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Workshop |
Join Silvana Pizzuti to learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. This event repeats every Sunday until August 13, 2017.                           Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Riverside Park West 89th Street and Riverside Drive Manhattan Directions to this location    Cost Free   Event Organizer Summer on the Hudson Contact Number 311
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Workshops, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Tai Chi Workshop
Park Walk |
Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. Sundays, June 4 to September 24, 2017.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:00 am
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Park Walks, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Hudson Nature Walk
Tour |
The 3-hour walking and subway tour covers the Financial District including Wall Street and the World Trade Center, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown. These are neighborhoods that simply can’t be fully appreciated from a bus. There will be one or two opportunities to sample tasty treats.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Downtown Manhattan 3-Hour Tour
City Walk |
This is a 3-hour tour that begins with a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, an icon of New York City for over 125 years, with spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The tour then moves on to a stroll of Brooklyn Heights, America’s and New York City’s first suburb. The tour then explores the neighborhood DUMBO before ending at the Fulton Ferry landing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo Tour
City Walk |
Join a three hour journey through some of New York City's most historic areas. Begin in Greenwich Village, one of the cultural centers of America. From there, make your way through the Gansevoort Market and the Meatpacking Historic Districts and then onto the extraordinary High Line. Then relive the bygone days of a thriving cruise ship and industrial waterfront along the Hudson; we'll see where trains ran along "death avenue", where the New York harbor along the Hudson was perhaps the most significant waterfront in the world at one time.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:30 am
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City Walks, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Greenwich Village, High Line and Chelsea Tour
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You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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9:45 am
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
Although world famous, Harlem may be New York's best kept secret with some of the city's best architecture, food, music and people. Harlem's history is also one of the city's most dramatic, having gone through many ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic changes over the past roughly 400 years, which have resulted in a diverse array of places of worship, theaters, homes and eating establishments.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Harlem Tour
Dance Performance |
New York City-based choreographer and dancer Netta Yerushalmy will use the park as a site for creation and experimentation in dance. Offering a dynamic schedule of performances, Danspace Project‘s Yerushalmy will use the outdoor space to express the limits of her craft by spending entire days dancing in the park.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Dance Performances, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Netta Yerushalmy, Choreographer and Dancer
Festival |
On the big stage, a multicultural program with professional musicians, dancers and singers will be entertaining all.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Festivals, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, The 27th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Tour |
For over 100 years, the Beaux-Arts beauty known as Grand Central Terminal (a.k.a Station) has been a testament to the ingenuity and ambition of a great city, impressing both travelers and visitors with its wonderful architecture and pulsating vibe. Its history is a story of immense wealth, great engineering, a few accidents, a planned sabotage and one terrific ceiling, but most importantly a story of survival and rebirth.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Grand Central Terminal Tour
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
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Fairs, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Street Fair
Fair |
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games, and more.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Fairs, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Street Fair
Hike |
A hike and informational tour of the natural wetlands and manmade water systems in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. You will hike the great trails of the Croton Woods, the Northeast Forest and the Shandler Recreation Area and learn about how the Bronx supplies water to the rest of the city and what sacrifices - both in terms of the ecology and loss of human life - had to be made so we can receive clean water every day. The hike will be approximately 5 miles and take under 4 hours. There are a couple of hilly spots, but for the most part it's level ground. You will be in the woods for the vast majority of the hike with a bit of street walking during the second half. You will visit the Tunnel Workers Memorial on East 233rd street. Route: walk the Putnam Nature Trail to the John Muir Trail link, cross the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, continue on the Muir to the Northeast Forest. Restrooms and water at 233rd street. Visit the Tunnel Workers Memorial, re-enter the park at the Shandler Recreation Area, tour the manmade wetlands and learn about the Croton Filtration Plant.  Bring binoculars for wildlife watching opportunities if you wish. Ticks: There may be ticks in the woods, so dress like you normally would for a forest hike.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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10:00 am
$3
Hikes, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Tour Natural and Manmade Water Filtration Systems and Tunnel Workers Memorial
Park Walk |
A relaxed stroll to identify some of the approximately 140 species of trees in Central Park, as described in the book New York City Trees by Ned Barnard. Both tree experts (whose assistance will be much appreciated) and complete beginners are cordially welcome. This walk will necessarily proceed at a snail's pace, with many stops to look at trees. Email or call to make sure that the walk is on, especially if it looks like it might rain. You'll have lunch underneath the wisteria at the pergola in the Conservatory Garden, so bring lunch and beverage.
