This Week in Parks – Meteor showers, rare bird at Prospect Park, and more

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This Week in Parks:

Dec 11, 2015 – Dec 16, 2015

Citywide Highlights

Meteor Showers

Meteor Showers

Winter is a time for meteor showers. Join us at these astronomy events where we’ll have telescopes and experts on hand to answer your questions.

NYC Parks Pop-Up Shop

NYC Parks Pop-Up Shop

Visit us at the Union Sq. Holiday Market to shop for park-themed gifts, including limited-edition historic prints.

Painted Bunting at Prospect Park

Painted Bunting at Prospect Park

The rare and colorful painted bunting has been taking in the scenery at Prospect Park. See if you can spot him at the new grassy wildlife habitat by the LeFrak Lakeside Center, which was once a parking lot.

Support NYC Parks

Support NYC Parks

This season, make a donation in honor of someone special, adopt a bench, or learn how your contribution can keep parks growing.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 11, 2015

Holiday Train Show 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. at New York Botanical Garden, Bronx

Marine Park Christmas Tree Lighting 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Hendrick I. Lott House, Hendrick I. Lott House, Brooklyn

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Historic New York: Grand Street Ferry 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. at Grand Street at River Street, Grand Ferry Park, Brooklyn

Hands on History: Winter Wonderland 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. at King Manor Museum, Rufus King Park, Queens

Inwood Owl Prowl 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street Entrance, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. at Van Cortlandt Nature Center, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Winter Birding 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Perkins Visitors Center, Wave Hill, Bronx

Monday, December 14, 2015

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition: Wreath Interpretations 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Arsenal, Central Park, Manhattan

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Holiday Tree Lighting 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. at Al Oerter Recreation Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Birding: Winter Waterfowl 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot, Baisley Pond Park, Queens

Astronomy in Central Park 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at North Side of the Great Lawn, Central Park, Manhattan

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Christmas Bird Count Central Park 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Central Park, Central Park, Manhattan

Winter Solstice Celebration 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. at Van Cortlandt Golf House, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Ursids Meteor Shower 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Wolfe’s Pond Park Comfort Station, Wolfe’s Pond Park, Staten Island

Monday, December 21, 2015

Film Screening: A Christmas Story 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at 112th Street and Manhattan Avenue, Morningside Park, Manhattan

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Caroling at the Washington Arch 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park, Manhattan

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Primitive Survival Skills 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at Van Cortlandt Nature Center, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Birding: Jamaica Bay 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive, Bayswater Park, Queens

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza Arch, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Coney Island New Year’s Eve Celebration 9:00 p.m.–11:59 p.m. at Steeplechase Plaza, Brooklyn

New Year’s Eve Fireworks 11:00 p.m.–12:00 p.m. at Grand Army Plaza, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Nature Exploration (Moderate) 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Forest Park Visitor Center, Forest Park, Queens

Seal Exploration 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. at Orchard Beach Nature Center, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Astronomy: Quandrantids Meteor Shower 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Fort Totten Visitor’s Center, Fort Totten Park, Queens

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Birding: Eagles 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. at Payson Center, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

MulchFest 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at New York City, Manhattan

Living with White-Tailed Deer 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Blue Heron Nature Center, Blue Heron Park, Staten Island

Sunday, January 10, 2016

MulchFest 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at New York City, Manhattan

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