Hey New Yorkers, want to thank Mother Nature this Earth Day – without hugging a tree? There are plenty of events happening in the city to show your appreciation for the environment. Celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary (April 22) at one of these inspiring and educational festivities. By Carly Petrone.

EARTHFAIR Indoors Grand Central Terminal

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Thursday, April 21st – 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Friday, April 22nd – 10:00am to 7:00pm

Saturday, April 23rd – 10:00am to 5:00pm Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Hall
82 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

There’s plenty to do inside Grand Central Terminal starting Thursday, April 21st through Saturday, April 23rd. Earth Day New York presents an exhibit area of major substantive displays inside Vanderbilt Hall, with leading edge companies featuring their latest technological innovations. 
 A Cooper Union photography will present shots by J. Henry Fair illustrating the effects of hydraulic fracturing, children will learn about core environmental and societal lessons from the ECO BOYS AND GIRLS characters, and a panel discussion on food and nutrition will take place with expert speakers and movie previews from FRESH and LUNCH. All three days are free to the public in hopes of educating and inspiring New Yorkers on how to be conscious consumers and more active citizens.

EARTHFAIR Outdoors Grand Central Terminal

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Friday, April 22nd – 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Saturday, April 23rd – 11:00am to 7:00pm

Vanderbilt Ave from 42nd to 45th Streets
New York, NY 10017

Looking to celebrate outside? Stop by the two-day festival of art, music, and entertainment happening on Friday (4/22) and Saturday (4/23). Along Vanderbilt Avenue from 42nd to 45th Streets, there will be large exhibit areas highlighting green business, environmental groups, organic food, and kid’s activities that will include educational interactive displays. Saturday’s entertainment line up includes performances by Didge Project, Adam Collet, Sierra Carrere, Water Back Project, and many more. Spend your weekend learning more about how to keep New York and our planet environmentally friendly. All activities are free.

EARTH DAY in Times Square

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Friday, April 22nd – 11:00am to 5:00pm

Times Square
New York, NY 10036

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than in the heart of the city? A public celebration in Times Square will take place Friday from 11am-5pm featuring entertainment, speakers, and an interactive exhibit area highlighting green businesses, non- profits, and our sponsors. There will be an environmentally conscious “runway show” called the CO2 E Drive, featuring all kinds of green vehicles. Another major attraction will be the Green World Campaign, part of which includes vivid leaves and branches swirling across Times Square screens, turning the area into a virtual forest. Come hug a virtual tree for free today!

Earth Day in Battery Park

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75 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
batteryparkcity.org/nysgreenestBattery Park will host free and inexpensive Earth Day events all week long! Weekend activities include climate change and earth celebration workshops, bird watching, photography exhibits, art installations, and The Earth Worm Disco with ShirLaLa. Events are made possible by the Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Museum of the American Indian, Mercy Corps Action Center, Poets House, Skyscraper Museum, Arts>World Financial Center, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy, and Battery Park city Branch of The New York Public Library. Celebrations begin at 7am everyday but check link above for full schedule.

Rock Against Poverty

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Tompkins Square Park
500 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10009

This Earth Day attend a concert that will benefit our planet and fight against poverty. Rock Against Poverty will take place at Tompkins Square Park with performances by some of today’s most talented singers and bands. Concert will feature live shows by Grammy Nominee Trey Lorenz, American Idol finalist Anwar Robinson, The Trapps, Ultralust, Dirty Rotten Liars, and many more. Rock Against Poverty strives to provide a platform to build a movement across the globe by inspiring local artists to collaborate with international development practitioners and generate resources locally to implement innovative and sustainable solutions for poverty alleviation and climate change mitigation. Online ticket donations start at $25 and go up to $100 (limit of 10 tickets). All donations go to benefiting The Vihara Foundation. Concert goes from 2pm-6pm.

Eco-Chic Boutique

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The Muse Hotel New York
130 W. 46th St.
New York, NY 10036

The Muse Hotel New York is already an eco-friendly accommodation, believing that luxury and sustainability go hand-in-hand. They have in-room recycling, organic snack and beverage options, efficient lighting fixtures, and paperless check out. Now, they invite environmentally conscious shoppers to browse the collections of eco-minded products and designers, indulge in mini spa treatments from Relax & Rejuvenate, and sip signature organic cocktails from the hotel’s restaurant NIOS. Admission is $15 and proceeds will benefit The Trust for Public Land, an organization dedicated to conserving land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Event goes from 5pm-7pm.

Earth Day Wine Tasting

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Bacchus Wine Store
2056 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

In honor of Earth Day, UWS wine shop Bacchus will host a tasting of organic, sustainable, and biodynamic wines. Admission is $15 and includes a free Riedel wine glass. Distributors will pour at least 12 varieties from 7:30pm-8:30pm.

  1. Linda McNamara says:

    I am so fortunate to live in New York, Wooo Hoooo

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