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Free NYC Events

June ‘08
Disclaimer: The following events have no affiliation with St. John’s University

FYI of Free Events in the 5 Boroughs (primarily Manhattan)

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Specific Day Events 2- 54

NYC Waterfalls 55- 55

Shakespeare in the Park 55- 55

Exercise
Tai Chi, Yoga & Capoeira 56- 58
Kayaking 58- 58
Swimming 58- 60
Biking 61- 61

Weekly Walking Tours 61- 62

NYC Museums for Free


Museums with a “suggested donation” all the time 63- 64
Museums with free or pay what you wish hours 64- 67

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Specific Day Events
• Sunday, June 1 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Waterways & Vistas
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: See a masterpiece unfold before your eyes. From the Dairy to Belvedere Castle, learn
about the intricate design of pathways, the distinct style of landscapes, and how the
Park’s creators left nothing to chance. Central Park was designed to impress you at
every turn. Tour will be approximately 90 minutes. Please be at designated location at
least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Manhattan Adirondacks
Time: 2 PM
Where: Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (110th St. between Fifth & Lenox Avenues)
Map
Info: Olmsted and Vaux designed the North Woods to replicate the forests of the Adirondack
Mountains with its crystal streams, calming cascades, and rustic bridges. There’s no
need to fight the traffic on the Thruway this summer. This scenic and meditative walk
is right in New York City’s backyard. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be at
designated location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.
Website

Subway:
Event: Strawberry Festival
Time: Noon- 3 PM.
Where: Jamaica Avenue from Ashford Street to Elton Street, Brooklyn
Map
Info: Celebrate the sweetness of summer during our strawberry festival. Enjoy games, music,
crafts and giveaways and help the Brooklyn Public Library kick off its Summer Reading
Fun program

Subway:
Who: Langhorne Slim
Time: 7- 8 PM
Where: Sound Fix Records, 110 Bedford Avenue

Map
Info: Langhorne Slim plays old-time countrified blues with punk rock edge. He is a man
seemingly from another era; a traveling old world troubadour with an acoustic guitar,

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banjo, harmonica and hat acting as his only luggage. Sound Fix’s Website
Langhorne Slim Myspace

Subway:
Event: Asssscat
Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: The Upright Citizens Brigade performs longform improv with possible special guests
from Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart. Free tickets for the 9:30 PM show are distributed at 8:15 PM outside the
theatre on the night of the show.

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• Monday, June 2 •
Event: Piano in the Park
Who: Junior Mance
Time: 12- 1:45 PM, 6/2- 6/6
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Junior Mance is an international jazz musician who has performed with jazz greats such
as Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, and Lester Young. He was inducted into the
International Jazz Hall of Fame in 1997.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Trinity Wall Street Concerts at One
Time: 1 PM
Where: St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway

Map
Info: The Ondracek-Masters Duo: Emily Ondracek-violin & Richard Masters-piano, works
by Beethoven, Corelli-Kreisler and Enesco. More Info: 212-602-0747
Website

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• Tuesday, June 3 •
Event: The 30th Annual Museum Mile Festival
Time: 5:45 PM Opening Ceremony
Where: Museum Mile, 5th Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street
Map

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Info: One day a year, for the past 29 years, nine of the country’s finest museums, all ones that
call Fifth Avenue home, collectively open their doors for free to New Yorkers and
visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music-
and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to
105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile.
Website

Subway:
Event: Stars of Tomorrow
Who: Stu Bidwell Duo
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and
classical performances from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on one
of Hudson River Park’s most beautiful piers by star students from around the city.
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Headlong Dance Theatre: Hotel Pool
Time: 8- 9 PM
Where: Swimming Pool at Rector Square, 225 Rector Place
Map
Info: Hotel Pool takes place in and around a hotel pool, and was a runaway hit at its
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival premiere. The piece transforms the sanitized space of a
hotel swimming pool into a site for dreams, longing, and epiphany. Original music by
Rick Henderson. Monica Bill Barnes compares the dogged nature of show business
with the all-consuming, self-sacrificing endeavor of high finance - with hilarious,
heartbreaking results. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119

Headlong Dance Theatre Website

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• Wednesday, June 4 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Views From the Past
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: As you promenade through the heart of Central Park, imagine living in 19th-century
New York City. Learn about the Park’s history and hear how its designers, Frederick
Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. Tour will be

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approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Cool Music For Warm Summer Days: The Banjo
Rascals
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: 24 State St. (1 Battery Park Plaza)
Map
Info: Dixieland music presented in a most unique manner by this dynamic group. For More
Info: Call 212-407-2429

Subway:
Event: Word for Word Author
Who: Caitlin Friedman & Kimberly Yorio
Time: 12:30- 1:45 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info: Career gurus and authors of The Girl’s Guide to Kicking Your Career Into Gear, Caitlin
Friedman and Kimberly Yorio, share “valuable lessons, true stories, and tips for using
what you’ve got (a brain!) to make your worklife work for you.” Hosted by: Josey Miller,
iVillage Love & Weddings Senior Editor. Rain Venue: Barnes & Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue
(at 46th Street)

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Amble Through the Ramble
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in a 38-acre
woodland respite. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be at designated
location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: Music at 5: NewSong Singer-Songwriter Series
Who: Ana Egge
Time: 5- 7 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Wednesdays at 5 is a showcase of exceptional talent discovered by NewSong, an
independent music organization that builds community amongst artists, fosters careers

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in the music business and produces concerts across the country. Each week the
musicians host a songwriting workshop at 6:15 PM, following the concert.
Ana Egge Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Domingo Quiñones y Orquesta
Time: 7 PM
Where: Wagner Park, Battery Place City

Map
Info: Domingo Quiñones is considered to be one of the most complete singers in the
contemporary salsa scene. His music is romantic with a natural swing of Caribbean
salsa. In addition to being a well-rounded singer, he is also a composer, producer and
actor. For More Info: Call 212-417-2000

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Headlong Dance Theatre: Hotel Pool
Time: 8- 9 PM
Where: Swimming Pool at Rector Square, 225 Rector Place
Map
Info: Hotel Pool takes place in and around a hotel pool, and was a runaway hit at its
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival premiere. The piece transforms the sanitized space of a
hotel swimming pool into a site for dreams, longing, and epiphany. Original music by
Rick Henderson. Monica Bill Barnes compares the dogged nature of show business
with the all-consuming, self-sacrificing endeavor of high finance - with hilarious,
heartbreaking results. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119

Headlong Dance Theatre Website

Subway:

• Thursday, June 5 •
Event: BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival
Who: Lionel Loueke with guest vocals by Somi
Time: 12- 2 PM
Where: MetroTech Concert Stage at MetroTech Commons
Map
Info: This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary
trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival

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Event: Trinity Wall Street Concerts at One
Time: 1 PM
Where: Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place

Map
Info: Sacred Grounds-Sacred Sounds: A Journey through the History, Mystery, and Music of
Pere Lachaise Cemetary. Lisa Hennessy, flute Julia McKenzie, violin Rebecca Strauss,
violin Dimitar Petkov, viola Suzanne Polk, cello Susan Wilson, Photographer & speaker.
For More Info: Call 212-602-0747
Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Remix Curatorial Lecture w/ Joe Baker & Gerald McMaster
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: One Bowling Green
Map
Info: Join the co-curators of “Remix” for a dialogue about the exhibition at the National
Museum of the American Indian. For More Info: Call 212-514-3700

Website

Subway:
Event: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Time: 6 PM
Where: Queens Library at Langston Hughes Auditorium, 100-01 Northern Blvd.
Map
Info: Comprised of eight sons of the Chicago jazz legend and Sun Ra band member Kelan
Phil Cohran, this ensemble has stunned audiences across the U.S. and around the world
with original compositions that mix rocking, hip-hop flavored funk with stirring
spiritual jazz. Whether selling their independently produced CDs on the streets of
New York or storming stages at the North Sea Jazz Festival, this band is the sound of
the future playing for the people today. More Info: 718-651-1100

Subway:
What: Madison Square Park Reads
Who: Richard Price: Lush Life
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Park, at the Farragut Monument, mid-park at 25th St.
Map
Info: Richard Price’s newest novel, Lush Life, focuses on a group of characters on the Lower
East Side. Author of The Wanderers (1974), Clockers (1992), and three other novels, Price
was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay of The Color of Money and is
acclaimed for his dialogue in HBO’s The Wire.

Subway:
Who: National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Star Big Band

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Eventt: A Tribute to Duke Ellington
Time: 6:30 - 8 PM
Where: Calvary Christian Church, 110 E. 21st Street

Map
Info: More Info: 212-260-3875

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Domingo Quiñones y Orquesta
Time: 7 PM
Where: Wagner Park, Battery Place City

Map
Info: Domingo Quiñones is considered to be one of the most complete singers in the
contemporary salsa scene. His music is romantic with a natural swing of Caribbean
salsa. In addition to being a well-rounded singer, he is also a composer, producer and
actor. For More Info: Call 212-417-2000

Subway: Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Headlong Dance Theatre: Hotel Pool
Time: 8- 9 PM
Where: Swimming Pool at Rector Square, 225 Rector Place
Map
Info: Hotel Pool takes place in and around a hotel pool, and was a runaway hit at its
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival premiere. The piece transforms the sanitized space of a
hotel swimming pool into a site for dreams, longing, and epiphany. Original music by
Rick Henderson. Monica Bill Barnes compares the dogged nature of show business
with the all-consuming, self-sacrificing endeavor of high finance - with hilarious,
heartbreaking results. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119

Headlong Dance Theatre Website

Subway:

• Friday, June 6 •
Event: GMA Summer Concert Series
Who: Ashanti with special guest
Time: 7- 9 AM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Live from the Good Morning America stage, some of the best acts in the world perform
in the park throughout the summer. All concerts are free and open to the public and
are broadcast live on ABC Television Network’s Good Morning America every Friday.

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If you want to get as close to the stage as possible, arrive at the park no later than 7
AM.

