|Northern Manhattan Parks
Movie Nights, Swimming, Boating, Dancing, Concerts and more in
Northern Manhattan Parks!
La Marina Boating
Summer 2013 Moorings, Sailing Center & Boat Ramp
Sailing center and mooring operations have begun. Dock slips will be
ready in spring 2014. Further information will be available shortly.
The boat ramp has opened. Please note advance reservations are
required. For more information, visit http://lamarinanyc.com/#boating
Thursday July 25 through August 22, 2013
(at Highbridge Pool on Amsterdam Ave. and W. 173rd Street), Manhattan
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Free swim: 9 – 10 a.m.
Senior aquatics class: 10 – 10:45 a.m
During summer, we reserve time at many of our outdoor public pools for
senior use (ages 62 and over). Senior Splash offers water exercise
classes and swim instruction for senior citizens, taught by qualified
water instructors. Additional activities include lap swimming and
water ballet. Register at the pool during program hours.
Want to help Northern Manhattan Parks become even better? Join us at
these upcoming volunteer events.
at Laurel Hill Terrace (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
Saturday, July 27, 2013
12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
From Porcelainberry to Multiflora Rose and Oriental Bittersweet, the
Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove these invasive plants and
others from the park and to care for recently planted native trees.
The Forest Crew will learn basic invasive and native plant
identification, proper removal techniques and an overview of NYRP’s
approach to urban reforestation. Anyone interested in forest ecology,
invasive plant removal, and urban forests should attend and join the
Forest Crew in their work every Saturday afternoon. RSVP by emailing
Bennett , J. Hood Wright and Mitchell Square Parks
Delving into Bennett, Mitchell, & J.Hood Wright Parks’ Past
with Sidney Horenstein
at 184th Street Entrance (in Bennett Park), Manhattan
Thursday, July 25
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Join Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus, American
Museum of Natural History, as he leads his geology, history and
natural history walk through Bennett, Mitchell, and J. Hood Wright
These small parks are rich in history and geological features. See the
highest point of land on Manhattan Island, naturalized (imported)
rocks that add to NYC’s history and classical examples of glacially
This program is generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and
the Fort Tryon Park Trust.
Meet at the 184th Street Entrance in Bennett Park.
For more information please call (212) 795-1388 or email
J. Hood Wright Park
Summer Movie Series: Surf’s Up
at J. Hood Wright Recreation Center (in J. Hood Wright Park),
Friday, July 26, 2013
Watch a movie in the great outdoors! Join us for our citywide Summer
Movie Series featuring family-friendly films through August. Admission
is free! Please feel free to bring your own snacks and comfy chairs or
blankets, as a limited number of chairs will be available.
In Surf’s Up, a surfing penguin currently riding the wave of success
enters his first professional competition in this computer-animated
family-oriented comedy from directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon. Cody
Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) may be a relative amateur when it comes to
hanging ten, but he’s sure he has what it takes to surf his way to
superstardom. With a little help from his cantankerous King Penguin
mentor, ex-surfing legend Big Z (Jeff Bridges), and a little
encouragement from star Pen Gu Island lifeguard Lani (Zooey
Deschanel), there may be hope for this tuxedo-clad wave twister after
James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Michael McKean, Jon Heder, Mario Cantone,
and Brian Benben all lend their voices to this inspirational tale that
proves anything is possible when you put your heart and mind to it. J.
Hood Wright Recreation Center in J. Hood Wright Park is located at 351
Fort Washington Avenue.
For more information call (718) 965-8935.
CityParks Puppet Mobile Presents Little Red’s Hood
at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park), Manhattan
Monday, July 29, 10:30 a.m.
CityParks PuppetMobile, one of the only traveling puppet theaters in
the country, brings Swedish Cottage productions and puppet making
workshops to all corners of the city, free of charge. Traveling the
five boroughs of the city in a PuppetMobile equipped with a stage and
staff of professional puppeteers, we bring entertainment to 50,000
children and families each year.
The current production of “Little Red’s Hood” is an updated take of
the classic story, “Little Red Riding Hood,” fresh for urban
audiences. Come watch this original show created specifically for the
PuppetMobile and find out what happens. The production includes a
dozen handmade marionette puppets.
Little Red’s Hood is directed by Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s
Artistic Director Bruce Cannon and written by Liam Hurley. No
For more information call 212-795-1388 ext 305 or email
Fort Tryon Park
5th Annual Stan Michels Memorial Concert
at Stan Michels Promenade (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Saturday, July 27, 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Join the Fort Tryon Park Trust, New York City Parks & Recreation and
the Michels family in celebrating the late Council Member Stan Michels
at the fifth annual memorial jazz concert performed by local
impresario Marjorie Eliot and her ensemble. The jazz is hot and the
setting is cool, underneath the majestic elms on the promenade
alongside the beautiful Heather Garden and overlooking the Hudson
Stan Michels represented northern Manhattan in the City Council for 24
years from 1978 through 2001. He was chair of the Committee on
Environmental Protection, and his legislative record was notable for
his work fighting on behalf of tenants, for the expansion of the
city’s recycling program, for the protection of our water supply and
cleaner air, and against childhood lead poisoning, smoking in public
places and unreasonable noise. He also was a steadfast advocate for
parks, allocating over $50 million for park improvements in Washington
Heights, Inwood and Harlem, including virtually every playground in
his district. The promenade where this concert is being held was named
in his honor shortly before he passed away on August 1, 2008.
We hope you can be with us to remember Stan on the fifth anniversary
of his passing. This program will be accessible to people with
disabilities. Stan Michels Promenade in Fort Tryon Park
For more information call (212) 795-1388 x305 or email
Isadora Duncan Children’s Dance Class
at Broadway & Dongan Place (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Wednesday, July 31
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Inspired by the natural movements of the human body, Isadora Duncan
created a style of dance filled with joyful, rhythmical movements.
These skipping, running, and leaping, free, lyrical, and expressive
upper body movements make it a great activity for children.
Wear comfortable clothes which are appropriate for the weather.
Footwear should be flexible and easy to move in, such as ballet flats
or comfortable sandals. This class is for children ages 4-10. Parents
are responsible for the supervision of their children during the
Morgana Rose is a certified teacher and company member of The Isadora
Duncan Dance Company with Artistic Director Lori Belilove. Please
Note: The location of this program has been relocated to Dongan Lawn
at the entrance near the intersection of Broadway and Dongan Place.
For more information call (212) 795-1388 or email
Inwood Hill Park
Tuesday, July 30
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
at Indian Road Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
This class is appropriate for all ages and abilities. Wear comfortable
clothing. Bring your own mat and water. No class in case of rain.
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For more information call (212) 569-4112 or email
at Indian Road Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Wednesday, July 24
6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that has evolved over
centuries into an exciting combination of martial arts, dance, music,
and acrobatics. Capoeira was developed in Brazil, but its history
extends to Africa and tribes from Angola. Slaves living on Brazilian
Plantations who weren’t allowed to openly practice traditional forms
of self-defense developed an ingenious method of disguising their
training by combining it with dance-like movements, singing, and the
rhythms of primitive instruments. Some of capoeira’s benefits include
strength, flexibility, stamina, overall fitness and confidence.
Benefits of capoeira for kids include promoting social interaction and
sense of belonging, building confidence, discipline and self esteem,
promoting a healthy lifestyle so children become active, and healthy,
and develop cultural awareness and tolerance. Wear comfortable
clothing. For more information call (212) 569-4112 or email
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