   New York City, NY; NYC
11:00 am
$3
Park Walks, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Northern Central Park Tree Idenitification Walk
Tour |
Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. This tour repeats every Sunday rain or shine.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Tour |
Join professional guides on a 90-minute journey through this vibrant neighborhood, viewing some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the famous Flatiron Building. This tour repeats every Sunday.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Flatiron District Walking Tour
Workshop |
Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays from June 4 to October 15 (no program on June 25th and September 17th).
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Big City Fishing
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Adults and kids aged 5+ learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about river science topics. Sundays from July 2 to August 27.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Big City Fishing
Workshop |
What is kayak polo? It’s a mix of basketball, water polo, and kayaking and a whole lot of fun. They've got the equipment (kayaks, vests, helmets, paddles), you bring the body, enthusiasm, and sportsmanship (shorts/sandals, too). Your level of experience doesn’t matter. They are limited to 15 participants per game, so reserve your spot for the game at 11 am. They’ll put you in a team and give you a vest number on a first-come first-served basis. Dedicated players and volunteers, though, will end up being teachers to others. They focus on individual attention and kayak mentoring, and offer the best free kayak learning experience you can get in NYC. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before game time to be donned with vest, helmet, paddle, and kayak.  Sundays, June 4 - September 24, 2017
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:00 am
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Workshops, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Kayak Polo
Workshop |
For Tejal Yoga, the practice, traditions, and teachings stem from a greater source within, a source that taps into her culture, heritage, and roots. Tejal Yoga began in 2013, after Tejal completed her first vinyasa yoga teacher training at The Yoga Room in Astoria, NY. Her love of teaching and passion for the practice led her to India for a traditional hatha yoga training in 2014. Tejal Yoga offers radiant yoga in a warm environment with a clear voice, helping you to feel acknowledged and aligned.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:30 am
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Workshops, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Yoga Outdoors
Park Walk |
Naturalist-author "Wildman" Steve Brill will lead his four hour foraging tour. This park is a great place for wild foods such as summer mushrooms (two-color bolete, chestnut bolete, brittle russulas, prized chanterelles, earthy meadow mushrooms, and gigantic chicken mushrooms), tart, juicy blackberries, savory elderberries, thornless purple-flowering rasberries as well as wild herbs and greens.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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11:45 am
$20 suggested donation,...
Park Walks, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Foraging tour: Hunt for Wild Elderberries and more
Book Discussion |
Join a group of educators engaged in inquiry of critical texts for a meetup and collaborative discussion of pedagogical values and practices.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free
Book Discussions, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Radical Educators Book Club
Gallery Talk |
Explore community, self-determination and the complexities of black life through a selection of photographic images during this one hour gallery tour. View work spanning twenty-five years by the Brooklyn-born street photographer Jamel Shabazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Gallery Talks, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Gallery Tour: Jamel Shabazz: Crossing 125th
Tour |
You've seen the iconic skyscrapers, attended a Broadway show, visited Lady Liberty and relaxed in Central Park. Looking for a little more of the Big Apple? Maybe it's time to visit some of Manhattan's oldest and most enchanting historic districts. Take a relaxing stroll through SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour
Tour |
New York City is a mecca for graffiti and street art, making it a very attractive playground for artists from around the world. Bushwick, in a working class district on the north side of Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg, has been attracting artists for some time now. The neighborhood has a fair collection of art studios and galleries, but it’s Bushwick’s industrial landscape that’s attracting the street artist. If you came looking for 1960′s Greenwich Village, you’ll find something brewing in Bushwick. Tour takes place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Bushwick Graffiti and Street Art Tour
Tour |
