What are you up to this weekend, dear readers? Let me know in the comments!
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, shoes from Bhava Studio, vegetable-tanned bags from Leon & Bella, and gorgeous clothing from Kenchen, among other designers.
Maiyet Fine Jewelry Trunk Show
Fri. 04/25 and Sat. 04/26 | 12 to 4 pm @ Barney’s
Ethical fashion pioneer Maiyet is laying out its wares for you to peruse this weekend at Barney’s. While you’re there you can meet Kristy Taylor, Maiyet’s founder, president and creative director.
Madison and 61st St. | Manhattan
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
Load OUT! A Reuse and Repurposing RIOT
Sat. 04/26 | 12 to 3 pm @ Fourth Arts Block
This Saturday, one New Yorker’s trash could be your new treasured furniture, artwork, or clever costume. The concept is simple: everyone is invited to drop off donations in advance, then artists take to the haul, giving new life to the city’s old possessions. The public is invited to swing by any time from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a chance to snag whatever they can carry — all for a $5 admission. (Artists enter for free.) Pro tip: bring a sturdy bag or cart for optimal carrying capacity.
11 East 3rd Street, Manhattan
Hike With Adoptable Hounds
Sat. 04/26 | 8:45 am to 6:30 pm
Hundreds of dogs in New York City are abandoned and homeless. Animal Haven is a non-profit shelter that works to rescue and protect these dogs, helping them to find permanent homes. You’ll get an orientation with Animal Haven in SoHo in the morning. Then, hop in a van for a short trip to the trailhead. There will be plenty to sniff along Pine Meadow and Stony Brook as you hike up craggy rises and past marshes, to waterfalls, past the Stone Giants (a fantastic granite rock formations broken into blocks by weathering) to finally stop at Pine Meadow Lake for a leisurely lunch.
Meet at 251 Center Street | Tickets are $110
Photo credit: Jess McBride
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
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’s Rawia 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.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Plant Sale
Tues. 04/29 thru Thurs. 05/01 @ Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Whether you need a bush for your backyard oasis in the West Village, or a wee plant for your windowsill, you’ll find it here, at the largest plant sale in the metropolitan area. There are free curator talks on subjects like trimming and maintaining your bonsai tree, orchids, herbs, planting a window box and more. The opening day, Tuesday, is for members only, and now is as good a time as ever to get a membership, right?
Flatbush avenue entrance by Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn | More info
Mon. 04/29 | 7 to 9 pm @ Eastern Mountain Sports
Mappy Hour is a monthly gathering of outdoor enthusiasts put together by OutdoorFest around maps, guidebooks, beer, and adventure stories. Meet other hikers, climbers, skiers, surfers and outdoor enthusiasts and start planning your next adventures.
530 Braodway, SoHo, Manhattan | To gain entry, bring either snacks, a guidebook, or a six pack of beer. Make sure to register first, as capacity is limited!
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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.
Yoga in a Botanical Garden
Sat. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/31 | 10 am to 12 pm
Join Sarah Eve Cardell of Dharma Yoga Center at Bouley Botanical for a special series of 90 minute yoga classes including freshly pressed juices and house-made herbal teas by Chef David Bouley. The yoga class will include asanas (yoga physical postures), guided breathing techniques, and a blissful relaxation to allow for stillness of the mind and healing of the body. Wholebody wellness and joy is the focus. The class is perfect for all levels.
281 Church Street, TriBeCa, Manhattan | Reserve a spot for $35
The (s)Low Down
Thurs. 05/05 | 6 to 9 pm @ The Astor Center
Raise money for a good cause, plus sip on artisinal cocktails conceived by top NYC mixologists, nibble on delectable dishes prepared by Snail of Approval restaurants, bid on food-centric experiences in the auction and raffle, observe demonstrations by top chefs, taste wine and beer, and dance to live bluegrass music. Party proceeds will support Slow Food NYC’s Urban Harvest Program, which teaches NYC children about the effects of good food on their health and well-being, the health of their communities, and the health of the planet.
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!