a guided stroll amid thousands of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that bloom throughout the year. Learn about Conservatory Garden's history, design, and botanical specimens, from the professionals who care for it. This tour is bound to give visitors a new appreciation for this special space in Central Park. Route involves a few stairs.

The last Saturday of the month tour is free with registration.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.79349899291992000, -73.95189666748047000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56fbdce88695e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:42 EDT
<![CDATA[GreenThumb Workshop: Healthy Soil For Healthy Plants]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/greenthumb-workshop-healthy-soil-for-healthy-plants http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/greenthumb-workshop-healthy-soil-for-healthy-plants Date: April 23, 2016

Want to learn how to keep your plants growing strong this season? Plant health is usually directly linked to the health of the soil it is growing in. We will cover soil health basics including different ways of checking to see how your soil is doing based upon special indicators. We will also cover the ways you can amend or prepare your soil differently in order to improve its health, thereby getting your plants well nourished and viable.

Please RSVP here.


Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: Garden of Love

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2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.80438700000000000, -73.95604800000000000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:15 EDT
<![CDATA[Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/sakura-matsuri-cherry-blossom-festival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/sakura-matsuri-cherry-blossom-festival Date: April 23, 2016

Sakura Matsuri is an annual festival to celebrate the spring blossoming of the cherry trees at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This event features live drum performances (Taiko), a traditional Japanese chorus, a Japanese folk dance, and a tea ceremony.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 760-6560

Location: Pavilion & Astral Fountain (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.74347738057400000, -73.84419727325400000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5706b41752d02.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Garden Planning]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/garden-planning http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/garden-planning Date: April 23, 2016

Please join City farms trainer/urban farmer Yonnette Fleming for a garden planning workshop followed by a community workday in the garden and market. We will use a plant calendar and discuss best practices for setting up and creating a functional garden. We will look at urban agriculture technologies currently used in our own production and discuss human ecology.

There will be a free seed giveaway, as well as herbal beverages and snacks for attendees.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Hattie Carthan Garden (in Hattie Carthan Community Garden)

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B400 Hattie Carthan Community Garden 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.68980026245117000, -73.94850158691406000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:02 EDT
<![CDATA[The Bronx during the Ice Age: A Prehistoric Stroll Through Pelham Bay Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/the-bronx-during-the-ice-age-a-prehistoric-stroll-through-pelham-bay-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/the-bronx-during-the-ice-age-a-prehistoric-stroll-through-pelham-bay-park Date: April 23, 2016

Bronx Co. Historical Society guest tour guide and member Mike Kaplan will lead a 4.5-mile hike through Pelham Bay Park and Orchard Beach to discuss The Bronx during the Ice Age and how geologists look for such evidence.

Also, for good measure, you’ll learn about some human history of the park during the tour.

This tour will start at the Pelham Bay #6 train station near the bottom of the stairs at Bruckner Boulevard.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

Contact The Society at (718) 881-8900 to reserve your spot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 881-8900

Location: Pelham Bay Park Train Station

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2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.85279982221800000, -73.82725191481900000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:00 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Brust Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-brust-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-brust-park Date: April 23, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with the Stewards of (Lower) Brust Park. Come join this emerging group as they spring clean this unique park located across the street from Manhattan College's main entrance.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Park Entrance (in Brust Park)

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X055 Brust Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 2:00 pm 40.88930130004900000, -73.90290069580100000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Rosemary's Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-rosemarys-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/its-my-park-at-rosemarys-playground Date: April 23, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Friends of Rosemary's Playground to care for trees and garden beds in honor of Earth Day! We look forward to cleaning-up the park with you!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Rosemary's Playground

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Q398 Rosemary's Playground 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.70470046997070000, -73.90399932861328000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Earth Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/earth-day-free http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/earth-day-free Date: April 23, 2016

Join St. James Recreation Center for a day of caring for our community. Learn about sustainability efforts in and around the recreation center. Adopt a tree or flowering bed. Join the Triple R challenge (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and make a pledge to be green.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 367-3657

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

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X044 St. James Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.86470031738281000, -73.89920043945312000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon: Leaf Litter Critters]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/popup-audubon-leaf-litter-critters http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/popup-audubon-leaf-litter-critters Date: April 23, 2016

A healthy forest has helpers to ensure the circle of life goes on. Using fun games and experiments, join the Prospect Park Alliance to uncover the secrets of soil creatures, fungus and decomposition.

