This Week at Gateway NRA April 4-10

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Date: April 5, 2010

Jamaica Bay


The Night Sky

Floyd Bennett Field

Radio Control Flying Field

Friday, March 19, April 23, May 21

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Come gaze at the wonders of the night sky over Floyd Bennett Field with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting, clear or partly skies. Telescopes will be provided


School Groups Take Flight

Hangar B; Thursdays

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

School groups are encouraged to learn about aerodynamics and flight with this guided interactive program led by volunteers from the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.


Rockaway Artists Alliance     

Open Mic Night


8 p.m.-11p.m.

Free to participate, or just enjoy. Sign up is at 7:45p.m., for those wishing to participate.


Two Multimedia Events:

Studio 6 & Studio 7, Fort Tilden

March 13 – April 3

Saturdays and Sundays

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


To Our Idols

What inspires us? From places to objects to people- contemporary, historical or fictional, famous or not, “Idols” seeks creative answers to this question.


Bodies of Work

This juried exhibition invites artist’s unique talents to explore the human body represented in all its phases, incarnations and views. Figures clothed or not, still or in motion, alone or in any setting or background.


Rabbit Hole

Written by David Lindsay-Abaire            

Directed by Frank Caiati

April 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 23, & 24

8 p.m.

Matinees: 11, 18, & 25

2 p.m.


Historic Aircraft Restoration Project

Floyd Bennett Field

Hangar B

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

9 a.m. -  4 p.m.

Weather permitting, bring the family and observe park volunteers as they restore vintage aircraft. Anyone with an interest in aviation or history is encouraged to join in this volunteer effort. Call (718) 338-3799 for more information.


Sandy Hook


Woodcock and Osprey Walk

Sandy Hook Visitor Center Saturday, April 3

6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

See osprey and search for woodcocks returning from migration.  Expect public displays of affection as the birds put on their courting shows, or a sky dance.


Junior Ranger Firefighter

Fire Station Number One (across from the Sandy Hook Light)

Wednesday, April 7

4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Children ages 7 14 work alongside National Park Service Firefighters to recreate how fires are extinguished at Fort Hancock now and in the past, using everything from hose carts to fire engines.  Reservations required.


Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters

April 1 – May 30

Weekdays: 1 p.m. 5 p.m.

Weekends: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The 1884 Keeper’s Quarters has exhibits on New Jersey lighthouses. The nearby keeper’s barn is always open with a video on the history of the Sandy Hook lighthouse. The lighthouse tower can be climbed in the afternoon. You must be 48 inches tall to climb the tower.


History House

Saturdays and Sundays

1 p.m. 5 p.m.

A restored 1898 lieutenants residence on Officers Row furnished to represent the World War II years. Exhibits highlight everyday life at Fort Hancock.


Sandy Hook Bird Observatory

Fort Hancocks Officers Row

Building 20

Tuesdays Saturdays, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

Sundays, 10 a.m. 3 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

The New Jersey Audubon Society field center features a bookshop and numerous displays. Call (732) 872 2500.


Sandy Hook Migration Watch

Battery Peck Observation Deck

Open Daily, March15 – May 15

(weather permitting).

Contact Sandy Hook Bird Observatory at (732) 872-2500 or for more information.


Staten Island Unit


Coffee with a Ranger

Great Kills Park

Education Field Station

Saturday, April 10

10 a.m. 12 p.m.

Meet a park ranger and chat over a fresh cup of coffee.  Discover what Gateway National Recreation Area has to offer.


Gateway National Recreation Area


210 New York Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10305


Contact Information

For updated information on park programs, or to make reservations, please contact the following sites, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.


Communications and Public Affairs

(718) 354 4606


Jamaica Bay (New York)

Floyd Bennett Field

Ranger Station

(All Jamaica Bay permit sales.) (718) 338 3799


Jacob Riis Park / Fort Tilden

Jacob Riis Bathhouse is closed for the season. For information and reservations for winter programs scheduled at Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park, please call (718) 318 4340.


Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

(718) 318 4340


Sandy Hook (New Jersey)

Visitor Center

(732) 872 5970


Staten Island (New York)

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center

(718) 354-4500


Great Kills Park

(718) 987-6790


Miller Field



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