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How to Celebrate Earth Day in New York City

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Updated: 27 March 2018
As a side-effect of living in a concrete jungle, New Yorkers can be guilty of neglecting nature. Luckily, on April, 22, the city’s outdoor activity will achieve full bloom in honor of Earth Day. From discounted thrift shopping to a beginner-level beekeeping class, here’s how to celebrate Earth Day in New York City.

Earth Day New York

Get in the holiday spirit early at Earth Day Initiative’s Earth Day New York event on April 15th. Featuring more than 70 organizations, kids’ activities, live music, and sustainable snack vendors, this annual Union Square block party is the country’s most high-traffic Earth Day event.

Celebrate nature at a New York City park

New York City’s parks are worthy destinations any day of the year, but free, diverse Earth Day programming will make them especially popular on April, 22. Meet owls, hawks, and other feathered friends up-close at Prospect Park, pitch in at Fort Tyron Park’s Beautification Day, or immerse yourself in nature on a guided hike of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
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Earth Day $1 Day Sale

Look and do good at Buffalo Exchange’s annual Earth Day $1 Day Sale. The popular thrift chain invites you to shop for a cause on April 21, when a large selection of its clothing, accessories, and jewelry will be made available for just $1 apiece in support of The 5 Gyres Institute. Tip: this event is cash-only and is known to sell out quick.

Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018

Don your comfiest sustainable shoes for this annual walking tour of New York City’s green sites. On April, 20, the Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018 will whisk walkers through projects and past sites such as a rooftop farm in Midtown, an eco-conscious hotel, and a natural food cooking school. Tip: while the event’s website recommends the tour to school groups and employee engagement teams, anyone looking to explore a new side to the city will enjoy it.

Car Free Earth Day

If you consider a New York City with no cars to be the stuff of dreams, get ready to pinch yourself on Car Free Earth Day. The annual event returns to the city on April, 21 from 9am to 3pm, when 30 blocks of Broadway will be open exclusively to pedestrians and cyclists. Experience New York City attractions including Times Square and Union Square free of traffic, likely for the first time since last Earth Day.

Bike around New York City on a free Citi Bike

You have the streets to yourself; now all you need is a bike. Celebrating Car Free Earth Day just became a lot easier thanks to New York City’s favorite bike-share system, Citi Bike. This April, 21, download the Citi Bike app to secure your free day pass which will allow you to bike a car-less Broadway without spending a penny.

Beekeeping 101: Hive Building

For an unexpected eco-conscious activity, enrol in this beekeeping crash course on a rooftop farm. Beekeeping 101: Hive Building illuminates beekeeping’s significance in maintaining a natural food system, before teaching you to construct your very own hive bodies, honey supers, and frames.

Start an eco-friendly habit

There’s no better occasion than Earth Day to start an eco-friendly habit. Do your grocery shopping at a farmers’ market to support local makers, pick up a piece of trash on your block, or make the easy switch to clean energy.