Last Sunday’s New York Times Travel section featured Brooklyn, NY as its 36-hour weekend destination. Along with the culture, parks, shopping and dining, plan your trip for the last weekend in April and you’ll have another great reason to visit. EscapeMaker.com, a guide to local getaways around New York City since 2000, will host the first of its kind “Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expo” at Skylight One Hanson in downtown Brooklyn, NY on April 30, 2011. Presented by Amtrak© and Zipcar©, the Expo will feature over 50 getaway destinations from wineries and local farms to resorts and bed & breakfasts, all within a day’s drive or train ride of New York City. Expo attendees will see how destinations and lodgings from Maine to Maryland are “going green” and find out what’s new in local and sustainable travel. In addition, there will be eco-friendly travel gear for sale, Expo-only escape specials and getaway deals and packages offered by Metro-North and Long Island Railroad. “We’ve highlighted destinations accessible by mass transit for over 10 years, but now with the public’s keen interest in organic and local ingredients and reducing their energy consumption, in conjunction with the lodging industry’s new focus on greening their properties and operations, the timing was finally right to bring the movement all under one roof,” explained Margo Jones, EscapeMaker.com’s new V.P. of Sales & Marketing. “It’s really gratifying that our efforts are supported by Amtrak©, a leader in energy efficient travel, and Zipcar©, an innovator in reducing environmental impact with their urban car-sharing concept.” “We’re so excited to be debuting the Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expo in Brooklyn at Skylight One Hanson,” says Caylin Sanders, founder and president of Escapemaker.com, as well as a Brooklyn resident for 15 years. Originally built in 1927 , the gilded-dome building has been completely refurbished into high-end luxury condominiums with sweeping views of Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. The ground floor, opened in 2010 for special events and the Brooklyn Flea market on weekends, is a 15,000 square foot venue and a perfectly preserved Art Deco masterpiece. The venue sits adjacent to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Atlantic Terminal Mall – a shopping center and transportation hub where 9 subway lines, buses and the Long Island Railroad converge. In order to offset the carbon footprint of the event, EscapeMaker.com is working with Green Mountain Energy and Carbonfund.org. “Our recycling efforts will be coordinated by GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education,” says Sanders, “and Strategic Sustainability Consulting is helping us evaluate the biodegradability of materials we use for the Expo—from show bags, to signage, to balloons.” Mass transit to the Expo is encouraged and there will be bike parking available. Admission for EscapeMaker.com’s Green Getaways, Local Food & Travel Expo is $10 online and $12 at the door. Kids 10 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.escapemaker.com/travelexpo. So hop on Amtrak or hire a Zipcar, and spend a lovely green spring weekend in Brooklyn.