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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 9-Jun 16: Outdoor Activities

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!

American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Science Series: Great Barrier Reef - American Museum of Natural History
June 10, 2012 - New York City

Dolphins, sea turtles, sponges, and rays are just a few of the organisms that rely on the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system off the coast of Australia. Through scientist presentations, question-and-answer sessions, and hands-on activities, this Milstein Science Series program will educate visitors about the threats posed to the Great Barrier Reef by climate change, pollution, invasive species, and fishing. It will also explore what can be learned from the biodiversity that exists there and how this important resource can be protected. At 5 pm, see a special presentation of Lynette Wallworth’s Coral: Rekindling Venus in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. As Venus passed between the Earth and the Sun in 1761, scientists around the world worked to measure the distance from the Earth to the Sun in a unique act of global cooperation. This June, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun once again. Australian artist Lynette Wallworth is using Venus’s transit as a rallying point for worldwide scientific cooperation around this century’s pressing issue: climate change. Her immersive dome experience, called Coral: Rekindling Venus, focuses on the Great Barrier Reef to illustrate the complexity of coral ecosystems and their struggles to handle environmental stresses such as rising ocean temperatures.

Art Exhibit: The Artist Within - The Urge to Create - Queens Botanical Garden
Through September 30, 2012 - Flushing

Art Exhibit: The Artist Within - The Urge to Create Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing NY 11355 June 1 through September 30 Fee: Free with Garden Admission Enjoy this diverse collection of artwork from the Jamaica Estates Association, on display in the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery. For more information, please call 718.886.3800.

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