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Written by Sharon Rowe for The Down Town Project Blog – for Earth Day 2013


I am passionate about living a green, simple and abundant life, and every Earth Day I try to find my inspiration in nature.  This year I’m all about the water, and there’s certainly plenty to be found around the island of New York City!  I hope you will share my inspiration this Earth Day and feel the “WOW — I love NYC!” with these water inspired ideas!

ECOBAGS were first sold at the Union Square Farmers Market Illustration by: Julian RoweECOBAGS were first sold at the Union Square Farmers Market   – Illustration by: Julian Rowe

1. Ride a bike along the Hudson River Trail — bring yours or rent one and ride from Harlem to the Battery and back.  Stop at the Union Square Farmers Market for yummies.  Feel the wind in your face.

2. East River Ferry

2. Get on the water!  Take a ferry ride from downtown across the East River to Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Need organic inspiration?  Get some organic wine.  Don’t forget your ECOBAGS tote in case you want to pick up some extra bottles.

3. Prospect Park Lake

3. Or… get some fresh organic juice at Stoop Juice in Park Slope and then hang out in Prospect Park next to the only freshwater lake in Brooklyn.  Listen to the sounds of Spring.

4. Bay Ridge

4. Check out the ocean?  Head over to the ocean walkway in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.  Take a deep breath in and smell the salty water.

5. Feeling the WOW?  Now, get involved.  Support keeping NYC’s waterways clean and open everyone.  Happy Earth Day!