VallarinosaltonstallThru 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
Melissa Joy Manning Sample SaleFri. 05/02 and Sat. 05/03 | 11 am to 7 pm @ 12 Wooster If you read my profile on Melissa Joy Manning and her epically eco-friendly luxury jewelry, and thought yourself, "I would buy a piece when it's 75% less expensive," well, you had better stop by her store this weekend. Find druzy, fossilized coral, herkimer diamonds and other ethically sourced materials set in recycled metals from certified green refineries. 12 Wooster, SoHo, Manhattan
Brooklyn Night BazaarFri. 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
Sailboat Tour of New York HarborSat. 05/03 | 9:30 to 11:30 am @ right next to the Statue of Liberty
Those gas-fuiled harbor cruises: not for you. Instead do it the wind-powered way. Cruise aboard Tara, a 35-foot custom pilot sailboat handcrafted in Maine whose full keel keeps her extremely stable, comfortable and easy to sail. It’s up to you if you’d like to learn how to trim the sails and steer the boat, or just sit back and take in the views. Either way, you’ll enjoy the spacious cockpit, luxurious teak cabin and stable ride as you glide past lower Manhattan, Governor’s Island, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty with a captain who has over thirty years of sailing experience in New York.Book for $70 a person.
Night HikeSat. 05/03 | 7 pm to 2 am
Hike a couple miles up a mountain trail in the peaceful darkness with just your headlamp and a flashlight to light the way. When you get to the top, take a dip in the lake, then warm up by a fire toasting marshmallows. It's like summer camp, which--come on--you know you've been craving.Meet at UWS Eastern Mountain Sports, Broadway and 76th Street | Tickets are $89
SmorgasburgSat. 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 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 LICFlea.com
Farm to YogaSat. 05/03 | 10 am to 5 pm @ Hale Holistic and Suzie's Organic Farm Learn practical, feed-yourself skills such as gardening, composting, harvesting, soil health, farm to table/Ayurvedic cooking practices, and both personal and collective sustainability practices. You'll start the day with a yoga practice, then take an extended tour at Suzie’s Organic Farm, with harvesting and tasting. $125 | Sign up Hale Holistic
Sustainable Fashion TourSun. 05/03 | 12:30 to 3:30 pm @ SoHo Inspired by a quest to understand true luxury in one of the world’s most exclusive shopping districts, the Ethical Fashion Academy will be hosting a guided three hour tour throughout SOHO by Carmen Artigas, the originator of the Ethical Fashion curriculum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. The hands-on “walk & talk” seminar will delve into an in-depth analysis of sustainable luxury design, branding, and marketing in the retail landscape. The seminar will cover over 20 retail designer and independent boutiques of apparel, home, and lifestyle products. (And I'll definitely be there.) $75 | Sign up for the tour.
Bust Craftacular's PrimpedSun. 050/04 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Like your beauty a little less sparkly, and a little more indie? Sashey over to this event, which includes over 90 vendors of handmade and vintage clothing and accessories, indie beauty and body products, and more; braid styling and bang trims at the Fringe Salon Braid 'n Bang Bar, rave-ready hair chalk streaks at the DIY Dye booth, free eco-friendly makeup applications at the SheaMoisture Makeup Oasis, a flower crown bar with Kristina Uriegas-Reyes of Twee Valley High, tarot readings, complimentary hand massages, a portrait photobooth with celebrity photog Michael Lavine, and free swag bags for the first 300 guests. Plus, enjoy a cocktail and a snack at the outdoor beer garden and groove to live performances by Jolie Holland, the Prettiots, and all-day DJ sets. Bring your girlfriends or bring your toddler--all ages are welcome (but basic bitches can stay firmly at their brunch spot and leave us alone).
165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn | More info
NYC Safe Disposal EventSun. 05/04 | 10 am to 4 pm @ McCarren Park Bring all those crazy things you know you shouldn't be putting in the landfill, like automotive products, nail polish, prescriptions, paint, lightbulbs, toxic cleaners (thanks old roommate), and electronics to this safe disposal event, and walk away a lot lighter.
Prospect Food Truck RallyFirst and third Sundays | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. @ Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn Eat food.
Cinco de Mayo at Roberta'sMon. 05/05 | 2 to 9 pm @ Roberta's Skip the frozen margarita's made from high fructose corn syrup, and tacos made with e-coli-flavored pork, and instead head to Roberta's in Bushwick, where locally sourced goodness is the name of the game. Chill out by the Tiki bar in the backyard while you eat tacos and sip on cervesaz and--yes--frozen margaritas. It'll be the place to be seen on Monday. 261 Moore Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn
The (s)Low Down
Thurs. 05/05 | 6 to 9 pm @ The Astor Center
Raise money for a good cause, plus sip on artisinal cocktails conceived by top NYC mixologists, nibble on delectable dishes prepared by Snail of Approval restaurants, bid on food-centric experiences in the auction and raffle, observe demonstrations by top chefs, taste wine and beer, and dance to live bluegrass music. Party proceeds will support Slow Food NYC's Urban Harvest Program, which teaches NYC children about the effects of good food on their health and well-being, the health of their communities, and the health of the planet.399 Lafayette St (btn. 4th & Astor Pl.), Manhattan| Party Admission (includes after-party): $130 | After-Party Only Admission: $25 | After Party 9pm to 11:30pm | More info