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The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks have become a wonderful summer experience in the City. The free classical music concerts began in 1965, genuinely transforming parks throughout the city's five boroughs. The Great Lawn in Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, Cunningham Park in Queens, Prospect Park in Brooklyn become full of music lovers and picnickers getting ready to hear best classical masterpieces under the stars. Staten Island concerts are held in Music Hall at Snug Harbor, starting at 3 p.m. Outdoor performances in the parks begin at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks displays in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.
The Great Lawn classical music performances are especially magical and popular with music fans. The Great Lawn is located in the middle of the park, between 79th and 86th Streets. You can access it from West 81st Street, West 85th Street, East 79th Street, and East 84th Street.
The New York Philharmonic's summer tour of NYC parks is supported by sponsors and public funds. In particular, from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.