Share the joy of music and storytelling with your little one: Stories & Songs

For infant, toddlers, & preschoolers 

 

DATES:      Tuesdays, September 9 – December 16, 2014 Wednesdays, September 10 – December 10, 2014

PLACE:      6 River Terrace (South end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

SUBWAY:  4 or 5 to Bowling Green / R to Whitehall St-South Ferry / 1 to Rector St / J to Broad St

MORE INFO: 212.267.9700 x 363 or www.bpcparks.org

COST:        $315 for 14 sessions. Space is limited. Register now!

SESSION TIMES:

9:30 am – 10:10am (6-12 months)

10:20am – 11:00am (13 months – 3.5 years)

11:15 am – 11:45am (newborn – 6 months)

12:00 noon – 12:40pm (13 months – 3.5 years)

 

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presents a program that introduces and integrates musical performance into young children’s lives. BPCPC’s STORIES & SONGS is a 14-week program of participatory music and stories for young children accompanied by an adult. Through musical performance and creative storytelling to children, STORIES & SONGS develops active listening, socializing, and cultural literacy in a joyous, warm environment

 

Space is limited and advanced registration is required. To pre-register, call 212.267.9700 ext. 363, or email fbelliard@bpcparks.org. Payment can be made by check to BPCPC, or by Visa or Master Card. Battery Park City Parks Conservancy offers 5% discounts to siblings enrolled in Stories & Songs

Swedish Midsummer Festival

Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice. Learn traditional Swedish folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and join in lively dance around the Midsummer pole. Make wreaths from beautiful flowers representing those in bloom on the solstice in Sweden. Enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies. Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Insitute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, Scandinavian folklorist. Special guest in 2018, the musicians of the Dalarnas Fiddlers Association, perform traditional Swedish folk music from their province.

For more information, visit  www.nycmidsummer.com.

Swedish Midsummer Festival is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden, New York.

Swedish

 

Juneteenth Celebration

Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, the commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States originated in Texas. Artists Autumn Ewalt and Dharmesh Patel, creators of the adjacent public art piece made of 9,000 prisms entitled Sunrise, Sunset (Revolution), share tales of celebrating in Texas. Make your light-catcher inspired by the art. The Federation of Black Cowboys returns to BPC with their horses and share stories. Music by Noami Shelton and the Gospel Queens and spoken word by Zell Miller III.

Brian Conway and Friends

All-Ireland fiddle champion Brian Conway is an American-born musical descendant of the great Sligo players who immigrated to New in the 1900s. Brian will be joined in a celebration of the New York/Sligo-style fiddle music by his sister, Rose Flanagan, and some of his prize-winning students along with piano master, Brendan Dolan.

Tony De Marco: New York Trad Fest

Lively dance tunes such as jigs, reel and hornpipes will be performed by renowned New York Irish fiddle players. Enjoys music led by New York Trad Fest‘s creator Tony Demarco and fabulous footwork of Megan Downes.

Strings-On-Hudson: Leadlights

Rising young stars on the New York string music scene, Leadlights is dedicated to bringing contemporary and classical music to new audiences. The program will include a 2017 piece by New York-based composer Kyle Werner as well as selections by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

Strings-On-Hudson: Harlem Quartet

Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet graces Belvedere Plaza in a program that reflects the group’s mission to advance diversity in a classical music. This string quartet performance pairs works of Debussy and Schubert with Brazilian, Cuban, Jazz and Ragtime repertoire.

River & Blues: Toshi Reagon and BigLovely

New York music scene staple Toshi Reagon crafts progressive, soulful blues and creates an intimate, uplifting spiritual connection to the audience and the help of her renowned band BigLovely. Don’t miss this joyous celebration by a unique talent!

BPC Golden Jubilee

On May 31, 1968, Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the Battery Park City Authority Act. Bring a picnic dinner and celebrate on the lawns of Rockefeller Park with neighbors and special guests. Enjoy music by Bang on Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and the funky reggae beats of Brown Rice Family.