Ashanti Myspace

Subway:
Event: Today Show Concerts
Who: Chris Brown
Time: 7- 10 AM
Where: Rockefeller Center Stage

Map
Info: For its 13th consecutive year, NBC’s Today show is bringing together the biggest names
in music to rock the Plaza. Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for
the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside Today’s
Window on the World Studio.
Chris Brown Myspace

Subway:

Who: ! PJ Glauberzon, Eli Maniscalo, Claire McGinley


Event: Free Music Fridays
Time: 5:30- 7:30 PM
Where: The American Folk Art Museum, 45 West 53rd Street

Map
Info: Each Friday the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore our galleries free
of charge, have a drink in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium. For
more information on booking special group events during Free Music Fridays, please
call 212. 977. 7170. ext. 329.

Website
PJ Glauberzon Myspace, Eli Maniscalo Myspace & Claire McGinley Myspace

Subway:
Event: Summer on The Hudson
Who: ! David Ippolito
Time: 7 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: Enjoy sweet and mellow guitar as the sun sets on one of New York’s most picturesque
piers. Every Friday from June 6th to August 22nd, enjoy the beautiful sunset and
mellow sounds of New York’s acclaimed guitar man David Ippolito from this
spectacular grass-covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson
River. David Ippolito Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: BPC Parks' Sunset SInging Circle

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Time: 7 PM
Where: The Pavilions, Rockefeller Park, Battery Place
Map
Info: Join singers Terre Roche and Marian Wilson in a sunset sing of folk songs, rounds and
chants. Novice and experienced singers of all ages welcome. For More Info: Call
212-267-9700
Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Headlong Dance Theatre: Hotel Pool
Time: 8- 9 PM
Where: Swimming Pool at Rector Square, 225 Rector Place
Map
Info: Hotel Pool takes place in and around a hotel pool, and was a runaway hit at its
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival premiere. The piece transforms the sanitized space of a
hotel swimming pool into a site for dreams, longing, and epiphany. Original music by
Rick Henderson. Monica Bill Barnes compares the dogged nature of show business
with the all-consuming, self-sacrificing endeavor of high finance - with hilarious,
heartbreaking results. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119

Headlong Dance Theatre Website

Subway:
Event: Liquid Courage
Time: Midnight
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: Liquid Courage is a Sketch show like no other. Anyone can submit a sketch and
perform it at this show. Sketches will be picked on a first come first served basis. The
show will run as long as sketches are presented. More Info

Subway:

• Saturday, June 7 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Remix: New Modernities in a Post Indian World
Time: 10 AM
Where: One Bowling Green
Map
Info: This energetic survey presents the work of emerging Native artists and includes
video,painting, sculpture and photography. More Info: 212-514-3700
Website

Subway:
Event: Lolita and Maid Fashion Day

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Time: 10 AM- 8 PM
Where: Kinokuniya Bookstore, 1073 6th Avenue
Map
Info: Kinokuniya Bookstore presents a day-long series of events showcasing the diverse world
of cute, cool, elegant, and hip fashion in modern Japan. The day includes speakers,
screenings, and discounts. Kinokuniya invites anime fans, Lolita and Maid fashionistas,
and New Yorkers up for a unique experience!

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Waterways & Vistas
Time: 11 AM
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: See a masterpiece unfold before your eyes. From the Dairy to Belvedere Castle, learn
about the intricate design of pathways, the distinct style of landscapes, and how the
Park’s creators left nothing to chance. Central Park was designed to impress you at
every turn. Tour will be approximately 90 minutes. Please be at designated location at
least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: 6th Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
Time: Noon- 6 PM
Where: Madison Square Park
Map
Info: There is no charge to attend. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from
great live music to engaging seminars and demonstrations – without ever dropping a
dollar. Seminars and demonstrations are free and available on a first-come, first-served
basis. We recommend arriving fifteen minutes before a program is set to begin for best
seating.
Website

Subway:
Event: Rockstock & Barrels
Time: Noon- 6 PM
Where: Rockaway Beach, Skate Park and Surf Beach (Beach 90th Street)
Map
Info: Rockaway rocks with this 2nd annual festival including surf contests, skateboard demos,
and live music.

Subway:
Event: Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk
Time: 1- 6 PM
Where: Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Map

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Info: Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk is a self-guided tour of open artist studios and area
exhibitions, a range of public art projects, special events, and extensive local merchant
participation. The tour provides a relaxed setting for dialogue, collecting, and for artists
to discuss current bodies of work, while offering a glimpse into the creation process.
Tour literature and maps will available at all participating locations en route. Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Cross Park Promenade
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse (Fifth Ave. and E 72nd St.)
Map
Info: You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats
powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious
drinking fountain for the city’s equine population. These are just some of the the sites
along the way on this east to west walk through the Park.. Tour will be approximately
one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the
tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: The Castle and its Kingdom
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Take a walk around the lands dominated by Belvedere Castle, situated high on Vista
Rock. Visit the tiny 55-acre realm on an eclectic tour of history and nature. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
Who: Lucky Dragons/ John Weise/ Soiled Mattress & the Springs
Time: 2 PM
Where: East River Amphitheater, East

River Park
Map
Info: The East River Music Project’s first show of 2008.

Lucky Dragons Myspace
John Weise Myspace
Soiled Mattress & the Springs Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Headlong Dance Theatre: Hotel Pool
Time: 8- 9 PM

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Where: Swimming Pool at Rector Square, 225 Rector Place
Map
Info: Hotel Pool takes place in and around a hotel pool, and was a runaway hit at its
Philadelphia Live Arts Festival premiere. The piece transforms the sanitized space of a
hotel swimming pool into a site for dreams, longing, and epiphany. Original music by
Rick Henderson. Monica Bill Barnes compares the dogged nature of show business
with the all-consuming, self-sacrificing endeavor of high finance - with hilarious,
heartbreaking results. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119

Headlong Dance Theatre Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra
Time: 10 PM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: A delightful afternoon rendezvous of music and dance, instruction in period dances,
vintage clothing events, a 1920s automobile exhibit, and more! Ferries leave from the
Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, Slip 7 every hour. More Info: 212-440-2202

Ferry:

• Sunday, June 8 •
Event: 6th Annual Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party
Time: Noon- 6 PM
Where: Madison Square Park
Map
Info: There is no charge to attend. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from
great live music to engaging seminars and demonstrations – without ever dropping a
dollar. Seminars and demonstrations are free and available on a first-come, first-served
basis. We recommend arriving fifteen minutes before a program is set to begin for best
seating.
Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: BPCPC Walking Tour: The Real World With Tom Otterness
Time: 2 PM
Where: The Real World, Rockefeller Park, Battery Park City

Map
Info: Join internationally acclaimed sculptor Tom Otterness as he discusses The Real World,
one of New York’s most popular public art installations. More Info:
212-267-9700
Website

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Subway:
Event: Folk Feet Circle 'Round Brooklyn 3
Time: 3- 5 PM
Where: Fort Greene Park
Map
Info: Folk Feet Circle ‘Round Brooklyn 3 is an afternoon of traditional dance workshops and
performances held from 3 – 5pm on Sunday, June 8 in Fort Greene Park. This year’s
theme is Earth Stomping Dance Traditions featuring South African gum boot and Zulu
warrior dance, Lebanese style debka line dance, Indian Kathak dance, and Panamanian
cumbia atravesada with zapateo arreglos.
Website

Subway:
Event: Dancing at the Crossroads
Time: 4:30 PM- Dusk
Where: Time Square, on the island at the intersection of Broadway & 7th Avenue between 43rd
& 44th Streets
Map
Info: The Times Square Alliance partners with some of the most creative organizations in
New York City - Dancers responding to AIDS and the many astonishing dance groups
and artists who work with them - to bring creativity to the Crossroads of the World.

Subway:
What: Summer on the Hudson
Event: Let's Dance!
Time: 6- 9 PM
Where: Riverside Park South, 70th Street Pier Plaza
Map
Info: Learn to dance like a pro at these salsa, swing and hustle lessons and group dances led by
top instructors from Soho Dance Studio.

Subway:
Event: Asssscat
Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: The Upright Citizens Brigade performs longform improv with possible special guests
from Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart. Free tickets for the 9:30 PM show are distributed at 8:15 PM outside the
theatre on the night of the show.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra

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Time: 10 PM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: A delightful afternoon rendezvous of music and dance, instruction in period dances,
vintage clothing events, a 1920s automobile exhibit, and more! Ferries leave from the
Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Street, Slip 7 every hour. More Info: 212-440-2202

Ferry:

• Monday, June 9 •
Event: Piano in the Park
Who: Armen Donelian
Time: 12- 1:45 PM, 6/9- 6/13
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: An eclectic musician of Armenian parentage, Armen Donelian has appeared
internationally as a pianist, composer and bandleader since 1975. He has worked with
such greats as Sonny Rollins, Mongo Santamaria, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Jackie
Paris, Billy Harper, Night Ark and others. His piano playing reveals a masterful
command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft, swinging touch,
access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary and a boundless
source of creative ideas.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: BPC Parks' Garden Tour
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Wagner Park, Battery Place City

Map
Info: BPCPC horticulturist Monika Haberland leads the group through Wagner Park where
several species of rhododendrons and crabapples, bleeding hearts, and Virginia
bluebells will be in bloom. More Info: 212-267-9700
Website

Subway:
Event: Clinton Concert Series
Who: Stephanie Rooker
Time: 6 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 84 at 44th Street
Map
Info: Enjoy a live music performance, blending a range of styles from R&B, Reggae and Funk,
to Blues, Ballads and Spirituals and watch the sun set on the Hudson. Concerts offer
lawn seating only. Bring your own picnic and make a night of it! Free kayaking is also
available on site.
Stephanie Rooker Myspace

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Buses: M42 or M50

• Tuesday, June 10 •
Event: Word for Word Poetry
Who: Triptych Readings
Time: 6:30- 8 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info: Rain Venue:The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 West 44th Street
(between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Subway:
Event: Stars of Tomorrow
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and
classical performances from Mannes College The New School for Music on one of
Hudson River Park’s most beautiful piers by star students from around the city.
Mannes College The New School for Music Website

Subway:

• Wednesday, June 11 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Waterways & Vistas
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: See a masterpiece unfold before your eyes. From the Dairy to Belvedere Castle, learn
about the intricate design of pathways, the distinct style of landscapes, and how the
Park’s creators left nothing to chance. Central Park was designed to impress you at
every turn. Tour will be approximately 90 minutes. Please be at designated location at
least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Cool Music For Warm Summer Days: Red Mike's Festival
Band
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: 24 State St. (1 Battery Park Plaza)
Map

