By Molly Sugarman
If you want to be hands-on in celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, or just want to have fun with your family and meet others in your community, Upper West Side electeds and organizations have you covered.
Volunteers are wanted for a tree survey to identify trees that need help or places where trees should be but aren’t. “Those trees in curbside beds are important to the streetscape and to air quality, but too many trees are suffering,” Councilmember Gale Brewer said.
The survey will take place April 22 to 28. On their own schedule, volunteers will walk their assigned area, noting the location and status of the tree as well as whether there are rat burrows, litter, or health concerns. Just let Brewer’s office know what blocks or even single block you’d like to survey. Sign up to participate in the survey here.
To kick off the survey, those who want to get their hands dirty can attend the in-person Street Tree Care Demonstration at 11 a.m., Friday, April 22, at Gale Brewer’s District Office, 563 Columbus Avenue (87-88). The demonstration will be presented in partnership with the Upper West Side Coalition of Block Associations. No registration required.
If you miss the in-person event but still want to learn how to take care of street trees, you have another chance on April 26 – the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central, Morningside, and Prospect Parks. In this virtual event, you can learn about tree bed clean up, soil cultivation, watering, mulching, and gardening. Register for the class here.
If you want to add hula hoops, Latin cabaret dance, or dominoes to your tree care lessons, check out Amsterdam Avenue between 106th Street and 110th on Saturday, April 23. From noon until 6 p.m., the avenue will be closed to cars and open to live music, street-tree stewardship, and more. The event is sponsored by Car Free Earth Day, the Columbus-Amsterdam BID, and Bloomingdale restaurants.
Fun is also the order of the day on Sunday, April 24, you can participate in a Zumba class, paint a mural, and enjoy live jazz music on West 103rd Street between West End Avenue and Broadway. The #StreetArts event is an Earth Day Celebration of Park to Park 103, which wants to make 103rd a pedestrian friendly, open street from Riverside Park to Central Park.
At this event, you’ll also have the opportunity to comment on the Department of Transportations proposed redesign of West 103rd Street and to take a DOT survey.
Finally, if you want an Earth Day tote bag, Brewer will be giving them away on:
4/22, 12:30 pm: Fairway (74th & Broadway)
4/24, 10:30 am: 77/79 Street Greenmarket (at Columbus Avenue)
4/24, 12 pm: W. 103rd Street Open Street Festival