Swedish Midsummer Festival

Enjoy this unique celebration of the summer solstice. Learn folk dances from Barnklubben Elsa Rix and Swedish Folkdancers of New York. Make midsummer wreaths. Enjoy a parade, children’s games, and Swedish delicacies.  Traditional music by Paul Dahlin and Fiddlers from the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Dances led by Ross Sutter, Scandinavian folklorist.

For more information, visit  www.nycmidsummer.com.

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

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Note: In accordance with New York City law, alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the parks.

Public Art Tours & Workshop: Martin Puryear’s Pylons

This striking piece highlights the contrast between transparent and solid in relation to the river’s edge. Explore this idea with contemporary art historian Dorothea Basile and artist/educator Elise Engler by Constructing your own model using wood bits, wire dowels plus other materials recycled from a unique source.

 

Flamenco Dance

The Flamenco dance and music that we experiences today are the result of the blending of many cultures in southern Spain over centuries. Let Sonia Olla & Ismael Fernandez guide you through the lightning-fast footwork of this traditional dance form.

Go Fish! featuring Shine & the Moonbeams

Join us on Saturday, May 14th for fishing and family fun. 

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 and are project and bird watching.

CATCH-AND-RELEASE FISHING 10am-2pm: 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: Learn about the public art in Wagner Park and participate in an art-making workshop. Create your own sound-making instrument with recycled materials.

BIRD WATCHING 11am: Search with an experienced birder for species that live in or migrate through BPC Parks. Binoculars available to borrow.

FAMILY PERFORMANCE 12pm: The Moonbeams create a soulful musical extravaganza that captures the sweetness, uncertainty and simplicity of youth. play children’s music with a funky twist, using R&B rhythms and high energy vocals to make listeners of all ages get up and dance. Fronted by singer Shawana Kemp, a five-time winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater.

 

 

Badminton (Thursdays)

Everyone can enjoy a game of badminton at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School each Thursday from 7pm-9:30pm. With one singles court and two doubles courts there’s plenty of room for everyone. Rackets and birdies provided.

Free for full CCSHS members and Gym-Only members.  $15 for Adult non-members. $10 for Seniors/Youth/Student non-members.

To register call 646-210-4292 or email communitycenter@bpcparks.org.

History of the America’s Cup in New York

The America’s Cup races return to New York City for the first time since 1920, and viewing will be ideal from Battery Park City.  Learn the story of the America’s Cup from yachting historian John Rousmaniere, a leading authority on this legendary regatta.

Gardening Volunteers

Cultivate your enthusiasm for gardening by working as a volunteer alongside Battery Park City Parks’ horticulturists. See Battery Park City’s gardens up close while you gain insights into BPC
Parks’ unique methods of sustainable horticulture.

For more information, call 212-267-9700.

Badminton (Sundays)

Everyone can enjoy a game of badminton at the Community Center at Stuyvesant High School each Sunday from 1pm-5:30pm. With one singles court and two doubles courts there’s plenty of room for everyone. Rackets and birdies provided.

Free for full CCSHS members and Gym-Only members.  $15 for Adult non-members. $10 for Seniors/Youth/Student non-members.

To register call 646-210-4292 or email communitycenter@bpcparks.org.

 

Family Swim

Parents and kids can free-swim together all year round  in our indoor half-Olympic sized pool! Bring your own towel, lock and swim cap and we’ll provide you with a fun array of pool toys, noodles and floaties.

Fridays: 7 pm – 9:45 pm

Free for members. If you’re not a Community Center member yet, Day Passes are available for only $15 for adults and $10 for youth, students and seniors.