The season for parties is at full throttle. Let's go party hopping, starting with Everlane and Young and Able tonight:
Fri. 06/13 | 7 to 10 pm @
Everlane is all about "radical transparency," so they’ve created a “home space” in their pop-up shop where all of the objects will be accompanied by their origin and cost stories. They partnered with Taavo Somer’s creative agency Friends & Family and a number of like-minded brands, including Kaufmann Mercantile, simplehuman, and ABC Carpet & Home. Peruse the wares and sip on drinks and light fare provided by Good Eggs at the kick-off housewarming party. After the party, pop by the next morning at 11 for brunch, or come back any day from 11am–6pm, when you can browse, try on, and order from our men’s and women’s collections. Everlane tees and accessories will be available for takeaway purchase onsite.
199 Lafayette Street, SoHo, Manhattan | RSVP
Young and Able Party
Fri. 06/13 | 6:30 to 10:30 pm @ PIPs
Young and Able, the online store selling local and sustainable small designers, is celebrating six months of existence! Here's what you get for $5, which goes toward making Young + Able's first pop-up happen: a drink, a raffle ticket for a chance to win some amazing pieces from featured designers (AEA ONE
, MELANIE ABRANTES
, SOUL SUNDAY
, TEA TATTOOS
, PARA DYS
, and more), music by DJ Max Andrade and Tristan Pendyck, table tennis courtesy of PIPs, nail decal art and temporary tattoos by CA-based illustrator Sara M. Lyons
, and a peek at the new lines Giu Giu
and Toy Syndrome
. Um, they should definitely charge more at the door.
158 Roebling Street (btwn Metropolitan & Grand), Williamsburg, Brooklyn | $5 entry | more raffle tickets available in exchange for donation
ABC Carpet & Home Summer Tag Sale
Thru Fri. July 13th @ ABC Carpet & Home
It's major sale mode over at ABC, that place that sells beautiful things for your dream home that happen to be ethical and sustainably made. Save on selects for the home with up to 50% off furniture, sofas, ottomans (love ottomans, don't you?) and seating, up to 25% off kitchen needs from abcmkt including serveware, glassware, cookware, and edibles, up to 50% off select table linens, up to 50% off textile assortments including bath linens, bedding and throws, and an extra 20% off throw pillows.888 Broadway at 19th Street, Manhattan | and online at abchome.com
7 days a week through 09/24 | First boat 10 am
Hankering for a car-free existence, just for a few hours? Governor's Island is back open for the season! This weekend there will be an art fair to check out, along with all the changes the city has wrought in order to improve the once abandoned island. Picnic areas are going in, giants hills are being formed. While the island isn't entirely finished, it's still definitely worth a visit to take in the smog-free air, rent a bike, laze on a hammock, eat some ice cream and explore all the old nooks and crannies. (Just make sure to bring your own filled reusable water bottles--there's a rumor that water can get scarce over there on crowded weekends.)
$2 ferries run from the southern tip of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Park. More info, which ferries are free, and events.
Sat. 06/14| 12 to 6 pm @ Pine Box Rock Shop
At this mini food fest for vegans, the sidewalk will be humming with fresh juice, grilled goods, ice cream sandwiches, pesto, salsa, ice chai, mac n' cheese, seitan tamales, food truck treats, and more. Plus, check out these brand new vendors: This Pie is Nuts
, Chia Chicks
, Love Grace
, and Not Just Tea
12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park
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 at 40 Kent street, you'll find a huge selection of vintage and handmade clothing and home decor at the Brooklyn Flea.
Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg | Pier 5, Dumbo | Open rain or shine | More info
Hester Street Fair
Sat. and Sun. | 10 am to 6 pm @ Hester and Essex
A highly curated outdoor market in the Lower East Side for one-of-a-kind goods and specialty foods, this fair has everything from hand made jewelry, to vintage finds, lobster rolls, macarons, roasted nuts, sandwiches, rolls, and other baked treats and meals, all with an eye to supporting small makers and helping you discover the next big thing.