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Info: The original “Little Italy” San Gennaro feast band performing everything from tangos
to polkas to classics. More Info: 212-407-2429

Subway:
Event: Word for Word Author
Who: Douglas Preston
Time: 12:30- 1:45 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info: Crime-novelist Douglas Preston’s, The Monster of Florence the chilling account of a
legendary serial killer who continues to haunt the Italian police, courts, people, and
himself – even after 40 years. Hosted by: Sarah Weinman, Proprietor - Confessions of
an Idiosyncratic Mind. Rain Venue: Barnes & Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue (at 46th Street)

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Cross Park Promenade
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse (Fifth Ave. and E 72nd St.)
Map
Info: You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats
powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious
drinking fountain for the city’s equine population. These are just some of the the sites
along the way on this east to west walk through the Park.. Tour will be approximately
one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the
tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: Music at 5: NewSong Singer-Songwriter Series
Who: Kahlil Madyun
Time: 5- 7 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Wednesdays at 5 is a showcase of exceptional talent discovered by NewSong, an
independent music organization that builds community amongst artists, fosters careers
in the music business and produces concerts across the country. Each week the
musicians host a songwriting workshop at 6:15 PM, following the concert.
Kahlil Madyun Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Jazz at the Seaport

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Time: 6 PM
Where: South Street Seaport, Pier 17
Map
Info: Enjoy an evening of live music on the pier, performed by Ed Palermo’s Big Band.
Presented in partnership with radio station WBGO FM. More Info: 212-748-8786
Ed Palermo’s Big Band Website

Subway:
What: Summer on the Hudson
Event: Yoga - Evening Salute to the Sun
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Riverside Park South, The Plaza at 66th Street

Map
Info: End your day with relaxing Hatha Yoga in a beautiful sunset setting. Suitable for all
fitness levels. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Brooklyn Bridge Walk
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Meet at street level, A/C train High St. station, Brooklyn
Map
Info: Enjoy evening views of the harbor while learning the history of the bridge. Walk ends in
downtown Manhattan. More Info: 212-748-8786

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Otis Clay and Ryan Shaw
Time: 7 PM
Where: Rockefeller Park
Map
Info: Otis Clay is universally hailed as the proud standard-bearer for Chicago’s enduring soul
tradition. His great hits include “She’s About a Mover,” and “Trying to Live My Life
Without You”. Ryan Shaw began singing when he was only three years old. “This Is
Ryan Shaw”, is a hip-shaking collection of covers from artists like Wilson Pickett,
Bobby Womack, and Jackie Wilson, along with a few terrific originals. More Info:
212-417-2000

Subway:
Event: School Night
Time: 11 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map

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Info: School Night is a weekly showcase for new and experimental material from New York’s
top improv, sketch, and stand-up performers. Hosted by Justin Purnell. Check the
website for weekly listings.

Subway:

• Thursday, June 12 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Digital Downtown
Time: Thursday & Friday, 11 AM- 7 PM
& Saturday 11 AM- 4 PM
Where: World Financial Center, Winter Garden
Map
Info: A new consumer technology event designed in cooperation with the nation’s largest
tradeshow, International CES, to showcase the latest electronic lifestyle and workstyle
products to employees and residents of Manhattan’s Financial District.
Website

Subway:
Event: BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival
Who: Otis Clay and Ryan Shaw
Time: 12- 2 PM
Where: MetroTech Concert Stage at MetroTech Commons
Map
Info: This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary
trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries.

Subway:
What: Madison Square Park Reads
Who: Marie Brenner & Bliss Broyard: Family Connections
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Park, at the Farragut Monument, mid-park at 25th St.
Map
Info: By the time Marie Brenner and her older brother, Carl, shared was a last name—they
were as incompatible as red and blue states. In Apples and Oranges: My Brother and Me,
Lost and Found, a fragile reconciliation during a crisis in Carl’s life resonates with a laser
truth every sibling will recognize. As her father, Anatole, former Times book critic, lay
dying from cancer, Bliss Broyard and her brother learned that he was part black,
although he passed for white their entire lives. In One Drop, Broyard explores her
father’s Creole past in New Orleans, interviews scores of new relatives, and makes a
larger case about race in this country.

Subway:

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What: Celebrate Brooklyn!
Event: Opening Night featuring Isaac Hayes
Time: 8 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famer and Classic Soul icon Isaac Hayes will open up Celebrate
Brooklyn’s 30th Summer Season
Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: J & R Summerfest 2008
Where: City Hall Park
Map
Info: Enjoy a music showcase of R&B legends and brand new soul artists. Call for times and
more information. For More Info call: 212-238-9000
Website

Subway:

• Friday, June 13 •
Event: GMA Summer Concert Series
Who: Cyndi Lauper
Time: 7- 9 AM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Live from the Good Morning America stage, some of the best acts in the world perform
in the park throughout the summer. All concerts are free and open to the public and
are broadcast live on ABC Television Network’s Good Morning America every Friday.
If you want to get as close to the stage as possible, arrive at the park no later than 7
AM.

Cyndi Lauper Myspace

Subway:
Event: Today Show Concerts
Who: Kenny Chesney
Time: 7- 10 AM
Where: Rockefeller Center Stage

Map
Info: For its 13th consecutive year, NBC’s Today show is bringing together the biggest names
in music to rock the Plaza. Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for
the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside Today’s
Window on the World Studio.

Kenny Chesney Myspace

Subway:

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Who: ! Thomas Bryan Eaton/ Marcellus Hall
Event: Free Music Fridays
Time: 5:30- 7:30 PM
Where: The American Folk Art Museum, 45 West 53rd Street

Map
Info: Each Friday the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore our galleries free
of charge, have a drink in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium. For
more information on booking special group events during Free Music Fridays, please
call 212. 977. 7170. ext. 329.

Website
Thomas Bryan Eaton Myspace

Marcellus Hall Myspace

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Opening Night: Mavis Staples & Stephanie McKay
Time: 7- 10 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info: A member of the legendary Staple Singers, Mavis Staples has taken her roots in gospel
and given them an uncanny boost of soul. Stephanie McKay has resurrected true soul
through bold songs like her flawless first single and title track, “Tell it Like It Is,” shows
off her gutsy style and seamless voice.
More Info

Mavis Staples Myspace
Stephanie McKay Myspace

Subway:
Event: Summer on The Hudson
Who: ! David Ippolito
Time: 7 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: Enjoy sweet and mellow guitar as the sun sets on one of New York’s most picturesque
piers. Every Friday from June 6th to August 22nd, enjoy the beautiful sunset and
mellow sounds of New York’s acclaimed guitar man David Ippolito from this
spectacular grass-covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson
River. David Ippolito Myspace

Subway:

• Saturday, June 14 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Amble Through the Ramble
Time: 11 AM

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Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in a 38-acre
woodland respite. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be at designated
location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Seneca Village
Time: Noon
Where: Meet inside the park at the SE corner of 85th Street & Central Park West
Map
Info: Seneca Village was Manhattan’s first known community of African-American property
owners, on land that would become Central Park. Tour covers the history of the village,
the property owners, and what New York City was like at the time. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Views From the Past
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: As you promenade through the heart of Central Park, imagine living in 19th-century
New York City. Learn about the Park’s history and hear how its designers, Frederick
Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
Who: Falu
Time: 3 PM
Where: Queens Library at Central Auditorium, 89-11 Merrick Blvd.

Map
Info: Indian vocalist Falu has taken New York City by storm with several high-profile and
sold-out appearances. Her band includes talented and experienced musicians: Gaurav
Shah (backup vocals, harmonium and flute); Mark Tewar (guitar); Justin Wallace (bass);
Greg Gonzalez (drums); Borahm (keyboards); and Satyan Shah (tabla). Falu has created
a unique sound, mixing classical Indian traditions with contemporary pop-rock. More
Info: 718-990-0778

Falu Myspace

Subway:

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Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Vampire Weekend/ Kid Sister
Time: 4- 8 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info: Vampire Weekend delivers a classic rejuvenation of 80’s new wave with a splash of world
beat thrown in. Melissa Young is the older sister of DJ J2K from the project
Flosstradamus. Taking her brother’s lead, Kid Sister picked up the mic and instantly
blossomed into a formidable MC, with connections.
More Info

Vampire Weekend Myspace Kid Sister Myspace

Subway:
What: Celebrate Brooklyn!
Event: Concert Series: Miriam Makeba
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: South Africa’s living legend of song, the artist for whom the term world music was
invented, Miriam Makeba arrives for a historic celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 90th
birthday and one of just 2 American performances on her farewell world tour. More Info

Subway:
Event: Second Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Food: Opening Night Cheesesteak Blowout featuring authentic Tony Luke’s Cheesesteaks
Time: 8 PM, View
Schedule
Where: Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, Queens, NY
Map
Info: The festival is a multi-sensory experience where filmgoers are able to watch a food film
then sample the food portrayed in those films. For a schedule of food highlights
available during the festival click here.

Website

Subway:

• Sunday, June 15 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tours
Event: Cross Park Promenade
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse (Fifth Ave. and E 72nd St.)
Map
Info: You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats
powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious
drinking fountain for the city’s equine population. These are just some of the the sites

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along the way on this east to west walk through the Park.. Tour will be approximately
one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the
tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: Sidewalk Surprises in Lincoln Square Walking Tour
Time: 2 PM
Where: Meet at the SW corner of Broadway & 6oth Street (under the Jazz at Lincoln Center
marquee at Time Warner Center)
Map
Info: Immerse yourself in Lincoln Square’s rich architecture and social history while gaining a
fresh perspective on its recent transformation into one of New York’s most sought-
after areas. Stops could include Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center for the Performing
Arts, Fordham University, Time Warner Center, and sites associated with Florence
Mills, Mae West, Leonard Bernstein, and Robert Moses.
Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: A Road Once Traveled
Time: 2 PM
Where: Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (110th St. between Fifth & Lenox Avenues)
Map
Info: It’s a basic axiom of war: take the high ground. Because armies could see attackers
sailing down the East River, holding the Park’s northern highlands was key in the
American Revolution and the War of 1812. History buffs will love this tour of the
Harlem Meer and its strategic environs. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please
be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.
Website

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Victor Manuelle and Special Guests
Time: 3- 7 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info: Victor Manuelle is Latin music royalty. The Puerto Rican-born sonero is considered
salsa’s leading man. More Info


Victor Manuelle Myspace

Subway:
Event: Asssscat
Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map

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Info: The Upright Citizens Brigade performs longform improv with possible special guests
from Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart. Free tickets for the 9:30 PM show are distributed at 8:15 PM outside the
theatre on the night of the show.

