Residents of The Chatsworth are perfectly positioned to take advantage of outdoor fun this summer thanks to their condos’ close proximity to the Hudson River. City parks are always ideal places to make your own fun with picnic basket in hand, but if you’re seeking new ideas, the NYC Parks Department has got you totally covered. “Summer on the Hudson” is a jam-packed festival of arts and culture that happens in Riverside Park and at various points along the river from 59th up to 153rd Streets. An array of events including concerts, DJ’d dance parties, movies after sunset, kids’ puppet shows, fitness activities, and even poetry and fiction readings mean you can enjoy your favorite cultural pursuits al fresco all summer long. For the full calendar of events, visit www.nycgovparks.org/events/summer_on_the_hudson.

– Harlem Dances: Third Friday of every month May 15-July 17 and on August 14, 6pm-7pm, West Harlem Piers Park: Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to learn from different local dance companies as they demonstrate and teach you some new moves. Featured organizations include: May 15th – City Stompers, June 19th – Harlem Dance Club, July 17th – The Harlem Swing Dance Society, and August 14th – The Hoop Movement.

– Literary Lounge: Third Monday of every month May 18-September 21, 6:30pm-8pm, Riverside Park South: Summer on the Hudson has teamed up with Lamprophonic, a NYC-based platform for emerging writers, to present Literary Lounge. Each session features readings of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction as well as moderated discussions and open Q&A sessions. This summer’s writers include: May 18th – Issa Rae, June 15th – Bridgett Davis, July 20th – Fiona Maazel, and August 17th – Said Sayrafiezadeh.

– Locomotive Lawn Live: Thursdays May 21-June 25, 10:30am-11am, Riverside Park South: Little ones will love the inimitable Bilingual Birdies. Locomotive Lawn Live is a celebration of language and culture that features kid-friendly live music, dance, and puppetry. Concerts may be held in Spanish, French, Mandarin, Hebrew, or English, so come often for variety.

– Let’s Dance: Sundays June 7-June 28, 6pm-9:30pm, Riverside Park South: The expert instructors of Piel Canela Dance Company will have you perfecting your cha-cha, salsa, and bachata skills while music from DJ Ray Colon fills the air. Lessons and group social dances allow beginners to give new steps a try in a low-stress atmosphere.

– Art in the Park Model to Monument Opening Tour: Thursday, June 11, 2pm-4pm, Riverside Park South: This marks the fifth year of the Art Students League of New York’s Model to Monument public art project, a partnership with the Parks Department that trains artists to create works for public spaces. This opening ceremony and tour with the artists will introduce visitors to the seven new pieces on view and offer a chance to learn more about what it takes to make works of art for urban green spaces. Sculptures will be on view in different areas of Riverside Park from 59th to 70th Streets during park hours from June 11th through May 2016.

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