How to Actually Celebrate Earth Day in New York City
It may seem hard to believe that a city made of concrete and steel would prioritize celebrating Mother Earth, but NYC has a shocking number of events dedicated to its greenspace, and environmental initiatives. One of our favorites? Enjoying a car-free Broadway, as the busy thoroughfare becomes a pedestrian zone for the day. Learn more about that, and other ways to celebrate Earth Day in New York City below.
Taking Over the Streets on Broadway
On April 21st, 30 blocks of Broadway running from Times Square to Union Square will be entirely car-free. It’s a city initiative to encourage commuters (and visitors) to walk or bike their way around the city, rather than rely on gas-guzzling vehicles. So take to the streets and enjoy Broadway without the soundtrack of car horns, if only for the day. Learn more here.
Having a Picnic in Central Park
The city’s largest green space, Central Park is the perfect spot to plop down for a picnic, and soak in some fresh air and greenery. Head to this vast expanse for an Earth Day picnic of organic treats with skyline views. Don’t miss all of Central Park activities before or after the meal.
Prefer something a little quieter? Take your picnic to one of New York City’s hidden parks.
Poetry at Eco Trippin in SoHo
Combining beats, rhymes and spoken word, Eco Trippin is a night of music, expression, and environmentalism in SoHo. Performances will address key environmental issues in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Learn more here.
Volunteering at Earth Day Compost Workday
Have time to give back? Volunteer to help sift and bag compost at The East River Park Compost Yard. Learn all about how organic waste gets processed, and help rebuild soils to benefit community gardens across the city. Learn more here.
Party Time at Earth Love Fest in Brooklyn
Dancing, DJs, circus spectacles, interactive art, sound meditation and more—Earth Love Fest is a celebration of creation with all proceeds donated to Oceanic Global. Party with a purpose at this fun festival in Brooklyn. Learn more about Earth Love Fest here.
Exploring the City’s Eco-Future with a Green Tour
The city’s 5K (walking) Earth Day Green Tour gives nature lovers the opportunity to spend the day outside in Manhattan, touring a river ecology school, a state-of-the-art waste and recycling center, a zero-waste office and a rooftop farm. It’s a celebration of the many ways that New Yorkers are trying to create a more sustainable city. Learn more about the Earth Day 5K Green Tour, which starts in Union Square, here.
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