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What’s Out There Weekend NYC

Central Park

October 6-7, 2012

TCLF invites you to explore and discover the Big Apple during What’s Out There Weekend NYC, featuring a series of FREE expert guided tours highlighting the city’s remarkable landscape legacy. During the weekend, members of the public can visit more than two-dozen different sites around the city.

Registration is suggested for all tours.
Follow the site links below to learn more about the property, its designers, and its history.

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Saturday, October 6


1 | Wave Hill
(9:30 to 11am - Perkins Visitor Center)

2 | New York Botanical Garden
(11:30am to 1pm - Leon Levy Visitor Center)

3 | Woodlawn Cemetery
(2 to 3:30pm - entrance on Jerome Ave)

4 | Van Cortlandt Park
(4 to 6pm - Woodlawn train station - ground level)


5 | Grand Army Plaza
(9 to 10:30am - southeast corner of Flatbush Ave at Plaza St, close to the newsstand)

6 | Brooklyn Botanic Garden
(10 to 11:30am - Visitors Center on Washington Ave)

7 | Prospect Park - Long Meadow and Ravine
(11am to 12:30pm - Park gate at Grand Army Plaza)

8 | Prospect Park - Lakeside
(1 to 2:30pm - Park gate at Lincoln Rd & Ocean Ave)

9 | Green-Wood Cemetery
(3:30 to 5pm - Gothic Arch at 25th St & Fifth Ave)


10 | Central Park - Lake and Ramble
(9:30 to 11am - Bethesda Terrace, near 72nd St)

11 | Central Park - Children's District
(11:30am to 1pm - Dairy, near 65th St)

12 | Battery Park City parks
(10am to Noon - Nelson Rockefeller Park overlook)

13 | East Village Community Gardens
(1 to 3pm - Liz Christy Community Garden)

14 | Riverside Park
(10:30am to Noon - Soldiers' and Sailors Monument)

15 | General Grant National Memorial
(1 to 1:45pm - base of the Memorial)

Sunday, October 7


16 | Midtown Modernism
- MoMA Sculpture Garden
- Paley Park
- Greenacre Park
- IBM Headquarters Atrium
(10:30am to 12:30pm - MoMA main entrance)

17 | Bryant Park
(2 to 3pm - Bryant Monument behind NY Public Library)

18 | Historic Harlem Parks (Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park)
(10am to Noon - Columbia Univ. gates at 116 St)

19 | Central Park - Conservatory Garden
(2 to 3pm - Vanderbilt Gates on Fifth Ave at 105th St)

20 | Central Park - Harlem Meer and North Woods
(3:30 to 5pm - Dana Discovery Center)

21 | Fort Tryon Park
(10-11:30am - in front of New Leaf Restaurant & Bar)

22 | The Cloisters
(1 to 2pm - Cloisters Main Hall)


23 | Sunnyside Gardens
(10 to 11:30am - Sunnyside Arch on 46th St)

24 | Flushing Meadows/World's Fair
(1 to 2:30pm - Unisphere at World's Fair site)

25 | Noguchi Museum
(2 to 3pm - museum entrance)

26 | Forest Hills Gardens
(3:30 to 5pm - Station Square near Forest Hills Station)

Staten Island

27 | Snug Harbor
(Tours start on the hour, Noon to 4pm - Visitor Center)

Groundbreaking Landscapes

 New York’s five boroughs include some of the nation’s most innovative landscapes spanning two centuries of design: great civic spaces including Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park; Bob Zion’s original “vest pocket park” at Manhattan’s Paley Park; the unique urban design of Sunnyside Gardens in Queens; and in the Bronx, Wave Hill’s majestic views of the Hudson River and Woodlawn Cemetery’s unmatched romance and remarkable memorials designed by some of the nation’s great architects and landscape architects. What’s Out There Weekend promises to shed new light on familiar places with free tours, led by notable landscape architects and other design professionals, which will feature insights and anecdotes about city shaping, landscape architecture and the design history of places that are often hidden in plain sight.

What’s Out There Weekend dovetails with the Web-based What’s Out There, the nation’s most comprehensive searchable database of historic designed landscapes. The database offers a broad and interconnected way to discover the breadth of America’s historic designed landscapes, while What’s Out There Weekend gives people the opportunity to experience the landscapes they might see every day in a new way.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2012.