Subway:

• Monday, June 16 •
Event: Piano in the Park
Who: Joel Forrester
Time: 12- 1:45 PM, 6/16- 6/20
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie
woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR’s “Fresh Air”, studied
composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did
music for the early films of Andy Warhol.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:

Event: Free Classes in the Park


What: Bryant Park Knits
Time: 2- 3 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace across from the BP Grill
Map
Info: Knit New York provides free instruction to beginners. Yarn and needles are provided.
Call 212-387-0707 to pre-register, or take a chance and drop by.

Subway:
Event: HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Movie: Dr. No
Time: Lawn Opens at 5 PM, Films Begin at Sunset, typically between 8-9 PM

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Where: Bryant Park, The Lawn
Map
Info: Sean Connery, the original James Bond, visits Jamaica and gets more than he bargains
for. Setting the standard for all 007 films, Bond faces a mad scientist with unlimited
resources and succumbs to the charms of Ursula Andress, the ultimate Bond girl. (1962)
111 Min.

Subway:
Event: Second Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Food: A taste of Berlin’s beloved Currywurst
Time: 8:30 PM, View
Schedule
Where: Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, Queens, NY
Map
Info: The festival is a multi-sensory experience where filmgoers are able to watch a food film
then sample the food portrayed in those films. For a schedule of food highlights
available during the festival click here.

Website

Subway:

• Tuesday, June 17 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:
Event: Stars of Tomorrow
Who: Beck Mimiaga Quartet
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and
classical performances from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on one
of Hudson River Park’s most beautiful piers by star students from around the city.
The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music Website

Subway:
Event: Second Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Food: Pizza Night

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Time: 8:30 PM, View
Schedule
Where: Parking lot next to Grimaldi’s, 19 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY 11201
Map
Info: The festival is a multi-sensory experience where filmgoers are able to watch a food film
then sample the food portrayed in those films. For a schedule of food highlights
available during the festival click here.

Website

Subway:

• Wednesday, June 18 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Waterways & Vistas
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: See a masterpiece unfold before your eyes. From the Dairy to Belvedere Castle, learn
about the intricate design of pathways, the distinct style of landscapes, and how the
Park’s creators left nothing to chance. Central Park was designed to impress you at
every turn. Tour will be approximately 90 minutes. Please be at designated location at
least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:

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Event: Word for Word Author
Who: Liz Tuccillo
Time: 12:30- 1:45 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info: An essential bedside novel, How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo - Sex in the City writer and
co-author of He’s Just Not That Into You - for the “single” in us all. Rain Venue: Barnes
& Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue (at 46th Street)

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Cool Music For Warm Summer Days: Dimitri Kolesnik Jazz
Quartet
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: 24 State St. (1 Battery Park Plaza)
Map
Info: One of New York’s finest bassists fronts this outstanding jazz group. For More Info:
Call 212-407-2429

Dimitri Kolesnik
Myspace

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Amble Through the Ramble
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in a 38-acre
woodland respite. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be at designated
location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: Music at 5: NewSong Singer-Songwriter Series
Who: Meg Hutchinson
Time: 5- 7 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Wednesdays at 5 is a showcase of exceptional talent discovered by NewSong, an
independent music organization that builds community amongst artists, fosters careers
in the music business and produces concerts across the country. Each week the
musicians host a songwriting workshop at 6:15 PM, following the concert.
Meg Hutchinson
Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival

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Event: Poets House celebration featuring guest Jill Sobule
Time: 7 PM
Where: Rockefeller Park, Battery Place
Map
Info: JPoets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the
public to step into the living tradition of poetry. In late 2008, Poets House will move to
its permanent home at Two River Terrace in Battery Park City. Singer/songwriter Jill
Sobule has dabbled in off-Broadway musicals, made an appearance on NBC’s “West
Wing”, composed for Nickelodeon, and was in the film “Mind the Gap”.
Jill Sobule
Myspace

Subway:
What: Madison Square Park Music
Event: The Kennedys
Time: 7 PM
Where: Madison Square Park
Map
Info: The Kennedys are Pete and Maura Kennedy, an energetic and prolific duo with an
acoustic-based sound incorporating elements of folk, rock, country, pop, jazz and
gospel. Using a full palette of vocal and instrumental colors, their music soars with
gorgeous harmonies and inspired guitar, mandolin and ukulele passages. Bring a blanket
for lawn seating (no chairs are allowed).
The Kennedys Myspace

Subway:
Event: Second Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Food: Samosas, Olive Oil, and Blueberries
Time: 8:30 PM, View
Schedule
Where: Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, Queens, NY
Map
Info: The festival is a multi-sensory experience where filmgoers are able to watch a food film
then sample the food portrayed in those films. For a schedule of food highlights
available during the festival click here.

Website

Subway:
Event: School Night
Time: 11 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: School Night is a weekly showcase for new and experimental material from New York’s
top improv, sketch, and stand-up performers. Hosted by Justin Purnell. Check the
website for weekly listings.

Subway:

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• Thursday, June 19 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
Event: BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival
Who: The Skatalites
Time: 12- 2 PM
Where: MetroTech Concert Stage at MetroTech Commons
Map
Info: This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary
trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries.

Subway:
What: Music in the Square
Event: Downbeat Presents Jazz Combos
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Union Square Park, South Plaza

Map
Info: Downbeat Presents Jazz Combos featuring Jazz Ensemble from the University of the
Arts, The Northern Illinois University Liberace Jazztet and Greater Hartford Academy
Jazz Ensemble.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:

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What: Madison Square Park Reads
Who: Susanna Sonnenberg & Dorothy Gallagher: New York
Lives
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Park, at the Farragut Monument, mid-park at 25th St.
Map
Info: Susanna Sonnenberg’s Her Last Death is a highly praised memoir of life with a parent
terrible, a self-absorbed mother with a taste for drugs and men. To keep it in the family,
Sonnenberg is joined by stepmother, Dorothy Gallagher, author of the critically
acclaimed How I Came Into My Inheritance. The story traces her parents’ beginnings in
the Ukraine to her own childhood in New York City in the 1940’s.

Subway:

What: Celebrate Brooklyn!


Event: Medeski Martin & Wood / Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog /Taylor
Mcferrin & The Cell Theory
Time: 7 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: A night of pyrotechnic grooves featuring MMW’s “freaky funk, free interludes, amazing
group chemistry and chops that slacken the jaw,” (Mojo) the free / punk / funk /
experimental / psychedelic of “idiosyncratic and mesmerizing” (Village Voice) guitar
titan MARC RIBOT’s new three-piece Ceramic Dog, and the neo hip-hop of
musician, producer, beatboxer and Brooklynite TAYLOR McFERRIN and his band
The Cell Theory.

Medeski Martin & Wood Myspace
Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog Myspace

Taylor Mcferrin & The Cell Theory Myspace

Subway:
Event: Second Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Food: Southern Pit Barbecued Pork
Time: 8:30 PM, View Schedule
Where: Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, Queens, NY
Map
Info: The festival is a multi-sensory experience where filmgoers are able to watch a food film
then sample the food portrayed in those films. For a schedule of food highlights
available during the festival click here.

Website

Subway:
Event: Gutbucket
Time: 11 PM

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Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: Gutbucket is the UCB Theatre’s monthly stand-up open-mic show. Come see
comedians you know working out new material along with comedians you don’t know
proving they’re worthy of the stage.

Subway:

• Friday, June 20 •
Event: GMA Summer Concert Series
Who: Boys II Men
Time: 7- 9 AM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Live from the Good Morning America stage, some of the best acts in the world perform
in the park throughout the summer. All concerts are free and open to the public and
are broadcast live on ABC Television Network’s Good Morning America every Friday.
If you want to get as close to the stage as possible, arrive at the park no later than 7
AM.

Boys II Men Myspace

Subway:
Event: Today Show Concerts
Who: Rihanna
Time: 7- 10 AM
Where: Rockefeller Center Stage

Map
Info: For its 13th consecutive year, NBC’s Today show is bringing together the biggest names
in music to rock the Plaza. Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for
the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside Today’s
Window on the World Studio.
Rihanna Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:

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What: River to River Festival
Event: Free Friday Harbor Sails
Time: 5 PM
Where: South Street Seaport, Pier 17
Map
Info: Sail the harbor aboard the schooner Pioneer. Sails depart 6 and 8 PM. Pick up tickets at
Museum starting at 5 PM day of sail. For More Info: call 212-748-8786

Subway:

Who: ! Elizabeth Devlin/ This Frontier Needs Heroes


Event: Free Music Fridays
Time: 5:30- 7:30 PM
Where: The American Folk Art Museum, 45 West 53rd Street

Map
Info: Each Friday the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore our galleries free
of charge, have a drink in the cafe, and enjoy live music in the stunning atrium. For
more information on booking special group events during Free Music Fridays, please
call 212. 977. 7170. ext. 329.

Website
Elizabeth Devlin Myspace
This Frontier Needs Heroes Myspace

Subway:
Event: Summer on The Hudson
Who: ! David Ippolito
Time: 7 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: Enjoy sweet and mellow guitar as the sun sets on one of New York’s most picturesque
piers. Every Friday from June 6th to August 22nd, enjoy the beautiful sunset and
mellow sounds of New York’s acclaimed guitar man David Ippolito from this
spectacular grass-covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson
River. David Ippolito Myspace

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Comedy Central Park with Stephen Lynch & Mike Birbiglia
hosted by Julian McCullough
Time: 8- 10 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info: Stephen Lynch recently starred in the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer, for which
he received Tony, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for his performance as
Robbie Hart. Mike Birbiglia’s 2007 CD of personal stories, entitled My Secret Public

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Journal, was hailed by Time Out New York as “comedy album of the year.” Julian
McCullough is one of the fastest rising acts in NYC who has appeared at the Just for
Laughs Festival in Montreal, and on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.”

