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Things to do this week in NYC May 4-May 11: Outdoor Activities

May 4, 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!

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!

Spring Hot Spots of Staten Island - NYC Audubon
May 05, 2013 - New York

Guides: Cliff Hagen, Tod Winston. Come visit some of the beautiful, bird-rich spots on Staten Island--which can be hard for car-less New Yorkers to get to--with NYC Audubon's Tod Winston and Cliff Hagen. We'll start looking for migrating warblers, flycatchers and more along the lovely wooded and streamside trail of Clove Lakes Park... then move on to the pristine marsh habitat of Great Kills Park, looking for shorebirds and wading birds. Depending on time, we may make a third stop at North Mount Loretto State Forest. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van included. Group meets outside NYC Audubon's offices at 71 w. 23rd street. 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, or visit to register online. Limited to 15 registrants. $30

NYC Compost Project in Queens: Compost Tabling at Celebrate Queens Farm - Queens County Farm Museum
May 05, 2013 - Floral Park

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

Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series - Queens Botanical Garden
May 09, 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.

National Public Gardens Day and Garden Tour - Queens Botanical Garden
May 10, 2013 - Flushing

Fee: Free with voucher (see link below) Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a tour of Queens Botanical Garden's verdant landscapes. Voucher for free admission here:

Celebrate Astronomy Day with a Night Under the Stars - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
May 10, 2013 - New York

Guests are invited to join amateur astronomers from the Intrepid Museum staff and get an up-close view of the stars, planets and constellations through eight different telescopes, as well as explore constellation names, mythology and the history of the cosmos through multimedia presentations. Coffee, tea and cider will be served. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP at

Identification Day - American Museum of Natural History
May 11, 2013 - New York

Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and artifacts to the Museum's annual Identification Day. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from their own collections. Items identified in previous years have included a whale jawbone, a green beetle bracelet from Brazil, and a 5,000-year-old stone spear point from Morocco. What will you bring? Note: No appraisals will be given, and gemstones will not be identified.

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.

Mother's Day Weekend Picnic in the Garden - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 12, 2013 - Flushing

Where: Crabapple Orchard of the Arboretum. Take mom to lunch at QBG! Pack a picnic basket or a brown-bag lunch and spend a delightful afternoon enjoying the flowers. Please -- no barbecues, tents or similar items.

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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