We had a great time at the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY StreetFest this past Saturday. We were demonstrating off-the-roof solar projects and giving kids hands-on lessons in the science behind solar photovoltaics: Photons knock electrons in the silicon panels loose, which starts up a negative electric current. That current flows through the wires embedded in the panel to power a small motor. If you put it in the sun, the motor spins a rotor; if you block the sun, it stops. Light makes it go!
We also demonstrated some small solar chargers from Voltaic Systems and Goal Zero.
And we were honored by the lovely urban garden and estuary creatures from the Earth Celebrations Hudson River Pageant!
We were particularly delighted by the Oyster…
All in all, a gorgeous day and a wonderful StreetFest. We also enjoyed visiting with our friends at Fourth Arts Block, they had a great exhibit of sound sculptures made from recycled materials. They’re a little hard to see in this photo, but they were super-cool:
Fabric sculpture by Amanda Browder, be sure to check out the project she’s doing with FAB this summer.
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Take the A train to Nostrand Ave. we plan to have the Foot Clan back again next year for their 2nd Anniversary Party!
Breakdancing (or more properly, breaking) is a time-honored and essential part of hiphop culture. In fact, back in the early 1980s, when rap was first discovered by the mainstream, many people thought that breaking would be hiphop’s number one art form.
If African American culture supplied the beats and Jamaican culture the sound systems and friendly competition to the world of hiphop, Latino culture provided the moves. Dancers from the Rock Steady Crew, originally formed in the Bronx in 1977, were some of the most famous breakers who helped familiarize America and then the whole world with this athletic and original movement style.
On Saturday May 18, 32 local crews will battle for prize money and bragging rights at this free-to-watch, $5-to-participate event. And there are only 2 more battle spots available, so sign your crew up now!
The Foot Clan, along with Round the Foot Entertainment, brings to you
The First Ever Almighty Foot Clan Anniversary #1 B-BOY JAM
May 18, 2013 Saturday
Battles start at 4pm SHARP
-Gravity – 5 crew dynasty (NYC)
-Pete Nasty – Repstyles (Philly)
-Miego – Foot Clan/Soul Kings (Seoul Korea)
Ru AKA the Black Lion
Featuring NYC’s one and only DJ X on the Wheels of Steel, spinning your favorite breaks and house jams.
ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT! CREWS SIGNED UP SO FAR:
1-Stick-Up Kidz MIA/NYC
2-No Control NYC
4-Ill Clan Rockers
6-Floor Obsessions NYC
7-United Outkast CT
9-Ace Legion MA
13-extreme kings/Dominican Beast
14-Straw Hat Dynasty
17-Bronx boys rocking crew
22-7 Sins DC
27-X – Fenz
28-Fl!p’d Owt Crew
29-Big Booty Twerk Team
30-Full Circle Cadets
Come down and bring the whole family! We hope to see you there!
Come to Solar One on Saturday May 18 for a fun-filled day of wildflower and native plant activities! Kids and families can pot a native wildflower to take home, make wildflower seed bombs, get their faces painted, make flower costumes and color native wildflowers that grow in Stuyvesant Cove Park. The first in our monthly series of Family Days! Please RSVP to daisy[at]solar1[dot]org or to dina[at]solar1[dot]org.
Held in partnership with NYC Wildflower Week! Because native plants are a wonderful part of our natural environment…
This past Monday, April 29, marks six months since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the east coast and caused extensive damage at Solar One and Stuyvesant Cove Park. But things are starting to come back because our stage is being rebuilt, and the plants that survived are sprouting up in the Park. We’re now looking forward to continuing to rebuild and produce an exciting summer of events, activities and lovely days in the Park.
As you can see in the picture, the stage is being rebuilt by carpenter Joey Rizzolo and a fantastic team of volunteers from Green City Force, a service organization that teaches young adults sustainable job skills. GCF has a long and wonderful history with the Solar One family: Their very first pilot corps, back in 2009, worked on a weatherization project with our parent organization, the Community Environmental Center, to celebrate National Weatherization Day.
We’ll be posting some new pictures of the Park and its spring progress soon!
IDEAS CITY StreetFest
Saturday May 4, 11 AM–6 PM
In 1964, twelve young men in New York publicly burned their draft cards in protest. The many forceful displays against the Vietnam War are well remembered, but what is less remembered is how these commanding displays and the spirit of the era created the energy that led to the first Earth Day witnessed in the US.
Cleverly combining the energy of the anti-war movement and the rising environmental consciousness following Rachel Carson’s publication of Silent Spring, Earth Day founder Gaylor Nelson created a momentous crusade with incredible effects. On April 22 1970, 20 million Americans, of all backgrounds, fought for change–for a healthy, sustainable environment. This initial event led to the creation of the US EPA and the passing of the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Endangered Species Acts.
Fast forward to 2012- Earth Day’s 42 anniversary. More than one billion people in 192 countries took part in the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day. From Paris to Beijing, Rio to Rome, Cairo to St. Louis, citizens everywhere united in their effort to protect the Earth.
So now here we are, approaching our 43rd Earth Day! We should take the time to not only celebrate and attend outdoor festivals and events, but instead reflect on the success of the movement. The history of the successful movement is one that should be studied and used for future initiatives.
Earth Day, on April 22nd, is a day on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for conservation and protection of the environment. But why focus all this support for one day in April, when we can make celebrate for a whole month?
There are a countless number of events going on in New York in the next few weeks. Below you will find some incredible events for you and your friends and family. Spread the word! Protect the planet!
Brought to you by Earth Day New York:
We’re taking our annual outdoor Earth Day events to Union Square this year! Union Square has a long history with the Earth Day movement so we’re happy to be returning. The events will include live performances, our green-vehicle runway and exhibition, and exhibits and displays by local and national environmental organizations, local businesses, and corporate partners. The events are all free to attend and open to the public. Join the Facebook event for updates!
