If the Mayans are correct, then you might as well consider everyday your birthday. Starting. Now. This goes for New Yorkers, especially. Without fail, Manhattan seems to be the ultimate mega-magnet for impending gloom and doom scenarios. Luckily, April means Earth Day - the perfect day to give back to Mother Nature (before she strikes back, that is) and celebrate a little on the side too.
“Be The E”: Celebrate Inconvenient Truth- Style
April 22, 2010, marks Earth Day’s 40th anniversary. In New York, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate. Earth Day New York is a non-profit New York-based educational organization that promotes environmental awareness and throws lots of events in the name of the cause.
Its latest effort, called the E Campaign, features celebrities like Mr. Entourage himself, Adrien Grenier, as a spokesmodel. The party includes plenty of events like the annual New York City Earth Fair taking place at Grand Central Terminal. Prepare to bask in the glory of being green – the fair will showcase green businesses, live entertainment, and environmental groups. Feast on organic treats while you work on saving the earth.
Party the Green Way
Say Happy Birthday to the World or yourself for that matter by hitting up one of New York’s most eco-conscious clubs, Galapagos Art Space. Galapagos is a premier, conceptual Duchamp-meets-NYC-Club-scene that hosts several abstract shows including Nerd Nite and Circque du Soleil-style aerial acrobats. Seats are literally islands surrounded by sexy, dangerous pools of water. It’s completely LEED certified too and there’s a fully-stocked bar. Make sure you watch your step after a couple of beverages, you are on an ‘island’ afterall.
Another outdoor enthusiast/liquor’s best friend hangout spot is actually Bryant Park. Yes, you can drink outside. Bounded by Fifth Ave., Sixth Ave., 40th and 42nd street, Bryant Park is the perfect place for spotting business execs on the lunch prowl and it’s got a classy carrousel to boot.
Walk the High Line
For those pressed with time, celebrate the Earth by simply going outside. New York’s plush High Line park is the ultimate in-the-city nature fix. Covering a gorgeous 1.45 mile stretch of old railway line, walking the High Line is like visiting an entirely new, elevated city –think the Jetsons with a nature theme. The High Line is perched high above the city streets for fantastic views and scenery. And, for some reason, this little stretch urban jungle, brings out the best in everyone – you might even run into some random New Yorkers who want to chat or give you a tour of their new favorite hotspot.
Perhaps in tribute to the park , there’s a restaurant/bar called the Highline in the Meatpacking district with a Thai theme. Stuff yourself with pad-thai filled spring rolls and lounge on the numerous Thai-airlines clothed recliners at Highline.
The High Line is open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m and runs from Gansvoort Street in the Meatpacking district to 20th Street.
P.S. Just try to abstain from throwing things off the park (high places and falling objects do not make a happy day make).
No matter what you do in April, get outside, hit the streets, celebrate the Earth and green grass. New York is a very green Metropolis; pay it some attention.