Bachata

Jonathan and Jennifer Isabel, aka #JSquard, are international bachata instructors and 2017 World Just Bachata Champions based in NYC. They will showcase the importance of connection and musicality in bachata backed by The Melvin Elias Band, an ensemble that combines the sounds of today with textures and bitterness of yesterday.

West African Dance

Through a blend of flavors representing diverse nations and culture, Mane Kadang creates a fervent musical experience with the sounds of traditional West African instruments. Through Founding Director Maguette Camara’s infectious dance, drum and spirit, audiences are instantly transported to the troupe’s beloved Africa.

Samba

Dancer/choreographers Quenia Ribeiro & Grupo Ribeiro celebrate Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian culture through dynamic, passionate dance. Get inspired by the live samba music, mesmerizing movement, color and motion and learn the basics in a dancer-led workshop.

 

 

Bomba

Legacy Women, the all-women drum collective, will rock our Saturday with some awesome Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro Dominican beats and song. Make your own shaker (for ages 3+) and play along! Music performance starts at 11:45am.

Peter and The Wolf

Sylvan Winds joins us with a live telling of Prokofiev’s masterpiece with its charming introduction of classical instruments and motifs. The BPC Parks Programming team will get things started with animal mask making for young artists. Art project appropriate for ages 3+. Music performance starts at 11:45am.

BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY RELEASES SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR

BATTERY PARK CITY AUTHORITY RELEASES SUMMER EVENTS CALENDAR

Highlights Include Free Community Celebrations Marking Authority’s 50th Anniversary

Largest-Ever Calendar – Including New & Traditional Programming Favorites – Offers More than 600 Events in All

The Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) today released its Summer Parks Programming Calendar, detailing well over 600 public programs and events for the whole family planned across Battery Park City from May through August. The full calendar of mostly-free, indoor and outdoor programs is the largest-ever event listing offered by BPCA, and is centered around the 50th Anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority Act, signed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller in May of 1968. Available via the BPCA website, hardcopies have been sent to all BPC Parks mailing list subscribers and are arriving in mailboxes this week.

“With summer fast approaching, our passionate Parks Programming team has worked hard on this calendar of events that affirms our commitment to community programming,” said BPCA President and Chief Operating Officer B.J. Jones. “This season, we invite you to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Battery Park City’s inception through the wide array of music, dance, art classes, nature walks, games, and festivals we have planned.”

The Summer 2018 Parks Programming Calendar features nearly 30 pages of illustrated program offerings happening throughout Battery Park City, organized by those of interest to guests of all ages, to teens and adults, seniors, school-aged children, and preschoolers. Programming will take place across a wide array of Battery Park City’s 92-acres, from Rockefeller, Teardrop, and Wagner parks to the BPC Ball Fields and Pier A Plaza; from Esplanade, Belvedere and Irish Hunger Memorial plazas to 6 River Terrace; and from South Cove to the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School, and more. The calendar also includes a map of key Battery Park City locations, restrooms, and art installations as well as information about how the public may reserve space at various BPC event facilities.

Highlights of the 2018 Summer Calendar include:

  • BPC Golden Jubilee – Thursday, May 31, 5:30pm, Rockefeller Park. On May 31, 1968, Governor Rockefeller signed the Battery Park City Authority Act. Bring a picnic dinner and celebrate on the lawns of Rockefeller Park with neighbors and special guests. Enjoy music by Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra and the funky reggae beats of Brown Rice Family. The first 150 to register at registration@bpcparks.org will receive a free commemorative 50th Anniversary picnic blanket.
  • The 50-Year Greening of BPC: From Landfill to Gardens – Sunday, June 3, 2pm, South Cove. Join a walk and talk and explore the remarkable evolution of BPC in its use of sustainable horticulture practices and innovative design. Guided by Anne O’Neill, BPCA Director of Horticulture, and James dePadua and Manuel Rivera, Senior Horticulturalists with over 50 years of combined experience, these tours will tell the story of transforming landfill to an international model of urban parks and gardens.
  • Juneteenth Celebration – Saturday, June 16, 2-5pm, Pier A Plaza. Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, originated in Texas and commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States originated in Texas. Artists Autumn Ewalt and Dharmesh Patel, creators of the adjacent public art installation Sunrise, Sunset (Revolution), share tales of celebrating in Texas. Make your own light-catcher inspired by the art. The Federation of Black Cowboys returns to BPC with their horses and share stories. Music by Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens and spoken word by Zell Miller III.
  • Swedish Midsummer Festival & Dance – Friday, June 22, 5-8pm, Wagner

