Happy weekend! Here’s my list of sustainably-minded stuff–or at least stuff that’s not massively cheesy and wasteful–that I recommend you hit up. I’ll be doing several myself this weekend, including hopefully the MJM sample sale, the sustainable fashion tour, and the Bust Craftacular.
Tell me: what are your plans for the weekend?
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
Melissa Joy Manning Sample Sale
Fri. 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 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
Sailboat Tour of New York Harbor
Sat. 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.
Sat. 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
Sat. 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
Every Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. @ A “great big parking lot,” 46th Avenue and 5th Street | Long Island City, Queens
A dude once told me that he thinks Long Island City will be the next Williamsburg. Debatable, but decide for yourself because its weekly flea market is back for the warm weather season. While the vintage and shopping pickings are very slim, the food is a slam dunk. (It is Queens).
Nearest address to Google map it is 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City | More info at LICFlea.com
Farm to Yoga
Sat. 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 Tour
Sun. 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 Primped
Sun. 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 Event
Sun. 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 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
Cinco de Mayo at Roberta’s
Mon. 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.
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05/10 and 11 @ New School
Join the food movement’s movers and shakers at a two-day celebration and discussion of where the American food movement is, and where it’s going. This annual think tank, part of the meeting of 80 Edible magazine publishers from the US and Canada, will feature talks and panels by farmers, chefs, drink makers, journalists and food and drink enthusiasts (like you). Enjoy food and drink tastings, as well as invitations to selected events during the weekend, from walking tours of Brooklyn’s rooftop gardens and bus trips to Hudson Valley wine country to a live food-tech meetup.
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.
If there’s anything I forgot for this weekend or upcoming week, lemme know in the comments!