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Cranksgiving Returns to Solar One This Saturday

Cranksgiving is an annual bike ride/scavenger hunt/food drive, helping to feed the hungry on Thaksgiving for the past 15 years. And unlike other, much more notorious holiday food drives, this one does not involve drinking (until the afterparty, of course), carolling or the despoiling of sidewalks or stoops. Costumes are optional!

Collected food will be donated to the Bowery Mission, a fantastic NYC charity for the homeless. Their pantry shelves are pretty bare right now, so they need you more than ever!

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Let the World Know How You Really Feel About Climate Change- Join the People’s Climate March!


On Sunday September 21, you can be part of what looks likely be the biggest march for climate justice EVER.

The March will kick off Climate Week in NYC, as world leaders converge on the UN to try, once again, to craft a global response to the climate crisis. The March begins at Columbus Circle at 11:30am (groups will be assembling on Central Park West between 59th and 86th Sts) and will proceed east on 59th Street to 6th Ave, south on 6th Ave to 42nd St, and west on 42nd St to 11th Ave. You can find full details and sign up here.

Organizers 350.org is calling for this March to be the biggest, the most beautiful and the most impactful demand for a serious plan for the global environment. Don’t miss it!

Poster by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative.

Last Chance to Kayak in Stuy Cove in 2014


After two highly successful rounds of public kayaking events in Stuyvesant Cove this summer, this event series is drawing to a close on Sunday August 10. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.

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Public Kayaking Returns to Solar One on Sunday July 27


The second round of public kayaking events is happening in Stuyvesant Cove on Sunday July 27. This event is completely free, and you can sign up on Eventbrite for your 20 minute slot here.

You will need to be 18 or older, or else accompanied by a parent or guardian, know how to swim (although life jackets will be provided) and sign insurance waivers.

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Germany Wins World Cup 2014

germanywins2014On Sunday, soccer fans gathered at Solar One to view the final game of the 2014 World Cup at an open air screening presented by East Village Bavarian restaurant Zum Schneider. This was the 6th game screened at Solar One, and the crowd was enormous, with well over a thousand people in attendance to cheer Die Mannschaft (the men’s team, in German) to glory.

There’s a beautiful gallery of photos on the Zum Schneider Facebook page (including the image above, all shot by the excellent Jonathan McPhail) and another great shot from yesterday’s NY Daily News here.

World Cup Final: Germany v Argentina This Sunday

Even though the US’s hopes were dashed early this month when they were eliminated from the World Cup, the games go on, and Germany will be playing Argentina for the final this Sunday. Our dear friends at local Bavarian restaurant Zum Schneider have gone all out to recreate the open air screenings that are popular in town squares all over Europe. Online tickets for Sunday’s game are sold out but if you come to Solar One early, you may be able to score a ticket at the door (tickets are $10 or you can buy 8 and get 2 free). Food and drink are extra, no outside food or beverages please. You can also expect live entertainment, with details at the Zum Schneider website


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