2013-05-10 / Community

Earth Day Comes To Rockaway


More than 20 organizations came together for the 7th Annual Earth Day Rockaway, hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. More than 20 organizations came together for the 7th Annual Earth Day Rockaway, hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. “Earth Day Rockaway 2013 was an amazing day!” exclaimed Cathy Sohn, Director of External Affairs for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

It was “a really special day for the community,” she said. “We lucked out with some incredible weather and it was a great way to kick off summer!”

On Saturday, May 4th, hundreds of Rockaway kids and their families came out to celebrate the 7th Annual Earth Day Rockaway, held at the MoMA PS1 VW Dome at Beach 94 Street near Shore Front Parkway.

Kids participated in a recycling Olympics organized by GROW NYC and a mock dolphin rescue with the Riverhead Foundation. The Rockaway Artists Alliance created a large-scale whale mural, a mosaic recreation of the much missed Whalemina, with hand-painted tiles designed by local school children. The Queens Museum of Art held a day of fun, educational activities for autistic children in the dome.


Artist/instructors Carolyn Cryan and Matt Smilardi represented the RAA’s kidsmART at RWA’s Earth Day event. Under their guidance children (and adults) helped to recreate the whimsical and much missed Whalemina. 
Photos by Beth Perkins, Marina Callaghan and EliszabettaDiStefano Artist/instructors Carolyn Cryan and Matt Smilardi represented the RAA’s kidsmART at RWA’s Earth Day event. Under their guidance children (and adults) helped to recreate the whimsical and much missed Whalemina. Photos by Beth Perkins, Marina Callaghan and EliszabettaDiStefano Festival goers received free sunflower and tomato plants from YANA/Restore the Rock and learned about composting from the NYC Compost Project, courtesy of the Queens Botanical Garden. The NYC Fire Department distributed smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to the community and children and individuals were fitted for free bike helmets from DOT Bike Safety.

Other participating organizations included St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, Arts in Parts, NYC Office of Emergency Management, New York Cares, Swim Strong, Catholic Charities - Project HOPE, ARF ARF, SUP NYC, Million Trees, Queens Library at Seaside, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Healthy Soils, Gateway National Recreation Area, Clean Ocean Action, HyperOptik Creative, Gerbomatic, Far Rockaway Central Library, Vinnie Voltage Science Show, Sea Song Memorial Sculpture Project, Urban Park Rangers and the popular Biobus, a carbon neutral science bus.


Hundreds of kids and families attended the event which surrounded MoMA PS1 VW Dome with colorful booths, tables and tents. Hundreds of kids and families attended the event which surrounded MoMA PS1 VW Dome with colorful booths, tables and tents. Each organization created special activities for children that included kite-making, shell-painting, facepainting and book giveaways. The crowd enjoyed jazz music from the live band, Il Collectivo and headed to Rockaway Taco for their first opening weekend of summer. This event was hosted by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.



Smiles were contagious at Earth Day Rockaway 2013. Smiles were contagious at Earth Day Rockaway 2013.

Environment, activities and fun for all ages was the focus of the day. Environment, activities and fun for all ages was the focus of the day.

KidsmART instructor Carolyn Cryan with Mairead Mikell having fun building a cardboard mosaic of Whalemina. Children & adults added pieces with inspirational words and drawings. KidsmART instructor Carolyn Cryan with Mairead Mikell having fun building a cardboard mosaic of Whalemina. Children & adults added pieces with inspirational words and drawings.

Food, face painting and fun were enjoyed throughout the day. Food, face painting and fun were enjoyed throughout the day.

Live jazz music from Il Collectivo lit up the event. Even the neighbors loved it! Live jazz music from Il Collectivo lit up the event. Even the neighbors loved it!

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