To be honest, the start of our New York Earth Day adventures were not looking good. We spent several long nights at the AP office last week, trying complete all our tasks, send out all orders and ended up heading out around 9pm, two hours later than expected. Due to some mis-communication with friends, we were left on the streets of Manhattan at about 1am! We dozed off in the car, worried we would be spending the night in a car jam-packed with sneakers in the middle of New York. Somehow, we finally reached our friend and were able to sleep a mere 4 hours before heading over to Grand Central Station.
And this is where the weekend takes an upswing! We were nestled between Grand Central Station and other office buildings on Vanderbilt Ave. We had a lovely booth, including our hot off the press, new sneaker display. Last year we were inside the station, which was great, however, this year we both enjoyed some much needed kisses from the sun. It was great being outside and able to hear the music as well as see the city all around us. Our booth looked great filled with our classic sneakers, Children’s sneakers, Little Green Radicals Children’s line, and our Organic tees. Both days of the event we were really busy, however, Friday proved to be our busiest day, mainly due to commuters. Even though Saturday was a little less busy, we were able to spend some extra time chatting with visitors to the booth and meet all the little ones who came out with their families.
We met a lot of great people and AP fans! We really enjoyed talking to all the New Yorkers, especially the smallest ones. We even met Miz Metro (her entire dress and earrings were made of discarded subway tickets) and a Solar Powered Guitar & Amp man. The reaction we received about our company was very encouraging and we hope people will spread the word. We also were able to roam the festival a bit and came across a few wonderful organizations such as the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary and the New York Botanical Gardens.
As the sun faded between the buildings, we packed up our AP-mobile and headed out of the festival for some fun with friends in Brooklyn and Manhattan, plus some pit stops at our favorite vegan spots: Red Bamboo and Wild Ginger. We were excited to celebrate Earth Day in New York City and hope the message of environmental responsibility and sustainability rang in everyone’s ears. We also want to encourage everyone to continue to live your life with the environment in mind long after Earth Day passes. We thank all those involved for a wonderful festival and look forward to next year’s event: this time we will be sure we plan out sleeping arrangements BEFORE leaving Boston.
To view all the pictures from NY Earth Day 2010, please click on our Facebook Photo Album.