E-BULLETIN: 125 Years of Bronx Parks: A Free Four-Part Lecture Series


October 2013, Volume 10, Number 3


Six to Celebrate events in October!

Looking for a fun way to spend Columbus Day?  Head to the Bronx Zoo for a fascinating FREE lecture program about the history of the Bronx Parks system, then enjoy FREE admission to the Zoo!

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125 Years of Bronx Parks: A Four-Part Lecture Series

This public lecture series celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the acquisition of land to establish the Bronx Parks system in 1888.  This lecture series is organized by the Bronx Parks 125 Anniversary Committee ( and supported by the Historic Districts Council, The New York Council for the Humanities and the City Parks Foundation.

wildlife conservationPart 1: Bronx Parks Development Since 1888

Date: Monday, October 14, 2013

Time: 9:00AM – 12:00PM

Location: Schiff Family Great Hall, Bronx Zoo (Parking at the Southern Boulevard Lot)

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This event is FREE and includes breakfast and admission to the zoo!

Co-sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society. 


~How the Bronx Park System Got Started

Professor Lloyd Ultan, Bronx County Historian


~Moses-era Landfills and Parks Development: Transformations in the East Bronx

Ellen Macnow, NYC Department of Parks


~A History of the Bronx Civic Center and the Grand Concourse

Dart Westphal, Bronx Parks 125 Anniversary Committee


~The Evolution of Parks in 20th Century Urban America: greenways, waterfront,

community gardens, urban agriculture and sustainability

Andy Stone, The Trust for Public Land


NYC parks logoPart 2: The Origins of Bronx Parks: A Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Arsenal Gallery, 830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street (Manhattan), 3rd floor

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This event is FREE.

Co-sponsored by City of New York Parks & Recreation.



~The Creation of New Park Land

Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Art & Antiquities, NYC Parks


~Setting the Stage for the City Park System

Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian


~Parks Creation and 19th Century Landscape Design

Susan Olsen, Woodlawn Cemetery Historian

————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Sunset Park: Walking Tour

Sunday, October 20, 10:00AM

$10 Donation

Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Sunset Park Landmarks Committee, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

Tour the heart of Sunset Park, starting at the landmarked courthouse (43rd Street and 4th Avenue) and ending in NYC’s third Chinatown on 60th Street and Eighth Avenue.  Hear about the history, architecture, development, ethnic diversity, and the potential to become a New York City landmarked historic district, which would protect the historic streetscapes.

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Exact meeting location is available upon registration. Space is limited.




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