Learn to Make KombuchaSat. August 15 | 2 to 3 pm @ Bikram Yoga Lefferts Studio, 507 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Join my friend, local wellness cook, and EWC member Brittany Barton for a demonstrated kombucha workshop. Learn about the health promoting properties of this popular drink and how it can benefit you. Each class participant will take home 1 kombucha kit with all the materials to make a never-ending batch of kombucha. Cost: $20
National Thrift Store Day in NYCMon. August 17 Celebrate National Thrift Store Day by shopping second-hand first at ReuseNYC member organizations. National Thrift Store Day in New York celebrates the vibrant NYC reuse community and the many benefits of buying second-hand. Shopping second-hand not only saves shoppers money—it also reduces waste, conserves resources, and helps to create “green” jobs. And buying used goods from nonprofit thrift stores supports those organizations’ important social-service missions. See participating stores
Rooftop Farm YogaEvery Mon. | 6:30 to 7:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yard, Brooklyn Every Monday head to the roof for some fresh air and loosen up with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center. These asana sessions are open to practitioners of all levels. Classes will be held on the Brooklyn Grange's spacious paved patio at dusk, so that attendees can enjoy the herb-scented breeze as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline. Tickets are $15
Young and Able WorkshopsAugust 18 thru August 30 | @ Young and Able Workshop - 141 S. 5th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn Young and Able is an online retailer that sells independent designers, many of whom are sustainable. Learn some of your own designer skills at one of Y&A's many workshops in August, like Shibori Indigo Dye, Porcelain Slap Mug or Floral Watercolor Painting. Prices range from $35 to $125. See the whole lineup here.
FAVE PICK: Field to Vase Seasonal DinnerThurs. August 20 | 6 to 9 pm @ The Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Garden - 63 Flushing Ave., Building #3, Brooklyn The Field to Vase Tour is a series of private, intimate gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer, and wine is served by a farm-to-table chef. The Brooklyn edition is being held at the famous rooftop farm the Brooklyn Grange. Tom Kearney, Executive Chef and Partner of The Farm on Adderley is doing the food, and Molly Oliver flowers is doing the centerpieces. I will also be there with Elizabeth of The Note Passer and Debra Prinzing, founder of Slow Flowers. Reservations are $225, but I have a special discount for EcoCult readers! DREAM gets you $25 off.
Community Recycling and Disposal EventsNot sure what to do with all that old ... stuff? NYC has got you covered with these events: Stop 'N' Swap® Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Learn more. Sunday, August 30 | 12pm-3pm @ Williamsburg Community Center, 195 Graham Ave at Scholes St, Brooklyn NYC SAFE Disposal Safely dispose of electronics and other potentially harmful household products like batteries, paint, pesticides and medicine at he NYC Department of Sanitation's NYC SAFE events in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Learn more. Sunday, August 23 | 10am-4pm @ Union Square North Plaza, South of 17th St b/t Park Ave South & Broadway
Life Along the Curb: Inside the Department of Sanitation of New York
Mon. August 17 | 6:30 pm @ Museum of New York - 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)Keeping New York clean has always been a daunting challenge. The city generates close to 40,000 tons of garbage every day – and yet New Yorkers are not buried by their waste. Who picks up all that trash? Who sweeps the streets? How is the work organized? And where do all those discards all go? Drawing on several years of ethnographic and archival research, as well as her own experiences as a municipal sanitation worker, anthropologist Robin Nagle explores some of the political, infrastructural, economic, and cultural complexities that shape the dynamics of solid waste management in North America's largest city. At 8:00 pm, watch the 2015 short documentary, "One Man's Trash" by Kelly Lynn Adams, which tells the story of Nelson Molina who worked for the NYC Department of Sanitation for 34 years, and created a collection of found objects in a sanitation garage in East Harlem, which he refers to as a museum of “Treasures in the Trash.” Free but RSVP required
BBQ and Bronx Brewery Bike RideAugust 22 | 11 am @ Get Up and Ride - 330 S. 3rd Street (between Keap and Hooper)
Try this EPIC ride from Brooklyn, through Queens to the Bronx. You'll depart the Get Up and Ride shop in Williamsburg and make your way to a bbq joint in Long Island City to sample some delicious pulled pork sandwiches in their cozy back yard and finish at the Bronx Brewery for a local beer … and a tour of their facility. All riders will receive $1 off any additional beers purchased after the ride. The ride is about 10 miles from the Get Up and Ride shop. The ride concludes at 2 pm, but you'll be able to hang until early evening.
Tickets are $45 if you bring your own bike or $65 if you’d like to rent one of their Priority Bikes.