cleaningkitSpring Clean

Sat. or Sun. | Whenever you get a few hours @ Your Apartment

Now that spring is peeking its head out, you might be ready to clean the shit out of your apartment. Get ready by stocking up on a selection of my favorite non-toxic, yummy-smelling, sustainable cleaning products and tools. Then follow my checklist for an apartment that sparkles and smells like a hiking trail in a state park far, far away from here.

Get to work. 

s_philThen Donate Your Clothes

Thru end of March

Don’t forget about the Philippines! They still need some help. Sustainable designer Suzanne Rae is collecting clothing for The Philippine Community of Southern Jersey (PCSJ) April 5th fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds will go to rebuilding the Hilantagaan Elementary school. Perfect timing–it’s about time to do your semi-annual wardrobe switch, anyway. For more information, watch this video.

To schedule a clothing pickup or drop off, email Suzanne@suzannerae.com

Wythe HotelWhat I Live By

Thru 04/07 | 10 am to 8 pm @ The Shop at Wythe Hotel

Wythe is back with more local consumption along a hipster theme. I’ll just let them say it, “With a live in-store/sweatshop, D.I.Y craft corner, and a range of products designed to be browsed by philosophical consumption style, WILBy invites guests and visitors to come feel your way through a world of ethical options. Throughout the month a wide range of designers and educators will come to the WILBy salon series and together they will explore their own personal answers to What I Live By.

Wythe Hotel. 80 Wythe Ave. | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brooklyn night bazaar

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 CreameryOaxaca Taqueria and more.

165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | More info at bkbazaar.com 

SmorgasburgSmorgasburg

Sat. and Sun. | 10 am to 6p m thru March @ North 5th St and Wythe

This winter Smorgasburg moves indoors to some mammoth new digs in Williamsburg with room for 200 vendors, including 75 food vendors. Their new indoor fortress of food and fashion will feature tunes, your favorite longtime vendors, and plenty of surprises.

80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

weinerErica Weiner Sample Sale

Sat. & Sun. | 11 am to 7 pm @ Her Greenpoint Studio

Get ​out-of-production styles, antiques, and limited-edition and vintage finds at the sustainable designer’s new studio space.
Examples: A vintage brass bee charm necklace for $15 (reg. $30); gunmetal-plated, double black diamond earrings for $20 (reg. $40); and three stackable, neon powder-coated rings for $20 (reg. $40).

50 Dobbin St., b/t Nassau & Norman Aves | Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Photography_HikePhotography Hike

Sun. 03/23 | 9 am to 8 pm @ An outdoor hiking trail

Take a casual six mile hike, and learn to capture incredible outdoor moments with your own camera using techniques such as proper lighting, advantageous framing, and timing. Your guide is Professional photographer Larson Harley, who has spent months shooting the American West for Canon.

Meet at 8:45 am at Eastern Mountain Sports at Broadway and 76th | $134 | Reserve Your Spot

bike_winter_snowTune-Up Your Bike

Sun. 03/23 | 2 to 4 pm @ The Diamond

It’s officially spring! So drag your bike out from other the pile of stuff in the corner and haul it down to the Diamond for a quick tuneup, advice, and cheap beer this Sunday with the rabble rousers of Time’s Up! They’ll provide tools, bike stands, washing stations and a couple of bike mechanics.

Free, but donations welcome | 43 Franklin St. | Brooklyn | Find more bike repair workshops

joubert_eblast-y.inddLiving With Elephants: Stories from the Wild with Beverly and Derek Joubert

Mon. 03/24 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ ABC Home

For ABC’s second event in their series on the African elephant,  listen in on a conversation with Beverly and Derek Joubert, National Geographic Explorers-in-Residences, who have been living in the wild amongst the elephants for 30 years. They are our most importnat witnesses to the poaching industry and the current state of the African elephant populations, and our greatest storytellers for capturing the beauty and personality of these majestic animals.

888 Broadway, Flatiron District, Manhattan| Tickets are $35 | Proceeds go to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust | 

Choice_Eats_hmThe Village Voice Choice Eats

Tues. 03/25 | 7 to 10 pm @ Basketball City

Featuring over 60 handpicked restaurants from all five boroughs, The Village Voice presents their seventh annual Choice Eats tasting event in Manhattan. Guests will sample the best dishes from restaurants reviewed and heralded in The Village Voice along with complimentary craft beer pairings, wine and liquor beverages. And Slow Food NYC will receive a portion of the ticket sales to support their Urban Harvest Program, which helps New York City children learn about the effects of good food on their health and well-being, the health of their communities and the health of the planet.

299 South Street | Lower Manhattan | Buy Tickets

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greenfestGreen Festival

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.

Tickets start at $5 for a day pass and double in price on Sunday. | 51st Street at West Side Highway | Manhattan

If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!