  • Adventure Hike, 12–1 pm: Prospect Park Alliance naturalists will introduce you to the natural history of Prospect Park and its hidden trails. Recommended for families with children 5 years and older.
  • Nature on the Go!, 1–2 pm: Join Alliance naturalists on a search under the soil to learn about the secret lives of Leaf Litter Critters. Participants can even take home their very own compost bin.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees.
  • Family Bird Watching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Eastwood (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.66183853149414000, -73.96591949462890000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon II: Plant Clues]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/popup-audubon-ii-plant-clues http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/popup-audubon-ii-plant-clues Date: April 23, 2016

Join Alliance educators to learn what trees and plants tell us about our environment.

  • Discovery Pack, 11 am–4 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. In April, monitor the development of plants that supply food and shelter for birds in Prospect Park.
  • Lakeside Nature Stroll, 12–1 pm: Join Alliance naturalists for a guided nature walk through the meandering paths of the Peninsula and scout for plants that thrive in that unique environment.
  • Junior Naturalists, 1–2 pm: Help Alliance naturalists track the growth of important plant species in this citizen science program.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Let’s lend a helping hand to make our park a better place. Learn how mulch helps trees, spread wood chips or protect the environment by removing damaging litter.
  • Family Bird Watching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Peninsula (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.65719985961914000, -73.96890258789062000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Earth Day Celebration: Nature Center Open House]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/earth-day-celebration-nature-center-open-house http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/earth-day-celebration-nature-center-open-house Date: April 23, 2016

Join Greenbelt Nature Center for a full day of activities to celebrate Earth Day!

11:00 a.m. Guided hike to Heyerdahl Hill in search of what remains of a 19th century estate, vineyard, and orchard.

1:00 p.m. Wildlife Meet & Greet: Reptiles. Meet and interact with our resident turtles and snakes! This program is suitable for children age 8 and older.

2:30 p.m. Poetry Trail Walk. April is National Poetry Month. Listen to (or read aloud) haiku poetry, which has been written or selected by Greenbelt visitors and staff, and displayed along a one-mile trail.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.58840179443359400, -74.13909912109375000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:51 EDT
<![CDATA[Introduction to Bird Watching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/introduction-to-bird-watching http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/introduction-to-bird-watching Date: April 23, 2016

Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:09 EDT
<![CDATA[Freshwater Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/freshwater-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/freshwater-fishing Date: April 23, 2016

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.

Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel.

Whether you chose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake, or join more advanced saltwater programs, we have a program that fits your skill level.

All equipment is provided. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f02c094fd11.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/nature-exploration http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/nature-exploration Date: April 23, 2016

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation.

  • Nature Play, 10–11 am: Join Alliance naturalists and learn to appreciate the beauty of nature and develop self-reliance, creativity and problem-solving skills through different outdoor play-based activities.
  • Discovery Pack, 10 am–12 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.
  • Blooming Naturalists,12–1 pm: So you think you are a Naturalist? Find out at the Audubon Center by learning how to identify birds and use binoculars and field guides.
  • Introduction to Bird Watching, Saturdays, 12–1 pm: Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.66070175170898400, -73.96540069580078000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:06 EDT
<![CDATA[Culture Shock]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/culture-shock http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/culture-shock Date: April 23, 2016

Join us as we welcome spring and kick off our amazing 2016 programming season with this joyous, one-of-a-kind celebration. From Gansevoort Street to West 26th Street, performances by a diverse group of local artists, representing a wide variety of genres, will bring the High Line to life. Music, dance, poetry, comedy, storytelling, and spoken word will unite to make the entire day unforgettable.

Music
1:00 p.m. - Daniel Goode and the Flexible Orchestra: March along with a unique band that consists of 30 car hub-caps, a clarinet, a trombone, and an accordion.

Noon – 4:00 Mobile Mondays!: Shake your moneymaker! This DJ dance party features all 45's with Joey Carvello and DJ Misbehaviour.

Performances
12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. - Heidi Latsky Dance: Looking for something a little provocative? This contemporary dance piece/living sculpture garden focuses on themes of inclusion and beauty.

2:30 p.m. - Other Voices: Broaden your child's mind with this bilingual (English and American Sign Language) performance inspired by stories created with students from PS 347 The American Sign Language and English Lower School.

2:45 p.m. - Nat Towsen's High Line Variety Hour: Expand your New York City knowledge with host and native New Yorker, Nat Towsen, as he welcomes comedians, artists, and local luminaries for a variety show celebrating downtown NYC!

