s_modeVintage Jewelry Pop-Up

Fri. 11/14 | 4 to 8 pm and Sat. 11/15 | noon to 6 pm @ Mode Marteau | 69 Jay St, Suite 408, Dumbo, Brooklyn

Need something special to make your holiday outfits sparkle? You’re in luck: a critical mass of fine vintage baubles will converge in Dumbo this weekend, with unique finds curate by my friend Ariana of Mode Marteau, Thea Grant, Shop Filigree and The One I Love. The pieces will span time and continents, so you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste.

myakmYak Pop-Up Shop

Thru 12/5 | 10 am to 5 pm @ 132 Perry Street btw Greenwich and Washington Street, Manhattan

I’ve convinced you of the superiority of alpaca to cashmere. Now on to the shopping. mYak will be selling super-soft, baby alpaca clothing and accessories in this sustainable pop-up store, in connection with The Transcending Tibet Contemporary Art Exhibition. A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting Trace Foundation‘s work.

Occupy the Farm Film

occupyFri. 11/14 thru 11:20 | @ Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, Manhattan

This 90-minute documentary tells the inspiring story of a community’s fight to save public land for urban farming. When 200 farmers marched to the gates of the urban East Bay near Oakland, they did not carry signs protesting University of California’s plans to build a shopping center. Instead, they carried tents, tools and 15,000 seedlings. They clipped the padlock off the gate and marched onto the fields. What happened next altered the fate of the land and introduced a new strategy for activism. Immediately following the film, there will be a Q & A with Veteran filmmaker and Director of OCCUPY THE FARM, Todd Darling.

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Brooklyn night bazaarBrooklyn Night Bazaar

Fri. and Sat. | 6 pm to midnight @ 165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn

This warehouse-turned-concert venue, shopping destination and night market brings together local makers and artists to create a carnival-like atmosphere around up-and-coming doers. Shop twee and cool local fashion and home goods, bounce to live artists, play mini golf, try your hand at an arcade game, and taste your way through bites from Ample Hills Creamery, Oaxaca Taqueria and more, all washed down with craft beers and maybe a frozen marg or two. Grab a taste pass for efficient and affordable sampling of food and alcohol. Friday night, catch the incredible Idgy Dean, below. 

More info at bkbazaar.com

renegadeRenegade Craft Fair

11/15 and 11/16 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan

With all the excitement and long lines that go with this annual fair, it’s surprising they limit it to one weekend. So show up early for a festive weekend of holiday and winter shopping with 200 of the best indie makers around. Shoppers will find an array of handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists–ranging from holiday inspired stationery and gift wrap, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, apparel and shoes, to Eco-friendly furniture, prints and posters, housewares and much more. Eat savory treats from My Skinny Buddha, Kimchi Smoke, Chickpea & Olive, and La Crepe C’est Si Bon. Delectable baked goods will be for sale from Jessy’s Pastries, plus a variety of packaged artisan foods, which would be perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers.

More info.

out to seeOut to See

Sat. and Sun. | First four weekends in November | 11 am to 6 pm @ South Street Seaport, Fulton + Water Street, Manhattan

Formulated by several local residents and business owners as a way to showcase their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Out To See is a neighborhood-wide celebration of the South Street Seaport, featuring emerging talent in art, music, food and craft. Visit art galleries, duck into shops, grab a drink at happy hour, and pick up a treat or two from a local maker. 

photo (3)Smorgasburg

Thru 11/22 | Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park | Pier 5, Dumbo and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park | Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg

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.

Open rain or shine | More info

Lattice Bar Stool in Orange RedLast Weekend: ABC Home Warehouse Sale

11/1 thru 11/16 @ ABC Warehouse, 1055 Bronx River Ave, Bronx

If walking through ABC Carpet and Home is more like window shopping for your future self, then now’s your chance to snatch up some really nice, sustainable furniture. All product will be marked up to 70% off. Find steals on brands such as Kartell marked up to 60% off, Calvin Klein up to 70% off, Ralph Lauren marked up to 60% off, John Reeves marked up to 40% off, French Heritage and classic collections up to 60% off.