Stephen Lynch Myspace Mike Birbiglia Myspace Julian McCullough Myspace

Subway:
Who: The Metropolitan Opera
Event: Met Summer Concert: Live in Prospect Park
Time: 8 PM
Where: Ball Field area of Long Meadow in Prospect Park

Map
Info: Two of opera’s biggest stars, soprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Roberto Alagna, will
perform together with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, in what is
anticipated will be one of the Metropolitan Opera’s largest outdoor concerts in
company history. The performance will be broadcast live on WQXR-FM (96.3 FM),
and streamed live on the Met’s website. Read the full press release for the concert for
more information.

Subway:
Event: Second Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Food: Vegan Dinner
Time: 8:30 PM, View
Schedule
Where: Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, Queens, NY
Map
Info: The festival is a multi-sensory experience where filmgoers are able to watch a food film
then sample the food portrayed in those films. For a schedule of food highlights
available during the festival click here.

Website

Subway:

• Saturday, June 21 •
Event: Mind Over Madness Yoga
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Where: Time Square, on Duffy Square at the intersection of Broadway and 7th Avenue between
46th and 47th Streets
Map
Info: A free yoga-fest in the heart of Times Square. Yoga enthusiasts, both experienced and
beginners, gather to face the challenge of finding tranquility and transcendence in the
midst of the urban energy of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place.

Subway:
Event: Annual Vintage Police Car Show

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Time: 10 AM
Where: 100 Old Slip (Btw. Water Street & East River Drive)
Map
Info: Come view a piece of NYC’s history when the Police Museum displays classic patrol
vehicles used by New York’s Finest at its 8th Annual Car Show.

Subway:
Event: Make Music New York
Time: 11 AM- 10 PM
Info: Make Music New York is a new live, free musical celebration across the city that takes
place each June 21—the longest day of the year. A complete listing of events can be
found at the website of MMNY’s exclusive online media partner, Time Out New York.
At the website, interested music lovers can browse festival events by starting time,
genre, type of venue, and neighborhood to tailor a fascinating itinerary for the day.
Metro New York, the festival’s exclusive print partner, will produce a complete program
to be distributed at concert locations, and in the two weeks leading up to the event.

Event: Army Heritage Weekend


Time: 11 AM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: Join National Park Service staff for special programs and tours highlighting the military
history on Governors Island.

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Seneca Village
Time: Noon
Where: Meet inside the park at the SE corner of 85th Street & Central Park West
Map
Info: Seneca Village was Manhattan’s first known community of African-American property
owners, on land that would become Central Park. Tour covers the history of the village,
the property owners, and what New York City was like at the time. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Manhattan Adirondacks
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (110th St. between Fifth & Lenox Avenues)
Map

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Info: Olmsted and Vaux designed the North Woods to replicate the forests of the Adirondack
Mountains with its crystal streams, calming cascades, and rustic bridges. There’s no
need to fight the traffic on the Thruway this summer. This scenic and meditative walk
is right in New York City’s backyard. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be at
designated location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.
Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Amble Through the Ramble
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in a 38-acre
woodland respite. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be at designated
location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: The Mermaid Parade
Time: 2 PM
Where: Coney Island, 1000 Surf Avenue

Map
Info: The Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island’s forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted
from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and
wacky event that is unique to Coney Island.
Website

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Definitely Poetry: Kokayi/ Lemon/ La Bruja/ Will Power/
JLove Calderon
Time: 7:30- 10 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info: Kokayi is a multi-talented artist who sings, plays piano, drums and writes poetry. Lemon
is best known for being one of the leading Def Poets and continues to attract devoted
fans. JLove Calderon is an educator, activist, feminist and author motivated by issues of
identity, culture and hip hop. Will Power is an award-winning actor, rapper, playwright,
entertainer, and one of the foremost leaders in Hip Hop Theater. La Bruja is a bilingual
Latina, spoken word diva, playwright, actor, and MC, with a strictly Nuyorican
perspective.

More Info

Subway:

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• Sunday, June 22 •
Event: Annual Vintage Police Car Show
Time: 10 AM
Where: 100 Old Slip (Btw. Water Street & East River Drive)
Map
Info: Come view a piece of NYC’s history when the Police Museum displays classic patrol
vehicles used by New York’s Finest at its 8th Annual Car Show.

Subway:
Event: Army Heritage Weekend
Time: 11 AM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: Join National Park Service staff for special programs and tours highlighting the military
history on Governors Island.

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Cross Park Promenade
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse (Fifth Ave. and E 72nd St.)
Map
Info: You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats
powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious
drinking fountain for the city’s equine population. These are just some of the the sites
along the way on this east to west walk through the Park.. Tour will be approximately
one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the
tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: The Castle and its Kingdom
Time: 2 PM
Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Take a walk around the lands dominated by Belvedere Castle, situated high on Vista
Rock. Visit the tiny 55-acre realm on an eclectic tour of history and nature. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Celebrate Brooklyn!
Event: Salif Keita/ Haale

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Time: 6 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: Known as the “Golden Voice of Africa”, KEITA blends the traditional griot music of
his own Mali with sounds from Guinea, the Ivory Coast, and Senegal, along with
influences from Cuba, Spain, and Portugal. “Keita’s voice leaps out of every song with
tender urgency.” (NY Times) Persian rock goddess HAALE’s enchanting vocals soar
over her band’s amplified rumble, which serves “as a reminder of the extent to which
rock bands like the Doors and the Velvet Underground turned to the East for their
hypnotic efforts.” (NY Times)

Salif Keita Myspace

Haale Myspace

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Yael Naim & David Donatien/ Piers Faccini
Time: 7:30- 10 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info:
This Paris-born, Israeli folk singer of Tunisian decent has a distinctively global
perspective. After a decade of classical piano lessons, Yael Naim teamed up with West
Indian producer David Donatien, who encouraged her to use her vocal gifts in her
native language of Hebrew. A singer, songwriter and painter, Piers Faccini is a truly
global musician. Born in England and raised in France, began his musical career in 1997
as co-founder of the group Charley Marlowe.
More Info

Yael Naim & David Donatien: Myspace

Piers Faccini: Myspace

Subway:
Event: Asssscat
Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: The Upright Citizens Brigade performs longform improv with possible special guests
from Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart. Free tickets for the 9:30 PM show are distributed at 8:15 PM outside the
theatre on the night of the show.

Subway:

• Monday, June 23 •
Event: Piano in the Park
Who: Russ Kassoff
Time: 12- 1:45 PM, 6/23- 6/27
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map

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Info: Russ Kassoff toured as pianist to Frank Sinatra from ‘80-’91, served as pianist/
accompanist for Liza Minnelli from ‘82-’01 and Minnelli’s music director and conductor
for the acclaimed Minnelli on Minnelli national tour (’00). In ‘07 and ‘08, Russ
appeared as a featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR. He conducts
and accompanies Rita Moreno, performs with his Big Band THE RKBB in concert at
the Bahai Center in NYC, and is a regular featured performer at The Knickerbocker
(upcoming 6/26, 27, 28) in NYC with Jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli!

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:
Event: Free Classes in the Park
What: Bryant Park Knits
Time: 2- 3 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace across from the BP Grill
Map
Info: Knit New York provides free instruction to beginners. Yarn and needles are provided.
Call 212-387-0707 to pre-register, or take a chance and drop by.

Subway:
Event: Summer Film Festival
What: Bride of Frankenstein
Time: Lawn Opens at 5 PM, Films Begin at Sunset, typically between 8-9 PM
Where: Bryant Park, The Lawn
Map

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Info: Dr. Frankenstein’s monster is lonely, and his creator has just the remedy. Starring Boris
Karloff and the inimitable Elsa Lancaster, this brilliant movie is funny, thrilling and
ultimately heartbreaking. One of the few sequels widely considered to surpass the
original. (1935) 75 Min.

Subway:

• Tuesday, June 24 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:
Event: Word for Word Poetry
Who: Gerald Stern/ Jean Valentine
Time: 6:30- 8 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info:
National Book Award-winning poets present their latest collections. Hosted by:
Deborah Landau, Director of NYU Creative Writing Program.

Gerald Stern – Save the Last Dance

Jean Valentine - Little Boat

Subway:
Event: Stars of Tomorrow
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map

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Info: See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and
classical performances from Mannes College The New School for Music on one of
Hudson River Park’s most beautiful piers by star students from around the city.
Mannes College The New School for Music Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Climate and Culture
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: South Street Seaport, Pier 17
Map
Info: Global warming is a cultural issue, too. Come for a discussion and a series of
presentations by artists and environmental groups who are responding. For More Info:
call 212-748-8786

Subway:
Event: Stars of Tomorrow
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: See tomorrow’s jazz and classical virtuoso’s today. Tuesdays hit a high note with jazz and
classical performances from Mannes College The New School for Music and The New
School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on one of Hudson River Park’s most
beautiful piers by star students from around the city.

Subway:
What: Naumburg Orchestral Concerts
Event: Brooklyn Philharmonic
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
Map
Info: Since 1905, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts has continuously presented free,
outdoor classical music concerts to New Yorkers of all walks of life. Named after
founder and philanthropist Elkan Naumburg, who donated the Naumburg Bandshell to
New York City in 1923, and inspired by his own love of music, the series seeks to
stimulate and encourage new and expanded audiences for classical music in the
informal and beautiful setting of Central Park. Program

Subway:
What: Concerts in the Parks
Event: New York Philharmonic
Time: 8 PM

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Where: The Great Lawn, Central Park
Map
Info: The closer you sit to the bandshell, the more seriously the audience takes the
performance, so gauge your positioning appropriately. Performances begin at 8 p.m., so
if you want seating close to the bandshell, plan to arrive about 2 hours early -- if you’re
less particular, and depending on the size of your group, you can arrive up until the
show begins. This concert will be followed by fireworks.
Program

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Ulrich Schnauss/ Dorit Chrysler/ Chiaki Watanabe
Time: 9 PM
Where: World Financial Center, Winter Garden
Map
Info: Creating a sound that meanders between shoegazer and dance while showing his skill
for songwriting, Berlin-based artist Schnauss opens arts>WFC’s summer season.
Chrysler beguiles with her unique brand of vocal and theremin, and is accompanied by
media artist Watanabe’s video projections.

