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Things to do this week in NYC Apr 27-May 4: Outdoor Activities

April 27, 2013 - by CG Directory Editor
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New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

"Tu-Mulch-Uous and Tree-Mendous" - Green-Wood Cemetery
April 27, 2013 - Brooklyn

Calling all gardeners! The Green-Wood Historic Fund will host “TU-MULCH-UOUS AND TREE-MENDOUS,” a day of free mulch, and free trees, and free gardening advice, on Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Brooklyn’s Historic Green-Wood Cemetery. Starting at 10:00 a.m., home landscapers and urban gardeners can scoop up some of the best, high-grade mulch available. Mulch-seekers are advised to bring their own bags. Free trees are also available for New York City residents thanks to a collaboration with the New York Restoration Project and MillionTreesNYC. Anyone interested in bringing home a free tree should arrive as close to 10 am as possible to fill out a registration form. Trees are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, though a small number of trees will also be available by reservation ahead of time, via To be eligible to receive a tree, you must be a New York City resident and able to transport the tree home on your own that day. Each tree weighs approximately 30 pounds. One hundred trees will be given away, and participants can select the tree they’d like. Options at Green-Wood will include fruit trees and small flowering trees. Participants can save time by downloading the paperwork online in advance, via Also on hand will be Green-Wood horticulture experts to answer any gardening-related questions you might have about your new tree or your garden at home. Participants are urged to register online in advance. To find out more information or to register, visit or call 718-210-3080. Quantities are limited and participants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Arbor Festival - Queens Botanical Garden
April 28, 2013 - Flushing

It’s a fun-filled day at QBG’s Arbor Festival. Come enjoy a variety of activities for all ages including arts and crafts, storytelling, live music, garden tours, bird walks, workshops, food, and craft vendors.

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through April 28, 2013 - Brooklyn

Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.

Arbor Festival - Queens Botanical Garden
April 28, 2013 - Flushing

It is a fun-filled day at QBG’s annual Arbor Festival. Come enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, old-fashioned games, live music, Hiccups the Clown and facepainting, workshops, garden tours, bird walks, food and craft vendors, consultations with tree and compost experts, and a beer tasting tent!

Urban Greenwalk - Open Air
Through April 28, 2013 - New York

Come take the urban greenwalk challenge. A three block walk along one of New York City’s most well preserved neighborhoods to experience Earth Week like never before. The first event of its kind, the open air videowalk brings together retailers, green organizations and community. Each participating store will host an element to inform all who attend on how to be a deeper shade of green. Initiatives will include: rainwater harvesting, solar power, bicycling, natural areas, community gardening, wildlife gardening, composting, recycling, clean waterways, native species, plastic bag reduction, community supported agriculture, ocean conservation and more.

Earth Day Celebration - Mystic Aquarium
Through April 28, 2013 - Mystic

Join more than one billion people who celebrate Earth Day each year—come to the aquarium’s annual Party for the Planet! Enjoy scavenger hunts, hands-on activities and games all weekend, plus learn how to reduce your personal impact on the environment.

Lunchtime Spring Bird Walks - American Museum of Natural History
April 29, 2013 - New York

Join ornithologist Paul Sweet on walks through Central Park during spring migration. Learn how to identify the varied bird species of New York City using field marks, behavior, and song. All bird walks start across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street. Walks are limited to 15 people per series. Be sure to bring a pair of binoculars, and wear comfortable shoes. Please note: These walks are more than an hour long, with steps, slopes and wood-chip paths. For more information, call the AMNH Bird Walk Hotline at 212-313-7579.

Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series - Queens Botanical Garden
May 02, 2013 - Flushing

Queens Botanical Garden announces the opening of registration for the “Grow More Vegetables” program which will be held at the Garden beginning in April. This is a free edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in urban settings. The program, with hands-on gardening instruction, consists of six classes, both in the classroom and in the field. There is an application process and preference will be given to participants who work, live, or garden in Queens. The course runs for six Thursdays, April 4-May 9, 6-8pm. Space is limited.

Reefs Illuminated - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 03, 2013 - New York

In this new film directed by Brennan Vance John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology, and David Gruber, Museum research associate and an assistant professor at The City University of New York, take a journey to the remote South Pacific coral reefs of the Solomon Islands to explore newly discovered biofluorescent species of fishes and stingrays, along with biofluorescent corals, crinoids, anemones, and other glowing invertebrates. The film will screen in the Geodome theater in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Ladies Night Out : Mothers Day/All About Moms - New York Water Taxi
May 03, 2013 - New York

It's Ladies Night Out aboard the ZEPHYR, and you've just got to be there! Where else can you get in some serious girl talk with dazzling scenery, delicious cocktails and a decadent dessert bar to go ga ga for... all while you dance to the hottest tunes, delight in psychic readings and more! So grab your besties, co-workers, neighbors, sorority sisters, single mom friends and anyone else that wants to be pampered, and party!

Biking & Birding: Clove Lakes and Silver Lake Parks, Staten Island - Whitehall Terminal, Staten Island Ferry (Manhattan side)
May 04, 2013 - New York

Guide: Gabriel Willow. Journey to the borough of Staten Island with expert naturalist Gabriel Willow to discover some of its best birding spots. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across and then ride to Staten Island's premier "migrant traps," Clove Lakes and Silver Lake parks. Bring binoculars, water, lunch, and your bicycle. The group meets at the Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan side at 9am. To register or learn more about this event, please contact Tod Winston at NYC Audubon's office at 646-434-0422 or email him at Limited to 15 registrants. $30 The Whitehall Terminal is accessible by the M5, M15, M15 SBS and M20 bus routes and the 1, 4, 5, J, R and Z trains.

NYC Compost Project in Queens: Compost Tabling at Earth Day Rockaway - Rockaway Beach
May 04, 2013 - Rockaway

Visit the NYC Compost Project in Queens at Earth Day Rockaway. We'll provide advice about composting indoors and outdoors, and will have a LIVE worm bin on site!

Mother's Day Plant Sale - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 12, 2013 - Flushing

May 1 through 12 or while supplies last. Give mom (or yourself) the gift of flowers for the windowsill or garden! Visit the QBG Store for an assortment of blooms.

Celebrate National Bike Month - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 31, 2013 - Flushing

Ride your bicycle to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. NOTE: bicycles are not allowed inside the Garden -- lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers!

Art Exhibit: Fish and Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media - Queens Botanical Garden
Through July 23, 2013 - Flushing

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 22 through July 22. Visitors will be invited to create their own art at an interactive print-making station that will remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, and also to take part in community art projects, open to all ages, at QBG’s April 28th Arbor Festival as well as the June 23rd Summer Solstice Celebration. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on April 26 from 6-9pm

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