Earth Day Activities in NYC

Events, Things to Do, What's New — By elizabethmonson on April 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm

As Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary approaches (FYI it is this Thursday, April 29), New York City readies itself to celebrate the environment and get people involved in helping to protect it. New York City and the environment, you ask? You bet. For full information on how New York is celebrating Earth Day and how you can get involved, visit

If you’re looking for an easy way to show your support, here are a few events around the city to get you going.

Grand Central Terminal

The historic train station is hosting indoor and outdoor EarthFairs. The indoor fair runs from April 19-24 and features displays and exhibits in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. The outdoor fair runs from Friday to Saturday (April 23-24), featuring art, music, green businesses, organic food, and environmental groups. Stop by to hear some live music and learn about the environment in a fun way.

From April 19-25, Giant Earth Images will also be on display, which is a series of inspirational quotes, messages, photographs, and paintings from artists like Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, and Rafal Olbinski projected on the ceilings and columns of the stations main concourse.

Times Square

Times Square

Times Square in daytime.

On Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, Times Square will be filled with environmental activists, business leaders, city government including Mayor Bloomberg, and musical guests celebrating Earth Day and issuing a worldwide call to action. Sound a little vague? Just think about Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets filled with brands like Burt’s Bees, Pepsi, Origins, Riverkeeper, The New York Times, and Home Depot getting the city excited about the earth.

Battery Park

Battery Park

One of the many walkways in Battery Park.

Over eight days, from April 17-25, Battery Park will host over 40 events including bird watching tours, film screenings, poetry readings, workshops, and panels. Make sure to take a look at the schedule of events because most are free or nearly free.

The Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art

Inside the Rubin Museum of Art.

There’s nothing wrong with taking it easy. Show your support for Earth Day by heading to the Rubin Museum’s screening of Earth Girls Are Easy. The screening is on Friday, April 23 at 9:30 and is free with a drink at the bar. Movie nights at the Rubin are a great hidden and free gem in the city. Click here for more info.

[photos courtesy of Ed Yourdon, Oliver N5, katedubya, priceyeah]

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