2016 Annual Easter Egg Hunt – A Great Day and Time Had by All!

On Saturday, March 26th, the Friends of St Nicholas Park hosted the 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for a group of almost 400 eager egg hunters! It was the largest Easter Egg Hunt in recent history. The day was filled with dance, games, face painting, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, pop corn and a visit from our friend, the Easter Bunny accompanied by his Bunny pal this year!  Read more..

 

Pen and Pistol: Hamilton/Burr Duel Anniversary at Hamilton Grange, Sat. July 13th

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Next Saturday, July 13th the Hamilton Grange celebrates the 209th Anniversary of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. This duel cost Hamilton his young life. Come to the Grange for a reading from the letters leading up to this historic duel by Park Ranger performers.

This event will be remembered at Hamilton Grange National Memorial on Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. The event is free to the public. Park Rangers will perform dramatic readings from the letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that led up to the infamous exchange, allowing visitors to travel back to 1804.

More information here on the National Park Service Website.

The program is just a part of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness foundation’s month long celebration of Hamilton’s life. For more on those events check them out on the “Celebrate Hamilton2013” page.

Green Gym Day Hike This Sunday, June 9th!

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Our great Friends of Morningside Park is hosting a Green Gym Day hike from the southern end of Morningside Park to the northern end of St. Nicholas Park. The event take place this Sunday, June 9th from 10:30am-12pm. Meet at Manhattan Ave and 110th Street to begin the hike through these two historic and wonderful Harlem Park. The hike will end at the Hamilton Grange at the northern part of St. Nicholas Park. Participants are encourage to stay and join the group to eat lunch at one of the nearby establishments.

Click here for a map of the hiking route.

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St. Nicholas Park Community Meeting – Tuesday March 12th 7pm

Dear Friends!

We have great news to share, New York City Parks Department, New York City Partnership for Parks and the Friends of St. Nicholas Park will be holding a community park planning meeting on Tuesday, March 12th from 7pm-9pm at St. Marks United Methodist Church at 49 – 55 Edgecombe Ave. (West 137th Street & St. Nicholas Ave.).

This meeting’s purpose is to plan events for St. Nicholas park in 2013. We need some great ideas and volunteers to help us make St. Nicholas Park better than ever!

Please RSVP by emailing Seth Jones at Seth.Jones@parks.nyc.gov

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions in the comments.

Friends of St. Nicholas Park

 

Recycle your Christmas tree in parks around Harlem

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Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees on Saturday and Sunday, January 12 and 13, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Bring your Christmas tree to be recycled into wood chips that will nourish plantings across the city or take home a bag of mulch at some of the locations to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree on your block.

Remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to the MulchFest site! Also, you’re encouraged to bring bags to take advantage of the free mulch provided at the locations listed in the link below.

Here’s a list of some of the Harlem park drop-off points:

Riverside Park at West 116th Street & Riverside Drive, West 138th Street & Riverside and West 145th Street & Riverside

William B Washington Garden at 321-325 West 126th Street, between St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Morningside Park at West 123rd Street & Morningside Avenue

Marcus Garvey Park at West 122nd Street & Madison Avenue

Jackie Robinson Park at West 145th Street & Edgecombe Avenue

For more info and a list of other parks participating in the neighborhood and around the five boroughs: http://www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest

St. Nicholas Park Named One of New York City’s Best Winter Walks

DNA Info listed St. Nicholas Park as one of the City’s best for winter walks and activities. Article is below.

Great Winter Walks In New York City By Ben Fractenberg

NEW YORK — Looking to walk through a winter wonderland without leaving the city?
December through February is a time many New Yorkers choose to hibernate, to curl up indoors with a warm drink and a good book. But it can also be a great time to get outdoors. Normally bustling paths are more serene, clear and bright skies can give amazing views and the brisk air can be invigorating.
Here is our selection of some great winter walks around New York City.

Roosevelt Island

The narrow island between Queens and Manhattan provides sweeping views of the city’s skyline. A path runs along the island’s edge, both north and south of the tram and F subway station, and the path should be open and uncluttered during the colder months.
“Here I don’t see crowds,” said Sergey Chugunov, 48, who was visiting New York from Russia and traveled to Roosevelt Island after a friend he was staying with recommended the walk. “It’s very cool.”
Indeed, the path along the water seemed to be used primarily by locals heading to the subway or taking their children for a walk. Visitors can take their time strolling along the water’s edge and not have to worry about someone bumping into them when they stop to take a picture.
The island is mainly residential, so you might want to consider bringing some snacks and maybe a thermos full of warm soup or cocoa. There is a Starbucks next to the subway station and some delis, but little further away.
Walking north from the Roosevelt Island subway station to Lighthouse Park is a little more than a mile.
The subway is an easy way to get there, but if you have more time, the tram — which you can get from 60th Street and 2nd Avenue — is highly recommended. The ride is quick and the views are stunning.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a popular spot in the spring and summer months for the cherry blossoms, fields for lounging and a massive selection of plants. But the winter can be just as picturesque.
Light in Winter, a series of activities including bird walks, garden tours and winter yoga, will take place at the garden from November through February. The garden is free Tuesday through Friday from Nov. 1 to March 1.
If you are itching to find a walk to help beat the winter doldrums, the Botanic Garden is offering an hour-long narrated walk on Sundays at 1 p.m. by psychotherapist Lynne Spevack, who will talk about the importance of getting light during the dark months and other tips on staying positive until spring.
The Terrace Café, which is located in the Steinhardt Conservatory during late fall and winter, also provides a special seasonal menu with fare such as root-vegetable potpie, soups and paninis.
The garden is also good for just wandering on your own or with friends and family. While many plants are dormant until spring you can still enjoy the park’s trees, classic architecture and pond — made even more beautiful if snow is falling.
The park, which is located along Flatbush Avenue, is accessible by the 2, 3, 4, 5 at Franklin Avenue; B, Q, at Prospect Park and S train at Botanic Garden. Check out its website for a full list of Light in Winter walks and activities and hours of operation.