Ulrich Schnauss Website Dorit Chrysler Website
Chiaki Watanabe Website

Subway:

• Wednesday, June 25 •
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Views From the Past
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: As you promenade through the heart of Central Park, imagine living in 19th-century
New York City. Learn about the Park’s history and hear how its designers, Frederick
Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and

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flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:
Event: Word for Word Author
Who: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Time: 12:30- 1:45 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info: Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Candy Everybody Wants

It’s fiction for bestselling memoirist Josh Kilmer-Purcell as he tells the tale of a
Midwestern guy seeking fame, fortune and freedom in the flamboyant and wacked-out
worlds of NY & LA. Hosted by: Scott Nevins, Award Winning Host, TV/Radio
Personality, Comedian, and Celebrity Interviewer

Rain Venue: Barnes & Noble, 555 Fifth Avenue (at 46th Street)

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Cross Park Promenade
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse (Fifth Ave. and E 72nd St.)
Map
Info: You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats
powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious
drinking fountain for the city’s equine population. These are just some of the the sites
along the way on this east to west walk through the Park.. Tour will be approximately
one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the
tour.

Website

Subway:
Event: Music at 5: NewSong Singer-Songwriter Series
Who: Nels Andrews
Time: 5- 7 PM

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Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Wednesdays at 5 is a showcase of exceptional talent discovered by NewSong, an
independent music organization that builds community amongst artists, fosters careers
in the music business and produces concerts across the country. Each week the
musicians host a songwriting workshop at 6:15 PM, following the concert.
Nels Andrews
Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Orchestra Baobab
Time: 7 PM
Where: Rockefeller Park
Map
Info: Orchestra Baobab is a Senegalese Afro-Cuban band, and among the most important
world music artists of today. Organized as a multi-ethnic, multi-national club band,
their 2002 album “Specialist in All Styles” was produced by fellow Senegalese superstar
Youssou N’dour. More Info: 212-417-2000
Orchestra Baobab Myspace

Subway:
What: Madison Square Park Music
Event: Raul Midon
Time: 7 PM
Where: Madison Square Park
Map
Info: Not your average pop artist, Raul Midon relies on the tradition of pop inventiveness to
combine the soulfulness of Stevie Wonder, the non-indigenous sounds pioneered by
Paul Simon and the trend defying individuality of Bill Withers. Blind from birth, this
New York based vocalist/guitarist brings an original syncopated, flamenco and jazz
infused virtuosic approach to his steel-stringed acoustic and vocal delivery.
Raul Midon Myspace

Subway:
Event: School Night
Time: 11 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: School Night is a weekly showcase for new and experimental material from New York’s
top improv, sketch, and stand-up performers. Hosted by Justin Purnell. Check the
website for weekly listings.

Subway:

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• Thursday, June 26 •
Event: BAM Rhythm & Blues Festival
Who: Orchestra Baobab
Time: 12- 2 PM
Where: MetroTech Concert Stage at MetroTech Commons
Map
Info: This free outdoor summer concert series features an eclectic roster of legendary
trailblazers and emerging musical visionaries.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
Event: Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show
Time: 12:30 PM
Where: Bowling Green Park at Cobblestone Plaza
Map
Info: With virtuosic physicality and vibrant movement, Doorknob Company’s ten dancers, a
brass ensemble and three vocalists create a world of optimism and miraculous
happenings. For More Info: Call 212-219-9401 x119
Website

Subway:
What: Music in the Square
Event: JVC Presents
Time: 5:30 PM
Where: Union Square Park, South Plaza

Map
Info: Beat the summer heat and enjoy short programming selections from the talented
musicians from The New School Jazz Band.

Subway:
Event: Word for Word Writers
What: Secrets of Book Publishing
Time: 6:30- 8 PM

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Where: Bryant Park, Reading Room
Map
Info: A literary agent, five authors, and a writing instructor spill all on how you too can write
a great book and nail a publishing deal. Hosted by Susan Shapiro, Media Bistro writing
instructor and author of Only as Good as Your Word: Writing Lessons from My Favorite
Literary Gurus. Registration is required for this event,
More Info

Subway:
What: Madison Square Park Reads
Who: Mark Strand & Honor Moore: Poetry
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: Madison Square Park, at the Farragut Monument, mid-park at 25th St.
Map
Info: Mark Strand has accrued recognition and awards as a distinguished poet, including a
MacArthur Fellowship, Pulitzer Prize, and a term as U.S. Poet Laureate. In Red Shoes,
her third collection of poetry, Honor Moore returns to what Mark Doty describes as
“charged meditation on the passage of time and the complexities and persistence of
desire.”

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Shakespeare’s tragedy staged throughout Battery Park and Castle Clinton—as the play
moves from scene to scene, the audience follows the performance from place to place.
For More Info: Call 212-252-4531

Website

Subway:
What: Celebrate Brooklyn!
Event: Carolina Chocolate Drops/ Dixie Hummingbirds
Time: 7:30 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: The Carolina Chocolate Drops are revisiting the ecstatic black string band music of the
‘20s and ‘30s “with a joyful vengeance” (Rolling Stone). Legendary jubilee gospel quartet
The Dixie Hummingbirds’ roots go back to the same era, and “they continue to press
the envelope with their greatness, linking us to a rich musical heritage that keeps us in-
tune and in harmony with the universe and each other.” (Stevie Wonder)

Carolina Chocolate Drops Myspace
Dixie Hummingbirds Myspace

Subway:

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• Friday, June 27 •
Event: GMA Summer Concert Series
Who: Maroon 5
Time: 7- 9 AM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Live from the Good Morning America stage, some of the best acts in the world perform
in the park throughout the summer. All concerts are free and open to the public and
are broadcast live on ABC Television Network’s Good Morning America every Friday.
If you want to get as close to the stage as possible, arrive at the park no later than 7
AM.

Maroon 5 Myspace

Subway:
Event: Today Show Concerts
Who: Coldplay
Time: 7- 10 AM
Where: Rockefeller Center Stage

Map
Info: For its 13th consecutive year, NBC’s Today show is bringing together the biggest names
in music to rock the Plaza. Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for
the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside Today’s
Window on the World Studio.

Coldplay Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Figment Festival
Time: 10 AM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: Figment is a three day festival featuring exhibits and interactive performances. For more
information, to submit a project, or volunteer visit the Website

Ferry:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: call 212-344-349 x26

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Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Seaport Music: A Place to Bury Strangers/ King Khan/ the
Shrines/ Black Acid
Time: 7 PM
Where: South Street Seaport, Pier 17
Map
Info: APTBS with their tension-wracked, Joy Division-meets-Ministry backdrop, tinnitus-
inducing noise-pop start the summer off on the pier. Joining them will be the super bad
ass 10 piece soul inferno know as King Kahn & the Shrines and new Richard Fearless
project, Black Acid. For More Info: call 212-SEAPORT

A Place to Bury Strangers Myspace King Khan Myspace The Shrines Myspace
Black Acid Myspace

Subway:
What: Celebrate Brooklyn!
Event: Cold War Kids / Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Sam Champion
Time: 7 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: Unleashing “cave-stomp drums, barroom piano and chiming post-punk guitars,” (Rolling
Stone) Cold War Kids eschew preciousness for grit. Live, they’re all smoldering energy
and raw power. Joining them are local favorites Elvis Perkins in Dearland with their
dream-like folk rock “drenched in equal parts sunshine and cloudy grey
skies,” (Drowned in Sound) and the tuneful but hard hitting SSam Champion, “an
absolute force of nature.” (Sterogum)

Cold War Kids Myspace
Elvis Perkins in Dearland Myspace Sam Champion Myspace

Subway:
Event: Summer on The Hudson
Who: ! David Ippolito
Time: 7 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 45 at Christopher Street
Map
Info: Enjoy sweet and mellow guitar as the sun sets on one of New York’s most picturesque
piers. Every Friday from June 6th to August 22nd, enjoy the beautiful sunset and
mellow sounds of New York’s acclaimed guitar man David Ippolito from this
spectacular grass-covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson
River. David Ippolito Myspace

Subway:

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What: River to River Festival
Event: The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Shakespeare’s tragedy staged throughout Battery Park and Castle Clinton—as the play
moves from scene to scene, the audience follows the performance from place to place.
For More Info: Call 212-252-4531

Website

Subway:
Event: Jammin' With Ralph
Time: Midnight
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street


Map
Info: The UCB Theatre’s monthly improv jam! Think you have the improv chops to jam with
ralph? Prove it! Hosted by The Law Firm!

Subway:

• Saturday, June 28 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Figment Festival
Time: 10 AM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: Figment is a three day festival featuring exhibits and interactive performances. For more
information, to submit a project, or volunteer visit the Website.

Ferry:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Views From the Past
Time: 11 AM
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: As you promenade through the heart of Central Park, imagine living in 19th-century
New York City. Learn about the Park’s history and hear how its designers, Frederick
Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour

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Event: The Castle and its Kingdom
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at Belvedere Castle (Mid-Park at 79th Street)
Map
Info: Take a walk around the lands dominated by Belvedere Castle, situated high on Vista
Rock. Visit the tiny 55-acre realm on an eclectic tour of history and nature. Tour will be
approximately one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before
the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Cross Park Promenade
Time: 1 PM
Where: Meet at the statue of Samuel F. B. Morse (Fifth Ave. and E 72nd St.)
Map
Info: You’ll be amazed at what you’ll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats
powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious
drinking fountain for the city’s equine population. These are just some of the the sites
along the way on this east to west walk through the Park.. Tour will be approximately
one hour. Please be at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the
tour.