The Role of Consumers: Fashioning a Brighter Future for Apparel

Wed. 11/19 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ DBI Construction Consultants1261 Broadway, 9th Floor, Manhattan

The fashion industry sets the trends for how we dress, but are consumers demanding more sustainable fashion? Join A Clean Future for an informative evening that explores the latest trends in how apparel companies engage with consumers on sustainability. ACF will deliver the first in a series of presentations based on its latest research paper on sustainability communications in the apparel industry and host a panel discussion with industry experts, including Alisha Bhagat, Sustainability AdvisorForum for the Future, Patrick Duffy, Vice President of Sustainability & External Affairs, Manufacture New York (Moderator), Rebecca Gard Silver, Adjunct Professor, SVA, The New School; ConsultantNRDC “Clean by Design”, and Rhett Godfrey, Sustainability Director, Rogan / Loomstate.

$5 entry.


Seaport Youthmarket

Thursdays thru 11/21 | noon to 5 pm @ Seaport | 19 Fulton Street, Manhattan

A double whammy of good karma: buy local food, and help kids get their business chops. The Seaport Youthmarket provides this historic community with fresh fruits and vegetables grown by regional farmers, and engages neighborhood youth by teaching them small business skills, nutrition education, and much more. The produce is the from the same high-quality, local farms as all Greenmarkets. So bring your reusable bags and an appetite.

 EBT/Food Stamps, Debit/Credit, and WIC & FMNP Coupons accepted.

concordDivide in Concord Premiere

Mon. 11/17 | 7:30 @ IFC Center | 6th Ave and West 3rd Street, Manhattan

Divide in Concord is a feature-length documentary that follows the tale of the battle of banning bottled water in Concord, Massachusetts, home of famous environmentalist Henry David Thoreau. Jean Hill, a fiery 84-year-old widow and mother of four, began the quest to ban the sale of single-serve water bottles from Concord after her grandson revealed to her the disastrous environmental effects of empty plastic bottles. After three years of the petition being rejected in town hall meetings and a series of failed grassroots approaches, Hill’s relentless pursuit finally passed in 2012 in the small suburban town, making Concord the first town in the U.S. to prohibit the sale of plastic water bottles.  Hill’s victory has inspired similar proposals to ban bottled water in San Francisco and college campuses across the country. The documentary will make its NYC debut at the DOC NYC Film Festival, the nation’s largest documentary film festival.

Tickets are $17 for adults.

elsaElsa & Me ‘Tini and Try Event

Tues. 11/18 | 6 to 8 pm @ PH7 Nail Couture | 227 Grand Street, Williamsburg 

Elsa & Me is a bespoke label of ladylike dresses for work and the cocktail party. Gather at the new non-toxic nail salon PH7 in Williamsburg, sip a martini, get your measurements taken, and take advantage of discounts on the eminently classy dresses. All the early bird tickets are sold out, but you can still get one for $10.


spiritsFAVORITE PICK: Spirits of New York

Tues. 11/18 | 7 to 9 pm @ New York Distilling Company | 79 Richardson, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Slow Food NYC and New York Distilling Company present the third 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.

$40 per person.

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jewelrymakingJewelry Making With Susan Domelsmith

Tues. 11/25 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Founded by designer Susan Domelsmith, inspired by the belief that avant-garde fashion can be sustainable. Her collection is founded on a zero waste design model and ensures the production of every piece utilizes USA-made materials dating from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. In the next Young & Able series, Susan will be teaching a jewelry making workshop just in time for holiday gift giving inspiration. Bring in jewelry you want to rework, and she will teach you all of the techniques to make new treasures. There will be fun jewelry components to accompany your pieces, jewelry making tools (also available to take home), tea and treats.

Tickets $35. Check out the rest of the Young & Able events.

produceFinding a Winner in the Produce Aisle

Tues. 12/9 | 8:30 to 10 pm @ Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Feel like you’re wasting a lot of produce when it wilts? Take a closer look at the life of a few tasty fruits and vegetables–out in the fields, on the truck, in the store or at the market–and learn how to spot the qualities of a winner. Taught by the produce manager at Greene Grape Provisions, who has worked on biodynamic farms, urban gardens, and farmers markets, You’ll come away with agricultural, biochemical, nutritional, and culinary knowledge on fruits and vegetables that can be applied to produce situations everywhere. And you’ll get to sample a couple of particularly tasting in-season things as well!

$10. Buy tickets.

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