TOP SUSTAINABLE THINGS TO DO IN NYC
Getting Around The Green Way
- The Subway: It goes almost everywhere in NYC, it's easy to get around, cheap and is air conditioned in the summer.
- CitiBikes: CitiBikes are cheap and great for when you are connecting two dots not easily connected by the subway, or it’s a beautiful day outside. The CitiBike app will even tell you where other stations are located and how many bikes they have.
- GoGreen Ride: When you want to arrive somewhere in style and can plan ahead a bit, GoGreen Ride will come pick you up in a luxury hybrid car, for not much more than a taxi. Download the app and schedule your pickup.
- Walking: NYC is a beautiful city to walk around in, I suggest walking as much as you can, this will help you get your bearings of where things are and also familiarise yourself with street names etc. Walking is also a great way to discover hidden gems, you might find yourself stumbling upon a cafe, shop or restaurant that you might have missed If you had taken public transport.
- Pedal Bikes: There are pedal bikes that you can catch to go around the city but beware as some can cost more than a taxi so be mindful and only use these to go a short distance as they charge on a per minute basis. If you're lucky though you can strike a deal and ask for a flat rate to your destination if they are willling.
- Rowing boats: You can find small rowing boats in Central Park that you can get from beside The Boathouse Restaurant. It costs about $15/hr and you can row around the lake in Central park. It's a great way to see a bit of Central Park when it's nice weather.
GREEN THINGS TO DO
- The High Line: This refurbed elevated train track in Chelsea/Meatpacking district is the place to go in NYC for a leisurely morning or afternoon stroll. Smell the native flora and fauna, look at the street art and surrounding architecture, stop for an ice-cream or refreshing drink and relax and people watch at one of many scenic stopping points along the walk.
- Chelsea Market: After taking a walk along the highline, I suggest checking out Chelesa Market and having lunch or afternoon tea. It has great little cafes and restaurants with anything from Taco's to Lobster to Italian food. It also has an amazing bakery that bakes cookies fresh and has a delicious selection of cupcakes. I recommend trying the red velvet whoopie pie or cupcake.
- Museums: The Met can be overwhelming as it is big so go with a few exhibitions in mind. Explore the Whitney Museum's new beautiful outdoor galleries or The Brooklyn Museum of Art is amazing and definitely worth a visit.
- Parks: If you're in NYC then you have to visit Central Park it is quite literally an oasis of peace amongst the concrete jungle of buildings. Central Park is 843 Acres of land with lush beautiful green gardens, lakes, ponds and plenty of shady areas to cool off and relax. . There are not many places to buy food so I suggest bringing your own and having a picnic near Strawberry fields and checking out Belvedere Castle and Bethesda Fountain. If you are wanting to have lunch in Central Park then I suggest The Boat House. This place is stunning and offers picturesque views overlooking the lake in Central Park, you will see many people rowing boats there. Be organised and plan ahead as this restaurant books out months in advance so you will need to book at least a couple of months before your trip, this will ensure you also have a great spot. I also suggest checking out Maddison Square Park, this park is only a short stroll from the Flatiron District and is a great place to relax and people watch, you can even spot celebrities who frequent this lovely park. I suggest having lunch at Shake Shack and ordering their famous frozen custard, it's absolutely delicious. Washington Square Park is another must see, the Park is an open space, dominated by the Washington Square Arch. The Park's is situated at the NYU campus and it's fountain area is a stunning site to see. This park is another great place to relax and people watch with most of the buildings surrounding the park now belonging to New York University, but many have at one time served as homes and studios for artists. Some of the buildings have been built by NYU while others have been converted from their former uses into academic and residential buildings.
- Rent a Bike: CitiBikes are commuter bikes, and have a short time limit. There are Bike n’ Rolls in strategic spots around the city for a longer rentals. I suggest taking a bike across the Brooklyn Bridge and into Brooklyn Bridge Park, and have a stroll and a bite or going for a ride around Central Park.
- Rooftop Gardens: My favourite would have to be The Met Rooftop Garden, this rooftop garden also has a bar where you can grab a refreshing cocktail while watching the sunset with beautiful views of the city and Central Park. My other top picks would be The Standard in Meatpacking, Gallow Green above The Sleep No more experience at Mckittrick Hotel, Brooklyn Grange a green rooftop filled with organic produce in Brooklyn, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm another organic produce garden, Gotham Greens at Whole Foods Market, MOMA PS1 Rooftop Garden and The Hell's Kitchen Farm Project. These are all great rooftop gardens, most with incredible views of the city.
- Broadway: There are so many great Broadway shows to see. My top picks would be Aladdin, The Lion King and The Book of Mormon.