Website

Subway:
Who: Titus Andronicus/ Obits/ Emperor X/ Blood City
Time: 2 PM
Where: East River Amphitheater, East

River Park
Map
Info: Titus Andronicus Myspace
Obits Myspace
Emperor X Website

Blood City Myspace

Subway:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: A Road Once Traveled
Time: 2 PM
Where: Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (110th St. between Fifth & Lenox Avenues)
Map
Info: It’s a basic axiom of war: take the high ground. Because armies could see attackers
sailing down the East River, holding the Park’s northern highlands was key in the
American Revolution and the War of 1812. History buffs will love this tour of the
Harlem Meer and its strategic environs. Tour will be approximately one hour. Please be
at designated location at least five minutes before the start of the tour.
Website

Subway:
Event: Best Of The Sámi Film Festival

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Time: 2 PM
Where: One Bowling Green
Map
Info: NMAI and Scandinavia House are pleased to present award winning Sámi films,
with stories that evoke the past and illuminate the contemporary lives of the
indigenous people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
Website

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Vieux Farka Toure/ Fallou Dieng/ Kaleta/ ZoZo Afrobeat
Time: 3- 8 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map
Info:
With the DNA of his father- the Malian legend Ali Farka Touré- running through his
veins, and the Mississippi delta in his soul, Vieux Farka Touréexudes the blues with a
global perspective. Fallou Dieng is the elder statesman of a new generation of
Senegalese artists emerging from the long shadows and rich legacy left by the country’s
most famous son, Youssou N’Dour. A thirteen piece ensemble from New York City,
ZoZo Afrobeat feature musicians from Nigeria and around the world, and is led by
African music luminary Kaleta.
More Info

Vieux Farka Toure: Myspace
Fallou Dieng: Myspace Kaleta & ZoZo Afrobeat: Myspace

Subway:
What: Celebrate Brooklyn!
Event: Crooklyn Dodgers
Time: 7 PM
Where: Prospect Park Bandshell

Map
Info: Brooklyn hip-hop history will be made as the open mic pioneers of Lyricist Lounge
return the pioneering open mic night Lyricist Lounge returns to the Bandshell to
assemble for the first time the MCs and DJs responsible for the classic ‘90s singles
Crooklyn Dodgers and Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers, soundtracks to the Spike Lee
films Crooklyn and Clockers.
Crooklyn Dodgers Last.fm

Subway:

• Sunday, June 29 •
What: River to River Festival
Event: Figment Festival
Time: 10 AM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map

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Info: Figment is a three day festival featuring exhibits and interactive performances. For more
information, to submit a project, or volunteer visit the Website

Ferry:
What: Central Park Conservancy Walking Tour
Event: Waterways & Vistas
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at The Dairy Gift Shop (Mid-Park at 65th Street)
Map
Info: See a masterpiece unfold before your eyes. From the Dairy to Belvedere Castle, learn
about the intricate design of pathways, the distinct style of landscapes, and how the
Park’s creators left nothing to chance. Central Park was designed to impress you at
every turn. Tour will be approximately 90 minutes. Please be at designated location at
least five minutes before the start of the tour.

Website

Subway:
What: McCarren Park Pool Parties
Who: Hold Steady/ The Loved Ones/ J Roddy and the Business
Time: 2 PM- Dusk
Where: McCarren Park Pool
Map
Info: All Pool Parties are on a firs come first serve basis. Please refrain from bringing chairs,
bicycles, food/drink, or professional video/photography equipment, but please do feel
free to bring along bathing suits, blankets, and a smile! Hold Steady Myspace
The Loved Ones Myspace
J Roddy and the Business Myspace

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: BPC Parks' Public Art Tour
Time: 2 PM
Where: Teardrop Park, Battery Park City
Map
Info: A walking conversation with contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile of Teardrop
Park, a collaboration of artist Ann Hamilton and landscape architect Michael Van
Valkenburgh. For More Info: call 212-267-9700

Subway:
Event: Central Park SummerStage
Who: Mosh Ben Ari/ Rupa and The April Fishes/ Y-Love & DJ
Diwon
Time: 3- 7 PM
Where: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield

Map

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Info:
The Israeli roots Reggae singer Mosh Ben Ari delivers warm and catchy songs of world
unity in his native language of Hebrew. Rupa and the April Fishes show that there is
nothing that cannot be re-invented. While the band is based out of San Francisco, their
songs are sung in French, Spanish, English, and Hindi that range in style from Indian
ragas to sultry tangos to Gypsy waltzes or bossa novas. Y-Love, or Yitzchak Jordan, is
an orthodox Jewish rapper. As the DJ behind Y Love, DJ Diwon’s ability to throw
cantorial music and traditional Yemenite melodies into his mix brings a new meaning to
“unorthodox.”
More Info

Mosh Ben Ari Myspace Rupa and The April Fishes Myspace Y-Love Myspace

Subway:
Event: Clinton Concert Series
Who: Kelsey Jillette
Time: 6 PM
Where: Hudson River Park, Pier 84 at 44th Street
Map
Info: Enjoy a live music performance, blending a range of styles from R&B, Reggae and Funk,
to Blues, Ballads and Spirituals and watch the sun set on the Hudson. Concerts offer
lawn seating only. Bring your own picnic and make a night of it! Free kayaking is also
available on site.
Kelsey Jillette Myspace
Buses: M42 or M50
Event: Asssscat
Time: 9:30 PM
Where: Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W. 26th Street

Map
Info: The Upright Citizens Brigade performs longform improv with possible special guests
from Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show with
Jon Stewart. Free tickets for the 9:30 PM show are distributed at 8:15 PM outside the
theatre on the night of the show.

Subway:
• Monday, June 30 •
Event: Piano in the Park
Who: Mike LeDonne
Time: 12- 1:45 PM, 6/30- 7/3
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace
Map
Info: Jazz pianist Mike LeDonne came to New York in the late 70’s and has had the unique
experience of playing with a wide variety of jazz masters. Everyone from Benny
Goodman to Milt Jackson and Sonny Rollins picked him to be in their bands. Oscar
Peterson called him “incredible, one of the most talented pianists of this era.”

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Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: Music Under The Trees with Guitars
Time: Noon
Where: The Battery Park Bosque

Map
Info: Reviving its decade old music festival, the Battery will be transformed into a musical
haven, showcasing multi-genre guitar oriented performances; from jazz, classical and
flamenco to old fashioned rhythm&blues local guitarist will display their talents for the
general public. For More Info: Call 212-344-349 x26

Subway:
Event: Free Classes in the Park
What: Bryant Park Knits
Time: 2- 3 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace across from the BP Grill
Map
Info: Knit New York provides free instruction to beginners. Yarn and needles are provided.
Call 212-387-0707 to pre-register, or take a chance and drop by.

Subway:
Event: Summer Film Festival
What: Hud
Time: Lawn Opens at 5 PM, Films Begin at Sunset, typically between 8-9 PM
Where: Bryant Park, The Lawn
Map
Info: Paul Newman, in one of his signature roles, is the ne’er do well son of a rancher of
infinite rectitude played by Melvyn Douglas. Patricia Neal co-stars as the housekeeper
attracted and repelled by Newman’s character. Douglas and Neal both won Oscars.
(1963) 112 Min.

Subway:
What: River to River Festival
Event: The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Time: 7 PM
Where: Battery Park
Map
Info: Shakespeare’s tragedy staged throughout Battery Park and Castle Clinton—as the play
moves from scene to scene, the audience follows the performance from place to place.
For More Info: Call 212-252-4531

Website

Subway:

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NYC Waterfalls
Dates: June 26th- October 13th
Time: 7 AM- 10 PM, lit after sunset
Info: A monumental-scale public art installation conceived by the Danish/Icelandic artist
Olafur Eliasson. The project, commissioned by the Public Art Fund in collaboration
with the City, will be on display from late June through mid-October. It features four
90- to 120-foot-tall waterfalls, to be installed at four points in the East River and New
York Harbor.
Website
View: The New York City Waterfalls will be visible by land and boat, from multiple vantage
points from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Governors Island.

Waterfall #1
Where: Manhattan, Pier 35


Map
Waterfall #2
Where: Brooklyn Bridge


Map
Waterfall #3
Where: Brooklyn, Bet. Pier 4 & Pier 5
Map
Waterfall #4
Where: Governors Island


Map

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Shakespeare in the Park


• Tickets (limited to two per person) are distributed free of charge the day of the show at either
the Delacorte Theater in Central Park—the closest entrances are at 81st Street and Central
Park West, or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue—or at the Public Theater, at 425 Lafayette Street,
just south of Astor Place.

• It’s easiest to get tickets during the first week of performances. After the reviews come out,
the lines generally double in length.

• Though the box office doesn’t open until 1, early birds start lining up at about 6 a.m. (or even
earlier). That’s a little too early for our taste, but definitely make sure to be in line by 8:30 a.m.


Hamlet



May 27- June 29


All Shows at 8 PM
No Performances:

Wednesday June 18 & Tuesday June 24

Added Performances:
Monday June 16 & Monday June 19* 8:30PM show

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Exercise
Tai Chi, Yoga & Capoeira
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Event: Tai Chi in the Park
Time: 7:30- 8:30 PM
Where: Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace
Map
Info: Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center.
Classes are for all ages and experience levels.

Subway:
Every Tuesday & Thursday
Event: Yoga in the Park
Time: 10- 11 AM on Tuesdays
Where: Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace
Map
Time: 6- 7 PM on Thursdays
Where: Bryant Park, Southwest corner of the Lawn
Map
Info: Lululemon provides free yoga classes for all ages and levels. Children are welcome too!
Awaken the body’s potential with revitalizing movement, stretching, breathing, and
poses. Some of yoga’s benefits include weight loss, deeper sleep, release from pain and
arthritis, and a more youthful appearance. Wear comfortable clothing that allows easy
movement. Mats are provided. In case of rain, please call 212-768-4242.

Subway:
Every Thursday
Event: Yoga in the Square
Time: 3 PM
Where: Union Square Park
Map
Info: Reenergize your body and mind with weekly yoga classes led by Union Square-based
studios. Classes are accessibly to all ages and abilities. Please bring a mat (a limited
number will be provided).

Subway:
Every Friday
Event: Tai Chi
Time: 8:30- 9:30 AM
Where: Esplanade Plaza, Battery Park
Map
Info: Learn the ancient Chinese martial art. No experience necessary.
Website

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Subway:
Every Saturday
Event: Yoga in the Park
Time: 11 AM- Noon

Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard @ Broadway
Map
Info: Socrates offers free Kripalu Yoga, a system of Hatha Yoga that integrates body postures,
breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation. Taught by Monique Schubert,
participants are encouraged to integrate their yoga practices with this very special
waterfront environment of nature and art. Suitable for all experience levels. Bring a mat
or towel. For more info call: 718-956-1819

Subway:
Every Saturday
Event: Capoeira in the Park
Time: Noon- 1:30 PM
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard @ Broadway
Map
Info: For a second year, Socrates will offer the highly popular Capoeira classes in its weekly
exercise repertoire. Capoeira is a lively martial art that originated in Brazil over 450
years ago. Self-defense techniques are concealed by graceful dance moves and
spectacular acrobatics set to music. Taught by Professor Abará. For more info call:
718-956-1819

Subway:
Every Sunday
Event: Tai Chi in the Park
Time: 10 AM- 11 AM

Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard @ Broadway
Map
Info: Classical Pilates encourages proper breathing, spinal alignment, core strengthening,
muscle flexibility and balance in the body. Taught by Cortnie Vitali, participants will
leave feeling empowered, and stress free.

