If you haven’t spent much time in the Lower East Side of Manhattan lately, you may not be aware of the behemoth Whole Foods Market scheduled to open March 29 on the Bowery. There’s been some skepticism toward Whole Foods lately among the truly green; in a recent article about community-supported agriculture, Time Out New York recently questioned how much Whole Foods really supports local and sustainable produce. And now Whole Foods faces a tougher critic: the millions of New Yorkers who shed a little tear every time a chain store mars the face of their beloved Lower East Side.
But this new, 71,000 square foot Whole Foods brings big promises. It’s not only the largest Whole Foods in NYC, but also the most green, with eco-friendly refrigeration, recycled building materials, energy-efficient lighting, and…here’s the amazing part…100% of their electricity purchased with wind energy credits. Not bad, right?
Better yet, and if you’re still with me you’ll be glad you’ve read this far, Whole Foods is throwing an “Almost-Open Party” Tuesday, March 27. It’s a media and VIP event, but they’ve invited 50 Ecorazzi readers to RSVP! The party is hosted by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for Riverkeeper, which aims to protect the Hudson River. So if you’re in the New York area, here’s your chance to rub shoulders with Bobby Kennedy and other environmental champions, along with the celebrated chefs and celebs who have been invited! Sparkle with the green elite and relish being one of the first to see this innovative eco-structure. The ticket price is $25, and all proceeds are matched by Whole Foods to support Riverkeeper.
You can find the RSVP information here. Remember it’s only for the first 50 Ecorazzi’ers who RSVP; be sure to mention Ecorazzi when you call or email!
See you on Tuesday!