Noon – 4:00 p.m. - Calling All Parties: Kids, be a super hero for the day in this interactive, fun super hero experience.

Poetry
12:15 p.m. - Brad Gooch, Susie Ibarra, Paolo Javier, Yusef Komunyakaa, David Mason: Relish this electric fusion of poetry, music, and dance in this celebration of the High Line and its surroundings.

1:30 p.m. - Caridad de la Luz, Bonafide Rojas, Emanuel Xavier: Join us for inspirational and passionate spoken word performances by today's leading Nuyorican poets.

3:00 p.m. - t'ai freedom ford, Val Jeanty, Jadele McPherson, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs: Join us for a music and poetry celebration of Jayne Cortez.

Family
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - ¡Acopladitos!: Dance and sing along in this bilingual (English and Spanish) musical concert for families.

12:00 – 4:00 Towers! Bridges! Monsters!: Children of all ages can build and play with LEGO® bricks all day.

Tours
12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - High Line Art: Get an in-depth tour of High Line Art's current exhibitions, led by High Line Curator Melanie Kress. Sign up for the tour here.

12:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. - Academy of American Poets: West Village poetry tour. Poet Matthew Thorburn will lead the 12:45 p.m. tour and poet Lynn Melnick will lead the 2:15 p.m. tour. Groups will depart from the Gansevoort Street entrance of the High Line. Sign up for the tour here.

Photo contest
Take a pic with Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker to win a prize!

Food
Savory and sweet food vendors, in the Chelsea Market Passage, at West 15th Street.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: High Line (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 12:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.74670028686523400, -74.00569915771484000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57163b3e5133a.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Landscape of the Lenape: Park Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/landscape-of-the-lenape-park-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/landscape-of-the-lenape-park-walk Date: April 23, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day weekend at Conference House Park with a guided walk.

The Lenape (len-AH-pay) or Delaware Indians lived in an area they called “Lenapehoking,” which means “Land of the Lenape.” Their land included all of what is now New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, southeastern New York State, northern Delaware, and a small section of southeastern Connecticut. As part of the Eastern Woodlands, Lenapehoking had many rivers, streams and lakes and was densely forested and rich in wildlife.

Learn about the natural landscape and flora that these first native New Yorkers might have encountered in NYC's southern most park.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (917) 417-6917

Location: Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.50199890136719000, -74.25140380859375000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570ea4b05c8fb.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:56 EDT
<![CDATA[Ed Center Open Hours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/ed-center-open-hours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/ed-center-open-hours Date: April 23, 2016

The Ed Center is open for free, drop-in hours four afternoons a week!

Get to know Brooklyn Bridge Park with our 250-gallon aquarium filled with critters from the East River, a 10’-scale model of Brooklyn Bridge Park, crafts, a reading corner, and much more!

Photo by Alexa Hoyer

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Environmental Education Center (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 1:00 pm 5:00 pm 40.70428673171300000, -73.98938399553300000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56b39ce479a04.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:54 EDT
<![CDATA[Will Eisner's 'The Spirit' Closing Reception]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/will-eisners-the-spirit-closing-reception http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/will-eisners-the-spirit-closing-reception Date: April 23, 2016

Join us for the closing reception of Will Eisner's "The Spirit" exhibition.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of his comic strip "The Spirit", Will Eisner is recognized as the Godfather of comics and the Father of the American Graphic Novel, being the first to coin the term "graphic novel" with his release of "A Contract with God", in 1975.

Join us as we show a rare collection of Eisner's lithographs, prints, and original art, celebrating "The Spirit".

Presented by Ray Felix, founder of Bronx Heroes which promotes literacy through the reading of comics and graphic novels. Film screenings, panels, and a reading library of Eisner's work will be on display.

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 1:30 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:44 EDT
<![CDATA[Inside/Outside: Behind the Scenes Tours at the Oldest Building in Queens]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/insideoutside-behind-the-scenes-tours-at-the-oldest-building-in-queens http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/insideoutside-behind-the-scenes-tours-at-the-oldest-building-in-queens Date: April 23, 2016

Come discuss plans for the future of one of New York's oldest houses, the John Bowne House in Flushing, Queens, built in 1661.

Volunteering on behalf of the Bowne House Historical Society, students from St. John's University will lead two tours at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

One tour will focus on how the house changed over time with the addition of utilities and other modern conveniences. Visitors can view the contents of a "forgotten" cistern revealed during archaeological excavation.