Subway:
Every Sunday
Event: Tai Chi in the Park
Time: 11 AM- Noon

Where: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard @ Broadway
Map
Info: Socrates hosts free Tai Chi classes in the Park led by Aaron Kirtz, a member of the
Taoist Tai Chi Society. Participants will have the opportunity to relax and exercise

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among the changing exhibitions of contemporary outdoor sculpture. Classes are
designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. For
more info call: 718-956-1819

Subway:
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Kayaking
Every Saturday, Sunday & Holidays
Event: Walk-up Kayaking
Info: The only requirement is that you know how to swim. Take a kayak out for a short 20-
minute paddle inside the protected embayment in front of the boathouse. The
boathouse provides you with: a life jacket, a kayak, a paddle and some tips on
paddling. Bring a bathing suit, or shorts and a T-Shirt.
More Info
Location: #1
Downtown
Time: 9 AM- 6 PM

Where: Pier 40 at Houston Street on the Hudson River

Map

Subway:
Location: #2
Clinton/ Hell’s Kitchen
Time: 9 AM- 6 PM

Where: Pier 96, Clinton Cove at 56th Street and the Hudson River
Map
Buses: M57 & M31
Location: #3
Upper West Side
Time: 10 AM- 5 PM

Where: 72nd Street connected directly to the walkway


Map

Subway:
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Swimming
Pools Open June 27
Pool #1
Pool: Asser Levy Recreation Center
Type:
Outdoor/ Indoor Pool
Phone: 212-447-2020 call for hours

Where: 23rd St @ FDR Drive
Map
Buses: M23

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Pool #2
Pool: Carmine Recreation Center
Type:
Outdoor/ Indoor Pool
Phone: 212-242-5228 call for hours
Where: 7th Ave South @ Clarkson Street

Map

Subway:
Pool #3
Pool: Hamilton Fish Recreation Center
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-387-7687 call for hours
Where: 128 Pitt Street

Map

Subway:
Pool #4
Pool: Highbridge Pool & Recreation Center
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-927-2400 call for hours

Where: 2301 Amsterdam Ave
Map

Subway:
Pool #5
Pool: Jackie Robinson Pool
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-234-9607 call for hours

Where: 85 Bradhurst Ave

Map

Subway:
Pool #6
Pool: John Jay
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-794-6566 call for hours

Where: 77th St & Cherokee Place

Map

Subway:
Pool #7
Pool: Lasker Pool

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Type:

Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-534-7639 call for hours

Where: Between 106th & 108th Streets in mid-park

Map

Subway:
Pool #8
Pool: Marcus Garvey Swimming Pool
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-410-2818 call for hours

Where: 13 E 124th Street

Map

Subway:
Pool #9
Pool: Thomas Jefferson Swimming Pool
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 212-860-1383 call for hours

Where: 2180 1st Ave

Map

Pool #10
Pool: Astoria Park Pool
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 718-626-8620 call for hours

Where: 19th Street and 23rd Drive

Map

Subway:
Pool #11
Pool: Sunset Park Pool
Type:
Outdoor Pool
Phone: 718-965-6578 call for hours

Where: 7th Avenue between 41st and 44th Streets

Map

Subway:

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Biking
• Biking & Skating in Manhattan, PDF Access
• 2008 NYC Cycling Maps, Website Access
• Bikes on Local Transit, Website Access
• Transportation Alternatives Bike Maps, Website Access
• Indoor Bicycle Parking, Website Access
• Outdoor Bicycle Parking, Website Access
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Walking Tours
Every Wednesday & Thursday
Event: Governors Island Guided Tours
Time: 10 AM & 1 PM
Where: Governors Island, Ferries leave the Battery Maritime Building
Map
Info: National Park Service Rangers provide guided tours of the historic district two
times a day starting with the ferry departure from Manhattan.
Website

Ferry:
Every Thursday & Saturday *rain or shine
Event: Wall Street Walking Tour!
Time: Noon
Where: Meet at the front steps of the US Custom House, One Bowling Green
Map
Info: 90-minute guided walking tour, weaving together history, events, architecture and
people of Downtown – the birthplace of New York, the financial capital of the
world, and the hottest new neighborhood in the city. Stops include the U.S. Custom
House, Trinity Church, Wall Street, the New York Stock Exchange and other
architectural and cultural sites.

Subway:

Every Friday
Event: Grand Central Area
Time: 12:30 PM
Where:
Meet at the Sculpture Court of the Whitney Museum at Altria, located at the
southwest corner of 42nd Street and Park Avenue directly across from Grand
Central Terminal.

Map

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Info: Join the Grand Tour and learn the secrets of the Whispering Gallery in Grand
Central Terminal; gaze upon the hubcaps and the roadsters on the side of the
Chrysler Building; discover the favorite Midtown Manhattan hangout of Mercury,
Hercules, and Minerva; learn why Pershing Square isn’t really square; circle the
globe in a matter of seconds like Superman; or visit the original Lincoln Memorial
by Daniel Chester French. It’s all right here in the heart of Midtown Manhattan!
[90-minutes]

Subway:
Every Saturday
Event: Union Square: Crossroads of New York
Time: 2 PM
Where:
Begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th Street transverse in Union Square
Park. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York
sign.
Map
Info: 90-minute walking tour that explores the social and political history of the Union
Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and
forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name,
see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock
(yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!

Subway:
Every Sunday
Event: The Lower East Side Tour
Time: 11 AM
Where:
Meet in front of Katz’s Delicatessen (205 E Houston St)
Map
Info: Take a journey down historic Orchard Street and discover the origins of New York’s
first discount retail district. The two-hour tour highlights the integral role that the
shopping district has played in the history and development of the Lower East Side.

Subway:
Every Sunday
Event: Historic Flatiron Walking Tour
Time: 11 AM
Where:
Meet at the SW corner of Madison Square Park
Map
Info: The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership is sponsoring free weekly walking tours of the
historic Flatiron District. Our professional guides will lead you on a 90-minute
journey through this vibrant neighborhood viewing some of the City’s most notable
landmarks including the MetLife Tower and the Flatiron Building.
Subway:
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NYC Museums for Free
Museums with a “suggested donation” all the time:
• Metropolitan Museum of Art ($20 recommended)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website
• The Cloisters ($20 recommended)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website
• American Museum of Natural History ($14 recommended)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website
• Museum of the City of New York ($9 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• Brooklyn Museum ($8 recommended)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website
• Studio Museum in Harlem ($7 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• Museum of Biblical Art ($7 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• el Museo del Barrio ($6 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• New York City Police Museum ($5 recommended)

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• Location Map
• Website
• New York City Fire Museum ($5 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• P.S. 1 MOMA ($5 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• Queens Museum of Art ($5 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• Bronx Museum ($5 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• Museum of Chinese in America ($2 recommended)
• Location Map
• Website
• Staten Island Museum ($2 recommended)
• Location Map
SI Ferry
• Website

Museums with free or pay what you wish hours:

Tuesday
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden Free all day (normally $5)
• Location Map
• Garden Map
• Website
• Wave Hill Gardens Free all day (normally $4)
• Location Map
+ Shuttle Bus
• Garden Map

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• Website
• Morgan Library & Museum Free access to the McKim rooms from 3- 5 PM
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website

Wednesday
• Museum of Jewish Heritage Free from 4- 8 PM (normally $10)
• Location Map
• Website
• New York Botanical Garden Free grounds access all day (normally $6)
• Location Map
• Garden Map + BX 26 Bus
• Website
• Bronx Zoo Admission by optional "donation" all day (normally $14)
• Location Map
• Zoo Map
• Website

Friday
• Museum of Modern Art Free from 4- 8 PM (normally $20)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website
• Whitney Museum of American Art Pay-what-you-wish from 6- 9 PM (normally
$15)
• Location Map
• Website
• Guggenheim Pay-what-you-wish from 5:45- 7:45 PM (normally $18)
• Location Map
• Website
• Morgan Library & Museum Free from 7- 9 PM (normally $12)
• Location Map

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• Floor Plan
• Website
• New-York Historical Society Free from 6- 8 PM (normally $10)
• Location Map
• Website
• Museum of the Moving Image Free from 4- 8 PM (normally $10)
• Location Map
• Website
• Bronx Museum Free all day (normally $5)
• Location Map
• Website
• Rubin Museum of Art Free from 7-10 PM (normally $10)
• Location Map
• Website
• American Folk Art Museum Free from 5:30- 7:30 PM (normally $9)
• Location Map
• Website
• International Center of Photography "voluntary contribution" admission
from 5- 8 PM (normally $12)
• Location Map
• Website
• The Noguchi Museum Pay-what-you-wish on the first Friday of each month, all
day (normally $10)
+ 10 Block Walk OR
• Location Map
• Website + Q19a Bus North

• Asia Society Free 6- 9 PM except July 4 through Labor Day (normally $10)
• Location Map
• Website

Saturday
• Jewish Museum Free from 11:00 AM- 5:45 PM (normally $12)
• Location Map
• Website

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• Brooklyn Museum Free First Saturdays of each month from 5-11 PM (normally a
suggested $8)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website
• New York Botanical Garden Free grounds access from 10 AM- 12 PM on
Saturdays (normally $6)
+ BX 26 Bus
• Location Map
• Garden Map
• Website
• Brooklyn Botanic Garden Free from 10 AM- 12 PM - except during Sakura
Matsuri (normally $5)
• Location Map
• Garden Map
• Website
• Wave Hill Free Saturdays from 9 AM- 12 PM (normally $4)
• Location Map
+ Shuttle Bus
• Garden Map
• Website

Sunday
• Frick Collection Pay-what-you-wish from 11 AM- 1 PM (normally $15)
• Location Map
• Virtual Tour
• Website
• Museum of the City of New York Free from 10 AM- 12 PM (normally a
suggested $9)
• Location Map
• Website
• Morgan Library & Museum Access is free to the McKim rooms from 4- 6 PM (full
museum access $12)
• Location Map
• Floor Plan
• Website

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