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Welcome to the Weekend!

Looking for more ways to appreciate the summer around NYC? Our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ summer series brings you a variety of green, fun, and free/affordable activities to do this weekend. We hope you will join some of them, and that you’ll let us know about other events not on our list. As you embark on your adventures, tweet us (@EPAregion2) with our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ hashtag #WTWEPA!

Friday- August 5th, 2016

Libertad Urban Farm Community Workday
Bronx
10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Join Bronx Green-Up at the BLK Projek’s event to help this urban farm build more raised beds to grow more for the summer season.

Saturday- August 6th, 2016

Summer Streets
Manhattan
7:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s most valuable public space—our streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets extends from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets, and features sports, fitness, and art events and programs. All activities at Summer Streets are free of charge, and designed for people of all ages and ability levels to share the streets respectfully.

Green Team
Brooklyn
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM
The Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants. The Green Team is a wonderful opportunity to learn about gardening, enjoy nature, and make the park look its best. No experience necessary.

Helping Hummingbirds
Staten Island
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Learn about these beautiful birds of the Greenbelt and how you can help them this summer. Hike in search of hummingbirds, and make a nectar feeder to take home. This program is appropriate for children 6 and older. It is free for members and $3 for nonmembers. Registration is required. To register, please email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org or call (718) 351-3450.

Hot Compost Hands-On Workshop
Queens
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Take your composting to the next level at this hands-on workshop! Learn to make and manage a “thermophilic” batch of compost—a pile that will heat up to kill weed seeds and pathogens—ready to use in as little as three months! Participants work together with NYC Compost Project staff to build a pile at our compost demo site. Come ready to get dirty! $5 per person.

Sunday- August 7th, 2016

Central Park Conservancy Family Performance Festival Leaf Arrow
Manhattan
12:00 PM- 1:30 PM
Each summer, Central Park Conservancy hosts a series of eco-education and multicultural performances for the whole family to enjoy. Formerly known as A Clearing in the Forest, this year’s Family Performance Festival is chock-a-block full of fun and learning through music, storytelling, park adventures, puppetry, and more! Through contemporary and historical storytelling, songs, and traditional dance, learn about the special relationship the Native American people have with the Earth. Celebrate your appreciation of the natural environment with an interactive show featuring coyote tales, creation stories, and historic folklore. This unique performance will remind even the youngest audience members that we must respect and care for our parks!

What’s In Bloom in the Heather Garden August Tour
Manhattan
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Take a walking tour of the Heather Garden in Fort Tryon Park with horticulturist Madeline Byrne and learn about the dozens of plants currently in bloom. Learn about the garden’s history and how the Heather Garden compares with the plants found at the New York Botanical Garden, where Madeline Byrne has over 15 years of experience. These tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues may find them challenging because of the park’s many steep paths.

Living with Urban Coyotes
Queens
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM
Join the Urban Park Rangers in learning about coyotes, an oft-misunderstood member of our local habitat.

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Welcome to the Weekend!

Looking for more ways to appreciate the summer around NYC? Our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ summer series brings you a variety of green, fun, and free/affordable activities to do this weekend. We hope you will join some of them, and that you’ll let us know about other events not on our list. As you embark on your adventures, tweet us (@EPAregion2) with our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ hashtag #WTWEPA!

Friday – July 29, 2016

Street Fair
Manhattan
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Free fun for the whole family, including arts, crafts, antiques, plants, entertainment, games and more.

Nature Sanctuary
Manhattan
2:00 PM
During these limited hours, visitors can explore the normally closed sanctuary at their own pace along the rustic trail. See how the conservancy has restored this native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes.

This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. No groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided. Space is limited.

Summer Garden
Manhattan
7/24 – 7/31/16
Summer Sunday evenings are always a little bit lovelier when MoMA’s free summer garden concert series rolls around. Each year, the museum hosts live jazz and classical music performances for those lucky enough to score a free seat. And you can’t find a better environment than MoMA’s serene Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The month’s shows include performers from the Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Seating opens at 7pm; concerts start at 8pm. For more details, visit moma.org.

Saturday – July 30, 2016

Hester Street Fair
Manhattan
11:00AM – 6:00PM
This fair will feature a diverse roster of 60 curated vendors and curiously creative entrepreneurs delivering design, art, fashion and food. The fair will also host a series of hands-on workshops, collaborative activities and special events.

