Parts of every NYC borough will go car free next weekend for Earth Day

April 19, 2019

Photo courtesy of NYC DOT on Flickr

To celebrate Earth Day next weekend, New York City is closing some of its streets to cars. As part of an annual event run by the city’s Department of Transportation, 30 blocks of Broadway from Times Square to Union Square will be closed on April 27 to allow pedestrians and cyclists to roam and ride free between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Along the nearly two-mile route, the city will offer some environmental programs and nonprofit organizations will be on-site to educate walkers about climate change and sustainability.

Other neighborhoods participating in car-free “Weekend Walks” event include areas of Washington Heights, Parkchester in the Bronx, Woodside in Queens, Downtown Brooklyn,  Chinatown in Lower Manhattan, and West Brighton on Staten Island.

As part of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s car-free event at Albee Square, pedestrians can take part in free bike lessons for kids, sewing classes, and free taste-tests from Fresh&Co. The New York Restoration Project will also be on hand between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to give out free trees and plants to visitors.

In Manhattan’s Chinatown, walkers can learn how to compost and recycle while enjoying cultural performances and games. Hosted by the Chinatown Partnership, the event runs on Eldridge Street between Canal and East Broadway from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more about the Car Free Earth Day events here.


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