Soiree for Sustainability
Fri. 05/29 | 8 to midnight @ Verboten, 54 N 11th street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Together with Universal Models for Peace , Mythic Bridge and DCTV (Downtown Community Television), Parties 4 Peace, the electronic music party with a soul, is working on a project to support the Kuna indigenous community in Panama through a series of fundraisers and music events. The first $5,000 raised will be invested into bringing local at-risk youth from New York City onboard the Peace Boat to participate in our Music & Art Peace Academy program, learning to use their videography skills to help produce a short documentary about the sustainable development projects in the Kuna indigenous community and their once-in-a-lifetime experience. They kick off the season with the “Soiree 4 Sustainability” on Friday at the large club Verboten with music by Joe Foxton & Steve Graham of Fiction NYC and delicious appetizers by MadhiFood.
A CURRENT AFFAIR: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace
Sat. 05/30 | 10 am to Sun. 05/31 | 6:00 PM @ Industry City, 233 37th Street, Brooklyn
The #BESTVINTAGEUNDERONEROOF is coming to New York for the first time ever this spring. Bringing together over 50 premier vintage retailers and private dealers from both coasts and beyond, the show will be hosted by designer Mara Hoffman, who will curate an exhibit of ten head-to-toe vintage looks from throughout the show that will be on display and available to purchase. Photographer Lani Trock will capture the best of streetstyle and artist Christina Lonsdale of Radiant Human will be on hand performing aura photography.
General admission begins Saturday 12p noon until 6p, with a preview admission ticket granting access at 10am. The show will reopen on Sunday 12p noon and will stay open until 6p. The Weekend Pass offers the opportunity to shop both days as well as access to the preview hours. Tickets are available in advance at a discounted rate or at the door.
Sat. 05/30 | 3 to 4:30 pm @ Taproot, 893 Bergen Street, between Classon Avenue and Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Originating in Japan, kokedama are balls of living moss and plants, bound up with string. Kokedama like to be hung indoors near a window, where they can get plenty of indirect sunlight. They are easy to care for, and can last for years! In this hands-on workshop by Taproot, you’ll choose from a variety of medium-light houseplants and make two beautiful kokedama to take home.
Starting Sat. 05/30 | 1 to 4 pm and thereafter bi-weekly on Saturdays
The natural and organic beauty store Bottega Organica is hosting complimentary mini facial treatments at their West Village flagship store! These 10-minute skin-soothing facials are customized according to skin type (also performed by a local licensed esthetician) and will leave you looking positively radiant. They’ll include a free lip balm of your choice (soothing St. John’s wort, refreshing peppermint, or nourishing vanilla) with any $200+ purchase on each Saturday they do these treatments. Plus, they’ll provide organic Chardonnay from their sister restaurant Quartino and their signature organic herbal hot teas.
To book your appointment, send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Mini facial appointment!” with a preferred time.
Sun. 05/31 | 3:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yard, Brooklyn
In this workshop, you’ll learn simple mushroom growing techniques that can be applied in many locations and environments. Learn who and what mushrooms are. Get a better understanding into the amazing world of mushrooms and Fungi. Learn to cultivate them for food and medicine, using free to readily accessible materials. Go home with your own home made Oyster mushroom Kit.
Rooftop Farm Yoga
Every 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.
FAVE PICK: Foraged Cocktails
Tues. 06/02 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ Natural Gourmet Institute, 48 W 21st Street (btn 5 & 6 Ave) Second Floor, Manhattan
So you’ve tasted foraged greens in your food, but have you tried a cocktail using wild, edible plants, tree bark, or syrups? Experience first-hand this “field-to-bar” trend in mixology. Listen to Tama Matsouka Wong, the forager for restaurateur Daniel Boulud and author of Foraged Flavor talk about seasonal edible plants and their unique flavors. Darryl Chan, head mixologist at Bar Pleiades, will prepare his signature cocktail creations using seasonal wild edibles Tama has foraged especially for this evening. The event includes tastings of cocktails and a mocktail.
