I’m so sorry about the cold week! But it should be much nicer this weekend. Here’s what’s on the docket:
Thru end of April | Mon. thru Fri | 10 am to 8 pm + Sat. | 11 to 6 pm @ UES Pop-Up
Tired of black? Get some spring color into your life at this cheerful uptown pop-up shop featuring local designers. Pick up lingerie from Impish Lee, shows from Bhava Studio, vegetable-tanned bags from Leon & Bella, and gorgeous clothing from Kenchen, among other designers.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Fri. and Sat. | 6 pm to midnight @ Greenpoint
The warehouse-turned-concert venue, shopping destination and night market continues into the new year. Bounce to live artists while you shop twee and cool local fashion and home goods. Shopping is hard work, so take breaks often to taste your way through bites from Ample Hills Creamery, Oaxaca Taqueria and more.
165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | More info at bkbazaar.com
Kaaterskill Falls Hike
Sat. 04/19 | 8 am to 6:30 pm
Kaaterskill Falls is a treasured part of New York’s Forest Preserve, inspiring poets and artists alike for nearly 200 years. This beautiful hike through the famous Catskill Mountains will take you to an elevation of 3,000 feet. You’ll enjoy incredible views throughout, and an excellent workout. A portion of the proceeds will be donated toward helping an inner-city student experience the outdoors for the first time.
Meet at the Eastern Mountain Sports on the UWS | Tickets are $85>
Brooklyn Waterfront Bicycle Tour
Sat. 04/19 | 11 am to 3 pm
Bicycles are synonymous with Brooklyn, and there’s no better way to explore the borough than on two wheels. Meet in Williamsburg to get outfitted with a bike and everything you need to set off on a local adventure down the waterfront from Greenpoint to Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights. Learn about the rich history of each neighborhood and stop to refuel at local pick-me-up spots. After a jam-packed four-and-a-half-hour trek, kick your feet up on the scenic ferry ride back to Williamsburg.
Gallow Green’s Herb Festival
Sat. 04/19 | 4 to 11 pm @ McKittrick Hotel
The oh-so-fancy rooftop bar by the Sleep No More artists is open again for the rooftop season, and they’re celebrating this Saturday with live music, flowing libations, and passed canapés. I would suggest making your reservation at this very moment, because they are already selling out!
542 West 27th Street, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan | Tickets are $45
Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Yeesssss, Smorgasburg‘s outdoor season is back! So go take in the good weather, the view of Manhattan, and sample from dozens of Brooklyn-based food artisans, from brisket to bulgogi and Burmese noodles, to phatty beet sliders, fish and chips and farm-fresh ice cream. Nearby, you’ll find a huge selection of vintage and handmade clothing and home decor. Wondering what to wear? This should help.
Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg | Pier 5, Dumbo | Open rain or shine | More info
Every Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. @ A “great big parking lot,” 46th Avenue and 5th Street | Long Island City, Queens
A dude once told me that he thinks Long Island City will be the next Williamsburg. Debatable, but decide for yourself because its weekly flea market is back for the warm weather season. While the vintage and shopping pickings are very slim, the food is a slam dunk. (It is Queens).
Nearest address to Google map it is 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City | More info at LICFlea.com
Urban Gardening Class
Tues. 04/22 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ David Bouley Studio
You’ve been wanting to do this forever, so get expert instruction from Renee Giroux, a horticulturist with 13 years of experience, seven of them in organics. Have a discussion on the importance of urban farming; bringing farming indoors and pure organics, and learn how fun and easy it is to grow your own herbs and veggies, with a hands-on demonstration for sowing seeds, and tips for nurturing a healthy plant. You’ll also find out Renee’s top picks for culinary and medicinal herbs: how to use them and how to care for them.
281 Church Street, TriBeCa | Tickets are $35
Thurs. 04/24 | 6 to 9 p.m. @ Bhoomki
Fashion Revolution Day is the largest global media campaign aiming to evoke curiosity behind a simple question — Who made your clothes? Stop by sustainable clothing boutique Bhoomki for cocktails to celebrate Ethical Fashion on Fashion Revolution Day. One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, Fashion Revolution Day is bringing light to the tragic event by honoring the lives of the 1133 sweatshop laborers killed and over 2500 injured from unsafe working conditions. They will announce the winner of the #insideout instagram contest and raise a glass in memory of those who lost their loves on this tragic day. I, for one, will definitely be there.