A second tour will focus on the landscape, and discuss the once sprawling boundaries of the Bowne property. Special attention will be given to the surrounding neighborhood and Flushing's history as a center for nursery plants and trees.

This program is being held in recognition of the beginning of National Historic Preservation Month in May, and in support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's “This Place Matters” initiative. The St. John's students are enrolled in graduate programs in Public History, Museum Administration, and Library and Information Science.

Registration is recommended. Please email bownehouseeducation@gmail.com with your name and contact information (telephone or email).

Start time: 1:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)

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Q022 Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 1:30 pm 3:30 pm 40.76290130615234400, -73.82520294189453000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5717d3f459b2d.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Goalball]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/goalball http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/goalball Date: April 23, 2016

Goalball is a Paralympic sport for athletes with visual impairments.It is played wih a ball with bells inside and two teams of three who are blindfolded.

The ball is the size of a basketball but twice the weight. All abilities are welcome! Interested players can attend anytime. A recreation center membership is required to participate.

For more information, email Rodolfo.Guevara@parks.nyc.gov.

Start time: 1:45 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-3341

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 1:45 pm 4:00 pm 40.74829864502000000, -74.00219726562500000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56bb8530e2b9a.jpg Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:00:50 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga Week - Family Yoga]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/yoga-week-family-yoga http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/yoga-week-family-yoga Date: April 23, 2016

Yoga is a way to relax, stretch, and tone your body. Through these free classes, you can learn how to do some basic postures at home. The focus of these classes are balance, breathing and meditation. Yoga mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.

This class is for families and children between the ages of 6-13 years old. Please bring your own workout clothing which can be leggings, sweats, t-shirts, and more. Please, no jeans!

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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X104 Williamsbridge Oval 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.87669691244100000, -73.87855219841000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5707f2e23abad.png Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:48 EDT
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Gallery Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/gallery-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/gallery-tour Date: April 23, 2016

Join Wave Hill’s Curatorial Fellow for a tour of current exhibitions. In the main gallery, (Not So) Still Life presents novel ways that contemporary artists are transforming the still life genre to engage with current culture. As a subject, the still life has remained popular since the early Renaissance, featuring compositions of natural and inanimate objects often presented with allegorical connotations. Today, artists are creating new variations by working in photography and sculpture to conflate interior space with landscape, or by using video and animation to convey still life in motion. Artists include Adam Brent, Elizabeth Bryant, Nicole Cohen, Ori Gersht, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Sue Johnson, Laura Letinsky, Beth Lipman, Erin O’Keefe,Donna Sharrett, Nicolas Touron, Michael Vahrenwald, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Alex Verhaest. In the Sunroom Project Space, Tai Hwa Goh explores the controlled natural environment of greenhouses, contemplating the intersection of the organic and the human-made realms.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-549-3200

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.89886474609375000, -73.91186523437500000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d3c30cd086.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Le Petit Art]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/le-petit-art http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/le-petit-art Date: April 23, 2016

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Create miniature works of art (4"x6") or less using multiple mediums like acrylic paint, water color, pastel, pencil, ink, and surfaces like wood, canvas, paper, metal, and glass.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:33 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Paper Arts & Crafts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/paper-arts-crafts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/paper-arts-crafts Date: April 23, 2016

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Participants of all ages will have fun creating paper arts & crafts items to take home. Projects may include origami, decoupage, kirigami, collage, paper cutting, and more.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: 718-365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert in the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/arts-culture-fun-taikoza-concert-in-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/arts-culture-fun-taikoza-concert-in-the-park Date: April 23, 2016

Join NYC Parks for a special concert featuring Taikoza. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums, and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings—big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.

About Taikoza
Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of Taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world). The members of Taikoza have performed on stages and parks around the world.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 353-7853

Location: Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.83439636230469000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56be104f0b8b4.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:00 EDT
<![CDATA[Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/little-hell-gate-salt-marsh-tour1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/little-hell-gate-salt-marsh-tour1 Date: April 23, 2016

Join us for a tour of our flagship salt marsh! Learn about the ecology of the space, view wildlife up-close, and learn how the Island’s history has shaped our natural areas.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.79146526423800000, -73.92687702179000000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:41 EDT
<![CDATA[Le Petit Zen Art: Still Life]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/le-petit-zen-artstill-life http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/le-petit-zen-artstill-life Date: April 23, 2016

Create miniature Zen works of art (4"x6" or less) using multiple mediums like acrylic paint, water color, pastel, pencil, and ink, and surfaces like wood, canvas, paper, metal, and glass.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Thu, 01 Sep 2016 18:00:06 EDT
<![CDATA[Paper Arts & Crafts: Paper Cup Penguin]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/paper-arts-crafts1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/paper-arts-crafts1 Date: April 23, 2016

Participants of all ages will have fun creating paper arts and crafts items to take home. Projects may include origami, decoupage, kirigami, collage, paper cutting, and more.