Textile Tuesday: A Natural Dye Class on the Sustainable Supply Chain
Tues. 06/02 | 4 to 6 pm @ BF+DA, 630 Flushing Ave, Suite 704, Brooklyn
In this natural dye class, you’ll discuss the ability to design and manufacture an organic and naturally dyed clothing collection in the U.S. Learn how to use sustainable fabrics, natural dyes and textile manufacturing to design and create a sustainable collection. Kathy Hattori, president of Botanical Colors, will present the options and services available to designers when considering a natural dye project. You’ll review resources for fabrics, dyes, indigo dyeing and scalable color and production services from “one of a kind” pieces to runs of hundreds of garments. Attendees will leave the seminar with a resource/reference list and a swatch of naturally dyed fabric. Bring your curiosity and questions!
Free. RSVP here.
Billion Oyster Party
Wed. 06/03 | 6 pm @ Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
While New York Harbor oysters are still a long way from being edible, you can still toast to their future success: Join the Billion Oyster Project, chef Ben Pollinger of Oceana, and 30 oyster farmers from around the country for a party that includes a walk-around tasting with 30 farmers hailing from Maine, the Carolinas and the West Coast. You’ll have the opportunity to taste a huge variety of oysters side-by-side, sip from a sponsored bar, and speak with the people that harvest them. The best part? Proceeds will benefit the Harbor School and the Billion Oyster Project, allowing their staff to develop a curriculum that is accessible for middle schoolers citywide and, ultimately, nationwide.
Tickets are $150. On-water transportation will be provided for all guests aboard New York Water Taxi. Shuttles will be departing from Pier 11 (South Street & Wall Street) and dropping guests off directly at Pioneer Works. Guests are asked to reserve a ferry time by contacting Carrie Christensen at email@example.com.
Fresh Cheesemaking with Sprout Creek Farm
Tues. 06/09 | 6:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange Flagship Farm, 37-18 Northern Blvd, Long Island City, Queens
Allison Toepp from Sprout Creek Farm will take you through the entire process of cheese making, from pasture to plate, she’ll walk you through the cheese making process, explaining how things like grazing and aging ultimately create those tastes and textures you’re after. After learning the basics of cheese making, you’ll try your hand at whipping up a batch of fresh ricotta to take home and finish class by sampling some the beautiful aged cheeses of Sprout Creek Farm.
Summer Cooking With Brooklyn Grange
Fri. 06/12 | 6:30 to 9 pm @ Brooklyn Grange Farm, Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Learn about seasonal produce and urban farming. The night will start off with a walking tour of the Farm, that will be led by the team at Brooklyn Grange. They will share their knowledge of what is growing, and what you’ll be eating. You’ll then prepare a raw foods meal together with other attendees with vegetables straight from the Farm. The menu will consist of a shiso, avocado & citrus salad, over arugula accompanied with a summer grain salad featuring mint, radishes, and pea shoots. Refreshments will be handed out for the farm tour, and served with dinner. After the meal, enjoy a refreshing sorrel popsicle as you watch the sun set over the city.
Fourth Annual Spirits of New York
Mon. 06/15 | 7 to 9 pm @ McCarren Hotel Rooftop Lounge, 160 North 12th Street (btn Berry & Bedford), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Slow Food NYC and The McCarren Hotel bring you the fourth annual Spirits of New York Event, featuring spirits made in New York, with most ingredients grown and produced in New York or, otherwise, fair/direct traded. Selected regional producers’ beverages — vodka, gin, shine, white brandy, rye, Bourbon, and jack — will be served up neat and in tantalizing, season and place-inspired cocktails for truly local libation. This is your opportunity to taste some of the best booze in the state and also meet their makers. Distillers include Astoria Distilling, Cacao Prieto of Red Hook, Breuckelen Distilling, Van Brunt Stillhouse and many more.
Clean Green Your Whole Life
Wed. 06/24 | 7 pm @ 92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
We hear it all the time: the secret to optimal health, staying slim and disease prevention is to cut out processed foods and eat more greens. But aside from picking up a pricey green juice a few times a week—just how do we make our diets, and lives ‘greener’ in a way that is compatible with our everyday resources, and most importantly our taste buds? Join chef and health journalist Candice Kumai, “one of the most recognizable names in clean eating” (Prevention Magazine) as she discusses how you can effortlessly live a cleaner, greener lifestyle. Joining Candice are ‘clean, green’ experts; nutritionist, Keri Glassman, green makeup artist, Kristen Arnett and celebrity trainer, Natalie Uhling, who will discuss what steps you can take to feel and look better right now!
If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!