Park. Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice. Learn traditional Swedish folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and join in lively dance around the Midsummer pole. Make wreaths from beautiful flowers representing those in bloom on the solstice in Sweden. Enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies.

  • Battery Park City Community Field Day – Wednesday, June 27, 10am-1pm, Rockefeller Park. School’s out for summer! Learn to Double-Dutch, kick back with some ice cream, and listen to beats by the one and only DJ D–Official. Play classic field day games like potato-sack races, relays and tug-of-war. Don’t miss out on face painting, lawn and water games and spinning the BPC big wheel for prizes.
  • Fiddle Celebration – Thursdays in June, 5pm, Irish Hunger Memorial Plaza.

Enjoy traditional fiddle music from around the globe with the following artists in a newly-activated concert space:

  • June 7 // Tony Demarco: New York Trad Fest – Lively dance tunes like jigs, reels, and hornpipes will be performed by renowned New York Irish fiddle players, led by New York Trad Fest’s creator Tony Demarco and featuring the fabulous footwork of Megan Downes.
  • June 14 // Brian Conway & Friends – The all-Ireland fiddle champion, an American-born musical descendant of the great Sligo players who immigrated to New York in the 1900s, will be joined in a celebration of fiddle music by his sister, Rose Flanagan, and some of his prize-winning students along with piano master Brendan Dolan.
  • June 21 // Dalarnas Spelmansförbund – From the Dalarna region of Sweden, with hundreds of years of folk music tradition, the Dalarna Fiddle Association plays festive dance music, such as waltzes, polkas and schottisches, often featured at celebrations in their homeland.
  • River & Blues Concert Series – Select Thursdays, 7pm, Wagner Park. While the sun sets on New York Harbor come enjoy blues music from around the world:
    • July 5 // Songhoy Blues – This guitar-driven quartet has burst onto the world stage with attacking guitar riffs, Afro-Funk grooves and hypnotizing desert blues. Through their music these young stars share stories of exile, resilience and strength.
    • July 12 // Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely – New York music scene staple Toshi Reagon crafts progressive, soulful blues and creates an intimate, uplifting spiritual connection to the audience with the help of her renowned band BIGLovely. Don’t miss this joyous celebration by a unique talent!
    • July 19 // John Hammond – A River & Blues favorite, legendary bluesman, Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee John Hammond has shared the stage with a who’s who of blues greats, from Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters and more. Witness this master conjure the Delta Blues and transform his guitar and harmonica into an orchestra steaming forward with the power of a runaway train.
    • July 26 // Hurray for the Riff Raff – Born and raised in the Bronx, Alynda Lee Segarra ran away to New Orleans, emerging with the folk-inspired, bluesy-Americana sound of Hurray for the Riff Raff. Their latest release, The Navigator, explores her Caribbean roots, informing a powerful Nuyorican voice that addresses displacement, injustice, resilience and cultural pride.
    • August 2 // Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – This Seattle-based soul collective brings a jazzy, soulful blues sound to New York City. Hammond B-3–led jams, mixed with shredding guitar licks and inspired drum fills are destined to get the Wagner Park crowd movin’ and groovin’!
  • Strings-on-Hudson – Thursdays in August, 5:30pm, Belvedere Plaza. Back for a second summer after its smashing debut in 2017, Strings-on-Hudson is Battery Park City’s al fresco classical music series on the Hudson River waterfront:
  • August 9 // Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra – Downtown’s own KCO performs Sweet Sounds of Summer!, a stylish selection of classical melodies for your dancing pleasure, including foxtrots, tangos and waltzes.
  • August 23 // Leadlights – Rising young stars on the local string music scene, Leadlights brings contemporary and classical music to new audiences. Program to include a 2017 piece by New York-based composer Kyle Werner as well as selections by Beethoven, Brahms, and Mendelssohn.
  • August 30 // Harlem Quartet – Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet graces Belvedere Plaza in a program that reflects the group’s mission to advance diversity in classical music. This string quartet performance pairs works of Debussy and Schubert with Brazilian, Cuban, jazz and ragtime repertoire.