11:00 am – 6:00 pm: Exhibitor booths open to the public, CO2 E Drive Green Vehicle Exhibition, and live performances
11:00 am – 11:45 am: CO2 E Drive Green Vehicle Runway Show
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Clothing Swap hosted by ClosetDash and Let’s Collaborate
New York City Green Festival
April 19-21, 2013
Javits Center North
On Earth Day Weekend, New York City Green Festival returns with the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping, networking and having fun. The Festival will feature favorites, like the organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; the Sierra Club Green Cinema; eco-fashion exhibits; hands-on DIY workshops; live music; an organic beer and wine garden; inspiring keynote presentations and, a nationally renowned Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.
Plus, new in 2013, New York City Green Festival launches B2B Green Trade Day, an afternoon dedicated to bringing together New York Green Festival exhibitors to sell and take orders from regional retail store buyers. During the festival weekend, enjoy exhibitor demonstration areas throughout the floor, ranging from home installations eco-fashion displays and jewelry, to home and office services, food preparation and much more.
C02 E Green Drive Project
April 22, 2013
The CO2 Green Drive Project is an ongoing and worldwide series of art, climate and, technology events designed to promote Green Growth and global sustainable change.
Earth Day New York will produce the third annual CO2 E Drive, followed by a green vehicle runway show and exhibition in Union Square.
In the past two years, the CO2 E Drive has been a huge success as a highly visual, media-worthy opportunity that raises awareness about green transportation options. The event has captured the attention of a broad New York City audience and local, national, and global press.
In 2013, we will bring the CO2 E Drive to Union Square, where a wide range of New Yorkers will be able to get an up-close experience with the featured vehicles.
***If you’re up early, you could pass by Solar1 Stuyvesant Cove Park to check out our electric cars before they go to Union Square. 8am on the park’s blacktop.
Green Point Town Square
McCarren Park, Brooklyn
Saturday, May 5, 11 AM – 5 PM
(May 11/11 tentative rain date)
Our 5th Annual festival is coming up soon in beautiful McCarren Park in the center of Greenpoint & Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Go Green! Greenpoint is a one-of-a-kind fun-filled community event complete with educational displays, health & wellness tips & demos, arts & crafts sold by artists, artisans, & craftsmen, children’s activities, live music & performances, and more! Vendor booths are available for only $100 ($75 Early Bird Special until April 1). Sponsors are also welcomed along with volunteers, musicians & performers. For more information, please contact us at 347.559.1410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday March 29, Solar One celebrated the Hindu festival of colors that marks the beginning of spring, known as Holi. The word “Holi” is derived from Holika, a Hindu demoness (you can read her story by clicking on the link).
In India, Holi is celebrated by large groups of people gathering in white clothes and throwing colored powders at each other. For Solar One’s Holi, we made our own non-toxic powder out of rice flour, water and food coloring. Thanks to the staff’s enthusiasm, we were able to mix, dry and grind about 30 pounds of Holi powder by Friday afternoon.
But we hadn’t anticipated how much people would want to play! After about an hour we ran out of powder, so we started making paste. When we ran out of paste, we made liquid. When the people continued to ask for more colors, we went back to the store, bought more rice flour and made more paste.
As you can see, it was a very diverse crowd of adults, teens and little kids, and amazingly, everyone had an enormous amount of fun. While we weren’t able to produce huge clouds of gorgeous colored smoke the way they do in India, we were able to be outside dancing and running around on the first lovely spring day. Some people even saw what we were doing, went across the street to change clothes and then came back and joined in. And I’ve even heard the colors can be washed out of your clothes again…
So if you weren’t able to come this time, do come next year. And a very happy Holi!
All photos (so far) by Sarah Pidgeon! See more on Facebook
Come to Solar One to celebrate Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, on Friday March 29 from 4:30 to 7:30pm. This event is FREE and open to the public. Children and families are most welcome!
For those who may be unfamiliar with Holi, it is the festival that marks the beginning of spring for thousands of the world’s Hindus. The main activity of the festival involves dressing up in white clothing and throwing colored powders at each other. Because the changes of weather in springtime are often believed to cause colds and fevers, traditional Holi powders were made with medicinal herbs to ward off illness. For Solar One’s Holi festival, we will be throwing colored powders, but they will be made with food coloring and rice flour so as to be as benign as possible.
Holi originated in ancient Bengal as part of the veneration and worship of Lord Vishnu, the preserver diety of Hindu mythology. Holi is also closely associated with Vishnu’s avatar Krishna, who played holi games with the cow-herding girls (gopis) who were his companions during his childhood.
Got some more questions? Check out our Holi FAQs here!
Want to help us make our non-toxic, gluten-free Holi powder? Join us at 5:00pm on Monday March 25 at the Solar 1 building (map and directions can be found here).
We hope you’ll join us on Friday March 29, the first full moon of spring!
There will be an afternoon of remembrance for Irene Zaharkiw, who passed away at home in Stuyvesant Town on Thursday, February 7 after a short illness. Those who knew Irene, and Irene’s friends from Solar 1 and the Stuyvesant Town Community Center, are invited to share their memories of her on Sunday, March 17, from 2-4PM at Solar 1 located in Stuyvesant Cove Park just south of East 23rd Street along the East River. After sharing memories, we will gather outside at the East 20th Street entrance to Stuyvesant Cove Park at her favorite garden spot to honor Irene’s love and dedication in caring for nature There will be an opportunity for friends wishing to honor Irene with a memorial tree, to contribute to a tax exempt fund. For information and to RSVP contact dina[at]solar1[dot]org. or call 646-576-5664.