The New York Crystal Palace officially opened to the public with a spectacular celebration on July 15, 1853. Celebrate the historic occasion with us on Saturday, July 15 as the Bard Graduate Center hosts an afternoon of family fun. Brooklyn’s own Van Leeuwen ice cream company will provide free ice cream treats (vegan options available!); our neighbors Book Culture will turn our Gallery ground floor into a library for young readers, there will be story time, live music, gallery tours, and more!
Free Ice Cream!
12 pm–3 pm: Van Leeuwen’s iconic ice cream truck will be parked outside the Gallery serving free ice cream treats.
12:30–2:30 pm: Jazz trio performance featuring Xavier Del Castillo on saxophone, Ben Rosenblum on piano, and Dean Torrey on double bass.
Leonard Marcus, critic, historian, author and one of the world’s leading scholars of children’s literature will give a colorful presentation on how New York City has been depicted in children’s books throughout history.
Suitable for ages 9 and up.
Story Time: Imagination Station!
1 pm and 2 pm
Suitable for ages 4 and up.
Learn more here.
Bard Graduate Center
18 West 86th Street
New York, New York 10024
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