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Car Free Earth Day in Flatiron

Car Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event, which will be held this year on Saturday, April 27th, the Saturday immediately following Earth Day. Enjoy thirty open blocks of Broadway from Times Square to Union Square on foot during event hours, 9 am to 3 pm.

The day features all types of fun including complimentary Citi Bike day passes, free fitness classes from studios like exhale Flatiron, dance performances, a pop-up parkour playground, free skate rentals, a musical themed historic walking tour, and booths to learn about organizations working toward environmental sustainability. See you on Saturday! (Check out full citywide programming roster here). 

Citi Bike Station on Broadway between 21st and 22nd Streets:
Bike Programming 
CITI BIKE
Citi Bike Experience: Stop by the Citi Bike booth on Broadway & 22nd Street to learn about Citi Bike and sign up for a membership. New and existing members are eligible for a special gift on 4/27 only! In celebration of Car Free Earth Day, all visitors will get a complimentary Day Pass!

Flatiron Plaza North (Broadway between 23rd and 24th Streets): 

Fitness Classes and Performances
 9am WRKNYC
WRKNYC FITFAM Bootcamp: Join WRKNYC for an outdoor WRKout for the community. Our family-friendly Bootcamp will include all body-weight exercises that welcome all fitness levels!

10am  POPFIT KIDS
Functional Fitness with PopFit Kids: Get ready for an action-packed healthy adventure with high-energy fitness fun and good-for-you games that kids can share with the whole family. Through high-energy circuit activities, dynamic drills, obstacle course play and more, this session will get kids moving and hit on the PopFit Five: Cardio, Strength, Flexibility, Balance and Endurance.

11am   EXHALE SPA FLATIRON
Exhale Barre plus Cardio with Rachael Leitson: Break a sweat, and have fun in all in one intense, efficient, barre-meets-cardio class.

12pm VIBRATE HIGHER
Vibrate Higher’s Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class: Lead by expert yogi and Founder of Vibrate Higher and Vibrate Higher Foundation, Sandra Thelusmond, this class includes all levels of invigorating and strengthening vinyasa flow, which blends core work, power holds, arm balances and creative sequences. Participants also receive a free gift from the Vibrate Higher brand.

1pm    FOGO AZUL NYC
Fogo Azul NYC is NYC’s favorite all women drumline, 90 members strong! For years, women were forced to dance, while the men drummed. Fogo Azul NYC breaks this stereotype and strives to make drumming accessible to all female-identified individuals. Find them on social media as “Fogo Azul NY”.

2pm ARTICHOKE DANCE (Signature Dance Performance)
Overflow and Visioning Bodies: Artichoke Dance Company, one of the nation’s leading eco-arts performing groups, presents highlights from their water-focused series of works. "Overflow", created in response to Hurricane Sandy, reflects oceanic currents and rising tide patterns.



Worth Square (Broadway between 24th and 25th Streets):  
Fitness & Walking Tour
MOVEMENT CREATIVE
Parkour & Play with The Movement Creative: The Movement Creative will build a pop-up parkour playground that encourages family-friendly, creative movement via a unique obstacle course that will challenge balance, strength, jumping, and climbing skills. Our experienced coaches will share their favorite movement games and skills while providing individualized challenges. 

 

GO! SPORTS USA
Go! Sports Inline Skate Y Skateboard Rentals and Clinics: Go! Sports USA will provide free skate rentals and "Learn to Skate" clinics at its #SkateStation for #CarFreeNYC 2019. As a licensed Department of Education vendor, Go! Sports USA runs year-round sports and media arts programming in schools across NYC.

 

HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR, BIG ONION WALKING TOURS
11 AM – 12:30 AM 
Art, Literature and Rock & Roll: New York on the Cultural Edge 
Meeting Point, Broadway between 24th Street and 25th Street (Worth Monument)

Whether you are thinking of the Ashcan Artists of the early 20th century or the punk rockers of the 1970s, New York is a city that has been on America’s cutting edge for over a century. Join us as we explore New York’s cultural edge beyond Greenwich Village, from the site of Stanford White’s 1890 Madison Square Garden (and where he was murdered) to Bill Graham’s “Church of Rock and Roll". Along the way, we will explore the many waves of artists, musicians, and cultural figures who have found creative expression in the City. Stops could include The Palladium/Academy of Music, Paresis Hall, the 69th Regiment Armory, and Max’s Kansas City, as well as sites associated with Alfred Stieglitz, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin, and Evelyn Nesbit. (Tours may accommodate a maximum of 30 individuals. Please arrive early to secure your spot). 


Flatiron South Plaza (Broadway between 22nd and 23rd Streets):

Demonstrations & Workshops
CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY
Engage in Solutions to Climate Change: Learn the solutions to Climate Change and participate in the workshop, “Write Your Member of Congress”. Citizens’ Climate Lobby creates the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in personal and political power.

 

DESIGN TRUST FOR PUBLIC SPACE
El-Space: Creating Dynamic Places Under the Elevated: Design Trust for Public Space has partnered with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to enhance, activate and reclaim spaces under or adjacent to elevated bridges, highways and subway and rail lines citywide.

 

EARTH DAY INITIATIVE
Earth Day Initiative’s Do Just 1 Thing: Earth Day Initiative’s Do Just 1 Thing program empowers people to take positive environmental actions in their own lives and share their own sustainability stories solutions they see or would like to see in their own lives. Come check out how you can engage and make a positive impact as we count down to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020.

 

EARTH INSTITUTE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Time Traveling through NYC’s Climate History: Throughout geologic time, water has moved from the world’s oceans into the ice sheets and then back again from the ice sheets into the world’s oceans. Each time this occurs, sea levels change, causing the climate and living conditions to change as well. Look into New York City’s climate history to discover what life would have been like in different climates and time periods.

 

 

HYPOTHEKIDS
Bioluminescent Fireflies: Hk Summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) is a full-day summer enrichment program during which our HYPOTHEkids conduct experiments, create projects, meet practicing scientists and engineers, and take trips based on the theme of the week! Come get a taste of summer during Car Free Earth Day!

 

 

NEW YORKERS FOR PARKS
Play Fair for Parks: Learn more about New Yorkers for Parks’ new Play Fair campaign for parks! Participants will learn more about how to engage in park and open space advocacy, and how to reach their decision-makers. NY4P is also soliciting public input into the design of our new District Profiles, a citywide resource that provides data about open space and park access for every neighborhood in the five boroughs.

 

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS NETWORK
SDG’s in My City: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) aims to eradicate poverty and deprivation, but also to grow our economies, to protect our environment, and to promote peace and good governance. As part of Car Free Earth Day, SDSN will run an interactive booth where the public can engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The booth will offer fun activities for all ages, including educational resource giveaways. Our booth will feature a spinning wheel with all 17 SDGs and participants will receive an invitation to partake in a personal practical behavior change activity.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
The Wildlife Conservation Society New York Seascape Program: The WCS New York Seascape Program addresses pressing marine conservation issues within the 16,000 square miles of ocean from Montauk, New York, to Cape May, New Jersey, and the Long Island Sound. The New York Seascape program's objectives are to restore populations of depleted marine species (currently sharks, whales, and American eels), protect key coastal and offshore habitats, and inspire and build a diverse, vocal constituency for marine conservation. 

 

 (Source: NYC.gov