Sunday – July 31, 2016

Hudson River Nature Walk
Manhattan
9:00AM
Learn about the park’s wildlife by joining experienced naturalists on guided nature walks along the more park’s esplanade. Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about the park’s flora and fauna, including some of the 85 different species of birds identified within Park boundaries. Peek into some of our many gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river’s edge. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities – please be considerate and leave your dog at home.

Harlem Week
Manhattan
Starts 7/31/16
What began in 1974 as a one-day tribute to Harlem has evolved over four decades into a month long celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. Things kick off on July 31 with “A Great Day In Harlem” and reach a fever pitch during the bursting-at-the-seams weekend of events held under the banner of “Summer in the City” (August 20) and “Harlem Day” (August 21), including an auto show, children’s festival, small-business expo, fashion show, educational fair, outdoor film screening, a dancing in the street party and the inaugural Harlem/Havana Music & Cultural Festival.

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Weekend Activities- July 22nd 2016- July 24th 2016

Friday- July 22nd, 2016

Hike and Draw
Bronx
6:30 PM- 7:30 PM
Relax and de-stress on four summer evenings with our new program partner The Art Students League. Focusing in on nature and transferring it to paper can be a calming and meditative process. Bring a bottle of water and a light-weight portable chair to the nature center. From there we will venture out with artists Pedro Ramirez and Amy Digi to beautiful sights worth feasting your eyes on. This event repeats every week on Friday between 7/22/16 and 8/12/16.

Saturday- July 23rd, 2016

Living With White-Tailed Deer
Staten Island
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Come learn about the local white-tailed deer with the Urban Park Rangers!

Fishing and Crabbing
Brooklyn
12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.

Summer on the Hudson: Summer Gaze
Manhattan
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Summer on the Hudson welcomes all to join the Amateur Astronomers Association to gaze at the sun through a safe scope and see the central star of our solar system.

Sunday- July 24th, 2016

Northern Manhattan Parks Hike
Manhattan
11:00 AM- 12:30 PM
Meander through parks in northern Manhattan on this one-way hike from Morningside Park to Jackie Robinson Park.

It’s My Park at McCarren Park
Brooklyn
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Good.Clean.Fun. to help care for McCarren Park. When you go exercise in the park, borrow a pair of reusable work gloves from Good.Clean.Fun to pick up some of the trash you may encounter along the way.

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Welcome to the Weekend!

Looking for more ways to appreciate the summer around NYC? Our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ summer series brings you a variety of green, fun, and free/affordable activities to do this weekend. We hope you will join some of them, and that you’ll let us know about other events not on our list. As you embark on your adventures, tweet us (@EPAregion2) with our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ hashtag #WTWEPA!

Friday- July 15th, 2016

Dewitt Clinton Community Workday
Bronx
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The weather is heating up and gardeners are beginning to reap the summer bounty. Learn about how to maintain your garden through the summer months by joining Bronx Green-Up at one of our upcoming Community Workdays.

Arts, Culture & Fun- Make Your Mark! Wildlife of New York Art Workshop
Bronx
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Join NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun and Abbeville Press Publishers for a FREE art workshop! Illustrator Giada Crispiels will be presenting a unique coloring project celebrating her new book, Wildlife of New York, which captures the diverse beauty of the city’s treasured neighborhoods and landmarks, alongside the animals that call this city home.

Saturday- July 16th, 2016

City of Water Day
Manhattan, Hoboken (NJ)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Get out on our waterfront—and on the water—on July 16! The Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day is a free, family-oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront. Now in its ninth year, this event has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival. Held on Governors Island, New York; Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, New Jersey; and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun. Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and the Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children Activities offer something for the whole family.

Workshops at the Battery: Cooking without Electricity
Manhattan
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Use bike blenders, hand choppers, and good old elbow grease to make delicious snacks without using electricity or a flame. Show off your cooking skills, or learn some new ones! All materials and ingredients will be provided, please make staff aware of any dietary restrictions or allergies before the workshop begins.

GreenThumb Workshop: Build a Birdhouse
Brooklyn
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Interested in building a birdhouse? Come and learn how to build a birdhouse to invite our feathery friends to the garden.

Family Performance Festival: Earth Capades
Manhattan
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
“Saving the planet can be fun!” Enjoy juggling, music, magic, and storytelling while learning about serious environmental problems along with practical and achievable solutions. Interact with the circus performance and laugh along with your family. Be inspired to help preserve, protect, and respect the natural resources of planet Earth, including Central Park!

