Welcoming back:

Yoga with Jana Hicks

May 30 – August 29th
Back by popular demand, Jana Hicks will lead yoga sessions on Thursday mornings from May 30 through August 29, from 9am to 10am. All ages and experiences welcome. Please bring your own mats. Meet in the West Park by the Peter Stuyvesant statue.

Shake Your Soul: The Yoga of Dance

May- September

Back by popular demand, neighbor Ronni Aronow will begin leading Shake Your Soul® sessions on Tuesdays beginning on May 7, from 10-11am.

Shake Your Soul® is a dynamic and interactive dance session that encourages you to tune into your own energy as you hear the music with your ears, feel the music with your soul, and move the music with your body. Participants will breathe, practice qi gong techniques, and connect to the earth, to themselves, and to each other as they relax, energize and awaken through a powerful, fluid dance repertoire set to world music. This dance is for every body, at any age!

Please bring water and sneakers.

Location: East park

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Sculpture in the Park

Indigenous Plants Celebrated with Five New Sculpture Commissions in Stuyvesant Square Park

Opening Celebration:
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2-4 pm
Location: West side of Stuyvesant Square Park near the central fountain
(Rain Date: Sunday, June 2, 2-4 pm)

Installation Period: June 2024 – June 2025
Location: East and West Side of Stuyvesant Square Park, 2nd Ave between E. 15th St and E. 17th St.

In a nod to the rich history of Stuyvesant Square Park, which once housed a farm owned by Dutch Governor Peter Stuyvesant, the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association, in collaboration with the New York Parks Department, proudly announces a unique initiative: the reintroduction of indigenous plants. To mark this endeavor, renowned artist Lee Tal has been commissioned to create five sculptures showcasing these native plants.

Tal, a New York City-based multi-disciplinary artist, brings a unique perspective to his work, blending elements of sculpture and painting. His pieces, which include representations of Iris Versicolor, Purple Clematis, Smooth White Beardtongue, Swamp Rose, and Yellow Trout Lily, will be on display from June 2024 to June 2025.

Tal’s sculptures were picked from an open call competition put out by the Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association’s Art Committee. Tal’s work impressed the judges with its reflective beauty and connection to the past, and future of the park.

Tal’s art has been showcased in prestigious institutions such as the CICA Museum (South Korea); Tel Aviv Museum of the Arts, MASIN; Sinaloa Museum of Art (Mexico); Sejong National Contemporary Art Museum (South Korea); Susquehanna Art Museum (PA, USA); NDMOA Museum (ND, USA); Whitney Museum (NYC); The Hole Gallery (NYC); and the NARS Foundation (Brooklyn, NY), among others.

Reflecting on the project, Tal states, “I believe that art and community go hand in hand. Through innovative concepts, we can reshape how art is experienced and shared.”

These sculptures, crafted from polished aluminum, not only capture the beauty of indigenous flora but also serve as educational tools, with accompanying signage explaining their significance. Their reflective surfaces serve as a reminder of our interconnectedness with nature.

The unveiling of these sculptures will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1st, from 2-4 pm, with an opening event featuring refreshments, live music, and the opportunity to meet Lee Tal. In the event of rain, the celebration will be held on Sunday, June 2, from 2-4 pm.

This initiative underscores the significance of public parks as both artistic sanctuaries and vital components of the urban landscape. Join us in celebrating this union of art, nature, and community.

Contact Information:
For more information about Lee Tal and his artwork, visit:
Website: www.leetalart.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tal.ar/

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Historic Walking Tour

Wednesday June 12
Save the Date
We will have another of our popular historic walking tours on Wednesday, June 12. Stay tuned for the time and additional details.

New Tree Plantings

The New York City Parks Department is planting trees throughout the park! Below is a map of these plantings. Here is what each symbol represents:

1Z   Quercus bicolor
2Z   Magnolia Grandiflora
4Z   Crataegus
5Z   Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’
6Z   Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’
7Z   Ulmus americana ‘Princeton’
1P   Tilia tomentosa ‘Sterling’
2P   Tilia tomentosa ‘Sterling’

We know these trees will amplify the beauty of the park and eventually provide more needed shade in the hot summer months.

Miz Jade PRIDE Story Hour

Please join SPNA for a family friendly event celebrating Pride Month with Miz Jade Pride Story Hour.

Saturday June 15th – 4-5 p.m. – West Park by the flagpole.

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