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Terracycle Green Up Shop hits Port Authority
Terracycle Green Up Shop in New York

Spring is an exciting time in New York City; people bursting out onto the street testing out their summer legs and sundresses, music blasting from open windows, strollers, bikes, kites, picnics, and every urban sport imaginable filling our streets.  Flowers and blossoms are also emerging from hibernation, stretching their faces toward the sun.  It is not uncommon to hear birds singing from wherever you are, catching sun rays illuminating the angles between buildings and rooftops.

As the city and its inhabitants come to live once more, it is the perfect moment to feel gratitude for our life on earth and recognize our role in keeping it going. April is Earth Month, and NYC has a variety of ways to celebrate and give back, from turning your lights off for Earth Hour to outdoor festivals, from urban foraging to planting trees.

A new edition to the NYC Earth Day offerings for 2010 is the Terracycle Green Up Shop, located on 8th avenue at 41st in the Port Authority.

Terracycle Green Up Shop in the Port Authority

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The 24 Hour NYC Bench Project: Bench Selection
24 Hour NYC Park Bench Project
I was on my way to work this week, and took pictures of a few of the benches that I came across. The reality of the upcoming, twenty-four hour bench sitting is beginning to sink in. When I first came up with the idea, it was as dumb and fanciful as most of my ideas: I didn’t think that I would actually have to do it.

I introduced this idea last week, and some people have commented on it, wished me luck, or offered their advice. I am grateful for their interest, but now that I know other people know about this project, I am compelled to actually follow through with it. It’s seventh grade peer-pressure all over again, when sagging my shorts down to my ankles was only half my idea.

So now that I’m in this, sinking in my involvement like a mammoth stuck in the tar-pits, I had to actually consider which bench I chose to sit on. Here are my finalists. If you like, you can try to sway me one way or the other, but I can’t guarantee that I’ll keep it democratic. In the end, this project is (fortunately for me) a dictatorship.

Winston Churchill Square1. Winston Churchill Square.

Pros: A nice and quiet small area surrounded by trees.  It would be really nice to sit here during the day, as I often have, and watch the pigeons play with each other.  It’s out of the way and not too busy.  I would definitely have some peaceful moments here.

Cons: Right next to the park is a child’s playground.  I think the last place I want to sit for an extended period of time would be on a bench that overlooks a bunch of kids.  I have a small beard, and though I’m pretty young, I’m fairly certain that some parents would feel that my presence would be a bit creepy.

To read the full list, check out The 24 Hour NYC Park Bench Project.

Earth Day 2010 in NYC: Family Events
April 22nd, 2010 is Earth Day, and there is no better time to teach your kids about caring for the environment than with fun activities and family-friendly events. Music, performances, crafts and tree plantings will happen throughout New York City. Here is our guide to Earth Day 2010.
New York Celebrates Earth Day 2010

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The 24 Hour NYC Bench Project: Which Bench to Sit On?
24h NYC Park Bench Project

The 24 Hour NYC Bench Project: Which Bench to Sit On?

Crazy Stuff at the MoMA: “The Artist is Present” Review

The Moma’s latest exhibit, “The Artist is Present,” a retrospective of the work of performance artist Marina Abramovic, is a sprawling, complicated, astounding, and maddening mess of images and ego. Outlining forty years of performing, “The Artist is Present” recreates the work of this unique artist, through video, models, and live actors. In addition, Abramovic herself will perform in a new piece, “The Artist is Present-“ she will sit at a table throughout museum hours, inviting patrons to sit across from her, silently, as long as they wish.


Since the late 1960s, Abramovic has preformed solo works and pieces with her one-time partner, Frank Uwe Laysiepen, throughout the world. Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, some of her work deals with Balkan ritual and conflict in Eastern Europe, but most of it revolves around the frailty and strength of the human body. Her works and her personality have had influence in the art world as well as pop culture- one of her pieces is fictionalized in an episode of Sex and the City. Having achieved great fame in her field, Abramovic has turned her attention to preserving her art, first by recreating projects herself of artists she admires, then by establishing the Marina Abramovic Institute for Preservation of Performance Art (set to open 2012).

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Earth Day 2010 in NYC: Family Events
Earth Day 2010 in NYCApril 22nd, 2010 is Earth Day, and there is no better time to teach your kids about caring for the environment than with fun activities and family-friendly events. Music, performances, crafts and tree plantings will happen throughout New York City. Here is our guide to Earth Day 2010.

EarthFest, April 18

Bringing together environmental organizations, preservationists, and performers to the largest park in New York City, EarthFest features exhibits and hands-on demonstrations for the whole family. There will also be places to recycle old electronics, which often cause headaches if left out on the sidewalk for collection day. Enjoy the park as well!

Pelham Bay Park at The Playground for All Children, 10-3. Events are free. Call (718) 430-1890 for more info.


New York Earth Fair, April 19-24

In celebration of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, the nonprofit group Earth Day New York will sponsor a wealth of events and exhibits, including illuminating Grand Central Station’s main concourse with images and quotes about the environment from the likes of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring,  and Roy Lichtenstein. A week-long exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall and two-day outdoor festival, with music, art and the environment taking over Vanderbilt Ave- make this event a must-see.

Running in the Grand Central Terminal in Vanderbilt Hall from April 19-24, and outside of Grand Central Terminal April 23-24. 10am-8pm. Events are free.

