Spring’s Eternal

01 Apr Spring’s Eternal

Nature goes through its yearly cycles and it seems only “natural” that we, ourselves, experience an urge to make changes as spring peeks, sheepishly, through the clouds.


Traditionally, spring is the time of year to clear out closets, reach for fresh veggies and fruits, drink more water and switch out the winter wardrobe for something a bit lighter! If you’re looking for suggestions on how to lighten your load, here are a few ways to recycle/donate items and do good for your community and mother earth without leaving the Upper West Side!

  1. TOYS, BOOKS, STROLLERS: West End Intergenerational Residence accepts donations of good-quality household items, books, children’s toys, and infant care items like strollers, diapers, and formula. Donations may be dropped off at West End Intergenerational Residence at 483 West End Avenue, New York, NY 10024.
  2. TEXTILES: Holey socks, torn pants, shredded sneakers, old belts and more – EVERY Friday at the 97th Street Green Market GrowNYC accepts all kinds of textiles including handbags and shoes!
  3. FREECYCLE: I have unloaded everything from toys, extra cell phone chargers, to empty CD jewel cases on this Yahoo Group or
  4. BOOKS, DVDs, CDs: Donate gently used Books, DVDs, CDs to the Saint Agnes branch of the NY Public Library on 81st and Amsterdam Avenue – Monday – Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  5. OLD/BROKEN ELECTRONICS: Old tech, get some green! Staples accepts all kinds of things from old routers, laptops, cell phones… There’s a store on Broadway and 80th.


Of course both Housing Works and the Salvation Army are extremely helpful when it comes time to cleaning house – they’ll even pick up many items.  One family’s trash may well be another family’s treasure.

Have fun and Happy Spring Cleaning!