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

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 [email protected].  BPCPC also manages the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School. Visit


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


 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. 


Join contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile for tours of Battery Park City’s public art on select Saturdays and Sundays from May through September. Bring family and friends to these walking tours appropriate for all ages.



COST:             Free!

MORE INFO: 212.267.9700 or 


The Real World
in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park
Take a fascinating look at the playfully political sculptural installation The Real World by Tom Otterness, a bustling miniature society cast in bronze in the northeast corner of Nelson A. Rockefeller Park.


Public Art Tour with Art Making Workshop, Sunday, 2PM

September 21, Rector Gate: A work by artist R.M. Fischer, inspires many to think about our industrial past as well as a fantastical future. Create a fanciful tower or archway. Appropriate for ages 5 and older.


Teardrop Park.
The two-acre Teardrop Park is a synthesis of landscape design and artistic vision. Inspired by the dramatic geology of the Hudson River Valley, massive bluestone elements make up the natural sculptural landscape designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and artist Ann Hamilton. 


SUBWAY TO WAGNER PARK: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green / R to Whitehall St. / 1 to Rector Street / J to Broad St. (Access: Battery Place)


SUBWAY TO NORTH BATTERY PARK CITY: (Teardrop Park / The Real World)
1, 2, 3, A, C, J to Chambers Street / E to WTC / 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge / R to City Hall (Access: Chambers Street)

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

Stories for All Ages 



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

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.


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

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


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 [email protected]. 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