Earth Day New York celebrates its eponymous day by sponsoring annual Earth Day events to raise support and awareness about the challenges that the planet faces. However, the organization extends its efforts year-round by partnering with schools, community organizations, and businesses to promote environmental awareness year-round, through ongoing programs such as a regular summit of student leaders in environmental-protection efforts, and a program that establishes indoor organic produce gardens in local classrooms.
Some people come to Pine Tree to enjoy its woodsy, far-from-the-city feel: exposed wood beams evoke weekends at a cozy cabin as taxidermied animals keep watch over the scene from their perches on high. Still others come for the Caribbean food that delivers its own type of cozy feeling—the kind that comes from rib-sticking bites of jerk chicken, curried goat, and escovitch snapper. On some evenings, live music adds to the spot’s relaxed vibe and groups are always welcome to watch games on TV screens or test the coziness of the bar’s leather banquettes until 4 a.m. every day of the week.
The family-run Astoria Sports Complex offers batting cages and indoor soccer, and has one of the largest fitness centers around. The facility got its start more than 30 years ago, when owner Steve Poliseno converted an abandoned ice house, purchased at auction, into the gigantic sports complex it is today. The most recent addition to the facility is a gigantic, Olympic-sized swimming pool, where kids can take lessons and prepare to be the Model U.N. delegate from Atlantis.
While the person best known for braving the cold on wintery expeditions is Santa, Destination Backcountry Adventures’ licensed guides help civilians be more like Kris Kringle, providing remedies to nature deficit disorder with beginner-appropriate expeditions into the Catskill and Adirondack Mountain preserves. The guides lead adventurers through snow-blanketed landscapes legally protected for more than a century, and along the way, they enlighten hikers with facts about the area’s natural history and ecology. All levels of nature enthusiasts from novice to expert, can challenge themselves with activity options such as hiking, backpacking, forest yoga, and many more activities. Visitors can opt for single-day excursions, on which they summit a Catskills peak, or multi-night trips, during which they trek to higher peaks and spend the nights sleeping amid a tranquil forest. On all outings, hikers nosh on gourmet fare such as cheese and sausage plates and upscale trail mix, rather than the original trail mix, assorted gravel.
For four decades, MoMA PS1 has celebrated the best in experimental art, displaying retrospectives, historical surveys, and international installations in an unconventional museum space. More than 50 exhibitions spark the halls each year in an intense display of beauty, depth, and man's willingness to contemplatively stroke his goatee. Inspired by Vietnam liberation movements, Nancy Grossman: Heads captures the unsettling allure of life-size human head sculptures with eyes, ears, and mouths covered with leather straps and buckles. Other current and upcoming exhibitions include Alexis Rockman's Untitled, which portrays a magical animal in gouache, and the museum’s inaugural exhibit, Crayola Square by Sol LeWitt, which evokes youthful memories of wax crayons and eating glitter.
Pablo Toribio began racing BMX bikes at age 12, and went on to win national championships in the Dominican Republic before joining the American Motocross Association. He has racked up awards in both countries, placed in the top three of the Campmor H2H 2009 mountain bike race series, and even won the championship title for his division during his first year of mountain bike racing. As much as he thrives on competing, Toribio is equally passionate about training others. “A great fitness trainer not only helps an individual reach a specific goal, but also helps the person integrate fitness as a way of life,” Pablo shares on his website.
At Pablo Fitness, Toribio and his staff adopt this approach through their lineup of fitness classes. During their energizing sessions, the staff encourages students to jumpstart their health, whether they’re gaining an appreciation for cycling through spinning classes, finding balance through yoga classes, or getting toned in body sculpting classes, a more effective means to buffing up than drawing muscles on your arms.