Updated 04/22/2012 05:06 PM
City Earth Day Events Take On Different Shades Of Green
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New Yorkers gathered for events to "green" up the city all day Sunday as part of Earth Day 2012.
In addition to the first annual Harlem Earth Day being held, there were also plantings and discussions on green development in Morningside Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Central Park.
The first-ever Earth Day on the High Line featured a giant salad preparation and the chance to meet one-on-one with the elevated park's gardeners.
The performance art piece was the brain child of artist Alison Knowles, who first did the performance 50 years ago.
Dozens of people spent hours chopping hundreds of locally grown vegetables before tossing and serving it.
"Not only to engage people but to have them actively participate," Knowles said.
"It is a great great example of people to get together to create art. And also the perfect example of art that happens on Earth Day," said Cecilia Alemani of Highline Art.
Even though it was raining, organizers say the weather didn't deter people from coming out. They say more than 500 people tasted and participated.
On Staten Island, residents also got a chance to develop their artistic side while going green at the opening of a new exhibit at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum called “Il Circo”, which means the circus.
A recycled material sculpture was made by artist Larry DiSalvo from a pile of junk.
In Astoria, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honored Queens environmental advocates for thinking globally and acting locally.
Meanwhile, at Grand Central Terminal, the MTA is replacing 375 watt incandescent lights with 75 watt LED lightsfor when workers are performing "Fastrack" night work.
In Brooklyn, Bay Ridge residents planned to give their neighborhood a spring cleaning.
In Prospect Park, there are nature walks, a lakeshore clean-up, and an anniversary cake marking 10 years for the park's Audubon Center.
The New York Botanical Garden was also looking to set a world record for the world's largest picnic.
The so-called Picnic for the Planet was expected to draw up to 3,000 people.
Earth Day celebrations kicked off Saturday when 5,000 volunteers spruced up the city's green spaces as part of New York Cares Day Spring.
St. Mary's Park in Mott Haven also played host to the 5th Annual South Bronx Earth Fest where the phrase "Recycle, Reuse and Renew" was the theme of the day.
And finally, the Green Festival wrapped up Sunday at the Javits Center, featuring environmentally friendly products and cooking demonstrations.