OK, so obviously it feels like a cruel joke to talk about something like gardening today. It fucking snowed yesterday and we’re all feeling the impulse to give in to feelings about the death of all things and a lack of love blooming with the spring. Or maybe that’s just us. But! Take heed and buck up, because the vernal equinox is tomorrow, and that, unbelievably means the official start of Spring. And that, ladies and gentlemen, means we need to get pretty flowers planted if we want to look at anything nice this summer. And we’re here to point you in the direction of where people can use some help planting.
It’s hard to remember, but there’s also an East River Park in Manhattan. It’s uh, right across the East River? Anyway, the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be headed there on Sunday to cultivate some planting beds, spread some compost on trees and get their hands dirty. And sure, this is in Manhattan and we’re obviously in favor of beautifying Brooklyn more, but look at it this way: since Brooklyn is now the epicenter of DIY, rustic, artisan, back-to-the-land beardos, those folks in Manhattan will need some expert help getting their park ready. So consider this charity work if you head over there. If you want to help out, register here and head over the Williamsburg Bridge, to Grand Street and FDR Drive at 11am on Sunday. And remember: the sooner we start getting things planted, the sooner we’ll scare off winter. Or at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves here.