Its once abandoned waterfront is now is now filled with newly constructed condo towers and magnificent parks and stunning views of Manhattan. Known today as the hipster capital of the United States, Williamsburg is so much more than that, containing enclaves of Puerto Ricans, Polish, Italians, Dominicans and Hasidic Jews. In a city with an unmatched ethnic diversity, Williamsburg is a standout.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Williamsburg Tour
Tour |
Known as America's first suburb, Brooklyn Heights is truly a gem. Travel and Leisure named it one of America's top 10 most beautiful neighborhoods, and its beauty is rivaled only by its place in American history. These quaint, tree-lined streets have been the sites of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist activism and have inspired numerous novelists. Visit a stop on the Underground Railroad, or the home of Truman Capote, where he penned Breakfast at Tiffany's and where Jackie Robinson signed with the Dodgers.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Brooklyn Heights Tour
Concert |
Ernest “Chico” Alvarez Peraza is a Cuban-American vocalist and bandleader. He has actively been performing Afro-Cuban and Latin American music for the past 50 years, and has been awarded for his contributions to the musical art-form known as Latin Jazz.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Concerts, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Chico Alvarez & The Palomonte Orchestra: Cuban Salsa
Musical |
The musical pits a Catholic school girl and a subway conductor against a Monster Puppet as they fight for the health and safety of all New Yorkers, the civil rights of America and finally, the future of our planet. This is the story of the awakening of America's true Patriots to do battle with the Monster of Apple Pie fascism and the Pumpkin Head of state, whose mission lies in golf courses and hotels, Russian dances, corporate princes and the power of money.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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2:00 pm
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Musicals, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Checks and Balances or Bottoms Up!: rip-roaring musical
Concert |
Program: Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738) from First Organ Book Karen Beaumont provided the organ and choral music at St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from 1988 to 2011. She now plays regularly at St. John’s Lutheran in Milwaukee. She received her degree in Music History from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
   New York City, NY; NYC
3:15 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Sunday Organ Recital
Concert |
Taj Majal One of the defining characters in the American blues movement, Henry Saint Clair Fredericks has been contributing to, and shaping, the art form for over fifty years. His stage name is Taj Mahal, a testament to his stylistically worldly opulence. Growing up in a musical family, Taj was exposed to a variety of genres early on, from gospel to Afro-Caribbean to West Indian jazz. He quickly picked up the guitar, piano, banjo, clarinet, trombone and harmonica. Taj began his professional career in 1964 when he moved to Santa Monica and formed the blues rock band Rising Sons. Keb’ Mo’ Keb’ Mo’ has been playing the guitar since he was a little blues-filled tyke. Kevin Roosevelt Moore, his given name, has been instrumental in spreading blues across the country over the course of his still-thriving, many decade-spanning career. While already an accomplished guitarist as an adolescent, his first professional experience came playing steel drums and upright bass in a calypso band. He branched out to play with numerous blues heavy bands all through the 70’s and 80’s. Jontavious Willis Every generation or so a young bluesman bursts onto the scene. Someone who sends a jolt through blues lovers. Someone who has mastered the craft for sure, but who also has the blues deep down in his heart and soul. The sincerely passionate Jontavious Willis may be the one. Hailing from Greenville, Georgia, Jontavious grew up singing gospel music at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church with his grandfather. At the age of 14, he came across a YouTube video of Muddy Waters playing “Hoochie Coochie Man” and was hooked. Dante Ross Dante Ross is a whiz in the music biz, as an industry executive, A&R rep, producer, and a phenom DJ. Named one of the top-25 greatest A&R representatives in hip hop by Complex magazine, Ross started his A&R career at Tommy Boy records, where he signed and handled artists like De La Soul, Queen Latifah, and Digital Underground. Ross was then hired by Elektra Records, the first person ever employed by a major label specifically for hip hop A & R.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:00 pm
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Concerts, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Blues: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band / Jontavious Willis / Dante Ross
Dancing |
A medley of the best DJs and special guests from across NYC, spinning  a classic house and funk dance party Dance workshop 4pm, All-Ages/All Levels with dancer, choreographer, and FunkBox Member, Voodoo Ray, teaching a class in House and Freestyle Dance.