Sunday- July 17th, 2016

Birding: Ridgewood Reservoir
Brooklyn
10:00 AM – 11:30 Am
Explore the Ridgewood Reservoir for interesting bird species with the Urban Park Rangers.

Cooking Demo: Edible Flowers
Bronx
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
A surprising number of beautiful flowers are edible, adding color and zing to salads and subtle floral aromas to desserts. Sample some delicious, flowery recipes with Chef Stephen Rosenberg of Great Performances, then take a stroll with a Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreter to view gourmet blossoms in the garden.
This event is free with admission to the grounds.

FrogWatch USA: Training
Staten Island
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Discover how you can help frogs & toads on Staten Island by identifying and monitoring their unique vocal calls. FrogWatch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you!
Suitable for ages 8 and older. Registration required.

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Welcome to the Weekend!

Looking for more ways to appreciate the summer around NYC? Our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ summer series brings you a variety of green, fun, and free/affordable activities to do this weekend. We hope you will join some of them, and that you’ll let us know about other events not on our list. As you embark on your adventures, tweet us (@EPAregion2) with our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ hashtag #WTWEPA!

Friday – July 8th, 2016

Birdwatching and Canoeing on the Creek
Brooklyn
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The North Brooklyn Boat Club is hosting a birdwatching event on Newtown Creek. All levels of canoers are welcome. Keep your eyes peeled for black-crowned night heron, blue heron, cormorants and swans. Binoculars will be provided. Space is limited, but this is a weekly event that takes place every Friday.

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market
Queens
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us every Friday from June 17-November 18 for fresh produce.

Family Camping
Staten Island
7:00 PM7:00 AM
The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family to Willowbrook Park. Registration opens from June 22 to June 29. This event is free.

Saturday – July 9th, 2016

Electronics Recycling Collection
Queens
10:00AM – 4:00 PM
Responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics (no appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators) with the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Beautify Red Hook Parks
Brooklyn
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Help maintain parks and other community green spaces in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Tasks vary depending on the season, but may include weeding, mulching, planting, raking, garbage pickup, painting, and other tasks as needed. Exact locations are walkable from Red Hook Recreation Center.

Bird Walks
Bronx
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audubon experts.

Compost Workday
Manhattan
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Location:
Get an inside look at NYRP’s compost operations at Sherman Creek. Be prepared to get dirty! Take home a small bag of compost, on us.

Sunday – July 10th, 2016

Bike New York: Learn to Ride-Adults
Queens
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Learn to Ride—Adults is a free class for adults and mature teens who are ready to ride. Doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, we’ll get you rolling in no time. With our safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride in one session, but even if they don’t, they’ll leave equipped with an easy, low-stress way to teach themselves—or, they can join us for another free class! Learn to Ride—Adults is a required class in our Earn A Bike program.

Arm of the Sea Presents: Hook, Line, And Sinker
Brooklyn
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fishing the Hudson River harnesses the power of mask and puppet theater to peer beneath the surface and explore the Hudson’s dual identity as prolific natural ecosystem, and PCB-contaminated Superfund site. The visually-charged show features live music and a bevy of low-tech special effects that reveal the river’s complex inner life. Pitched to oldsters and youngsters alike, HOOK, LINE & SINKER celebrates the timeless art of fishing while offering the low-down on eating fish from the Hudson.

Garden – Volunteer Day
Manhattan
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Whether you have a green thumb or just a curiosity for what makes the garden grow, all are welcome to volunteer in Roger Morris Park, the grounds of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, once monthly under the supervision of Gardener Karen and the NYC Parks Department. All tools and instructions are provided, just bring a willingness to get a little dirty as we beautify our special garden. Close-toed shoes are required, and RSVP is appreciated to mailto:jardinera.karen@gmail.co%20m.

Family Performance Festival: Insect Comedy
Manhattan
12:00 PM -1:30 PM
See the world of bugs in a whole new way with Diane’s fun-filled stories. Learn the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants while laughing along to a Japanese folktale. Finding a six-legged critter while playing in the Park will never be the same again. This family-friendly program is FREE. All ages welcome.

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Urban Green

Even the smallest of balconies can host a few plants and add some much needed greenery to the urban jungle.

Even the smallest of balconies can host a few plants and add some much needed greenery to the urban jungle.