Kids will make paper cup penguins. December, make an adorable caterpillar from paper.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.86500167846680000, -73.89469909667969000 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 10:30:05 EST
<![CDATA[Spring Sprouts]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/spring-sprouts http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/spring-sprouts Date: April 23, 2016

It's time for spring planting! Join the Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House where you can make a small pot out of newspaper, fill it with soil, and plant an herb seed to take home.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.66429901123047000, -73.96389770507812000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:02 EDT
<![CDATA[Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/leading-the-way-six-outstanding-women-of-queens http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/leading-the-way-six-outstanding-women-of-queens Date: April 23, 2016

The Queens Historical Society presents their newest exhibition, Leading the Way: Six Outstanding Women of Queens. Featuring women from diverse fields and backgrounds, who at one point in their lives lived and worked in Queens, the exhibition highlights the life and work of Helen Keller, Betty Friedan, Rise Stevens, Lisa Randall, Grace Lee Boggs, and Yeou-Cheng Ma. Also on display is an interactive installation of handmade sea glass-like objects by artist M. J. Levy Dickson, as an homage to Helen Keller. On view Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. until May 2016.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 939-0647

Location: Kingsland Homestead (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)

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Q022 Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 2:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.76369857788086000, -73.82399749755860000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5591a2b96e22b.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:46:28 EDT
<![CDATA[CANCELLED: Inside/Outside: Behind the Scenes Tours at the Oldest Building in Queens]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/insideoutside-behind-the-scenes-tours-at-the-oldest-building-in-queens1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/insideoutside-behind-the-scenes-tours-at-the-oldest-building-in-queens1 Date: April 23, 2016

Please note: this event has been cancelled.

Come discuss plans for the future of one of New York's oldest houses, the John Bowne House in Flushing, Queens, built in 1661.

Volunteering on behalf of the Bowne House Historical Society, students from St. John's University will lead two tours at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

One tour will focus on how the house changed over time with the addition of utilities and other modern conveniences. Visitors can view the contents of a "forgotten" cistern revealed during archaeological excavation.

A second tour will focus on the landscape, and discuss the once sprawling boundaries of the Bowne property. Special attention will be given to the surrounding neighborhood and Flushing's history as a center for nursery plants and trees.

This program is being held in recognition of the beginning of National Historic Preservation Month in May, and in support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's “This Place Matters” initiative. The St. John's students are enrolled in graduate programs in Public History, Museum Administration, and Library and Information Science.

Registration is recommended. Please email bownehouseeducation@gmail.com with your name and contact information (telephone or email).

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)

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Q022 Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 3:30 pm 4:30 pm 40.76290130615234400, -73.82520294189453000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5717d3f459b2d.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Inside/Outside: Behind the Scenes Tours at the Oldest Building in Queens]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/inside-outside-behind-the-scenes-in-queens-most-diverse-neighborhood http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/inside-outside-behind-the-scenes-in-queens-most-diverse-neighborhood Date: April 23, 2016

Come discuss plans for the future of one of New York's oldest houses, the John Bowne House in Flushing, Queens, built in 1661.

Volunteering on behalf of the Bowne House Historical Society, students from St. John's University will lead two tours at 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m.

One tour will focus on how the house changed over time with the addition of utilities and other modern conveniences. Visitors can view the contents of a "forgotten" cistern revealed during archaeological excavation.

A second tour will focus on the landscape, and discuss the once sprawling boundaries of the Bowne property. Special attention will be given to the surrounding neighborhood and Flushing's history as a center for nursery plants and trees.

This program is being held in recognition of the beginning of National Historic Preservation Month in May, and in support of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's “This Place Matters” initiative. The St. John's students are enrolled in graduate programs in Public History, Museum Administration, and Library and Information Science.

Registration is recommended. Please email bownehouseeducation@gmail.com with your name and contact information (telephone or email).

Start time: 3:30 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 359-0528

Location: Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)

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Q022 Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 3:30 pm 5:00 pm 40.76290130615234400, -73.82520294189453000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5717d3f459b2d.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:04 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/bryant-park-shakespeare-much-ado-about-nothing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/23/bryant-park-shakespeare-much-ado-about-nothing Date: April 23, 2016

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising, and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest, and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind, and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment.

Visit bryantpark.org for the schedule and general infomation about the performances.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2016-04-23 2016-04-23 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.75370025634800000, -73.98359680175800000 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:00:24 EDT
<![CDATA[Storytime & Craft]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/storytime-craft http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/storytime-craft Date: April 24, 2016

Bring your little nature lovers to Queens Botanical Garden for a relaxing afternoon featuring nature-inspired stories, followed by a botanically-themed craft activity.

Generously sponsored by the World Flower Children’s Foundation.

Start time: 2:00 am

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2016-04-24 2016-04-24 2:00 am 3:30 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.82620239257812000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:12 EDT
<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run: Marine Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/nyrr-open-run-marine-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/nyrr-open-run-marine-park Date: April 24, 2016

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 9:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Carmine Carro Community Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 8:00 am 9:00 am 40.60794394557300000, -73.93746501207400000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/57754449cf792.png Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:27 EDT
<![CDATA[Run as One (4M) Presented by JPMorgan Chase]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/run-as-one-4m-presented-by-jpmorgan-chase http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/run-as-one-4m-presented-by-jpmorgan-chase Date: April 24, 2016

This four-mile race raises funding and awareness in the fight against lung cancer and honors former Chase Manhattan Bank chairman Tom Labrecque, a lifelong never-smoker who died from lung cancer at age 62. More than 60% of people diagnosed with lung cancer have either never smoked or have quit smoking. Join thousands of others this year and “run as one” to raise money to support lung cancer research and awareness.

Visit NYRR.org's Race page for more information and to register for the event.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Central Park

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 8:30 am 10:00 am 40.77959823608398400, -73.96939849853516000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56eb0cca5c99b.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[New York Junior League’s Playground Improvement Project Day in Marcus Garvey Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/new-york-junior-leagues-playground-improvement-project-day-in-marcus-garvey-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/new-york-junior-leagues-playground-improvement-project-day-in-marcus-garvey-park Date: April 24, 2016

This spring, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP) of the New York Junior League invites you to join them in rolling up your sleeves to help revitalize Marcus Garvey Park.

Throughout five weekends in April and May, PIP committee members, New York Junior League volunteers, and external volunteers will spend a day in the park gardening, landscaping, painting, and completing other tasks to help spruce up this well-loved park. We will provide you with breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt. Please reach out to playground@nyjl.org with any questions or if you are interested in making a donation to this cause.

Please RSVP if you are interested in participating in one or more park days. Registration closes when capacity is reached or the Wednesday prior to that weekend's park days. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old. Volunteers ages 13 - 18 will require a parental consent form.

About the New York Junior League Playground Improvement Project
For 25 years, the Playground Improvement Project (PIP) has been a New York Junior League signature community project. Our volunteers create safe, beautiful, well-organized and educational play spaces for children and other members of the New York City community. PIP focuses on sites and parks that need major renovation and have the greatest impact on the surrounding community. Weekend cleanup days include landscaping and repairing the parks. We work with over 700 volunteers each season to help improve the park and make a positive impact on the community.

Start time: 8:30 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 288-6220

Location: Marcus Garvey Park

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M058 Marcus Garvey Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 8:30 am 4:00 pm 40.80450820922851600, -73.94366455078125000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5705487f01a7e.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:47 EDT
<![CDATA[Bird Walk with New York City Audubon]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/bird-walk-with-new-york-city-audubon http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/bird-walk-with-new-york-city-audubon Date: April 24, 2016

Register for one or all five free nature walks in this special series with NYC Audubon! Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like seeds and insects to eat, water. and shelter.

Advanced registration is preferred; walk-ins welcome. Please register at qbgbirdwalks.eventbrite.com.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2016-04-24 2016-04-24 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.75149917602539000, -73.82620239257812000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56ce2b558d2c7.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:12 EDT
<![CDATA[NYRR Open Run: Conference House Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/nyrr-open-run-conference-house-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/nyrr-open-run-conference-house-park Date: April 24, 2016

Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. The courses vary based on the park, but the courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long.

Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:00 am

Contact phone:

Location: Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 9:00 am 10:00 am 40.50255203247070000, -74.25181579589844000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/572a161aa29c2.jpg Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:00:29 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Flushing Meadows Corona Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/its-my-park-at-flushing-meadows-corona-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/its-my-park-at-flushing-meadows-corona-park Date: April 24, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with the Earth Citizens of Austin Playground and the Earth Citizens of Bowne Playground to help clean-up Flushing Meadows Corona Park. We look forward to cleaning-up the park with you!

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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2016-04-24 2016-04-24 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.74929809570312500, -73.85459899902344000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Earth Day Weekend]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/earth-day-weekend http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/earth-day-weekend Date: April 24, 2016

Join the Friends of Inwood Hill Park, Recycleday and neighbors at Earth Day Weekend to reforest, recycle, and relax in Inwood Hill Park. Plant native trees and plants in Inwood Hill Park’s "Shorakapok Preserve", or pick up litter and recycle it. We'll be planting over 300 plants this day, and will also be scaling the entirety of the park to give our park the spring cleaning it longs for.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Entrance at Payson Avenue and Beak Street, New York, NY 10034. (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 9:00 am 4:00 pm 40.87300109863300000, -73.92539978027300000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:48:08 EDT
<![CDATA[Yoga at Wave Hill]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/yoga http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/yoga Date: April 24, 2016

Reduce stress, increase your energy and bring strength and flexibility to mind, body and spirit with a yoga practice that makes use of props, including blocks and straps. Classes are led by Yoga for Bliss director Neem Dewji. All levels welcome. Please arrive on time: late-comers will not be admitted once the class begins. Sessions take place outdoors, weather permitting.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:15 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Ecology Building (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 10:00 am 11:15 am 40.89788818359375000, -73.91107940673828000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d38e9776da.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:54 EDT
<![CDATA[Weekend Volunteer Corps]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/weekend-volunteer-corps http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/weekend-volunteer-corps Date: April 24, 2016

Get involved in your community! Help spruce up gardens, paint fences and benches, weed, spread mulch, clean and maintain pathways. We can accommodate any group ranging from just a few people to up to 40 volunteers. Advance registration required.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Grand Army Plaza

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B040 Grand Army Plaza 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.67350006103515600, -73.97010040283203000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Stories and Symbols in Clay Masks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/family-art-project-stories-and-symbols-in-clay-masks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/family-art-project-stories-and-symbols-in-clay-masks Date: April 24, 2016

Local Bronx visiting artist Dennis RedMoon Darkeem takes us on a journey to understand how meanings are represented in Native American and African masks. Work with air-dry clay and natural pigments, or collect natural materials, to craft your own cultural story in a natural clay mask.

This event is free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.89759826660156000, -73.91130065917969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d43e908b5c.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[Waterfront Walks: Guided Park Tours]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/waterfront-walks-guided-park-tours http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/waterfront-walks-guided-park-tours Date: April 24, 2016

Join our docents on a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sustainable design, and how the park came to life!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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B431 Brooklyn Bridge Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.70169830322265600, -73.99690246582031000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5763129282641.jpg Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:00:21 EDT
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/central-park-tour-heart-of-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/central-park-tour-heart-of-the-park Date: April 24, 2016

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the park has to offer. Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the lake, and Strawberry Fields.

The tour route involves a few stairs. The tour starts in front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue), and ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West.

For weather cancellation and other ticket policies, please review the Central Park Conservancy's policies carefully.

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For more information, please review these Frequently Asked Questions.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.77249908447265600, -73.96700286865234000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56423e4f3f7a0.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:01 EDT
<![CDATA[Saltwater Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/saltwater-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/saltwater-fishing Date: April 24, 2016

Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.

Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. Whether you choose to grab a simple bamboo pole at a quiet lake, or join more advanced saltwater programs, we have a program that fits your skill level.

All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Beach 54th and Almeda Avenue (in Rockaway Community Park)

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Q371 Rockaway Community Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.59769821166992000, -73.78479766845703000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f02e5f2a726.JPG Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Hike (moderate)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/nature-exploration-hike-moderate http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/nature-exploration-hike-moderate Date: April 24, 2016

Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.

Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.87005996704101600, -73.92106628417969000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56f02d5277a63.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon: Leaf Litter Critters]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/popup-audubon-leaf-litter-critters http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/popup-audubon-leaf-litter-critters Date: April 24, 2016

A healthy forest has helpers to ensure the circle of life goes on. Using fun games and experiments, join the Prospect Park Alliance to uncover the secrets of soil creatures, fungus and decomposition.

