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Eco-Conscious Travel in the “Big Apple”. By Pamela Wu. Transportation . One of the best ways to tour the city is to walk . Many of the city’s main attractions are within walking distance from each other. Rockefeller Center and Times Square are approximately a 10 minute walk from each other.

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transportation
Transportation
  • One of the best ways to tour the city is to walk. Many of the city’s main attractions are within walking distance from each other. Rockefeller Center and Times Square are approximately a 10 minute walk from each other.
  • Not only is walking ‘green’ but it also can be more convenient. Instead of being stuck in traffic for more than an hour, you are window shopping on Park Avenue.
subway bus
Subway & Bus
  • Another convenient transportation option in NYC is the subway system. It can get you from midtown to lower Manhattan in 30 – 45 minutes.
  • The bus system is also another great option to getting around the city. Both the bus and subway systems are 24/7 and they use ‘Metrocard’ as a way to pay for fares.
eco friendly transportation
Eco-Friendly Transportation
  • The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Association) is the first public agency in America and one of the first transit systems in the world to have EMS (Environmental Management System) that is certified to ISO 14001.
  • ISO 14001 is the International Organization for Standardization environmental branch.
  • In 2000, the NYC transit department of buses launched the ‘Clean Fuel Bus Program’. Many of the buses are hybrid-electric models. Also all the buses switched to low sulfur diesel fuel to reduce emissions.
  • For more information: http://www.mta.info/nyct/facts/ffenvironment.htm
accommodations
Accommodations
  • The Muse is a luxury hotel that also practices sustainability. They are located in 130 West 46th St. New York, NY 10036.
    • They use low-flow toilets, showers, and faucets to reduce water consumption.
    • Paperless guest check in/out services.
    • Recycling System for cups, hangers, batteries, etc.
    • Towel and linen reuse program.
    • They are part of the KimptonEarthCare program. More information on EarthCare: http://www.kimptonhotels.com/kimpton-cares/earthcare-mission.aspx
    • Hotel Website: http://www.themusehotel.com/green_hotel.html
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Accommodations
  • Another Eco-friendly hotel to stay in is The Element by Westin.
    • All kitchen appliances are Energy Star rated.
    • They used as many recycled materials as possible in design and construction.
    • All carpets are made from up to 100% recycled content (recycled carpet cushions).
    • Use silverware and glassware to reduce waste from plastic utensils.
    • Bath amenities are in dispenser systems.
    • Hotel Website: http://www.elementtimessquare.com/Ecofriendlynewyorkhotel
    • Address: 311 West 39th Street · New York, New York 10018
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Accommodations
  • Another green hotel to stay at is The Sheraton New York Hotels & Towers.
    • They use fuel cell technology .
    • All new equipment is Energy Star rated
    • Recycling program for cardboard, paper, and aluminum.
    • Energy efficient CFL lighting.
    • Electronic banquet menus.
    • Linen reuse and ‘turn of the lights’ program.
    • Website: http://www.sheratonnewyork.com/NY-Green-Hotel
    • Fuel Cell Technology review: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/about/news/news_release_detail.html?Id=2005-06-14-SI
attractions
Attractions
  • Some fun things to do in the city that is also eco-friendly and promotes eco-tourism:

1. Central Park

      • You can bike/walk over 800 acres of beautiful land.
      • Its affordable and good for getting your daily exercise.

2. Shopping

- Whether it is Park Avenue or a Flea market, there are hidden treasure everywhere.

-You can support the locals by going to a flea markets. Some popular markets to check out are the Brooklyn Flea, Greenflea, and Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market.

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Attractions
  • Another great way to tour the city is through walking tours.
    • Not only is it more eco-friendly but it helps you become immersed in the city’s culture.
    • They have tours specific to certain interests.
      • http://nycgogreentours.com/newyorkcity/products-page/walking-tours/
      • For example, they have a walking tour for the Harlem Renaissance. It features the Apollo Theater and Theresa Hotel.
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Attractions
  • Brooklyn’s Children Museum is the first ‘green’ museum in NYC.
    • They are LEED Certified.
      • They have a geothermal heating and cooling system.
      • Solar energy.
      • Daylight sensors.
      • Carbon Dioxide sensors
      • Website: http://www.brooklynkids.org/index.php/aboutus/greenmuseum
local restaurants
Local Restaurants
  • Website with list of restaurants that are eco-minded. http://timeoutnewyorkkids.com/eating-shopping/eating/64724/eco-minded-restaurants
    • Franny’s
      • They purchase locally grown food and serve them when they are in season.
      • All meats are from sustainable sources and contain no hormones and antibiotics.
      • They use renewable energy (35% wind power and 65% hydroelectric power).
      • Kitchen grease is converted to biodiesel.
      • Website: http://frannysbrooklyn.com/aboutus.htm
local restuarants
Local Restuarants
  • GustOrganics
  • Located on 519 Avenue of the Americas @ 14th street - New York, NY
    • 100% organic ( first and only certified organist restaurant in NY).
    • They recycle and compost.
    • They use only wind energy and solar lighting.
    • Green certified by Green Restaurant Association
    • Website: http://www.gustorganics.com/greenandorganic_ourgreenway.php
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