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The 24h NYC Park Bench Project

“I don’t know,” I replied. “Why do you get up and go to work every day?”

There really isn’t any reason why I’ve decided to do this. Sitting on a bench for twenty-four straight hours was an idea that came from nowheres-ville, like any other idea you come across from day to day. You look at someone running and think, I should take up running.  Maybe just for a year. Or you hear a song on the radio and decide to take a trip to Argentina.  The ideas that we come up as we amble through time aren’t any better or worse than the one before it, we just sometimes actually decide to act on them.

I’ve always had an impulsive personality like this. I’ve had ideas, and  I usually enact them: a surfing trip to Costa Rica; a backpacking voyage across Europe, or even something as simple as a night-time, mile-long walk to the nearest corner store, just because I want a cookie at three in the morning.

I never consider these ideas dumb or stupid, no matter how dumb or stupid they are. Once I get an idea in my head, it’s hard to get it out, and even if it takes a year of preparation and hard work, I’ll get it done. My move to New York was like this: I decided one day after getting a flat tire in my brand-new truck on the 5 in California, to fix my flat, turn my truck around, go to the dealer, and sell it back to them. Two weeks later I was living in New York.

So once I came up with the idea of sitting on a park bench for twenty-four straight hours, I couldn’t shake it off.  It was like a bad itch. Unlike some of my other ideas, I had no idea what the point of this one really was.  A surfing trip to Costa Rica promised surf; a backpacking trip across Europe promised interesting, historical sightseeing; a trip to the corner store promised a cookie.

But sitting on a bench? What is that supposed to be? What aim am I striving for?  What am I going after? What’s my angle?

After thinking long and hard about it, I decided that not having an idea of what to get out of it was exactly what made me want to do it. I just moved to New York about six months ago, and because I’m new to the city, wouldn’t it be great to watch the same spot for twenty-four hours, and just see what happens?

To continue reading and follow Paul on his project,
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Volunteers Brightens Up Queens Middle School with Mural Painting

Since January New York Cares volunteers have been painting murals to brighten up Queens public middle school I.S. 119 in Glendale.  The painting are centering around diversity, patriotism, and school spirit. You can see images on their facebook.

New York Cares was founded in the late 1980s by a group of friends who wanted to take action against the serious social issues that faced our city. New York Cares has grown to the city’s leading volunteer organization, bringing vital volunteer support to thousands of nonprofit agencies, public schools, and other deserving organizations.

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How to Bee Green: New York City Welcomes Urban Beekeeping
Bees are the quintessential New Yorkers. In fact, bees are among nature’s first urbanites – clustered in colonies of over 10,000, forging their own architectural style and local cuisine blended from our bounty of native plants. Bees are world travelers, relentless workers, and thrive in spaces the size of file cabinets. Sound familiar?

Clandestine urban beekeepers and eaters everywhere are delighted by the NYC Board of Health decision to lift the beekeeping ban, legalizing an outrageous and outdated ban on raising hives on rooftops and gardens in New York City. The Board of Health’s decision was made with strong evidence from bee enthusiasts, botanists, urban gardeners, and examples from cities all over the world, where beehives occupy the most luxurious real estate in town.

Despite the ban, hundreds of New Yorkers have been raising city bees on their rooftops and gardens for decades, protesting the ban as both ridiculous and dangerous to the urban ecological balance.


The overruled section 161.01 of the health code lumps honeybees with polar bears, cougars, and alligators as “wild, ferocious, fierce, dangerous, or naturally inclined to do harm.” But like many underground (or in this case, above-ground) urban beekeepers know, honeybees make their livelihood from pollen, nectar, and water – stinging only to protect their hives. Honeybees make great pets because they are docile, useful, independent, and restore balance to the ecosystem – their dangerous reputation is based only on irrational fear.

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Whitney Biennial 2010: NYC Art Event of the Year?
The Whitney Biennial:2010is up and running on Madison Avenue; and a number of the artworks may leave some visitors exclaiming: “What’s up with this Biennial?” This viewer left the galleries amazed at the work on display — ranging from the amusing and laughable, to the decorative, to the incredibly emotional and thought provoking.

In this, the 75th Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which runs thru May 30th, there is a lot to see and do, with a long list of special events and scheduled for the duration of the exhibition. The show highlights the work of fifty-five diverse artists, whose work in drawing, painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, video and experimental film, ink drawings, fiber art and macramé, and found objects, are displayed over four floors of the museum. The lower level sculpture court  is devoted to an installation entitled Shine, by Chicago artist Theaster Gates, built almost entirely of wooden boxes salvaged from the Wrigley Chewing Gum factory, it also features interactive shoe shine stands.

Curated by Francesco Bonami and Whitney curatorial associate Gary-Carrion-Murayari, the exhibition: “…‘simply titled 2010’ embodies a cross section of contemporary art production rather than a specific theme,” as explained in their curatorial statement.  Well that explains a lot!

Also, the statement continues, some of the artists have developed an “…experimental language while also rejuvenating the social potential of abstraction.” And here is the real deal: “Many of the images of the body presented in this exhibition are shaped by physical, spiritual, or social violence and bear the scars of war, discrimination, and hatred.”

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Whitney Biennial 2010: NYC Art Event of the Year!


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