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Earth Day Celebrations in Red Hook

From “RhymesNewsViews,” a blog from DuEwa Frazier:

ENVIROMEDIA MOBILE- Earth Day Celebrations
IKEA/Erie Basin Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn

On Sunday April 25th, 1pm. The ENVIROMEDIA MOBILE- the amazing traveling NATURE and MARITIME Museum on wheels kicks offs its spring/summer weekend fun in waterfront recreation, environment, culture and maritime with EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS at IKEA/ERIE BASIN PARK in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

5000 people to Join in and help raise the GIANT FLOATING EARTH BALL.
– Come help float a Giant Earth Ball to 100ft in the air; signifying 100%
commitment to mitigation of impacts on Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Fostering a New Green Generation in NYC.
-There will also be public tours of the mobile museum,
– RECYCLING- Bring your old junk electronics ( carry-by-hand) items only and your old ready to through away sneakers, plus various environmental recreation activity stations,
– 2pm Live Music from the ” Open Piano on The Soap Box” with guest Lyrical Vocalist/Poet DuEwa Frazier.

Detail calendar at http://enviromediamobile.blogspot.com. For more info call 347-224-5828.

IKEA/Erie Basin Park in Red Hook, Brooklyn
at One Beard Street. Accessible by FREE IKEA Buses, NY Water Taxi, B77, B61 to the stop in Red Hook.

A project of The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy- www.urbandivers.org

Props for IKEA(?!)

Who would have thought, in all the hand-wringing and histrionics that accompanied the entrance of IKEA to Red Hook, that less than a year later they’d be winning awards for their service to the community?

Photo: Jacob Silberberg for the New York Times

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that our big blue friend down Beard Street was just awarded The Norman Buchbinder Award for Neighborhood Beautification.

OK, so the award was given by that finger-on-the-pulse-of-the-neighborhood organization…Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  Though there may be room for IKEA to continue to grow into its place and responsibility in the neighborhood, though, you’d  be hard pressed to deny that the esplanade is a nice bit of greenery in an otherwise fairly unwelcoming stretch of blocks:

“It features a paved bike and walkway, extensive new foliage and landscaping, well-lit seating areas and a publicly accessible pier extending into the Erie Basin. IKEA restored cranes, preserved shipyard artifacts, and constructed maritime mementos to highlight the waterfront past of the site.”

Just yesterday, as I was out distributing flyers for DTE’s Saturday hip hop class, I ran into a group of girls, from the neigborhood, taking a walk to the esplanade just because it was there.  Points awarded to IKEA on this one.