Go Fish! featuring Arm of the Sea Theater

Join us on Saturday, September 19th for fishing and family fun. 

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. Rods, reels and bait are provided for those who don’t bring their own.

Drop in on fish-
related art projects. 

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

Arm of the Sea Theater perform their newest production, Hook, Line & Sinker, with larger-than-life puppets, live music and special effects revealing the Hudson River’s complexities.

It’s Turtle Day too!

For more information on Arm of the Sea Theater, please visit their website or Facebook page.


River & Blues featuring Henry Butler & Friends

Enjoy a summer evening listening to the blues while the sun sets over the Hudson River. Bring a picnic and your friends!

Playing gutbucket blues or uptown jazz, he has been described as the greatest living proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition. Butler’s knowledge and mastery of 20th century piano music is encyclopedic. He can throw baroque flourishes into New Orleans rhythm & blues, add boogie woogie trills to classical ragtime, or play gospel standards with free jazz dissonances and abstractions.

Butler’s sound has been influenced by his childhood in New Orleans; by studying with Alvin Batiste, Sir Roland Hanna, Professor Longhair, and James Booker, among others; and by formal music education at Louisiana School for the Blind, Southern University, and Baton Rouge. Butler has the musical fluency and inspiration to interpret almost any piece of music into his own unique creation.

The Taming of the Shrew

Battery Park City Parks Conservancy presents four exciting and interactive nights of theatre as the New York Classical Theatre performs Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew in Teardrop Park.

New York Classical Theatre specializes in outdoor panoramic performances of classic plays. Each performance is adapted to work in harmony with the public venue in which it is staged. The audience becomes active spectators and part of the movement of the production, much like another cast member. The performers will use the magical landscape of Teardrop Park as their scenery, moving from place to place for different scenes and allowing the landscape to influence the pacing and flow of the drama. The production’s movement and lively pacing are sure to enthrall audience members of all ages, especially younger ones who will find this a joyful introduction to theater.

Teardrop Park was designed to give visitors the feeling of walking through the natural landscape of the Catskill Mountains. Its rock formations, lush vegetation and meandering pathways provide a uniquely dramatic urban park experience.

Founded in 2000, the New York Classical Theatre has performed to over 150,000 people in venues including Central Park and Governor’s Island.The New York Times said “the theatre treats Shakespeare as a movable feast…it is a joy to see Shakespeare amid the grass and trees.”

Walk & Talk: The History of Pier A

Extending 300 feet into New York Harbor and featuring a 70-foot clock tower, Pier A is New York City’s last remaining historic pier and its latest revival story. On Sunday, June 28, 2015 the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy will host a free tour of this beautifully restored site. The discussion will be led by BPCA Vice President of Real Property Gwen Dawson who will explain the history of Pier A and tell the story of its recent renovation and re-imaging as a public space.

The pier was constructed from 1884 to 1886 by the city’s Department of Docks for its use and that of the Police Department harbor patrol. Used by both until the 1950’s, the pier also was home to the New York Fire Department’s marine division until 1992, when the Pier was left vacant in anticipation of development into a public space. This renovation was delayed for many years, until the BPCA took on the project in 2008, and opened it to the public in late 2014.

Taking the pier from an abandoned structure to a three-story, flood-prepared building with beautifully-designed bars and restaurants as well as a visitor’s center and a public promenade was no easy task, and Gwen Dawson, the BPCA Vice President of Real Property will discuss the unique challenges in this conversion.


Friday Night for Teens

Friday Night for Teens is a free program, held on Friday May 29, 2015 and Friday June 5, 2015, that gives kids a safe space to have fun and hang out. From 7 to 9 pm Battery Park City Parks Conservancy’s events space, 6 River Terrace, will open so teens can drop by to play games like table tennis, foosball, super-sized Connect-4, board games, or just hang out. Parks Programming Leaders will be on hand to help break the ice and make sure everyone has fun. There will be pizza, snacks, a movie and lots of opportunities for selfies. Come by with your friends or come meet new ones! No parents allowed!

Memorial Day Weekend Sail-Abration

Come to Offshore Sailing School at North Cove Marina at Brookfield Place for a fun, exciting, amazing sailboat ride. One hour sailboat rides are just $35. Rides on Offshore Sailing School Colgate 26 sailboats go out on the hour 9am to 6pm - Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, May 22-25. Drawings held at noon and 4pm on the Offshore Sailing School dock each day. You do not have to be present to win!

Enter the Drawing for a Chance to Win

    • Free KidsSail 5 Half-Day Program
    • Free 2-Hour Sailing Lesson
    • Free 3-Day Learn to Sail Course

From our friends at North Cove Sailing School & Offshore Sailing




Cuban Family Dance

As the new chapter in Cuba-US relations unfolds, celebrate the cultural impact that Cuban music and dance has had on New York.  “Pepito” Gomez performs music that encompasses the history of his native Cuba, from the son and rumba of the Buena Vista Social Club era, to the modern sounds of timba, a very danceable, post-salsa, high-energy style. For 20 years he has been astonishing worldwide audiences, with his strong, beautiful tenor voice.

Move, shake and get into the rhythm with this free all-ages community dance.  Fuákata Cuban Salsa NY will both perform for, and instruct, attendees so there should be no worries about knowing the steps. They will perform salsa and Rueda de Casino, a visually spectacular dance combination which involves the constant movement of partners. After their performance everyone will be invited to get up and dance!

Play at the Park House

Drop by the Rockefeller Park House and have fun playing in the park! Adults and children can borrow toys and play equipment to use free of charge. Smaller kids can let their imaginations go wild with the play kitchen and pretend food or invent a game with hula hoops, bouncy balls and blocks. There are many fun kids’ books available for those who wish to sit on the grass and enjoy a quiet read. Older children, teens and adults can play billiards, Ping-Pong, Chess or Scrabble. Stop in and challenge your friends to a game of knock-hockey, basketball, or backgammon!

Spring Break Dodgeball Tournament

Test your mettle, your speed and your agility against your opponents’ barrage. Move fast or be last! Will you have what it takes to be the last one standing?

You don’t need a team to participate; bring your friends or make new ones when you arrive! There will be two games going at once so everyone will get a chance to compete. Each round will be a lightning quick 3-5 minute contest. The team that wins two out of three rounds moves on to the next challenge. Play hard, have fun, and you might win free CCSHS day passes!

Free for members! Day Passes cost $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, students and youth.

All ages. Equipment provided.


Weather Update

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Since the kids are out school, the Battery Park City Ball Fields will open from today from 10am to 5pm and are a great place for the whole family to make snow angels, build snow men or have a friendly snow ball fight. The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School gyms will be open today from 3pm-9pm. The pool will be closed today, but it will be open tomorrow during regular hours.

We’ll be putting updates on our Twitter & Facebook pages throughout the coming days so be sure to check back in with us.