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12 Things To Do in Your Manhattan Neighborhoods This Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff | April 21, 2016 6:36pm | Updated on April 22, 2016 7:38pm

 Earth Day in Union Square 2014.
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Be Not Afraid of Greatness: Shakespeare’s Influence on American Writers

Where: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Midtown
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

A one-case display of items from the NYPL’s collections that can trace their inspiration back to Shakespeare will be on display on the third floor of the Schwarzman Building from April 21 to May 14. Items on display will include an 1851 first edition of "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville, two pages from the typescript of T.S. Eliot’s "The Waste Land" and Vladimir Nabokov’s notecards from writing “Pale Fire.”

Inwood Earth Day Celebration Needs Your Help Planting Trees

Where: Inwood Hill Park, Payson Avenue and Beak Street entrance, Inwood
When: Friday at 8:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday 11 a.m.

Join the Friends of Inwood Hill Park and Recycleday Morning for the first-ever Inwood Hill Thaw at Inwood Hill Park. Meet other volunteers and residents as they work to green up the streets of Northern Manhattan for Earth Day.

Friday, April 22

A Year With Children at the Guggenheim Museum

Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
When: 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

The Guggenheim Museum presents “A Year with Children,” an annual presentation showcasing the work of students across several public schools in New York City. This year’s participating schools include Manhattan P.S. 28 from Washington Heights, P.S. 38 from East Harlem, P.S. 42 from Chinatown, P.S. 86 from Kingsbridge in the Bronx, P.S. 48 from Staten Island, P.S. 88 from Ridgewood and P.S. 130 Bayside from Queens, and Brooklyn’s own P.S. 8 Brooklyn Heights and P.S. Prospect Heights. The exhibit will be on view through June 12, 2016.

#CarFree NYC Day

Where: 173rd Street through 177th Street and Wadsworth Avenue, Washington Heights
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with the #CarFreeNYC intuitive along Wadsworth Ave. in Washington Heights. There will be dozens of activities for families, including a theater workshop, tennis demonstrations, Zumba classes and bike riding lessons.

Saturday, April 23

Guided Tour Through Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden

Where: Belvedere Castle (mid-park at 79th Street), Upper West Side
When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A Central Park Conservancy staffer will lead a guided 90-minute tour through the Shakespeare Garden, which is turning 100 this month. Tickets are $35 or $20 for members.

8th Annual Cherry Blossom Walk

Where: Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk at the Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island
When: 11 a.m.

See this spring’s blooms during a walk led by Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judith Berdy. Suggested donation is $12. RSVP at 212-688-4836 or email rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com.

Venus and Adonis: Special Bard Birthday Reading

Where: Inwood Library, 4790 Broadway, Inwood
When: 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Join Jason Kendall and Donna Kendall Stearns for their weekly free readings, Shakespeare Saturdays. The group, which has been running since 2004, is celebrating its 400th year since the famous playwright’s death.

Soho Photo Gallery’s “Point of View” Exhibit

Where: 15 White Street, TriBeCa
When: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Check out the works of several local photographers, based on the theme of their own “point of view,” making the seemingly mundane personal.

I See Differently: A Youth Photo Voice Project and Exhibition

Where: 117 Beekman St., South Street Seaport
When: 1 to 4 p.m.

The Josephine Herrick Project this spring hosted a photography program for teens from NYU’s "Step Up" program for youth impacted by poverty, encouraging the kids to explore their neighborhoods and document their unique perspectives with a camera. The resulting photographs will be on display this Saturday at the Seaport District.

500th Anniversary Celebration of “Reinheitsgebot”

Where: Treadwell Park, 1125 First Ave., Upper East Side
When: 4 p.m.

Treadwell Park is celebrating the 500th anniversary of “Reinheitsgebot,” or the German Beer Purity Law, which stated that beer can only contain water, barley and hops. To celebrate, Treadwell Park challenges customers to a beer stein hoisting competition with brewmaster Udo Schiedermair. Modern polka players will perform jazzy versions of standard classics and there will also be a Reinheitsgebot trivia contest.

Sunday, April 24

Earth Day New York 2016

Where: North Plaza of Union Square
When: Noon to 7 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day in Union Square with live performances, activities for kids, and interactive displays about people doing innovative work to save the planet.

Special Spring North Chelsea Tour

Where: Chelsea (location provided upon registration)
When: Sunday, April 24 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Local organization “Save Chelsea” is hosting a historic tour of the neighborhood. The walk covers the blocks between West 23rd and West 30th streets. Urban historian Laurence Frommer will lead the tour, which “[takes] into account not just the area’s rich history, but the practical requirements of ensuring the integrity of unprotected locations such as historic Tin Pan Alley.

Music on Madison: “An Afternoon of Opera”

Where: Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, 921 Madison Ave., Upper East Side
When: 3 p.m.

Treat your ears to a number of favorite and lesser-known opera songs, including arias, duets and trios from Verdi’s “Rigoletto” and “Il Trovatore,” Puccini’s “Tosca,” and even “West Side Story,” by Bernstein. Soprano Kathy Favazza, mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy, tenor John Tiranno, and pianist Brian Holman will perform. Suggested donation is $20 per person and $15 for students and seniors.

These listings were compiled by DNAinfo's Manhattan reporters: Emily Frost, Noah Hurowitz, Carolina Pichardo, Irene Plagianos, Maya Rajamani, Danielle Tcholakian and Shaye Weaver.