Manhattan Vintage Fashion Show
Fri. 03/28 | 1 to 8 pm and Sat. 03/29 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Metropolitan Pavilion
This bi-annual event, with 80 top vintage clothing dealers, draws designers, stylists, and celebrities from worldwide. While you peruse a hundred years a fashion, keep your eyes peeled for it girls and fashionistas. And if you show up with an item of clothing to donate to housing works, you’ll get half-off admission.
125 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th Aves) | Chelsea, Manhattan | Find more information at manhattanvintage.com
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.
Then 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. I put together a couple bags, emailed Suzanne, and her intern stopped by to pick them up. Easiest donation ever.
To schedule a clothing pickup or drop off, email Suzanne@suzannerae.com
What 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
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
The Perfect Green Juice Demo
Sat. 03/29 | 1 pm @ Williams-Sonoma Columbus Circle
Learn to blend slurp-worthy concoctions like the Supa Dupa Greens and Hail to Kale from Eric Helms, founder of NYC’s Juice Generation. (Which is my favorite NYC smoothie place!) Snag a copy of Helms’s debut recipe book, The Juice Generation, so you can recreate the glory at home.
10 Columbus Cir., at 59th St. | Manhattan
NYC Craft Distillers Festival
Sat. 03/29 | 1 to 4 pm and 7 to 10 pm @ The Bowery Hotel
Sip small-batch spirits from more than twenty top craft distillers at the Prohibition-inspired bash, with period jazz from Baby Soda and Karen Marie Richardson. A portion of the proceeds benefits local NYC charities.
335 Bowery, b/t 2nd & 3rd Streets| Tickets ($95-$165) at nyccraftdistillersfest.com | VIP tickets entitle you to entry an hour earlier to each of the two sessions
Sat. and Sun. | 10 am to 6p m thru March @ North 5th St and Wythe
This winter Smorgasburg moved 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. It’s their last weekend indoors before they head outside!
80 North 5th St. (at Wythe Ave.) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sat. 03/29 | 8:30 p.m. @ Everywhere
You might notice the Empire State Building flicker off at 8 p.m. Don’t panic, it’s not terrorists. It’s Earth Hour, where people all over the world switch off their lights at 8:30 p.m. to signal their commitment to a healthier world. All you have to do is turn off the lights in your apartment for an hour and hang out in candlelight (you practiced during Hurricane Sandy and it was fine). Or if you have something to do at the time, call up and harangue the bar, restaurant or venue to turn off the lights and get romantic with you.
Slow Food Manhattan Slur
Mon. 03/31 | 7 to 9 pm @ Apotheke
Socialize with other people who care about local and organic food and talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC at this week’s Slow Food Happy hour at Apotheke. Located in a former opium den, Apotheke is the quintessential speakeasy—tucked away behind an unmarked door on a winding street in Chinatown. Their “farm-to-bar” philosophy ensures that cocktail ingredients are sourced from local greenmarkets, organic produce vendors, and their own rooftop herb garden. Try the Kale in Comparison, a refreshing concoction of vodka, kale juice, pineapple, and ginger; or end the night with the Deal Closer, made with vodka, cucumber, mint, and local Chinatown aphrodisiacs.
9 Doyers St (btn Pell & Bowery) | Chinatown, Manhattan | Free and open to the public
Mon. 03/31 | 7 to 9 pm @ Icebreaker
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.
102 Wooster Street | 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!
Buy Your Tickets Now
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!