IN LOVING MEMORY OF GARY SATRIANO

The staffs of the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and the Battery Park City Authority fondly remember Maintenance Foreperson Gary Satriano who passed away on October 25th after a long battle with cancer.

Gary began working at the BPC Parks Conservancy in 1998 as a plumber. Within three years Gary was promoted to Foreperson of the Maintenance Department. He was one of the employees involved in managing the clean-up of Battery Park City after the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. Throughout his tenure, Gary was a critical person in the maintenance of Battery Park City’s world class parks and open spaces. He took great pride in his work and his staff.

Gary wore his heart on his sleeve. He openly expressed the way he felt about a situation. He was known for standing up for what he believed to be the right thing. He was often the first to raise an issue of concern to all staff and always believed in safety first. He gave unselfishly to his co-workers at BPCPC and thoroughly enjoyed the mentoring role he took on with younger people. He was passionate to the end about his work at the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy.

A passionate outdoorsman, Gary loved any opportunity to be outside. During breaks at work he would make music with other staff members, playing his guitar. He is survived by his beloved family: his wife Lori and his four children; Nick, Dayna, Jaclyn, and Brianna. Gary will be sorely missed by everyone at the BPC Parks Conservancy and BPCA.

Stories & Songs: Fall Series for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making. This series is for 13 month to 3.5 year olds and their caretakers.  It meets Tuesdays, from noon to 12:40 pm, from September 10th through December 10th, 2014.  Advanced registration is required. 14 sessions for $315.00.  PLEASE NOTEThere are still a few spaces available for this series.  You may sign up for the remaining sessions on a pro-rated basis.  Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email: 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org   Meets at 6 River Terrace (at the south end of River Terrace across the street from the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs (for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds)

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant, toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for thirteen month to three-and-half-year-olds and their caretakers and meets Wednesdays from September 10 through December 10th, 2014.

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.
Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email.

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs: Fall Series for newborn to 6 month-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant. Enjoy lullibies and other songs, movement,  singing and music making.

This session is for newborn to six-month-olds and their caretakers and meets Wednesdays from September 10 through December 10th, 2014.

Advanced registration is required. 14 sessions for $315.00.   PLEASE NOTEThere are still a few spaces available for this series.  You may sign up for the remaining sessions on a pro-rated basis.  Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email: 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace across the street from the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs Fall series for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for 13 month to 3.5 year olds and their caretakers and meets Tuesdays from September 9th through December 16th, 2014 (excluding November 11th).

PLEASE NOTE: This series is full but spaces are available in both of the noon sessions.  You may sign up for the remaining noon sessions on a pro-rated basis.  Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email: 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs: Fall series for 6 to 12 month-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant, toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for six to twelve-month-olds and their caretakers and meets Wednesdays from September 10 through December 10th, 2014.

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.
Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email.

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs: Fall series for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for 13 month to 3.5 year olds and their caretakers and meets Tuesdays from September 9th through December 16th, 2014 (excluding November 11th).

PLEASE NOTE: This series is full but spaces are available in both of the noon sessions.  You may sign up for the remaining noon sessions on a pro-rated basis.  Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email: 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace, across the street from the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs (for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds)

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant, toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for 13 month to 3.5 year olds and their caretakers and meets Wednesdays from September 10 through December 10th, 2014.

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.
Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email.

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs: Fall Series for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This series is for 13 month to 3.5 year olds and their caretakers and meets Tuesdays, from noon to 12:40 pm, from September 9th through December 16th, 2014 (excluding November 11th).  Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.  PLEASE NOTE: There are still a few spaces available for this series.  You may sign up for the remaining sessions on a pro-rated basis.  Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email: 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org

 

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace across the street from the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs: Newborn to 6 months

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant. Enjoy lullabies and other songs as well as singing and movement.

This series is for newborn to six-month-olds and their caretakers and meets Tuesdays from September 9th through December 16th, 2014 (excluding November 11th).

Advanced registration is required and space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.  PLEASE NOTEThere are still a few spaces available.  You may sign up for the remaining sessions on a pro-rated basis.  Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email: 6riverterrace@bpcparks.org.

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace across the street from the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs (for 13 month to 3.5 year-olds)

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant, toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for 13 month to 3.5 year olds and their caretakers and meets Tuesdays from September 9 through December 16th, 2014 (excluding November 11th).

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.
Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email.

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

Stories & Songs: For 6 to 12 month-olds

Share the joy of live music performed weekly by exciting professional musicians together with your infant, toddler or preschooler. Enjoy movement, parachute games, dancing, singing and music making.

