Earth Day: How to Celebrate in NYC and LA

Earth Day

 

 

An annual holiday that began almost 50 years ago, Earth Day takes place on April 22 to mark
the beginning of the environmental movement. The holiday began in 1970 with 20 million
Americans demonstrating for sustainability and now has reached 192 countries. Wondering how
to honor this important event? Check out our guide to celebrating Earth Day in Los Angeles and
NYC.

 

 

by Stephanie Mace


Volunteer

What better way to honor Earth Day than do something good for the environment? Los Angeles
residents can help with tree planting in Griffith Park, replanting 40 trees that have been lost to
drought and beetle infestations. New Yorkers can support Central Park’s “Pitch In, Pick Up” --
after a short orientation, volunteers receive gloves, garbage bags and trash pickers.


Get Outside

In New York City, Citi Bike will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with “Car Free Earth Day,”
which will open thirty blocks of the city for biking or exploring on foot. Urban Park Rangers will
also lead hikes to celebrate Earth Day in parks throughout the city, including Marine Park, Seton
Falls Park and Flushing Meadows Park. Angelenos can get outside at one of LA’s many hiking
trails. While Eastsiders can head to Griffith Park or Runyon, Westsiders can spend the day
exploring the Topanga Canyon or Temescal.


Eat local


Dining at a farm-to- table restaurant is a great way to celebrate the holiday. ABC Kitchen in New
York presents a “locally focused” seasonal menu while “cultivating a healthy relationship on our
tables and for the planet.” Other spots include Market Table and The Fat Radish. In Los
Angeles, Botanica in Silver Lake offers an extensive selection of seasonal vegetable dishes that
are beautifully prepared and always delicious! On the westside of the city, Gjelina also provides
constantly changing seasonally-inspired plates-- about 90% of the menu comes from farmer’s
markets!


Attend a City-wide Celebration


Los Angeles will celebrate Earth Day in Grand Park featuring music, tours of sustainable
landscaping, food trucks, yoga and composting workshops. The free event will be put on by The
Music Center and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. New Yorkers can join an
Earth Day Celebration in Union Square. Last year, 100,000 people attended the event that
includes live performances, green businesses and environmental nonprofits.