PHOTOS: New Yorkers Take to the Streets to Celebrate PARK(ing) Day!

by , 09/17/11

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The temporary public spaces provide a breath of fresh air and much-needed relief from NYC’s crowded streets and sidewalks. This year’s participants ranged from small local business like Pillow Cafe to mega-institutions like Fordham University, with each bringing their own unique take on how we can better use our public space. Near McCarren Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Hosh Yoga studio lined their spot with yoga mats and prepared to host a morning meditation. A pot of fresh coffee and a few chairs attracted numerous passers-by to stop and say hello.

In Long Island City, a group from the Queens Botanical Gardens set up a composting station to showcase the NYC Compost Project, complete with a worm composting bin. The crew had information on how-to compost at home, and told us pretty much everything we’ve ever wanted to know about worms — including the ultra-creepy fact that a type of worm in Africa can reach up to 22 feet long.

We’ll be visiting a lot more spots throughout the day, so stay tuned for more picture! If you’ve visited any in the city, feel free to send our pictures to editor [at]

+ PARK(ing) Day NYC

+ PARK(ing) Day

+ Past Park(ing) Day Coverage on Inhabitat