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Downtown Brooklyn celebrates car-free Earth Day

April 26, 2022 Mary Frost
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Brooklynites of all ages enjoyed Earth Day activities, music and performances, workshops and classes on Saturday at Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn. The event, sponsored by Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, took place on the Plaza and also on Albee Square West, which was closed for the occasion.

The Redhawk Native American Dancers performed Earth-related dances, including one honoring buffaloes. The audience was invited to learn the dance moves, which are different for men and women.
Activities for kids included giant chess, corn-holing, Hula Hoops and other games.
Artificial turf was set up on Albee Square West for kids to run, crawl and play, or just hang out in the deck chairs.
Kids made art using recycled materials provided by Materials for the Arts and made paper with Pulpmobile.
The Redhawk Native American Dancers hold up Mananalu water, which is pure water packaged in “infinitely recyclable” aluminum bottles. It is their hope that aluminum bottles will replace plastic bottles, which are polluting the Earth. According to the Mananalu company, in Hawaiian, “mana” means the sacred spirit of life and “nalu” means a powerful wave that pushes across the ocean.
Kids learned to ride a bike with Bike New York.
Kids learned to ride a bike with Bike New York.
Dance performances included Rebirth the Earth by the Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet, which also provided free dance and movement classes.
Cheering on Brooklyn Marathon runners with drums Taiko Masala’s Thunder Drumming Troupe boosted the spirits of Brooklyn Marathon runners on Court Street in Downtown Brooklyn on Sunday by enthusiastically playing Japanese drums.

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