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Summer Friday at Union Square Greenmarket

Friday, August 19th | 4 - 9 pm @ Union Square Greenmarket For Summer Fridays in Union Square, the market stays open late with live music, a beer and cider garden, and prepared foods from neighborhood restaurants like Luke's Lobster, Palo Santo, Print, Blue Water Grill, The Pavilion, and Barbounia, plus seven craft beverage producers selling locally made beer and spirits by the bottle and can. More information on Greenmarket's website.

hillsGovernor's Island Hills Now Open

July 19 - September 25, Monday-Friday | 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday/Sunday | 10 am - 7 pm. The Trust for Governors Island announces the opening of the Hills, ten newly designed acres of park on Governors Island that include slides, art and unparalleled harbor views. Designed by acclaimed landscape architects West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, the opening of the Hills marks a major milestone in the transformation of Governors Island from an abandoned military base into an iconic destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Opening nearly a year ahead of schedule, the four Hills include huge slides, sculptures, a scramble, paths, and an outlook with incredible views. The Hills are constructed of recycled demolition debris, general fill and lightweight pumice, stabilized with geotechnical reinforcement and covered with shrubs, trees and grassy lawns, and improve the island's resilience in the face of increasingly dramatic weather patterns and rising sea levels. They are home to more than 860 new trees and 41,000 new shrubs planted in new high-quality topsoil and protected from brackish groundwater by the new topography. The new lawns, plantings and permeable paving also reduce erosion and storm run-off, while allowing for water collection and irrigation.

yogaImmersive Yoga and Sound Meditation Class

 - Brooklyn Grange, Clinton Ave. & Flushing Ave., Brooklyn

Join us for two immersive classes on the roof surrounded by summer produce, where you'll practice yoga accompanied by live music and then be treated to a sound meditation coupled with light body work. Explore different asanas and meditation techniques all while surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of a working farm. Bring a yoga mat, a refillable water bottle and a warm layer as your body tends to cool down during meditation. Reserve for $30

Rubi+BK+inviteDIY Hairstyling Workshop

Wednesday, Aug. 10 | 7:30 to 9:30pm @
Bring a girlfriend for a ladies' night and hairstyling workshop at Mullein & Sparrow's Greenpoint studio. Rubi Jones will be teaching a summer braided look to help beat the NYC heat and humidity and answering all your hair-related questions. Each attendee will be provided with products and tools to recreate the look that evening and will receive a gift bag with some of Rubi's favorite hair products as well as a copy of her book The Art of Hair. Tickets are $65

sushiMayonoki Month-Long Sushi Pop-Up

Starting August 3 @ 91 Clinton Street, Manhattan This sustainable sushi joint (the only place to get purely sustainable sushi in the city) is going semi-permanent! Read my gushing review of them some months back, and go sign up for a spot. $100 per person

hero_coolCOOL | Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned City

Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 pm @ Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), Manhattan “Summer in the city” may conjure up images of sweaty subway cars, but New York’s summers are actually a lot cooler than one might think. More and more electricity is being consumed for air-conditioning, and the resulting emissions will mean even higher outside temperatures as time goes on. Author and environmentalist Stan Cox, named one of The Atlantic's "Brave Thinkers" in 2012, discusses the costs and benefits of New Yorkers' growing reliance on climate control. A brief discussion and Q&A with Cecil Mark-Corbin, Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, to follow. Admission is free, but advance registration required.

vauteVaute Flagship Store Grand Opening

Party: Saturday, August 13th | 1 to 6pm Grand Opening Sale: August 13-14, 1 to 8pm Opening Week Sale: 15th to 22nd, Noon to 8 pm @ 114 Stanton Street (& Essex), Manhattan The vegan, cruetly-free, animal loving fashion brand Vaute is opening their new flagship store. Get 50% OFF Opening Weekend, then 40% off Opening Week! Enjoy Vegan Macarons by Sweet Maresa of Confectionary, Mini Cupcakes by Chef Chloe, PLUS a free VAUTE lip tar by their neighbor, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, with the first 100 purchases.

Chunky_Knit_Alpaca_Beanie_Model_grandeGlobal Goods Sample Sale

August 22nd + 23rd | 1 to 7 pm @ 115 West 30th Street, Suite 400 Global Goods Partners is a non-profit organization that partners with women artisans in developing countries and sells their handmade home and accessory products internationally for sustainable living wages, and they're having a sample sale.

sorayadarabiA Conversation with Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder of Zady & Angel Investor)

Thursday, September 1 |6:30 to 9 pm @ Alley - 119 W. 24th Street, Manhattan Join a conversation with Soraya Darabi (Co-Founder of Zady and Angel Investor) as she discusses her entrepreneurial journey and the opportunities she's discovered by launching a mission-oriented fashion brand as well as her role in the NYC eco system and how she identifies great companies to invest in.  Tickets $20 to $40

s_goldsupperSolid Gold Supper

 Brooklyn Grange, Clinton Ave. & Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

For NYC Honey Week’s 3rd Annual Solid Gold Supper, the Grange is teaming up with the beekeepers-turned-distillers at Caledonia Spirits, and Chef Arden Lewis of Purslane to present a family style celebration of honey, bees, and the producers who help protect them! Throughout the night, you'll feast on the bounty of September harvests, with a multi-course, family style banquet showcasing local honey-touched dishes, and paired with craft cocktails made from sustainably-raised grain. Beekeepers will be seated amongst the guests, ready to regale you with tales of their favorite queens. Tickets are $100 to $150

hero_convenientCONVENIENT | New York's Love Affair With Plastics

Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 pm @ Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street), Manhattan New Yorkers go through hundreds of millions of plastic shopping bags, coffee cups, take-out clamshells, soda straws, and other single-use items every day – all in the name of convenience. But that short-term convenience comes with long-term costs to the environment and our health. Journalist Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, talks about how the rise of plastic helped create a culture of convenience and how to live with the disposables we can’t seem to do without. Admission is free, but advance registration required.

slowfoodslowdowninviteagv3Slow Food NYC's 5th Annual (s)low down

Tuesday, September 20 | 7 to 10 pm @ Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass Street Between 3rd & 4th Aves, Brooklyn You are cordially invited to Slow Food NYC's 5th Annual (s)low down at Threes Brewing in Gowanus, Brooklyn! Celebrate the 2016 Snailblazer honoree, Hot Bread Kitchen Founder Jessamyn Rodriguez. The 'Snailblazer' award is a designation granted to those leaders in the farm-to-table movement committed to a local, sustainable, and fair food system. Party proceeds benefit Slow Food NYC's programs including Urban Harvest, Good Food education programs in 15 NYC schools and a summer educational farm in East New York, Brooklyn. The (s)low down this year will be quite a party in the backyard at Threes Brewing, a celebrated brewery bar and event space in Gowanus, Brooklyn featuring beer, wine and small bites curated by The Meat Hook. Tickets are $125 If there's anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!