Public Art Retrospective - Part One: North Cove to South Cove

“From the whimsical sculptures of The Real World in Rockefeller Park to the meditative natural beauty of South Cove and much more, public art is in Battery Park City’s DNA,” says BPCA President B.J. Jones. Join contemporary art historian, Dorothea Basile, on two walks highlighting the public art that was originally commissioned to celebrate the threshold where city meets Hudson River waterfront-park landscapes and the more recent installations which have continued that vision.

*Meet at Waterfront Plaza entrance to the Winter Garden.

Go Fish! featuring The Suzi Shelton Band

Experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing and discover the variety of marine life thriving in the Hudson River! Skilled anglers will be on hand to assist. Rods and bait provided or bring your own. All ages are welcome.

CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING 10am: Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Observe the day’s catch in aerated tanks and discover what you can do to steward the recovery of the Hudson. This day also features an art project and a nature watching. The River Project, the fellow stewards of the Hudson River and New York Harbor, will join us to share their innovative work in environmental education.

ART PROJECT & NATURE WALK 11am: NYC is known among birders as a fantastic and unique place to observe birds, especially during spring and fall migration seasons. Join a naturalist/horticulturalists team as we look for birds and learn about the plantings and flowers which attract them. All ages and experience levels are welcome! Binoculars available to borrow.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE 12pm: The Suzi Shelton Band - Award winning Brooklyn children’s musician Suzi Shelton performs feel-good, upbeat songs for everybody.  Whether it’s fist-pumping anthems or foot-tapping melodies, her music will have you moving and grooving! Featuring music from critically acclaimed album Smile in My Heart.

 

Hummingbird Hootenanny

Help us kick off the fall season with a celebration of our small but mighty friend, the hummingbird. Join us for a day of feathered frenzy featuring a hummingbird watch zone, a bird-watching and nature walk, and a live performance and hum-along with bluegrass band Astrograss. Make bird wings and masks and help us weave a human-sized hummingbird nest!

11:00am: Art Projects
11:30am: Bird-watching/Nature walk
12:00pm: Family Concert featuring Astrograss

Strings-On-Hudson: Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra

Kick up your heels with Gary S. Fagin and KCO for Sweet Sounds of Summer!, a stylish selection of classical melodies for your dancing pleasure, including foxtrots, tangos, and waltzes. Or just sit back and the timeless tunes of Johann Strauss, Irving Berlin and other great masters of song and dance.

River & Blues: 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.

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!

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.

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.

Go Fish!

Experience the thrill of catch-and-release fishing and discover the variety of marine life thriving in the Hudson River! Skilled anglers will be on hand to assist. Rods and bait provided or bring your own. All ages are welcome.

Join experienced anglers for catch-and-release fishing and learn about life in the Hudson River. Observe the day’s catch in aerated tanks and discover what you can do to steward the recovery of the Hudson. This event includes a project and bird watching.

VOLUNTEER GARDENING 10am: Get your hands dirty in the planting beds of Wagner Park. Work with BPC Parks’ renowned horticulture staff and experience organic, sustainable gardening.

BIRD WATCHING 11am: NYC is known among birders as a fantastic and unique place to observe birds, especially during spring and fall migration seasons. Join a naturalist/horticulturalists team as we look for birds and learn about the plantings and flowers which attract them. All ages and experience levels are welcome! Binoculars available to borrow.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE 12pm: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater presents Dirt: The Secret Life of Soil - Where does food come from and from what is it made? Come see Arm-of-the-Sea‘s primer for “urban bumpkins upcountry gardeners alike” to learn about the miraculous workings of the earth beneath us and all the organisms within.

MARINE EDUCATION CLASSROOM VISITS: May - June, Tuesdays and Fridays School groups, grades 3 and up, experience catch-and-release fishing and learn about the geographic ecological history of the Hudson River in wonderful visits to Wagner Park. Also offered in September and October. Registration for fall visits begins August 1. To find out more, email: [email protected]