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Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room

Before Yesterday We Could Fly- An Afrofuturist Period Room

February 10 @ 10:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

$25 (suggested), free/ages 12 & under

Explore a fantastical reimagining of what if Seneca Village—a vibrant nineteenth-century predominantly Black community-displaced to make way for Central Park- had been allowed to thrive into the present and beyond. Every artwork, from Bamileke beadwork and 19th-century American ceramics to new pieces, each telling a rich story (explained through informative descriptions throughout)

Like other period rooms throughout the Museum, this installation is a fabrication of a domestic space that assembles furnishings to create an illusion of authenticity. Unlike these other spaces, this room rejects the notion of one historical period and embraces the African and African diasporic belief that the past, present, and future are interconnected and that informed speculation may uncover many possibilities. Powered by Afrofuturism—a transdisciplinary creative mode that centers Black imagination, excellence, and self-determination and activated through vision, sound, and storytelling, and furnished with a kaleidoscope of works from The Met’s collection—from Bamileke beadwork and 19th-century American ceramics to contemporary art and design that celebrates rich and diverse traditions—the room foregrounds generations of African diasporic creativity and celebrates Black history.

See our guide to the Met.

Catch-and-Release Fishing

Borrow fishing poles for catch-and-release fishing at the Harlem Meer. Try to hook largemouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, bluegill sunfish, carp, and chain pickerel.

Poles plus instructions and bait (corn kernels) available at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, on the north shore of the Meer.

See our guide to Central Park.

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The DiscOasis

Central Park’s Wollman Rink transforms into a glittering roller-disco paradise with art installations, photo ops, and soundscapes curated by Groovemaster Nile Rodgers. Skate and dance on a beautiful rainbow rink among pretty trees (though unshaded; bring water & sunscreen).

From 10:00am-4:30pm, book one-hour or three-hour open skating sessions. From 5:30-10:00pm, enjoy dazzling lights, live DJs,…

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Central Park Youth Basketball Clinics

Free high-energy, interactive youth basketball clinics cultivate skill development, team play, and sportsmanship both on and off the court.

Open to players of all levels. Saturdays & Sundays July 9–August 28. On-site registration each day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Ages 6–10
11:00 am–11:30 am: Check In
11:30 am–12:30 pm: Basketball Clinic

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Wake Up, Daisy!

The historic, cozy Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is back in action with modern take on Sleeping Beauty. Marionettes and music tells the story of Daisy, a lively little girl living in the heart of New York City in an apartment overlooking Central Park. At Daisy’s much-anticipated birthday party, she encounters three special guests, known as…

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Ancient Playground

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for…

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Billy Johnson Playground

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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