The rain is scheduled to clear, so get out and enjoy one of the last weekends of the summer!
Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: The second-largest park in Queens is also home to NYC’s first public high/low ropes adventure course, which features a zip-line, climbing walls, swings, and a trust fall station. Free programs are offered Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. through November on a first-come, first served basis.
Battle of Brooklyn Day: On the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, Green-Wood hosts a day of commemoration ceremonies, trolley tours, and reenactments of the first Revolutionary War battle waged after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Sunday August 25 starting at 10 a.m.
Design(in) the New Heart of New York: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of Hudson Yards, the 26-acre redevelopment effort currently reshaping Manhattan’s West Side at the AIA Center for Architecture in the exhibition’s final weeks. Thursday August 22 through Monday September 2 (Closed Sundays).
Free Kayaking: Take advantage of the few remaining weekends for free kayaking at many NYC boathouses. The NYC Downtown Boathouse, Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, Long Island City Community Boathouse, Red Hook Boaters, and Kayak Staten Island all offer free weekend summer programs. See organization websites for more details.
Hudson River Park Wild: Learn about the Hudson River Park’s wildlife in a free guided nature walk along the park’s esplanade. The walk is 1.5-2 miles along the waterfront with views of the park’s flora and fauna, including some of the 85 species of birds identified within the park’s boundaries. Sundays from 9-10 a.m. through October 28.
The Newsstand: ALLDAYEVERYDAY brings a pop-up shop underground between the Lorimer St. L and Metropolitan Ave G subway stations in Brooklyn, where you can find a curated and rotating selection of zines, indie publications, and vinyl for sale. Daily until August 31.
See Change Events at the South Street Seaport: The Seaport has a ton of free events this weekend to take advantage of the last few days of summer. Jazz guitarist Darren Wallis and his Quartet play a free show at the Front/Row Stage on Friday August 23 (6:30-8 p.m.). On Saturday August 24, YogaPeel is offering a free yoga class at 9 a.m. on the Front/Row lawn, and stick around later for an outdoor film Gigi at the Front/Row Cinema starting at 8 p.m.
Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center: The early bird gets free admission on Saturdays at the Wave Hill House. This city-owned garden in the Riverdale section of the Bronx is a spectacular 28-acre public garden and cultural center with sweeping views of the Hudson River and Palisades. Open daily, free admission Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon.