Rain again on Friday. But it should get lovely for Saturday and Sunday, which is when it counts! Here’s how to celebrate spring this weekend:
National Bike to Work Day: Bike Home From Work Party
Fri. 05/16 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge
Today is the day to dust off your wheels (or remember how to use a Citibike!). Celebrate National Bike to Work Day with a commute to the office, then be rewarded with one of the year’s biggest bike shindigs underneath the Manhattan Bridge. Drink brews from Brooklyn Brewery, munch on eats from local vendors, pick up some sweet bike swag and browse pop-up shops with locally-made bike gear.
Water St. between Adams and Pearl St., DUMBO, Brooklyn | Admission is free | More info
Thru end of May | 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.
501 Lexington Ave | 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
Sun. 05/18 | 12 to 8 pm @ Bhoomki
It’s the 5th Ave Street Fair, and first ever neighborhood clothing swap at the sustainable boutique Bhoomki. Through the end of Friday, you can drop off all the clothes you’ve purged from your closet, and will be given redeemable tickets to shop the racks under the tent the day of the fair on Sunday, plus 10% off. Already purged your closet? Don’t worry! You can buy a shopping ticket, each only $5. 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to a charity (to be determined). (Maximim drop-off of eight items of women’s clean and like-new clothing, and you will receive one ticket per item for the first five items only. Clothing must be seasonally appropriate and no accessories–just clothing.) Any pieces left over will be donated to Housing Works.
158 Fifth Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Facebook invitation with more info
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. Wondering what to wear? This should help.
Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg | Pier 5, Dumbo | Open rain or shine | More info
Sat. 05/17 | 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, food truck treats, and more. Plus, check out these brand new vendors inside the (crowded) bar area: Organic Grill, Freakin Vegan, Black Currant Bakery, SIPP Eco Beverage, Mountain Morsels, Tribeca Canning Co.,and Sugarcane Island.
12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Hike and Whiskey Tasting
Sun. 05/18 | 8 am to 6:30 pm
This day of hiking and whiskey tasting is a true escape from city living. A moderate six miles of hiking through the beautiful Minnewaska Preserve with sweeping views of the entire Hudson Valley and Highlands. Afterward, you’ll drive to New York State’s only whiskey distillery that is open to the public, where you’ll tour the distillery and sample three whiskeys and/or vodkas from their selection. For 220 years this gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2001 it was converted one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery.
Meet at Union Square in front of Starbucks | Tickets are $89
Mini Makers Market
Sun. 05/18 @ Greenpoint
The Renegade Craft Fair is holding a special one-off market this weekend in Greenpoint. Unlike its semiannual shopping events, this Sunday’s market will be decidedly smaller in stature, but still chock-full of the types of handcrafted goods from local designers we’ve come to know and love from its full-fledged fairs. Enjoy brunch-inspired food and mimosas while you peruse the booths of dozens of indie-craft makers. Challenge your friends to a round of mini-golf or a ping-pong match, and make sure to capture what sounds like a pretty sweet afternoon by taking a picture inside the Magnolia Photo Booth before you go. Here is a map of the market so you can plan your shopping strategy.
165 Banker Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Prospect Food Truck Rally
First and third Sundays | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. @ Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn
Not too much. Way too much. Mostly plants. Whatever you want … at this weekend’s food truck rally. 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
Suzanne Rae Party and Portraits
Wed. 05/21 | 6 to 9 pm @Spiritual America
Brooklyn-based, sustainable women’s line Suzanne Rae collaborates with photographer Jessica Miller for a party and portrait session hosted by Spiritual America, a multi-label downtown boutique. Attendees are invited to have a drink and try on Suzanne Rae pieces in which they will be photographed. Both the ss14 and fw14 collections will be available for trying-on as well as for purchase and pre-order. The photographs will be exhibited in the space soon after the event on June 18. Suzanne and Jessica share an interest in fashion, photography, and the art of the two, especially as it relates to feminism and femininity. In addition to curating fashion, hostess of this collaboration and owner of Spiritual America, Claire Lemetais, is also an art curator with a gallery on the Lower East side. This trilogy of women bring a fresh take on art and fashion and want you to join them!
5 Rivington Street, Manhattan
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A Bikeable Feast
Saturdays starting May 17th 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.
Tie Dye Hand Dying Weekend Intensive
Sat. and Sun. 05/24 and 05/25 | 11 am to 5 pm @ Maha Rose
In this workshop, textile artist and designer Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes on a variety of different natural fibers. You will learn various tying, dying and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying. You’ll create swatches to perfect your technique, and then have a chance to focus on your own project. Materials are included, and students are encouraged to bring their own garments for personal projects.
97 Green Street, #G3, Greenpoint, Brooklyn | Sign up for $325
Sun. 05/25 | 5 to 10 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 go to charity.
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.
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. (I personally went on this tour and recommend it! But it sells out really quickly, to hop to it.)
If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!