This session is for 6 to 12 month-olds and their caretakers and meets Tuesdays from September 9 through December 16th, 2014 (excluding November 11th).

Advanced registration is required. Space is limited. 14 sessions for $315.00.
Please call 212-267-9700, ext. 363 or email.

Meets at 6 River Terrace
(at the south end of River Terrace by the Irish Hunger Memorial)

BPCPC celebrates 15 years of RIVER & BLUES

DATES:      Select Thursdays in July and August

TIME:        7 PM to 8:30 PM

PLACE:      Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (Access: Battery Place)

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

COST:        Free!

MORE INFO: 212.267.9700 or www.bpcparks.org

Enjoy summertime blues against the backdrop of spectacular sunsets over the Hudson River on five Thursday evenings in July and August at BPCPC’s RIVER & BLUES concert series. Bring family and friends to these unforgettable evenings. The concert series is designed and organized by Abby Ehrlich, Director of Parks Programming and Craig Hudon, Foreman of Parks Programming.

JULY 10: Christian Scott Quintet. Grammy-nominated trumpet sensation Christian Scott plays original compositions with one foot deep in his New Orleans roots, and the other leaping forward with the Rock and Hip Hop influence of his NYC home.

July 17: The Wiyos. Critically-acclaimed band, The Wiyos, combine their “old-timey” rambling blues, folk and swing with a touch of psychedelic surf music to create a truly unique style that’s pure Americana.

July 24: Heritage Blues Quintet. Heritage Blues Quintet’s music is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities and boundless beauty of African-American music.

July 31: Bettye LaVette. Bettye LaVette, described by The New York Times as “rivaling Aretha Franklin as her generation’s most vital soul singer,” will perform at River & Blues.

August 7: Sun Ra Arkestra. This 12-strong legendary jazz orchestra takes you on an intergalactic journey spanning the past, the present and the future.

Sunset Jam On The Hudson: Friday Evening Drumming Circles

DATE:        FRIDAYS, July 11 – August 22

TIME:         6:30 PM to 8 PM

PLACE:      Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (access: Battery Place) Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan

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

COST:        Free! Drop-in.

MORE INFO: 212.267.9700 or www.bpcparks.org

Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms at SUNSET JAM ON THE HUDSON drumming circles. The gatherings are led by master drummers MAGUETTE CAMARA and MARY KNYSH. After beginning with the teaching of traditional drumming patterns, and establishing a steady heartbeat pulse, participants are then asked to contribute their own rhythmic patterns as part of call and response chanting and drumming. Instruments are provided, or bring your own.

MAGUETTE CAMARA is the founder and director of MANÉ KADANG, a group of West African musicians and dancers. Maguette teaches African Dance at Barnard-Columbia University and Alvin Ailey School of Dance. He leads drop-in drumming circles for teens in Battery Park City Parks on Tuesday afternoons in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park.

MARY KNYSH is a professional musician and educator. She is a master teacher at the Music For People organization, and plays many kinds of drums, guitars, flutes and recorders, as well as the tambourine and mandolin. Mary’s albums include Rhythms All Around (2005), Walk About (2004), Sussurus (2000) and Heart Like a Feather (1998).

The Battery Park City Authority’s Parks Conservancy is the non-profit organization that manages, operates and maintains the parks of Battery Park City. It offers over 1,500 events and outdoor recreational activities for families, children, teens, and adults from May 1 through October 31. For a free 2014 program calendar, call 212.267.9700 or e-mail info@bpcparks.org.  BPCPC also manages the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School. Visit www.ccshs.org.

 

Bhangra Family Dance: Featuring DJ Rekha

DATE:           Saturday, August 16

TIME:           6:30pm-8pm

PLACE:        Esplanade Plaza (Access: Liberty Street) Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan

SUBWAY:   4, 5 to Wall Street / J to Broad Street R to Rector Street / 1 to Rector Street

COST:          Free!

No experience or partners necessary at BPC Park’s BHANGRA FAMILY DANCE: just get up and dance to energetic and joyful music from India in a musical party spun by DJ REKHA all ages are welcomed. DJ REKHA is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Drummers and dancers will perform, and then lead the audience in the basics of bhangra, a dance and musical style with roots in centuries-old folk music and seasonal, celebratory dance.

DJ Rekha is a London-born, New York City based musician, DJ, producer, curator, and activist. Named “the Ambassador of Bhangra” by The New York Times and one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha has been credited with pioneering Bhangra music in North America. Her record label, Beat Bazaar Music, launched in November 2011, and is a broad cross-section of musical genres – from Bhangra to Dancehall to Hip Hop to Bollywood. DJ Rekha marked the ten-year anniversary of Basement Bhangra in 2007, with the compilation, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra, featuring an array of international stars, including Wyclef Jean, Panjabi MC, Tigerstyle and Bikram Singh.

