Events

Randall’s Island Park has a rich history of hosting cultural events and continues to do so today. Throughout the year, RIPA provides numerous free drop-in programs such as walking tours, movie nights, waterfront activities and our annual Cherry Blossom and Harvest Festivals. In addition, large special events, produced by independent organizations other than the City and RIPA, offer visitors a great variety of exciting options – continuing the Island’s strong tradition as a central entertainment venue for New York City.

RIPA hosts over 300 free public events each year. These family-friendly drop-in events play an integral role in helping Park visitors explore the Island’s varied points of interest. For additional information contact our Public Programs team at [email protected].


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Randall’s Island Literary Club – Vesper Flights Discussion Series

January 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join the Randall’s Island Literary Club as we read Helen Macdonald’s Vesper Flights (Grove Press, New York, 2020). In addition to a group discussion, the event will also feature speaking guests who will explore how Macdonald’s reflections on nature connect with the birds and wildlife found on Randall’s Island. The discussions will be facilitated by Elizabeth Howard, Writer in Residence.

Week 2: Elizabeth Howard in conversation with Andrew Farnsworth, Senior Research Associate, with an expertise in bird migration and radar ornithology at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Andrew spent an evening with Helen Macdonald on the top of the Empire State building to watch “a wildlife phenomenon that twice a year sweeps almost unseen above the city: The seasonal night flights of migrating birds.”

This is a free event, but registration is required.
The online group will meet for 4 sessions from 6:30pm-7:30pm (EST): January 14th, January 28th, February 11th and February 25th. We hope that you will decide to join us for all 4 sessions but each session will have its own theme, so please feel free to register for any or all of the sessions.

Click here to register!

Details

Date:
January 28
Time:
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm