Dudes. It’s supposed to be a solid 70 degrees out on Saturday, though it may rain. And on Saturday, a clear, sunny day, at 63 degrees. Let’s do this.
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.
Fri. 04/11 | 7:30 pm to 12 am @ at Haus
Promising “brooklyn’s finest vintage & handmade vendors” (and free next day delivery!), Thrift Disco will include zines and handmade crafts from Daniel Zender, Ksen, and Poor Kitty Crafts; a wide array of vintage clothing from muzukashii onna, Diana Joy, 100 Percent Silk, Urban CowgURL, and I Could Rock That; and jewelry from Missbatch and Pink Midnight. There’s also beer and wine available on a donation basis (though you can also BYOB), and live music from deejays Muke and Euclid.
279 Starr Street | Bushwick, Brooklyn | Admission is free. | For a full rundown of the event and to check out all the vendors, go here.
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
Sat. 04/12 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. @ Van Cortlandt Nature Center | Bronx
It’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). This weekend two special events to note: fall migration brings in new birds at Fort Tryon Park, and a special walk along the High Line, before it gets clogged with crowds.
Free. More info here.
Conscious Magazine Pop-Up
Sat. 04/12 | 10 am to 6 pm + Sun. 04/13 | 10 am to 8 pm
Conscious Magazine is showcasing their favorite ethical brands in a pop-up store on the Lower East Side this weekend. Shop brands like Article22, Elephant Branded, Enrou, Esperos, Etkie, Far and Wide Collective, Global Goods Partners, Popinjay, and many others. Then rest your feet in the backyard lounge.
37 E 1st Street | Manhattan
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
Free Grilled Cheese
Sat. 04/12 | 12 to 4 pm @ Brooklyn Slate
This Saturday, Brooklyn Slate is celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day for the second year in a row by handing out complimentary sandwiches to anyone who drops by their shop. We’re talking top-quality Shelburne Farms cheddar pressed into Caputo’s bread, plus Rick’s Picks and tomato soup from Smorgasburg favorite the Splendid Spoon. Hang out for a while and enjoy free live music from The Milkman & Sons. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook so there’s enough grilled cheese to go around.
305 Van Brunt Street | Brooklyn
Sat. 04/12 | 12 to 6 pm @ Pine Box Rock Shop
It’s all about spring at this Vegan Shop-Up, so stock up on items for your Easter Basket. New vendors this month include La Crepe Cest Si Bon, Tamerlaine Farms, and Element Snacks. Plus, get excited for the return of Rescue Chocolate, Barry’s Tempeh, and Alchemy Creamery! Feast your eyes on the full vendor line up here.
12 Gratton Street | Bushwick, Brooklyn
(P.S. If you like vegan stuff, I’m a fan of VeganCuts for non-toxic and vegan beauty products in a little gift box every month!)
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
Kombucha Homebrewing Demo
Sun. 04/13 | 3 to 4:30 pm @ Carrol Gardens
The secret to making kombucha is that there’s not one way to do it. Because of the delicate brewing process and its purported health benefits, those who make it from scratch are standouts in the DIY health community. Dr. Ivy Branin is one of the concocters who have mastered this revered drink, and has been homebrewing the drink for over seven years now. After boosting your kombucha knowledge, watch Ivy perform a step-by-step demo on how to brew the elixir, and of course get a tasting of Ivy’s flavored variations. Go home with a culture, starter materials and the know-how needed to brew your own impressive kombucha batches.
$50 | Sign up
Sun. 04/13 | 3 to 9 pm @ Shea Stadium
It’s party time again. Next Saturday, the dudes of Mister, Eamon and Justin are DJing all night at the (surprisingly small) Shea Stadium party space. There’ll be food; and the drinks will be cheap, plus Shea Stadium has a nice balcony for catching rays. What’s even better is that 10% of Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday’s net profits in 2014 will go to The Robin Hood Foundation.
20 Meadow Street between Waterbury and Bogart Streets | Brooklyn | All Ages | $15 | Advance tickets
Blood Red Moon
Tues. 04/15 | 3:07 to 4:24 am | climax at 3:36 am
An unusual moon eclipse will make the moon blood red this week. (Just in case you miss it, you’ll still have another three chances to see it in the next year and a half. The four blood red moon eclipses are called lunar tetrad, and are very rare–they’ve happened only three times in the past 500 years.) Dissimilar to solar eclipses, which can only be viewed in certain areas of the planet, this blood red moon will be seen by anyone as long as the moon is out on display. Fingers crossed no one has heavy cloud cover that night!
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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
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.
If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!