DJ Rekha was the Sound Designer for the 2006 TONY winning Broadway Show Bridge and Tunnel, as well as the Off-Broadway show Rafta Rafta. She served as Associate Producer for the NPR Radio Documentary A Feet in Two Worlds, was the 2009 Cultural Ambassador to the U.S. in India for the U.S. State Department, and performed at the White House. She gives lectures and workshops on Hip Hop, politics, and South Asian art for the Smithsonian, Brooklyn Museum, and Colombia University, and her work has been featured on CNN, NPR, and PBS.

 

 

 

 

 

GO FISH: Featuring a Performance by Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke

DATE:       SATURDAY, SEPT 20

 TIME:      10AM to 2PM

PLACE:     Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park (Access: Battery Place)

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

COST:       FREE!

 

10 AM to 2 PM – Catch-and-release fishing

11 AM to 2 PM – Art project

11 AM to 12:30PM – Bird Watching

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM – Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke

 

CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING & ART: Join BPCPC’s Master Anglers and drop a line for some of the 30-plus species of fish that live in New York Bay (the Hudson River’s estuary). During GO FISH, barbless hooks minimize injuries to both fish and participants. Fish are placed in saltwater tanks for observation and identification before being released back into the Hudson. Live demonstrations and displays teach fish anatomy and heighten awareness of the ecology, flourishing marine life and current state of good health of the Hudson River and its estuary. Drop in on fish-related art projects. Rods, reels and bait are provided for those who don’t bring their own.

 

BIRD WATCH: Search with an experienced birder for species that live in or migrate through BPC Parks. Binoculars available to borrow.

 

FAMILY PERFORMANCE: Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke began writing and performing together in 1990 and formed the duo Reak and Stump. They shared an enthusiasm for Punk, Bluegrass, Old Time String Bands, Mills Brothers, obscure folk tunes, Hank Williams Beatles, and Dylan – not necessarily in that order. The great country brother duos (Louvin, Delmore, Everly, Blue Sky Boys) were also an obsession and tight vocal harmonies have always been a defining element of their sound.

 

Since 2010 Key Wilde has worked with the Battery Park Conservancy leading sessions in the “Stories + Songs” series – a weekly program that introduces and integrates musical performance into very young children’s lives. 

I Have A Dream and Other Wishes: with Storyteller Therese Folkes Plair

Stories for All Ages 

 

DATE:        SATURDAY, AUGUST 16

TIME:        11 AM

PLACE:      Teardrop Park (access: Warren or Murray Street) Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan

SUBWAY:  1, 2, 3, A, C, J to Chambers Street / E to WTC 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge / R to City Hall

MORE INFO: 212.267.9700 or www.bpcparks.org

COST:        Free!

 

Storytelling – humankind’s oldest art form – aims to teach as well as entertain both young and old. Come enjoy sitting on Teardrop Park’s green grass while listening to singer, storyteller, activist, and educator Therese Folkes Plair. Therese Folkes Plair retells the dream that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. told the world in 1963, and other stories.

 

Therese Folkes Plair performs stories and music that celebrates the oral and written literature of people of African descent. Through dramatic retelling, she will bring alive excerpts from Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King’s history-making “I Have A Dream” speech from 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for families on August 16th. Hear about a visionary man’s dream of a world where King’s own children and all children “would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” Experience how a dream of racial harmony and equal rights for all people became the dream of a nation.

 

Following the stories, participants will have the materials to make their own book of dreams to take home. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.

 

Go Fish!

Saturday, October 18th, 10am-2pm in Wagner Park. CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING, 10am-2pmJoin BPCPC’s Master Anglers and drop a line for some of the 30-plus species of fish that live in New York Bay (the Hudson River’s estuary). During GO FISH, barbless hooks minimize injuries to both fish and participants. Fish are placed in saltwater tanks for observation and identification before being released back into the Hudson. Live demonstrations and displays teach fish anatomy and heighten awareness of the ecology, flourishing marine life and current state of good health of the Hudson River and its estuary. Rods, reels and bait are provided for those who don’t bring their own. ART PROJECTS, 11am-2pm Drop in on fish-related art projects. BIRD WATCHING, 11amSearch with an experienced birder for species that live in or migrate through BPC Parks. Binoculars available to borrow. FAMILY PERFORMANCE, 12:30pmMorning Star lifts spirits with traditional and contemporary Irish music and songs.