Even though NYC is considered the ultimate concrete jungle, you be pleased to find that nature exerts her influence by sprouting thriving green enterprises amid the urban sprawl. Along with Eco-friendly bars and restaurants, you’ll find the Big Apple’s actually full of green spots where you can indulge in healthy, creative indoor and outdoor activities!
Bell Book and Candle
In the basement of a West Village townhouse, this quaint restaurant uses a “rooftop-to-table” system where the kitchen grows its own organic greens and vegetables that are delivered six stories down in an old-fashioned dumbwaiter. Known by the locals as the BBC, the specialties include affordable oyster dishes served with an impressive selection of beers, wines and cocktails.
From the waiters’ biodegradable sneakers to the recyclable utensils made out of potatoes, everything in this celebrated restaurant is a green as you can get. Serving brunch, lunch and dinner from consciously sourced ingredients, the upscale décor reflects the quality of dishes like crab toast with lemon aioli, black sea bass with chilies and a wood-oven roasted Maine lobster.
V-Note Organic Wine Bar & Vegan Bistro
Dine in style without compromising your food ethics at this fashionable Upper East Side gourmet organic restaurant with top-notch service and plate presentation. The bio-dynamic cuisine is not strictly vegetarian; they also serve free-range meat dishes and kosher fare, making it a wise choice for groups with varied tastes. The attentive wait staff will direct you to the perfect organic wine to complement your dinner selection.
Union Square Greenmarket
Pack up your picnic basket at this world-famous bazaar in Union Square with artisan breads, heritage meats, farmstead cheeses, pickles and even locally made wine. Find ecologically-appropriate gifts for your organic-minded friends back home like tins of fresh maple syrup and jars of homemade preserves.
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
More than just a yarn store, this homage to do -it -yourself fashion presents endless opportunities to explore your creativity with in-house classes, workshops, sewing circles and thousands of free patterns available for all kinds of projects. Get inspired by the beautiful displays that showcase the work of local crafts people and previous students.
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Bike and Roll in NYC
Get in shape while sightseeing as you peddle through Central Park on the Greenway, cross the Brooklyn Bridge and explore the NY Harbor while riding past the 9/11 memorial site. Use a self-guided city map, a free app like the Central Park Conservancy or join a professional guided tour. Bicycle rentals are available by the hour, day or week and include cruisers, hybrids, tandems, kid’s bikes and even mountain bikes that are in tip-top shape.
On bad weather days, go bowling at this tribute to sustainability where every inch of this building shows the owner’s commitment to sustainable development — from the wind generators that provide 100% of the power to the LED lights that drastically cut fuel consumption. Inside this eco-friendly establishment you’ll find 15 AMF bowling lanes with all the trimmings. Hang out at the Blue Ribbon Bowling Lounge on comfortable Chesterfield sofas to watch the action below. All beverages are served on tap so there are no bottles or cans to discard. Even though the menu offers typical fast food like fried chicken, barbecue beef sandwiches and oyster po’ boys, their dishes get rave reviews from the pros at the Food Network!
Once you have indulged in a day of greenness in the city rest up in a New York Hotel and sleep like a baby until the next day. So you see, even in the urban badlands of New York City, it’s pretty easy to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle while indulging in those decadent cosmopolitan delights that make for extraordinary vacations.