By Sion Lee

I have always had an affinity for all things green. I love the feeling of cool grass beneath my bare feet, the smell of the bouquet of roses sitting on my kitchen table, the gracefulness of a weeping willow… I am easily enamored by plants and trees. The New York Botanical Garden is my favorite place to be – ever. It is not a surprising confession then, when I say that one of my goals in life is to have a huge garden where I can plant my own collection of greens.

It’s slightly difficult, however, to maintain such a garden in New York City. While it is true that certain boroughs have more space than others (basically all boroughs except Manhattan), space is limited and expensive. As a resident of Queens, New York City, I am fortunate enough to live in a building that has a balcony. The balcony is made of concrete, but it has enough space to place potted plants and small trees. My family grows green peppers and ruby red cherry tomatoes each year. Yes, they’re delicious – but they are not enough to quench my need for seed.

This is where community gardens come into play. A community garden is self-explanatory: it is a garden for the people, created by the people. It is not uncommon for vacant lots to turn into community gardens. It is place where the people living in the community can come together to grow fresh produce. A community garden has many environmental and health benefits. For one, more plants would mean more oxygen restored into the air. This would reduce air pollution, which is especially crucial in highly polluted urban areas. Participating in a community garden would also increase environmental awareness.

Locally grown fruits and vegetables are often said to taste better and to be better for the environment. While there have not been any comprehensive studies to support these claims, I believe that just reaping what you have sowed is a truly more rewarding experience than buying produce from chain grocery stores. Furthermore, while buying locally might be more expensive than regular produce, growing your own food is the cheapest option of all. This has a great health implication for people of lower socioeconomic standing; community gardens make healthier foods more accessible to those who usually cannot afford it.

Besides, community gardens are fun. They allow you to interact with people from your community who share the same green interests as you do. Having a strong sense of community can create an opportunity for neighborhood crime rates to decrease. Go with your child, best friend, partner- or just go alone. No matter what, you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time.

About the Author: Sion (pronounced see-on) is an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan. She is an intern in the EPA Region 2 Public Affairs Division. She is a native of Queens. Sion’s favorite hobbies include eating, listening to Stevie Wonder, and breaking stereotypes.

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A Romantic Getaway?

A romantic idea for next Valentine’s Day.

A romantic idea for next Valentine’s Day.

By: Maureen Krudner

Another Valentine’s Day has come and gone, with gifts of flowers, candy and jewelry. Was this pretty routine? How about something different next year? The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant offers a Valentine’s Day Tour and it is well worth the trip.

The facility is located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and is the largest of New York City’s 14 wastewater treatment plants. The plant takes wastewater from residences of approximately 1 million New Yorkers spread over 25 square miles. A multitude of facts about our wastewater system are available online, easily found.

Alligators in the sewer? Find out the truth behind the rumors.

Alligators in the sewer? Find out the truth behind the rumors.

The tour brings more than those facts. The visitor center, which educates numerous school groups on the city’s water system from supply to wastewater, pays homage to the undying legend of alligators in our sewer system. You get a look at the internal workings of fire hydrants. You also get to see the inside of water supply sampling stations, used to ensure our drinking water is safe.

Greenpoint’s wastewater treatment plant is the largest in New York City

Greenpoint’s wastewater treatment plant is the largest in New York City

Leaving the visitor center, we took an express elevator 13 stories to the viewing deck. From here, we get a good look at the eight state-of-the-art stainless steel digester eggs. These ‘eggs’ break down the organic material removed from sewage and produce material which can eventually be used as fertilizer. Combining form and function, the eggs are illuminated at night, making them a landmark for travelers on the city’s highways and bridges. In addition to getting a bird’s eye view of the plant, we were treated to fabulous views of the Manhattan skyline and the plant’s surrounding industrial areas. Oh, speaking of treats, did I mention the chocolate kisses we were given on arrival?

Being familiar with the wastewater treatment process, the most educational part for me was hearing the reaction of the other visitors. So many guests were amazed at the amount of effort that goes into providing a safe source of drinking water and then cleaning it up after we’re done using it. This is something that’s easily taken for granted.

For information on the NYC Wastewater Treatment Plants:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/wastewater/index.shtml

 

For information on the NYC Water Supply:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/drinking_water/index.shtml

About the Author: Maureen Krudner works in the Clean Water Division of EPA Region 2.

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EPA WaterSense: Helping New York City Save Water

By Alex Peck

Water fountains at Fort Green Park in Brooklyn, NY.

Water fountains at Fort Green Park in Brooklyn, NY.

