Brooklyn-born J.J. Byrne (1863-1930) served as chief clerk of the Bureau of Public Buildings (1907-08) and later Brooklyn Commissioner of Public Works (1924-26). The park has a playground, sprinker fountain in which children can play, and the Old Stone House of Gowanus, a reconstruction of the Vechte-Cortelyou house, originally built by Claes Arents Vechte in 1699. Events take place in the house.
Two baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts and two playgrounds, one with a water play area, provide residents with spots to compete and play. A bandshell within its boundaries hosts of concerts throughout the warm season, keeping Harlem's tradition of fostering local music alive and well. Access the bandshell via West 122nd Street and Mt. Morris Park West.
The Jackson Heights Poetry Festival (JHPF) was founded in 2007. The organization hosts an annual three-day poetry festival, a student poetry contest open to all middle and high school students in New York City, a series of critically-themed panel discussions and poetry workshops and a monthly open poetry reading.
Mon & Thurs 1-8 pm Tues 1-6 pm Wed & Fri 10 am-6 pm Sat 10 am-5:30 pm Sun closed Foreign Language collections at this branch include Chinese, Korean and Spanish. For more information on the branch, click here.
Jacob Riis Park was created in the early 20th century to give New York City residents a new seaside recreation area. Today, the site features the famous bath house and a pristine beach, considered one of the finest in the city.
This park contains basketball and handball courts, bathrooms, a playground and spray showers. It is also home to the CITYarts Pieces for Peace Mosaic with Youth from Around the World.
The Tibetan museum, a small complex of two fieldstone buildings, has a unique collection and offers new exhibitions, group tours, education programs, t'ai chi and meditation classes, lectures, music and performances year-round.