Community Activities: Week of July 14, 2016

July 19’s sail on the majestic Sloop Clearwater offers the chance to see the Hudson River from a very different perspective that what the shoreline affords. Photo by Pamela Wolff.
Photo by Pamela Wolff.


The glimpse of nautical life is fleeting, but the memories will last a lifetime.

On July 19, the Chelsea Waterside Park Association sets forth on its annual sail aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater — a replica of the Dutch cargo vessels that once anchored the commercial shipping industry.

This year’s outing is an occasion for celebration, as a team of dedicated carpenters and shipwrights have completed an extensive restoration project that began in 2009. Learn about their efforts and hear tales of sloop life as it was led during the 18th and 19th centuries, as the spectacular view nourishes your soul (and the meat or vegetarian box supper attends to your stomach).

Tues., July 19. Meet at Pier 60 (W. 20 St. & Hudson River). Board at 5:30pm, depart at 6pm, return at 9pm. Tickets are $55 per person (includes a box supper). Purchases must be made in advance; call Pamela at 212-255-8443.

Anita Haravon leads Anna Sewell and Mike Shawe in low-impact stretching and yoga. Classes take place at 9am every Wed., in Clement Clarke Moore Park. Photo by Allen Oster.
Photo by Allen Oster.


The West 400 Block Association wants you to broaden your health horizons, by joining them at this weekly exercise class that concentrates on low-impact stretching and yoga.

Anita Haravon, from the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s Shape Up NYC program, is your instructor.

Wednesdays, 9–9:45am, at Clement Clarke Moore Park (10th Ave. & W. 22nd St.). Participants are encouraged to bring a floor mat.

For info, contact Allen Oster: aoster@earthlink.net. Also visit anitahyoga.com.

The Rubin Museum of Art’s July 17 block party delivers activities in keeping with the theme of its “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual” exhibit. Photo by Michael Seto.
Photo by Michael Seto.


Rain or shine” is the highly appropriate policy that’s been announced for this year’s installment of the Rubin Museum of Art’s family-friendly block party, whose theme takes its inspiration from the monsoon-minded exhibition “Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual.” Free admission to the Rubin throughout the day gives you a place to go in case of any sudden downpours — at which time you can wait out the raindrops by soaking in the museum’s stunning collection of art from the Himalayas and neighboring regions. Outside, though, it’s all about the sunny business of celebrating Nepal’s nature, weather, and festivals. Hands-on activities include the making of frog masks, rainsticks, pinwheels, and flower garlands. Elsewhere on the block there will be yoga instruction, Nepalese-inspired music, dance, and cultural demonstrations, and for-purchase Himalayan street food (samosas, chutney sandwiches, fruit lassis) from the Rubin Museum’s own Café Serai, along with frosty treats from the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream truck.

 Free. Sun., July 17, 1–4pm, on W. 17 St., btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves. For info, call 212-620-5000 or visit rubinmuseum.org/blockparty. On social media: #RubinBlockParty.