Last summer, while walking through Fort Greene Park on a beautiful day, I noticed a sign posted next to an outdoor fountain describing how New York City had made it more water efficient. The fountain used to run continuously 24 hours a day. Now, thanks in part to the EPA’s recommendations, New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has retrofitted the sprinklers with timer buttons, which, when pressed, allow the sprinkler to operate for two minute intervals. This small effort helps New York City save about 10,000 gallons of water per day!

EPA is helping NYC become more efficient.

EPA is helping NYC become more efficient.

This water conservation measure, along with others that the DEP has made over the last four years, came about through the help of Mr. Lorne LaMonica, a Senior Scientist with EPA in the Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section. For two years, Mr. LaMonica participated in New York City’s Green Code Task Force and was instrumental in incorporating the EPA WaterSense Program specifications into the NYC Code. The retrofitting of the fountain in Fort Greene Park is just one of the many water conservation measures implemented.

This photo shows the on/off button for the sprinkler in Fort Greene Park. This one button helps NYC save 10,000 gallons of water a day.

This photo shows the on/off button for the sprinkler in Fort Greene Park. This one button helps NYC save 10,000 gallons of water a day.

As a result of Lorne’s efforts, New York City has become a strong proponent of using EPA WaterSense specifications in new construction and retrofits. The city reported to EPA that in 2013, with the assistance of our WaterSense recommendations, it retrofitted 13 schools with water-efficient urinals, toilets, and faucets. As a result of installing these water-saving fixtures, these schools conserved 49,000,000 gallons of water, reduced 114 metric tons of carbon equivalent (greenhouse gases) and saved $143,000 in water utility costs! In 2014, DEP retrofitted an additional 10 schools and the water saving numbers were tremendous: 92,000,000 gallons of water saved, 211 metric tons of carbon equivalent saved, and a savings of $266,800 in water utility costs. These retrofit projects are expected to continue for years through hundreds of schools throughout the city.

To find out more about the EPA’s WaterSense program and how it’s helping communities throughout the United States to save water, visit: http://www.epa.gov/watersense/.

About the Author: Alex Peck is an Environmental Protection Specialist in EPA Region 2’s Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section.

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Make the Most of Summer

Make sure that you have made the most of this summer! As the end of the season approaches, check out some of these fun, free, and eco-friendly events this weekend.  There are all sorts of things for you to do – from drumming circles on the Hudson to a summer concert series in Jersey City, we’ve got you covered. Some of the events have been reoccurring all season long but for some, this will be the last weekend the event is available! You won’t want to miss this line-up. Be sure to use our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ #WTWEPA hashtag on twitter so we can share your adventures!

Friday – August 14, 2015

Sunset Jam on the Hudson
Manhattan
Wagner Park
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Grab your friends this Friday night for the ultimate jam session. This drumming circle is led by master drummers that will bring you rhythms from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. At the event you’ll be taught traditional drumming patterns. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be invited to contribute your own rhythmic patterns. Instruments are provided but you may also bring your own. You won’t want to miss this!

*This event repeats 8/21 and 8/28. Catch it before the summer ends!

RiverFlicks in Hudson River Park
Manhattan
Hudson River Park
Pier 46 Cross at Charles Street
8:30 p.m.

Bring the kids to this free showing of Paddington Bear. Watch a movie guilt free knowing you’re all still spending part of your weekend outside. Be sure to catch this week’s showing as next Friday, August 21 will be the last of movies shown in the Hudson River Park for the summer!

Brooklyn
Greenspace NYC Civic Art Lab
456B Nostrand Avenue
6 – 9:30 p.m.

Check out this presentation that gives an in-depth look at issues regarding social justice and sustainability. Topics like climate change, inequality, and social rest in regards to sustainability will be discussed. Stop by for a very intriguing conversation and presentation.

Saturday – August 15, 2015

Natural Dyes and Herb Sachets
Manhattan
Castle Clinton in Battery Park
10 a.m. – noon

Join our friends at the Batter Conservancy for their free workshop this Saturday! You’ll learn how to take your kitchen scraps and transform them into dyes using natural ingredients. Afterwards, you can dye your own herb sachet and once it’s done drying you can fill it with a blend of custom herbs. RSVPs are appreciated. Send an email to info@thebattery.org

GreenThumb Workshop: Container Gardening
Bronx
Hornaday Community Garden
Mohegan Ave and Crotona Parkway
11 a.m.2 p.m.

Learn how to make the most of your window boxes or containers this Saturday at the GreenThumb Workshop on container gardening. They’ll share how to properly design your contained garden, which soil mixtures are most effective, and tips for keeping your gardens growing all year ‘round.

