Just as the city is about to burst out in bloom, its time to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Earth Day is on April 22 and National Arbor Day is April 29 but there are events spreading across the next two weeks that bring our attention to our beautiful planet and how we can be a little nicer to her. Check these out:
I just had to share this piece by NY Times writer Alexandra S.Levine…
Surrounded by water, and eager to live close to their bustling city center, New Yorkers have had no other way, through the decades, than to build their homes towards the sky.
You’re rushing to get up your Halloween decorations tonight so tomorrow you can carve the pumpkin and dress the kids. But, once you get them dressed up, you gotta take them out and parade them around. Have you thought about that? Do you know where you are taking them?
New in Chinatown this week the city erected a street map kiosk, part of a new pedestrian map system, called WalkNYC, that will start with just four kiosks in lower Manhattan. The city Department of Transportation hopes to install up to 100 by the end of the year all over Manhattan, as well as in parts of Queens and Brooklyn. More maps will also be posted in high-traffic subway stations and along Select Bus Service routes to replace the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s current neighborhood maps.”There is a clear need for this system,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the city’s Transportation commissioner, standing next to one of the gleaming black kiosks Monday afternoon. She noted that a recent survey found that one in three New Yorkers could not correctly identify north, and that at any given time, 10% of New Yorkers were lost. Never mind the tourists who struggle negotiating the streets of Manhattan.In the months to come, the city says it plans to install more signs in Manhattan at “key crossings” in Manhattan’s garment district; in Prospect Heights and Crown Heights in Brooklyn; and in Long Island City, Queens.The system is similar to a nine-year-old program in the U.K. called “Legible London” and was designed by with the help of British engineers. City officials said work was underway on a citywide map, the data of which will be made available to software engineers for smartphone app development. The full city map, which officials said will be more accurate than Google or other online maps, will be completed by the end of 2014.
Source Crains, 6/25/2013.
There are so many wonderful holiday markets going on this weekend that it may be hard to decide where to go. Find great gifts, nice people and holiday inspiration .
Bookmark the complete 2012 Holiday Markets of New York City Guide, featuring now over sixty holiday markets this season!