buchLearn to Make Kombucha

Sat. 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


thriftstoredayposter1National Thrift Store Day in NYC

Mon. 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 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.

Tickets are $15

s_youngYoung and Able Workshops

August 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 DyePorcelain Slap Mug or Floral Watercolor Painting.

Prices range from $35 to $125. See the whole lineup here.

Field to VaseFAVE PICK: Field to Vase Seasonal Dinner

Thurs. 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. 

paintCommunity Recycling and Disposal Events

Not 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

Garbage-2Life 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

bikeBBQ and Bronx Brewery Bike Ride

August 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.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 1.15.56 PMIndie Beauty Expo

August 27 | 5 to 8 PM @ Altman Building – 135 West 18th Street, Manhattan

The Indie Beauty Expo is a playground for those who love and are curious about indie brands and their philosophy. You can find out backstage beauty tricks that models use, and attend a panel filled with professionals and experts. Get 25% off products, an goodie bag, and a complimentary drink.

Tickets: $55 to $98

slurThe Brooklyn Slur – Runner & Stone

Mon. September 29 | 7 to 9 pm @ Runner & Stone – 285 Third Avenue (btn. Carol & President), Brooklyn

It’s the Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! It’s fun, social, and informal. But it’s also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let them know what you think. Got a great idea for an event? Looking for ways to get involved? Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other “Slow” minded people? The Slur is your opportunity. Runner & Stone will be providing all attendees complimentary seasonal bar snacks.

Free and open to everyone.

feedFEED Supper

Wednesday, 9/16 thru Friday, 10/16 | 6:30pm Cocktails, 7:00pm Dinner @ locations in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and the greater metropolitan Washington, DC, and Los Angeles areas.

This fall, through a series of suppers at their communal tables around the country, Le Pain Quotidien will help give 250,000 meals to families here and around the world in their second annual FEED Supper campaign. Their goal is to raise 2 million meals by World Food Day, October 16. Get a three course dinner, unlimited wine and beer, and a special limited edition LPQxFEED gift bag.

Tickets are $100 per person (Your ticket provides 465 meals to families in need; $50 tax-deductible)

SFNYC-slowdown-2015s(low) down fundraiser

Wed. Sept 9 | 7 to 10 pm @ Wythe Hotel – 80 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This party by Slow Food NYC will feature artisanal cocktails with spirits provided by local distilleries, delectable seasonal dishes created by Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval awardee Reynard, oysters from Sea to Table, wine, beer and hard cider and live foot-tapping bluegrass music. The party’s extraordinary raffle and silent auction is like no other, offering one-of-a-kind, food-centric experiences.

Tickets: Slow Food Members, $130 | General, $150 | Slow Food NYC Patron, $500


If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!