High Line

The popular High Line park is a bit of a madhouse in the spring and summer, but in the winter it can feel like your own private path, meandering above street level through the Meatpacking District and Chelsea.
The park has stunning views of the Hudson River and New York architecture and seats for lounging with a warm drink.
The park, which was built on an old freight rail line, runs just under 1.5 miles from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street, west of 10th Avenue.
While there aren’t likely to be food options on the High Line during winter, you do pass right by the Chelsea Market, which has plenty of food and beverage options. Hector’s Café and Diner, located near the park’s southern entrance on Little West 12th Street, is also a good spot to get some cheap food.
The park is also wheelchair accessible with elevators located at 14th, 16th, 23rd and 30th streets.

St. Nicholas Park

Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park has one of the best hills for sledding in the city. The field slopes down from St. Nicholas Terrace to St. Nicholas Avenue at 135th Street, right where the B,C stop is.
Wait for a good snowfall to check out the sledders or walk around the park’s trails, which wind their way from 128th to 141st streets. Walking along the higher part of the park below St. Nicholas Terrace, it is easy to forget you are in the city altogether, with just the tops of some buildings visible to the east.
There isn’t food available in the park, but you can find lots of options just a block away on Fredrick Douglass Boulevard. Lil’ Bites Café on 135th and Fredrick Douglas is affordable and has a good assortment of salads, sandwiches and paninis.

Volunteer to Help New York City Parks This Weekend

Hurricane Sandy has left a major mess in a lof of New York City Parks, but you can help clean up and get these parks back to their tip top shape. Below are volunteer opportunities around the city this weekend. Click on the link to register and help our parks be better than ever!

Volunteer with NYC Parks

Many of New York City’s parks and playgrounds were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. If you would like to volunteer with NYC Parks to aid in clean up and recovery, please review the list of parks and playgrounds below that are in need of assistance this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Click the links below to sign up in your borough and be sure to check back for updates on other parks in need of volunteers!

Bronx
Van Cortlandt Park
Orchard Beach
Click here to volunteer in the Bronx
Brooklyn
Prospect Park
McCarren Park
Click here to volunteer in Brooklyn
Manhattan
Happy Warrior Playground
Annunciation Park
Carl Schurz Park
Anne Loftus Playground (at Fort Tryon Park)
Randall’s Island (Friday and Saturday only)
Click here to volunteer in Manhattan
Queens (Friday and Saturday only)
Brookville Park
Baisley Pond Park
Click here to volunteer in Queens

Monthly Coffee Bark, July 10th 9AM-11AM

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Our July Coffee Bark is this Saturday, July 10th from 9am-11am at St. Nick’s Dog Run. Come to the Dog Run and celebrate the beginning of summer with free coffee and donuts. Socialize with fellow dog owners and discuss issues and ideas on concerning St. Nicholas Park and St. Nick’s Dog Run.

Our Coffee Barks take place the first Saturday of every month from 9am-11am at the St. Nick’s Dog Run.

The St. Nick’s Dog Run is located in the middle of St. Nicholas Park between 136th and 137th streets. If you are interested in volunteering for the Coffee Bark, contact us at info@stnicholaspark.org

IMAGENATION Film Festival on the 135th Street Lawn

FULL SCHEDULE

Monday, July 12 – Good Hair with performance by Black Sheep
Thursday, July 15* – Still Bill with performance by Jeremy James
Monday, July 19 – Freedom Riders with performance by Nakia Henry
Monday, July 26 – The Spirit of Salsa (NYLIFF screening & HBO) with live salsa! (Raindate August 2)
Wednesday, July 28 – The Other Side of the Water with performance byDJARARA
Thursday, July 29 – The Princess and the Frog
Monday, August 2 – Los Que Se Quedan (Those Who Remain)
Monday, August 9 – Reel Sisters of the Diaspora film screening
Saturday, August 14 – The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang with live tap dancing!
Sunday, August 15 – Soundtrack for A Revolution preceded by a special tribute to Lena Horne
Monday, August 16 – Rise-Up with performance by Judah Tribe

**All screenings take place at the 135th Street Great Lawn with musical acts starting at 7:30PM and movies beginning at 8:30PM.  Rain venues TBA.