Celebrate Earth Day's 40th Anniversary With New York-ish "Nature" Activites

by LIZ JENEAULT · April 22, 2010

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and it's time to get outside. We know it's easy for New Yorkers to forget Earth Day, regardless, it's time to celebrate! And we don't just mean planting trees--consider supporting our beloved Earth by tasting beer, exercising, or shopping (We have to be different, right?)!-

In order to alleviate your confusion as to how one supports Earth Day, we've comprised a list of, well, New York things to do. Yes, strolling through Central Park on a day such as this may be enticing, and there are chess games occurring in Bryant Park, however, we New Yorkers like things exciting. And who has time to sit down anyway?!

Shop the world's largest "green" pop-up store (Who says shopping doesn't support nature?)!

TerraCycle's Greenup! store is an eco-friendly shopping haven. In honor of Earth Day's 40th anniversary, the boutique features some of New York's "finest green design and fashion." Stop by the store to shop and celebrate with Earth Day NY and Our Green Book (think free 360 vodka) -- RSVP Here.

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Drink organic booze!

The Village Pourhouse knows how to appreciate nature. The bar plans on celebrating Earth Day with Peak Organic Beer Tasting. Enjoy a selection of 5-6 beers from the Peak Organic line (Get drunk WHILE being environmentally conscious).

Social Hour: "Under the Canopy" Exhibit Opening--an appreciation of Central Park's nature.

Ever notice the abundance of trees in Central Park? 24,000 to be exact (we know it's overwhelming). In celebration of Central Park's most unnoticed inhabitants, Central Park Conservancy's newest gallery exhibit, Under the Canopy: Caring for Central Park's Trees, has opened to the public. The special Harlem Meer Social Hour begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight, and will provide guest with refreshments.

Enjoy music by NYC Outloud at the Heritage Rose District Concert.

The concert, entitled "For the Beauty of the Earth," will raise funds for the Heritage Rose Foundation--a organization dedicated to reintroducing roses to New York's urban landscape. Enjoy music by NYC Outloud, a men's vocal ensemble dedicated to promoting tolerance and acceptance of New York's LGBT community.

Renew yourself via Flavorpill's Earth Day Yoga Party at the Standard.

Elena Brower, Virayoga founder, will teach a special yoga class at The Standard's High Line Room tonight. A $20 fee for the class will be donated to EarthDay-NY. Following the hour-long class, guests will enjoy a private party--complete with complimentary wine, chocolate, and music by DJ Dhundee. To RSVP, go HERE.

A blue and green themed SILENT DANCE PARTY.

Silent dance parties are interesting. By bringing your own iPod, you avoid awful club music. However, your seemingly trapped in an awkward "off-tempo" dance competition with whichever dude your dancing with (think techno meets indie pop, meets hard-hitting rap). Regardless, it's time to thrown on blue or green colored clothing, and bring your iPod/mp3 player for a night of debauchery (Leave the iPad at home please). Where and when to meet (before heading over to the sketchy, non-addressed party):

Dog Ear Tavern (West Soho) -- Leave from at 11:26 pm

Via Dei Mille (SoHo) -- Leave from at 11:23 pm

Down the Hatch (Washington Square Park/NYU) -- Leave from at 11:19 pm