To celebrate Earth Day 2011 on April 22nd, New York City has rolled out the green carpet this year, offering activities in and around the five boroughs open to everyone from kids and families to adults. This year promises an array of an eclectic mix of music, art, dance, and food that is sure to entertain everyone from the friendliest eco-lover to those who haven’t recycled since boy bands were popular.
Old Soulz, eARTH sTREEt, and EDNY present: “Be the E” event series: Questlove and Bowl Train
Thursday, April 21st
61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets: $5-8; Doors: 10 pm; 21 and over
Attention Hipsters and those who refuse to limit drinking to just Fridays and weekends: Join multi-Grammy award winning musician Questlove (The Roots, Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon) as he spins on the ones-and-twos. Quest is known for his unique and diverse musical tastes, so, expect to hear an eclectic mix of jams from his even more unique and vast (over 50,000!) collection of vinyl. As you groove along, enjoy classic episodes of “Soul Train” on a multitude of video screens. So, here’s your chance to “renew, reuse, and recycle” your old “Members Only” jacket and Levis and fit in perfectly amongst the hipster crowd set.
Earth Day New York’s EarthFair Outdoors and Indoors Festival
Indoors: Thursday, April 21st-23rd; Outdoors: Friday, April 22nd-23rd
Grand Central Terminal
Vanderbilt Ave. btw. W. 42nd-45th Sts., Manhattan
Free; All ages
This three-day fest includes eco-friendly green exhibitions and local businesses, a wonderful array of organic delights, live music as well as art and film screenings aimed at educating children and young adults on important environmental issues.
Kids Week In Queens!
Friday, April 22nd; 11am
Forest Park Visitors Center
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Queens
Free; 12 and Under
Finally! The kids can enjoy a day devoted to them! Enjoy a day in one of the city’s most beautiful and underrated parks. Activities include: park explorations with REAL Park Rangers (!), nature walks, live performances, and interactive games.
Earth Day Hike at High Park
Friday, April 22nd
200 Nevada Avenue (at High Park), Staten Island, NY
Free; 8 and up
A perfect way for you and your family to end your week with the Greenbelt Educators and a hour and a half long hike through High Park’s beautiful forest.