158 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
Sumzine x Helpsy Fashion Revolution Day
Thurs. 04/24 | 6:30 to 11 pm @ The303
How to choose?! You can also attend Sumzine editor Jamie Ortega and Helpsy founder Rach
303 Broome Street, Manhattan
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Reception for Friends & Supporters of Trees for the Future
Thurs. 04/24 | 5:30 to 9 pm @ 320 Studios
Since 1989, Trees for the Future has helped plant over 100 million trees in dozens of countries, helping tens of thousands of people plant their way out of poverty. Come out and meet the new and old staff, friends and supporters of the non-profit as they celebrate their 25th year and launch into the next phase, hoping to plant 25 million trees in 2014 alone. The price of admission includes drinks and hor d’oeuvres. Plus, Little Green Notebook blogger Jenny Komenda will be there to meet, greet, discuss green living tips and answer questions.
320 W 37th Street, 14th Floor, Manhattan | Tickets are $45
Five Borough Craft Beer Fest
Fri. 04/25 | 7 to 11 pm @ Studio Square NYC
You might have heard of Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence, but have you tried the new Bronx Brewery, or ever heard of Cricket Hill or Harlem Blue? With 33 brewers serving over 100 craft beers from the New York area (including some never tasted before that has been specially brewed for the event), live music by Stolen Rhodes, and Smorgasburg vendors serving up the noms, this indoor/outdoor event promises to be worth the beer belly.
35-37 36th Street, Long Island City, Queens | Tickets are $85, $55 if you’re a designated driver | More info
The Food Book Fair
Fri. 04/25 to Sun. 04/27 @ The Wythe Hotel
The Food Book Fair fills a serious niche in the food world, with creative panels and parties like the Food Book Slam, where authors like Tom Mylan, author of The Meat Hook Meat Book, and Tanoreen’sRawia Bishara, author of Olives, Lemon and Za’atar, will read their books alongside other food stars and “battle” each other for the prize of best book at the fair. There will be plenty of farm-to-table books and events to explore, of course. When planning out the panels you want to attend, make sure to build in time to browse the country’s best “Foodieodicals” on Saturday. There are lots more special events like these, including Brew Pub, where you can sample the hopped-up work of 20 NYC home brewers handpicked by artist Eric Steen.
80 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn | Tickets start at $15 for specific panels, and go up to $225 for an all-inclusive pass
Sat. and Sun. 04/26 and 04/27 | @ Pier 94
Green Festival, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event (now in it’s 13th year) will be massive this year. They expect over 20,000 people to show up for the sustainable beer and wine garden; a Yoga Pavilion, featuring yoga instruction and classes as well as organic body care, health and nutritional products and services; a Vegan/Vegetarian Food Court featuring local artisanal cuisines and more.
Bonus: it’s close to a zero-waste event. Everything that can be recycled at the event is recycled. There are incentives for participants using greener modes of transportation. It’s a plastic water bottle-free event, so bring your reusable water bottle. Every plate, fork, spoon, knife, cup, bowl, napkin, coffee stirrer and sample cup is 100 percent biodegradable and will be collected with all food scraps to be composted. Finally, exhibitors are screened and only ones with an established green offering are permitted at the event. Greenwashers: YOU CAN’T SIT AT OUR TABLE.
04/29 | 5:30 to 9 pm @ Green House
Brooklyn Exposed invites you to celebrate their four-year anniversary and Brooklyn’s diverse food culture at their fourth annual walk-around food (and some drink) tasting event. Sample unlimited sweet and savory culinary treats plus liquid delights from over thirty food and drink vendors under one roof. Bring a friend–heck, bring two so you can share. Once again, DJ Nutritious, will be spinning soulful, eclectic tunes.
05/10 and 11 @ New School
Join the food movement’s movers and shakers at a two-day celebration and discussion of where the American food movement is, and where it’s going. This annual think tank, part of the meeting of 80 Edible magazine publishers from the US and Canada, will feature talks and panels by farmers, chefs, drink makers, journalists and food and drink enthusiasts (like you). Enjoy food and drink tastings, as well as invitations to selected events during the weekend, from walking tours of Brooklyn’s rooftop gardens and bus trips to Hudson Valley wine country to a live food-tech meetup.
Citizens Summer Cocktail
Thurs. 05/29 | 6 to 9 pm @ Central Park Boathouse
Citizens Committee for New York City, whose stated mission is to, “help New Yorkers—especially those in low-income areas—come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods,” is having a very classy fundraising event this May, with cocktails and a buffet, live jazz, and gondola rides. Your donation will help projects like urban gardens, music classes, and murals.
If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!