Every year, 30 million trees are cut down to supply virgin paper for books. That's for the U.S. alone. Eco-Libris is a green business devoted to offsetting that loss. It partners with bookstores across the country so that when you check out, you can pay for a tree to be planted in a developing country – an elegantly green solution. In the city, only the Strand is an Eco-Libris partner.
Over 900,000 trees have been planted so far as part of the City's MillionTreesNYC initiative, launched by Mayor Bloomberg and Bette Midler. Fall planting events include Soundview Park in the Bronx
and Great Kills Park on SI.
There's a terrific book called New York City Trees, written and illustrated by Edward Sibley Barnard. Learn about the Hangman's Elm in Washington Square Park, thought to be over 300 years old, where they hanged traitors during the Revolution, the tree in Brooklyn celebrated by poet Marianne Moore, and info on everything from Callery pears to Kentucky Coffeetrees.
The oldest tree in New York?
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
fri 12-8pm: the gentlemen's vintage show + sale features mens' clothing retailers selling rare denim, dapper suits, rock-a-billy wear, accessories, and more. 123 w. 18th st. (2nd floor), $15 admission.
fri-sun: the ninth annual ny art book fair houses 350 international booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and institutions, plus workshops, readings, signings, and more. moma ps1, free admission.
fri-sun: 400+ artists, 100 studios and 50 galleries and stages make up the massive 18th annual dumbo arts festival, featuring indoor and outdoor installations and exhibitions, large scale projections, open studios, theatrical performances, and more. free.
fri-sun: 75 dance companies from around the world perform at the 14th annual dumbo dance festival. john ryan theater (25 jay st.), free.
sat-sun: the nyc big flea debuts with 600 vendors selling vintage clothing, jewelry, furniture, art, collectibles, and more. pier 94 (12th ave @ 54th st.), $10 admission includes both days.
sat 11am-6pm: the 22nd annual chile pepper festival at the brooklyn botanical garden features 45 food vendors of hot sauce, salsa, pickles, kimchi, jams, chocolates, fresh peppers, and more. $20 general admission ($15 students/seniors) includes full access to the gardens as well.
sat 8pm: the third annual morningside lights procession: a fleet of handmade lanterns and instruments made during the last week marches from morningside park (116 street + morningside avenue).
sun 12-6pm: nyc's the largest street festival, the 40th annual atlantic antic, takes over a mile of brooklyn's atlantic avenue from fourth avenue to hicks street with 500 merchants and vendors, food, beer, live music, and more. plus, the dot will be giving away free bike helmets (12-3:30pm), and the transit museum brings out its collection of vintage buses + offers $1 admission 11am-4:30pm.
thru 10/5: bamcinématek presents 'retro metro', a 16-film ride through the history of the new york city subway from the 1930s to the 1970s:Â the warriors, beat street, just another girl on the i.r.t., the taking of pelham one two three, saturday night fever, and more. $14 general, $10 students/seniors.