Bike New York + Greenmarket: Picnic in the Park
Sun. 06/15 | @ UWS @ 10 am
In their first Ride Series event, Bike New York is teaming up with the Greenmarket. After coffee and a light breakfast in Central Park, head on over to the 79th Street Greenmarket where you’ll get to meet and speak with a farmer and shop for picnic provisions (out of your own pocket, FYI)—and then ride up Riverside Park and enjoy a picnic at the Little Red Lighthouse way up there at 178th Street.
Meet near the intersection of W. 67th St. and West Dr. --look for the tent)| $15 | More info and register
Hike, Yoga, Swim
Sun. 06/15 | 9 am to 6 pm @ a mountain
Wow, this will make for a an excellent Instagram day. Hike up a trail, rich in wildlife, through a winding loop up to the summit, where you'll roll out your mats for restorative yoga. You'll have a view of miles of forest during your all-levels Vinyasa class. Relaxed and stretched, you'll head down the hill to a pristine lake for a dip. Bring your bathing suit!
$89 per person | Departs from Eastern Mountain Sports on the UWS. Register here.
Basic Flower Arranging and Floral Crowns Class
Sun. 06/15 | 10 am to 1 pm @ Brooklyn Grange
Join Molly Oliver Flowers co-owners Molly Culver and Deborah Greig at the Brooklyn Grange for a high-flying floral design workshop. Up on the Navy Yard rooftop farm, with the NYC skyline at our backs, and surrounded by buckets of locally-grown seasonal flowers, we will create gorgeous table arrangements and flower crowns and practice some basic floral design techniques. Bring your friends, play with flowers and sip mimosas and bellinis in a spectacular setting. Learn about local flowers, urban farming, and floral design. Supplies, refreshments and a fun floral arrangement to take home are included.
Navy Yard, Brooklyn | $160 | Buy tickets
Prospect Food Truck Rally
First and third Sundays | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn
Heading to Prospect park for some lazin'? Then definitely stop here for your picnic food. Eat food. Some of my sustainable faves
are regulars, like Mexicue
, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Rickshaw
, COOLHAUS, TAIM MOBILE
, Green Pirate Juice Truck
, Kelvin Slush
, Van Leeuwen
, Kimchi Taco Truck, Wafels & Dinges and more.
More info at ProspectPark.org
Sun. 06/15 | 3 to 9 pm @ Industry City
This has got to be the most chill and fun party by a pair of socially conscious DJs. After losing their Gowanus space last year, Justin and Eamon have moved to a new outdoor spot, Industry City, to continue the party. Sip Brooklyn-brewed beers, Limonata, sangria, Mexican coke and other libations, eat Mexican food from Country Boys while you dance to disco-house music under the setting sun. No photos or cigs or texting on the dance floor, thank God. But dogs are allowed on a leash! Part of the proceeds always go to charity, and in addition this week, $1 from every ticket sold this Sunday goes to the Ali Forney Center, a shelter and support center for homeless LGBTQ youngsters.
220 36th Street, Brooklyn | Advance tickets $10 | $15 at door | All ages
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Green Tree Textile Recycling Fundraiser
Thurs. 06/19 | 8 to 11 pm @ The Griffin
The organization Green Tree, which was founded to collect unwanted textile materials including clothing, shoes, accessories and household linens that would otherwise go to already overburdened landfills, is throwing a swanky fundraiser. Their goal is to get 20 textile bins in 20 buildings, which can together divert 10,000 pounds of waste from landfills a year! Their recycling services support the disadvantaged, the homeless and those in transition as well as the environment by repurposing clothing and textiles for re-use by environmentally minded manufacturers. There's an open bar from 8 to 9, the band Men or Myth
will be performing live.
50 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking, Manhattan | $35 | Buy ticket | $45 at the door
Pop-Up Shabbat: Oyganic Table
Fri. 06/20 | 7:30 pm @ Mile End & Fleisher's Warehouse
I'll just let them say it: "Tikkun olam, baby.In the spirit of tikkun olam, a mitzvah that calls for Jews to be model citizens and make the world a better place for others (no pressure), our upcoming dinner is rooted (farm-to-table joke) in local ingredients, as little waste as possible, and giving back to our community. Here's a teaser of the freshness you'll consume as you enjoy a jazz duo and gaze out at the sunset over the East River, thanks to chef Sarah Schiear and mixologist (and Pop-Up Shabbat co-founder) Melissa Dain: apricot crostini with ricotta, honey, & pistachio, lamb shoulder roast with ramp salsa verde and summer herb infused gin cocktail." <<< That. And you don't even have to be Jewish. Just Jewish-curious.
