Earth Day is this Sunday, and there is a smorgasbord of events planned in the NYC area to celebrate our planet. I’ve trolled through a bunch of them and come up with this short list of activities to try. Of course, it’s totally biased. These are things I would like to do!
Green Vehicles Fashion Show
Friday, April 20, 11-1pm Father Duffy Plaza, Times Square
Eco-friendly cars are featured from fully-electric sportscars, to hybrid street-sweeping trucks. Concept cars, everyday cars, Li-Ions and tigers and bears, oh my! If it’s fueled by electricity or another alternative fuel, you just might see it in this parade.
FREE Pedicab Ride
Saturday & Sunday, April 21-22, Penn Station 33rd & 8th
Take a FREE Pedicab to the Green Festival, the “Nation’s Premiere Sustainability Event” at Jacob Javits Center. Pick-up place is at Penn Station. Look for the Green Festival-themed pedicabs and you’re on your way.
“Make a Salad” Art Performance
Sunday, April 22, 10-1pm Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line (16th Street & 10th Ave)
Visit the High Line, watch a giant salad get made to the beat of a different drum, and eat at a communal table as part of the High Line’s Earth Day festivities.
NYC SAFE Disposal Event
Sunday, April 22, 10-4pm Union Square, north plaza
Drop off your household & automotive chemicals, spent rechargeable batteries, old electronics and more at this Department of Sanitation event. Check their website for details on accepted items and drop-off events in all 5 boroughs.
Picnic for the Planet
Sunday, April 22 11-4pm NY Botanical Garden, Bronx
Join a global picnic with the Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet campaign. Check this website for your nearest picknicking location, or create your own!
Nocturnal Wildlife of Central Park
Sunday, April 22, 7pm Belvedere Castle
Catch up on some wildlife viewing (and I don’t mean of the human kind!) in this program led by Urban Park Rangers.
There are so many to choose from in the neighborhoods of NYC, but these are just a few that caught my eye.
Whether you venture out or enjoy a relaxing day at home, this weekend I hope you take a moment to feel the sun on your face, or the rain, or the breeze. That’s right. I did it. I basically just asked you to stop and smell the roses. And what better occasion than Earth Day?