“From neighborhood festivals to worldwide fiddle celebrations, the summer programming by Battery Park City Authority is packed with community events for everyone to enjoy,” said Assembly Member Yuh-Line Niou. “I encourage families and lower Manhattan residents of all ages to take advantage of these great events as we mark fifty years since the creation of BPCA. Hope to see you in the neighborhood!”

“As we usher in brighter, warmer weather, I’m thrilled to join the Lower Manhattan community to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Battery Park City Authority,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “What better way to celebrate the arrival of the summer season than to experience all that Battery Park City has to offer? Thanks to the leadership of President and COO B.J. Jones, and the commitment of all the BPCA staff and volunteers, families across the city will have access to affordable, diverse community programming this summer.”

Interested individuals can subscribe to the BPC Parks mailing list by visiting bpcparks.org, by phone at (212) 267-9700, or at any BPC Parks program or event.

Concluded BPCA President & COO Jones: “These family-friendly activities are designed to bring people together and help make Battery Park City’s world-class parks and public spaces welcoming to all, especially the residents who year after year join in on the fun. That’s why we’ve invested more in free and affordable programming than ever before – and why we can’t wait to see you here!

About BPCA: Established in 1968, The Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority is a New York State Public Benefit Corporation charged with developing and maintaining a well-balanced community on the Lower West Side of Manhattan. Battery Park City’s 92-acre site has achieved worldwide acclaim as a model for community renewal in planning, creating, and maintaining a balance of commercial, residential, retail and park space. By pioneering development through ground leases and bonding authority with public/private partnerships between the BPCA and private developers, this planned community has become a blueprint for successful urban development.

For more info visit: bpca.ny.gov. Click here to explore Summer Programs

Click here to download the full Summer Calendar of 2018 Programs Summer Calendar of 2018 Programs

Bounce Cardio Fit

Get ready to jump into a fitter you! Fitness trampoline has gathered many fans all over the world.  You’ll feel like a kid again bouncing to energizing music while having loads of fun.  Improve your cardio, balance, and coordination while time flies by. You can torch hundreds of calories in just half an hour of a trampoline workout and it’s low-impact too!  So what are you waiting for?

Come and visit the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School! Space is limited. Instructor: Isaac Owens

Fee: Free with CCSHS annual membership or purchase of a day pass $15.

No class on 5/5

Bounce Cardio Fit

Get ready to jump into a fitter you! Fitness trampoline has gathered many fans all over the world.  You’ll feel like a kid again bouncing to energizing music while having loads of fun.  Improve your cardio, balance, and coordination while time flies by. You can torch hundreds of calories in just half an hour of a trampoline workout and it’s low-impact too!  So what are you waiting for?

Come and visit the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School! Space is limited. Instructor: Isaac Owens

Fee: Free with CCSHS annual membership or purchase of a day pass $15.

No class on 5/5

Bounce Cardio Fit

Get ready to jump into a fitter you! Fitness trampoline has gathered many fans all over the world.  You’ll feel like a kid again bouncing to energizing music while having loads of fun.  Improve your cardio, balance, and coordination while time flies by. You can torch hundreds of calories in just half an hour of a trampoline workout and it’s low-impact too!  So what are you waiting for?

Come and visit the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School! Space is limited. Instructor: Isaac Owens

Fee: Free with CCSHS annual membership or purchase of a day pass $15.

No class on 5/5