Paper Shredding Event
Queens
Rochdale Village Mall #2
165-65 137th Avenue
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or until truck is filled)

Do you have a bunch of random, useless, old bundles of paperwork floating around your apartment? Head over to Jamaica Queens to properly and responsibly shred any documents with personal or sensitive information. There is a limit of three boxes per household and this event is free.

Sunday – August 16, 2015

Ecofest 27th Anniversary
Manhattan
Times Square
Broadway and 42nd-44th Street
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

This eco-friendly festival promises to be the largest environmental celebration event in New York City! Be sure to spend your Sunday outdoors at this day-long, free festival, which features an eco-friendly fashion show, a showcase of green products, and workshops on sustainability and energy efficiency!

Summerfest Concert Series
Jersey City, NJ
Liberty State Park
North Field (Near 9/11 Memorial)
5 – 7 p.m.

Finish off your weekend on the waterfront Liberty State Park. There are only two more Sunday’s after the 16th where free concerts will be occurring! Bring your family and friends to Jersey City for a live performance by the Cintron Band.

Family Affair: Summer on the Streets
Bronx
Bronx Museum
1040 Grand Concourse
noon – 4 p.m.

Enjoy family-friendly art activities all day on the Grand Concourse this Sunday!  Join the Bronx Museum and its partners for the last ‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ of the year, which includes car-free streets and chances to enhance your artistic creativity.

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Explore and Appreciate Summer in the City!

Continue enjoying your summer with these environmentally-friendly events. While it’s still hot enough to wear shorts and tank tops, indulge in these fresh and affordable outdoor activities. Whether you want to enjoy the waterfront, or discover new ways to help the city’s environment, make sure to use our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ #WTWEPA hashtag on twitter so we can share your adventures!

Friday – August 7, 2015

Elle | e-Waste Jewelry
BROOKLYN – The Gowanus eWaste Warehouse
11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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On the evening of Friday August 7th, join an Open House party at the Gowanus eWaste Warehouse to celebrate Marcela Godoy’s jewelry line made entirely from electronic waste: Elle.eWaste. There is a great event lined up, including a runway show, warehouse tours, DJs, and more!

Waterfront Activities: Fishing
NEW YORK – East River Park Fire Boat House at Grand Street
5 – 7 p.m.

Join us this summer for the catch-and-release fishing clinics! Bait and tackle will be provided, (or bring your own), plus basic fishing instruction and other activities to explore the estuary. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Fantastic Friday: Make a Hummingbird Feeder
STATEN ISLAND – Greenbelt Nature Center
11 a.m. – noon
Fantastic Friday: Make a Hummingbird Feeder
Search for these colorful fast flyers, then make a hummingbird feeder to take home. Ages 7+.

Saturday – August 8, 2015

2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
QUEENS – Flushing Meadows Corona Park
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2015 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
This much anticipated multicultural event features two exciting days of dragon boat racing, wonderful performances, and an ethnic food court.

Summer Streets
MANHATTAN – Foley Square & Paine Park
7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Summer Streets is an annual celebration of New York City’s streets, presented by the New York City Department of Transportation. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, nearly seven miles of NYC’s streets are opened for people to play, run, walk and bike. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation.

NYC Parks Beach Volleyball Tournament 2015
BROOKLYN – Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
8 a.m.
5 p.m.
NYC Parks Beach Volleyball Tournament 2015
Face off in NYC’s ultimate summer competition!  NYC Parks invites you to join a volleyball tournament on beautiful Coney Island Beach.

Kayaking
BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Bridge Park
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kayaking - BROOKLYN - Brooklyn Bridge Park
Paddle in the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse.

Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information, please visit Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy‘s website.

Sunday – August 9, 2015

Basic Canoeing
Manhattan – Lasker Pool & Rink (in Central Park)
noon – 3 p.m.

Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Basic canoe programs are great for all skill levels. Children aged 8 and older are welcome.

Canine Ice Cream
QUEENS – Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Canine Ice Cream
Enjoy music, games, dog-friendly ice cream treats, and more! Giveaway bag for the first 25 people.

GreenThumb Workshop: Feed the Soil, Not the Plants
STATEN ISLAND – Joe Hozlka Community Garden
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
GreenThumb Workshop: Feed the Soil, Not the Plants
Learn how to use compost to improve your plants’ soil. This workshop is given in partnership with NYC Compost Project.

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