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Several Manhattan Streets Closed for Earth Day Activities

By Carolina Pichardo | April 22, 2016 12:24pm
 The  Car Free NYC initiative will host several activities in Washington Heights, Flatiron District and Greenwich Village.
The Car Free NYC initiative will host several activities in Washington Heights, Flatiron District and Greenwich Village.
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Earth Day Initiative

NEW YORK CITY — Several streets from Greenwich Village to Washington Heights will be closed Friday as part of a push for the city to go car-free in conjunction with Earth Day. 

Events ranging from biking lessons to cooking workshops will be hosted throughout the day under the Car Free NYC initiative. Additionally, Citi Bike is offering New Yorkers free rides on Friday. 

In Washington Heights, Wadsworth Avenue will be closed to cars between 173rd and 177th streets for the following events (the streets will reopen to traffic sometime after 5 p.m.):

10 a.m. to Noon Learn to ride a bicycle with Bike New York & Recycle A Bike. Lessons will take place again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New York Presbyterian Hospital will be providing free health screenings.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yoga for 10-15 minutes, every hour.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gaga Pa'l Pueblo, an ensemble that focuses on Dominican folk music and culture,  will be hosting mask making.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bronx Children’s Museum will host a puppet-making event.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artist Oscar Abreu will be painting live.

11:20 a.m. to Noon Centro de Altagracia will be hosting a “Knowing Our Health Rights” workshop. The organization will repeat the workshop from 3:20 p.m. to 4 p.m.

12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The crew from City Harvest will host a “Healthy Food Demonstration.”

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Read out loud session for kids.

1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free Zumba class courtesy of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Coalition.

2 p.m. The People’s Theatre Project will conduct a theater workshops for kids, lasting 20 minutes each. Additional workshops will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.

3:30 p.m. The United Palace will have storytelling and arts and crafts for kids.

4 p.m. Washington Heights Tennis Association will teach people how to play

5 p.m. The event will wrap up with a performance from the Washington Heights Conservatory of Music.

In the Flatiron District, on Broadway between 17th and 23rd streets, the following activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (the streets will reopen to traffic at 3 p.m.):

► 10 a.m. to Noon The Department of Transportation will give out free helmets.

10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several on-stage performances.

10:30 a.m. to Noon Fitness classes.

All Day Large-scale outdoor games like Connect Four, Jenga, Boggle and Corn Hole Toss. The Uni-Project's Portable Library will have books for kids.

In Greenwich Village, the streets surrounding Washington Square Park — from Waverly Place and West Fourth Street to Washington Square West and Broadway — will be closed to car traffic.

Additionally, Convention on Climate Change at the UN will also close off 42nd Street between the FDR Drive and Second Avenue, as well as the 42nd Street exit and entrance ramps to the FDR Drive.