New York City’s Plastic Bag Bill

plastic bag in treeIt’s the worst part of fall and winter. Once the leaves fall off the trees, the plastic bags caught up in their branches are exposed creating an eyesore that is particularly noticeable in the urban landscape.

Well, come this winter, we may see less of this mess. Soon those bags will cost a nickel in New York City.  The NY City Council has voted 28 to 20 to require certain retailers to collect a fee on each carryout bag, paper or plastic.

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Native American Festival

Sunday, September 23, 2012
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Pelham Bay Park will host four hours of performances, exhibits, arts and crafts, delicious food, storytelling, nature programs, and more. This annual event is a celebration of the unique Native cultures of the Americas.

Guests of all ages will enjoy the ability to interact with many of the performances and activities, while learning about the traditions and lifestyles of such Native groups such as the Taino, Cheyenne-Pawnee, Ojibwe/ Oneida, and more.

Cost: Free!
Check it out: http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2012/09/23/native-american-festival

Inwood Hill Park Recycling Olympics

Join NYC Parks, GrowNYC, and the City’s Green Mascot, Birdie, at Dyckman Fields to learn about how to keep your local parks clean and green.

The Recycling Olympics are a handful of games that kids aged 7-14 can play to learn about recycling, conservation, and teamwork in a fun and healthy way. Giveaways and information will be available for park users of all ages. Look for the NYC Parks tent just inside Dyckman Fields on the South Lawn.

Sunday, August 5, 2012
2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Event Organizer
NYC Parks, GrowNYC