   New York City, NY; NYC
4:00 pm
Free
Dancings, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Funkbox in the Park: Tony Touch / Danny Krivit / Jellybean Benitez / D-Train
Workshop |
Dodge YMCA fitness instructor Alma Bonilla’s Zumba classes are so much fun you’ll forget that you’re burning calories. Sundays at 4:30 pm, June 4 - August 13
   New York City, NY; NYC
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4:30 pm
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Workshops, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Waterfront Workouts: Zumba
Play |
From the taverns of London to the palaces of Vienna, Shakespeare invites us into the personal trials and triumphs of the common people and their all-too-human leaders. Hip to Hip’s 11th season of “Free Shakespeare in the Parks” features madcap capers and epic battles, mistaken identity, and unexpected marriages, and a vibrant cast of unforgettable characters.
   New York City, NY; NYC
5:00 pm
Free
Plays, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Measure for Measure: Presented by Hip to Hip Theatre Company
Play |
The Hudson Warehouse presents Shakespeare's history play, directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith. July 27 – Aug 20, Thursday through Sunday nights.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:30 pm
Pay-what-you-can admission policy
Plays, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Henry V: A Hudson Warehouse Production
Dance Performance |
Established by Battery Dance in 1982 as the Downtown Dance Festival, today the Battery Dance Festival is New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival. Audiences are traditionally drawn from the large downtown working population and residents, families, tourists, senior citizens and dance fans from the greater NYC metropolitan area. Each year, the Festival draws a combined audience of over 12,000 people.  The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Michelle Dorrance, Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Dance Performances, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, The 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival
Concert |
B.B. King once called Raitt “the best damn slide player working today” and anyone who has seen her live is struck by the poetic power of her bottleneck guitar technique that brings a unique second voice to complement the emotional reach of her singing. Opening the evening is Memphis soulman Don Bryant, the songwriter behind Hi Record classics like Ann Peebles’s “I Can’t Stand the Rain.” Forty years later, he’s having a career renaissance as a singer with his new critically acclaimed album Don’t Give Up on Love.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Concerts, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, 10-time Grammy winning blues-rocker Bonnie Raitt
Play |
The Bard's tragedy of power and treacherous ambition comes to life in a panoramic outdoor professional production.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Plays, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, New York Classical Theatre presents Shakespeare's Macbeth
Tour |
The skeletal remains of the High Line’s elevated tracks set the perfect scene for a spooky evening. Join Free Tours by Foot for a journey to the creepier side of New York City’s most unique park. On this tour you’ll hear tales of the strange eccentric who lived below the tracks and saved them from demise, the curse of a West Side Cowboy who fell to his death from the elevated track, and the children who haunt the street formerly known as Death Avenue. If the moon hangs right perhaps you’ll witness the spectacle of a ghostly ship floating down the Hudson River; is it the long forgotten crew of Henry Hudson’s Half-Moon warning sailors not to go to sea? Or is it Captain Kidd protecting the treasure he buried on Liberty Island? Venture at your own risk through the dark side of High Line.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:30 pm
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Dark Side of the High Line Tour
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A renaissance is taking place on the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001, a concerted effort has been undertaken to redevelop this part of the city, with the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and the construction of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. And from twilight into the night is the right time to pay a visit to this part of New York City. From the Memorial to the Woolworth Building, City Hall to the Brooklyn Bridge, some of the your most memorable experiences in the city await you.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Tours, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, 9/11 Memorial and Brooklyn Bridge Night Tour
Performance |
Clowns Without Borders celebrate laughter and circus. Watch a performance of acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and clowns.  Doors open at 7:30pm
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
$5
Performances, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Circus show: acrobats, jugglers, aerialists, and clowns
Play |
The theater will transform into the most enchanted forest in all of theater in Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program and Resident Director, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love. July 11-15; July 17-22; July 24-29; July 31-August 6; August 8-13.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 pm
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Plays, August 13, 2017, 08/13/2017, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Enchanting Comedy
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