And pop-up shop season has begun! Don't go mindlessly stuffing stockings, though. Give it some thought by picking up crafted, local items that give back.
Cultures of Love Pop-Up Shop11/08 thru 11/18 | Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Sat. Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Sun. 11 to 6 p.m. The ethical online boutique Cultures of Love is going literal, with a pop-up providing you with girly wares that give back. Stop by in the morning for a free cup of coffee, or partake in the live nail art bar with made-in-the-U.S.A. polish. Ten percent of the profits will go to Autism Spectrum Designs Foundation and Women Global Fund for Widows. 193 Prince Street | Manhattan
Daily Candy Bazaar11/08 thru 11/10 | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Daily Candy loves a good little handmade item, so you'll be sure to find local and sustainable treasures that their bazaar--with three levels of gifts and treats--this weekend. Stop by for crafty tutorials, a pet fashion show, a psychic reading, and a literary salon. If nothing else, food and cocktails. 376 West Broadway at Broome | Manhattan
Nomadic Reading of Proust11/08 thru 11/14 @ Various Locations In a traveling tribute to Swann’s Way, Proust fans of all kinds (including several surprise celebrities) will gather over madeleines and champagne, in hotel rooms, gardens and nightclubs from the Bronx to Brooklyn, to join in a complete reading of the iconic work. Each location--from the Wythe Hotel to the New York Botanical Garden to Le Baron--will echo the major themes of the night’s reading of this 100-year-old classic in a thoroughly modern and chic way. See events and RSVP information at the French Embassy's website.
Juniper Ridge Pop-Up ShopThru 12/21 | Mon. - Friday | 12 to 8 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The "wilderness fragrance distillery" Juniper Ridge is bringing the nature and hiking trails of the West Coast to New Yorkers (we desperately need it), with a special pop-up shop. Friday, they'll be serving redwood cocktails at the shop, at 6 p.m. Along with live fragrance distillations on the street using plants Juniper Ridge has foraged and flown in directly from the California mountains, the pop up shop will feature a transporter booth where people can experience Juniper Ridge hikes through film footage, real foliage, and fragrances. You're manly fella will love it. 101 North 8th Street (between Wythe and Berry) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
6th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival11/08 thru 11/11 @ Various Locations |Williamsburg, Brooklyn This multi-night, multi-venue takeover on North 6th Street and the surrounding blocks in the heart of Williamsburg promises to blow your mind, with incredible DJs like Todd Terje, Pete Tong, John Digweed, Lunice, The Magician, Star Slinger, and dozens of others. There will be official after parties curated by Brooklyn's favorite warehouse kids, the Rinsed crew. See the lineup and get tickets.
Sustainable Textile SummitSat. 11/09 | 10 a.m. @ Loeb & Loeb and Garment Center NY New York City residents throw out 200,000 tons of textiles every year, making up 8% of NYC’s waste stream! Nationally, 11 million tons are trashed each yearManufacture New York is holding their first annual Sustainable Textile Summit focused on Textile Lifecycle Management best practices, strategies and solutions. Manufacture NY has assembled expert panels from labels like Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, and Vaute Couture, plus policy makers and thought leaders to discuss the state of the textile industry, innovations in eco- and low impact textile production, as well as shed light on what is being done with pre- and post-consumer textile waste. $50. Buy tickets and see speakers here. 345 Park Ave. and 23 West 36th st | Manhattan
Bike Tours of BrooklynVarious days and times @ Brooklyn You've been meaning to get out on your bike more, but lack an itinerary. So sign up for a more interesting one than, "Ride to the park and back." Get Up and Ride offers a bike brunch crawl, an urban art bike tour, and a 3-hour-long "classic" bike tour that will leave you feeling accomplished, edified and and only a little sore in the buttocks. $59 - $60. Check out the calendar of tours.
SmorgasburgEvery Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Williamsburg Flea and DUMBO If you are going to attend this weekly festival of Brooklyn-made food, I suggest you bring four friends, walkie talkies, and cash so you can split up and attack the stalls, and then share your findings. And then come back at least a few more times before it ends in November, because there is just way too much food here. Saturday at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn Sunday at Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.) | Brooklyn Find out more info and drool over the food vendors at smorgasburg.com
Bird WatchingSat. 11/09 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. @ Van Cortlandt Nature Center | Bronx 11 a.m. @ Boardwalk and Beach 67th Street (in Rockaway Beach Boardwalk) | Queens
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. @ Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park) | BronxIt's time you use those binoculars for their intended purpose, instead of creeping on the rich couple across the way. Zen out in nature by listening and searching for birds that have carved out an existence in this hard scrabble city (much you like you have). Bonus: This week see migrating sparrows, warblers, juncos, and hawks, orioles, blackbirds, grackles, flickers (WTF is that?), finsches and more fuel up for their flights south at the grounds of a mansion. Free. More info here.