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!
Living in America: Brain and the Tibetan Creative Mind - American Museum of Natural History
Through January 30, 2011 -
Hall of Birds of the World, Gardner D. Stout Hall of Asian Peoples, Kaufmann and Linder Theaters. Free with Museum admission. Experience meditation, watch monastic dances, and learn about the latest research on Tibetan meditation's impact on the brain in this unique six day-long program. Featured speakers include Richard J. Davidson, director of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, and Joseph Loizzo, director of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science. Abbot Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan and seven monks from India's Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will demonstrate Tibetan arts, including the creation of a "Medicine Buddha" sand mandala. For daily program details, call 212-769-5315 or visit amnh.org/globalweekends. To reserve a meditation session, call 212-769-5200. Living in America: Brain and the Tibetan Creative Mind is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties. Logistical advice provided by The Tibet Fund, New York, N.Y. Presented in conjunction with Brain: The Inside Story
The Butterfly Conservatory - American Museum of Natural History
Through May 27, 2011 -
Celebrating its 13th year, this highly popular wintertime destination flourishes in 80-degree temperatures and features up to 500 hovering iridescent butterflies, blooming tropical flowers, and lush green vegetation. The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest winter day into a magical escape into summer. Shimmering, multicolored butterflies gently flutter by visitors' upturned faces, land atop their heads, or perch upon their shoulders.