Downtown Yonkers Gets Greener, as Earth Day Turns into Earth Week

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  • New York, NY (1888PressRelease) April 16, 2015 - The Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID and a variety of community groups have joined forces to "turn the city greener" starting April 18th.

    "Although Earth Day is April 22nd, we believe that enhancing our city's environment shouldn't be limited to just one day," says Daniel Lipka, Executive Director of the BID. Adds Kenneth Dearden, BID President and founder of DW Capital, a local developer, "The award-winning daylighting of the Saw Mill River, our lovely parks and recreation areas, environmentally-friendly buildings like 66 Main, and our groundbreaking educational centers, namely the SLC Center for the Urban River at Beczak and the Science Barge, all earned the Downtown Yonkers Waterfront a reputation as the environmental center of Westchester.

    Earth Week activities include environmental clean-ups and beautification projects (involving people from throughout the County), walking tours, plantings, educational activities at the Yonkers Science Barge and Beczak, and family entertainment. Partners in these efforts include Groundwork Hudson Valley, the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River, the Clearwater, the City of Yonkers, and many others.

    The schedule for the week is:
    Sunday, April 18th: River and Aqueduct Clean-ups
    Wednesday, April 22nd:
    • 7:30am: Blessing of the River at 35 Alexander Street
    • 10:30am: Earth Day Kickoff with Mayor Mike Spano
    • 11:00am-3:00pm: Vacant Lot Beautification at 41 Palisades Avenue
    • 12 noon: Historic Walking Tour starting at Philipse Manor Hall, 29 Warburton Ave.
    • 2:00 to 6:00pm: The Sloop Clearwater deck tours and free concert, 71 Water Grant St.
    • 3:00 to 5:00pm: Yonkers Science Barge Showcase, 99 Dock St.
    • 3:00 to 5:00pm: SLC Center for the Urban River at Beczak Showcase, 35 Alexander St.
    • 3:30 to 4:30pm: Tree and flower planting at 81 Main Street
    • 3:30pm: Environmental Walking Tour starting at the Yonkers Riverfront Library
    • 8:00 to 10pm: Westchester Comedy Festival at Yonkers Brewing Company, 92 Main Street. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Groundwork Hudson Valley

    Saturday, April 25th:
    • 10:00 to 2:00pm: Hudson River Cleanup Day & Barbeque at the Charter School of Educational Excellence at 260 Warburton Avenue
    • 7:00pm: The Clearwater Presents Earth Grooves. Music and Dance at 1 Hudson Street, $35 (kids free)

    Lipka adds, "We are thrilled that so many organizations have stepped up to help clean, plant new gardens for future generations, and learn about our rivers. These few days will have an impact that can last for years to come!"

    About the Yonkers Downtown Waterfront BID
    The Downtown/Waterfront Business Improvement District, Inc. of Yonkers, NY is a 501©(3) non-profit organization created in 2002. The BID was formed to build working partnerships, encourage investment, and support initiatives for a healthier commercial district in the Yonkers Downtown.

    It works to promote and implement economic revitalization initiatives and increase the quality of life for all those in Downtown Yonkers. It promotes and preserves the cultural, historic, tourist, and civic interests while mobilizing public and private resources for these purposes. www/

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