—Locals and Visitors Encouraged to Take Part in the City’s Earth Day Celebrations Starting April 16—

New York City (April 15, 2011)—As Earth Day draws near, New York City is preparing to go green with eco-friendly events to inspire awareness and appreciation for Mother Earth. For two weeks starting on April 16, the City will host a wide range of environmental events, educational programming and interactive exhibitions. NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, welcomes New Yorkers and visitors alike to experience Earth Week across the five boroughs. Whether it’s enjoying the Grand Central EarthFairs or visiting the Times Square celebrations, there is no shortage of Earth Day events in the City.

“Each year, the number of Earth Day events around the City continue to grow, and this year we have expanded the celebrations as we work towards the Mayor’s commitment to make New York a greener and more sustainable City,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “All five boroughs embrace Earth Week and offer planet-friendly events for every age and interest, from 5K runs and exhibitions at our gardens to fairs showcasing the latest technology in ‘green’ innovations.”

From April 16–26, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host Celebrate Earth!, an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn about the plants, animals and people that live on our planet. For more information, visit

To learn about the various native plants and wildflowers found throughout The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, drop by anytime from 1–3pm during their Spring Break Discovery Week, April 19, 20, 21 and 26. Families can enjoy hands-on explorations, make projects to take home and discover the world of wildflowers throughout the Garden. Visit for more information.

The New York Botanical Garden is hosting Green Currency: Plants in the Economy, an exhibition of botanical art from 14 states and eight countries that will be on view April 20–July 31. To learn more visit

Head to Grand Central Terminal for EarthFair Indoors at Vanderbilt Hall April 21–23, where you will find substantive displays with cutting-edge “green” companies featuring their latest technological innovations. Or if you prefer to stay outside, check EarthFair Outdoors on April 22–23, a festival featuring art, music and the environment, on Vanderbilt Avenue between East 42nd and East 45th Streets. For more information, visit

On April 22 visit Times Square for Earth Day celebrations featuring entertainment, speakers and interactive exhibitions. The Travelocity Roaming Gnome® will be on site for the festivities—stop by his booth and enter for a chance to win a sustainable vacation package, including flight and hotel. The Roaming Gnome will also host a scavenger hunt throughout the City in honor of Earth Week, so be on the lookout and check out and @roaminggnome on Twitter for details.

For more information on Earth Day celebrations throughout New York City, visit

About NYC & Company: NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For the official source on all there is to see and do in New York City, go to

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