  • Adventure Hike, 12–1 pm: Prospect Park Alliance naturalists will introduce you to the natural history of Prospect Park and its hidden trails. Recommended for families with children 5 years and older.
  • Nature on the Go!, 1–2 pm: Join Alliance naturalists on a search under the soil to learn about the secret lives of Leaf Litter Critters. Participants can even take home their very own compost bin.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Did you know that trees help trees? After learning how mulch protects tree roots, spend time spreading wood chips around trees.
  • Family Bird Watching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Eastwood (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.66183853149414000, -73.96591949462890000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[Pop-Up Audubon II: Plant Clues]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/popup-audubon-ii-plant-clues http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/popup-audubon-ii-plant-clues Date: April 24, 2016

Join Alliance educators to learn what trees and plants tell us about our environment.

  • Discovery Pack, 11 am–4 pm: The Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by nature with our new Discovery Packs, a ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families. In April, monitor the development of plants that supply food and shelter for birds in Prospect Park.
  • Lakeside Nature Stroll, 12–1 pm: Join Alliance naturalists for a guided nature walk through the meandering paths of the Peninsula and scout for plants that thrive in that unique environment.
  • Junior Naturalists, 1–2 pm: Help Alliance naturalists track the growth of important plant species in this citizen science program.
  • Nature’s Helpers, 2–3 pm: Let’s lend a helping hand to make our park a better place. Learn how mulch helps trees, spread wood chips or protect the environment by removing damaging litter.
  • Family Bird Watching, 3–4 pm: After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Peninsula (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.65719985961914000, -73.96890258789062000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:03 EDT
<![CDATA[It's My Park at Laurelton Playground]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/its-my-park-at-laurelton-playground http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/its-my-park-at-laurelton-playground Date: April 24, 2016

This It's My Park season, volunteer with Laurelton Beautification Club to help beautify Laurelton Playground. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Laurelton Playground

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Q108 Laurelton Playground 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 4:00 pm 40.67020034790039000, -73.73660278320312000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Arbor Fest]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/arbor-fest http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/arbor-fest Date: April 24, 2016

It’s a fun-filled day at Queens Botanical Garden's Arbor Fest!

Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face-painting, tours, food and craft vendors, compost demonstrations, and a beer tent!

Learn more at queensbotanical.org/programs/arborfest.

Please note: There is an event parking rate of $10 in effect; free parking and admission passes not valid on event days except for Quens Botanical Garden members.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.75149917602539000, -73.82620239257812000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/56ce2e292b60b.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:13 EDT
<![CDATA[Earth Day Meditation with Biet Simkin]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/earth-day-meditation-with-biet-simkin http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/earth-day-meditation-with-biet-simkin Date: April 24, 2016

Get “down and dirty” this Earth Day weekend with meditation guru Biet Simkin from Center of the Cyclone. When it comes to "down to earth" meditation, Biet Simkin is the master.

Learn techniques and activities to feel grounded, connect with the earth, and to help you dig deep into your mind’s core.

This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting. In case of rain, it will move to a location indoors.

Start time: 11:30 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 11:30 am 12:30 pm 40.89910125732422000, -73.91190338134766000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/570d452c7c9a2.jpg Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:55 EDT
<![CDATA[Are You Ready to Bring It?: Children's Dance Battle]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/are-you-ready-to-bring-it http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/are-you-ready-to-bring-it Date: April 24, 2016

Learn the form of dance called Stand Battle. Children ages 6-13 years old are encouraged to come join us Sundays in April and May to learn this great form of dance that is performed in parades. To end the session the group will perform in Manhattan's Dance Parade on Saturday May 21 sponsored by danceparade.org. To register email sarah.bishow@parks.nyc.gov you can also just show up. These are free dance classes. All we require is for your child to get a free membership with the recreation center. Please have a guardian bring the child to fill out the membership form.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: 718-543-8672

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)

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<![CDATA[It's My Park at Corlears Hook]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/its-my-park-at-corlears-hook http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/04/24/its-my-park-at-corlears-hook Date: April 24, 2016

This It's My Park season, join Friends of Corlears Hook Park as they focus on gardening in and around the flagpole area, as well as in the new entrance gardens planted in the fall. Volunteers will also be cleaning and raking throughout the park. We look forward to seeing you in the park!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Corlears Hook Park

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M017 Corlears Hook Park 2016-04-24 2016-04-24 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.71179962158203000, -73.97930145263672000 Thu, 26 May 2016 15:47:43 EDT