260 Conover St, #323 (at Beard St.), Brooklyn | $95 | Buy tickets
Brooklyn Craft Camp
Sat. 06/21 | noon to 7 pm @ Brooklyn Craft Company
This "camp" will make you feel like a kid again. Admission includes eight hands-on DIY projects (and all the materials you need to make them), awesome teachers, snacks, drinks (the grownup kind), music and swag bags! You can learn to shibori dye a scarf, sew a leather sunglasses case, craft a wooden chevron necklace, make a flower crown, pick up the skills you need to braid your own hair, and more.
61 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn | One person ($155 for one all-day ticket) here. | Two-person BFF pass ($280 for two all-day tickets) here.
American Catch Fisheries Night-Market and Fundraiser
Thurs. 06/26 | 7 to 10 pm @ Tin Building
The United States controls more ocean than any other country on earth. Yet in spite of our incredible marine wealth, 91% of the seafood Americans eat comes from abroad. Celebrate the release of Paul Greenberg's new book American Catch
, which discusses the potential for reviving our local fisheries as we restore the regional ecosystems that support them, plus support New Amsterdam Market and their vision to restore and rededicate the Old Fulton Fish Market as a public gathering place, small business incubator, and regional fisheries hub for Lower Manhattan and New York City. Get a taste from dozens of chefs and purveyors, including Acme Smoked Fish, Back 40, Blue Island Oyster Company, Dock to Dish, John Dory Oyster Bar, Luke's Lobster, Esca, Saxelby Cheesemongers, and many more.
7PM VIP ADMISSION $125: Includes an autographed copy of American Catch (substitutions available) and a special craft beer tasting curated by Justin Philips of Beer Table. | 8PM GENERAL ADMISSION $75: Includes a selection of tastes from the chefs and purveyors below. | Buy tickets.
A Bikeable Feast
Saturdays through October (privately booked dates available) @ Williamsburg
Get Up and Ride has partnered with a local farm and professional chef to bring you the entire package of a Perfect Day in Brooklyn. The ride will show guests hidden urban parks and expansive waterfront sunset vistas from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, and will end at a tiny organic farm near the base of the Williamsburg bridge, where seasoned private chef Shane McGarvey will prepare a 4-course seasonal, local meal on the coal grill. Music playlists are curated by local music buffs. This urban excursion is perfectly suited for the adventures foodie who has seen enough of tired restaurants, and wants to take their evening to a new level of multi-sensorial appreciation. The ride commences at 135 N 11th St, covers Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and ends at dinner at a farm by the Williamsburg bridge. $140 per person: bikes, guide, food, wine, and tax all-inclusive.
Sustainable Fashion Tour
Sun. 06/22 | 12 to 3:30 @ SoHo
Join sustainable fashion expert Carmen Artiga (left) and designer Francisca Pineda of BHAVA shoes, as they explore the sustainable side to one of the most exclusive shopping districts in the world. You'll stop in a variety of ethical and sustainable stores, get tutored in how to recognize "good" fashion, get a resource list of retailers to come back and visit, and participate in a 30-minute Q&A with Carmen and Francisca. If you're a consumer or a designer, you'll learn a lot about the branding and marketing of ethical and sustainable wear, and come away with some new places to shop.
Tickets are $65 | More info.
Sat. 09/13 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Prospect Park
The mindful living, yoga and music festival is coming to NYC, specifically, Prospect Park! Run a quick 5k, dive into some meditation, then take an all-levels yoga class out in the sunshine, followed by a dance party. Throughout the day, grab organic and local snacks to keep yourself powered up.
$38 for a premium ticket that includes 5k | $0 for registration | $5 for carbon offset. Register and get more info here.
If there's anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!