And pop-up shop season has begun! Don’t go mindlessly stuffing stockings, though. Give it some thought by picking up crafted, local items that give back.


Cultures of Love Pop-Up Shop

11/08 thru 11/18 | Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Sat. Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Sun. 11 to 6 p.m.

The ethical online boutique Cultures of Love is going literal, with a pop-up providing you with girly wares that give back. Stop by in the morning for a free cup of coffee, or partake in the live nail art bar with made-in-the-U.S.A. polish. Ten percent of the profits will go to Autism Spectrum Designs Foundation and Women Global Fund for Widows.

193 Prince Street | Manhattan

DC_Bazaar_Map-1Daily Candy Bazaar

11/08 thru 11/10 | 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Daily Candy loves a good little handmade item, so you’ll be sure to find local and sustainable treasures that their bazaar–with three levels of gifts and treats–this weekend. Stop by for crafty tutorials, a pet fashion show, a psychic reading, and a literary salon. If nothing else, food and cocktails.

376 West Broadway at Broome | Manhattan

proustNomadic Reading of Proust

11/08 thru 11/14 @ Various Locations

In a traveling tribute to Swann’s Way, Proust fans of all kinds (including several surprise celebrities) will gather over madeleines and champagne, in hotel rooms, gardens and nightclubs from the Bronx to Brooklyn, to join in a complete reading of the iconic work. Each location–from the Wythe Hotel to the New York Botanical Garden to Le Baron–will echo the major themes of the night’s reading of this 100-year-old classic in a thoroughly modern and chic way.

See events and RSVP information at the French Embassy’s website

juniper ridge pop-up shopJuniper Ridge Pop-Up Shop

Thru 12/21 | Mon. – Friday | 12 to 8 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The “wilderness fragrance distillery” Juniper Ridge is bringing the nature and hiking trails of the West Coast to New Yorkers (we desperately need it), with a special pop-up shop. Friday, they’ll be serving redwood cocktails at the shop, at 6 p.m. Along with live fragrance distillations on the street using plants Juniper Ridge has foraged and flown in directly from the California mountains, the pop up shop will feature a transporter booth where people can experience Juniper Ridge hikes through film footage, real foliage, and fragrances. You’re manly fella will love it.

101 North 8th Street (between Wythe and Berry) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn

bk6th Annual Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival

11/08 thru 11/11 @ Various Locations |Williamsburg, Brooklyn

This multi-night, multi-venue takeover on North 6th Street and the surrounding blocks in the heart of Williamsburg promises to blow your mind, with incredible DJs like Todd Terje, Pete Tong, John Digweed, Lunice, The Magician, Star Slinger, and dozens of others. There will be official after parties curated by Brooklyn’s favorite warehouse kids, the Rinsed crew.

See the lineup and get tickets.

TextileSummitSustainable Textile Summit

Sat. 11/09 | 10 a.m. @ Loeb & Loeb and Garment Center NY

New York City residents throw out 200,000 tons of textiles every year, making up 8% of NYC’s waste stream! Nationally, 11 million tons are trashed each yearManufacture New York is holding their first annual Sustainable Textile Summit focused on Textile Lifecycle Management best practices, strategies and solutions. Manufacture NY has assembled expert panels from labels like Eileen Fisher, Patagonia, and Vaute Couture, plus policy makers and thought leaders to discuss the state of the textile industry, innovations in eco- and low impact textile production, as well as shed light on what is being done with pre- and post-consumer textile waste.

$50. Buy tickets and see speakers here.

345 Park Ave. and 23 West 36th st | Manhattan

SideTourBike Tours of Brooklyn

Various days and times @ Brooklyn

You’ve been meaning to get out on your bike more, but lack an itinerary. So sign up for a more interesting one than, “Ride to the park and back.” Get Up and Ride offers a bike brunch crawl, an urban art bike tour, and a 3-hour-long “classic” bike tour that will leave you feeling accomplished, edified and and only a little sore in the buttocks.

$59 – $60. Check out the calendar of tours. 


Every Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. @ Williamsburg Flea and DUMBO

If you are going to attend this weekly festival of Brooklyn-made food, I suggest you bring four friends, walkie talkies, and cash so you can split up and attack the stalls, and then share your findings. And then come back at least a few more times before it ends in November, because there is just way too much food here.

Saturday at East River State Park (90 Kent Ave at N. 7 St.) | Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Sunday at Tobacco Warehouse (30 Water St.) | Brooklyn 

Find out more info and drool over the food vendors at

Bird Watching

Sat. 11/09 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. @ Van Cortlandt Nature Center | Bronx

11 a.m. @ Boardwalk and Beach 67th Street (in Rockaway Beach Boardwalk) | Queens

2:30 to 4:30 p.m. @ Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park) | Bronx

It’s time you use those binoculars for their intended purpose, instead of creeping on the rich couple across the way. Zen out in nature by listening and searching for birds that have carved out an existence in this hard scrabble city (much you like you have). Bonus: This week see migrating sparrows, warblers, juncos, and hawks, orioles, blackbirds, grackles, flickers (WTF is that?), finsches and more fuel up for their flights south at the grounds of a mansion.

Free. More info here.

Brooklyn_Sodaworks_SideTourSidetour Classes

Every day @ Everywhere in NYC

Sidetour is a place to find a dizzying array of NYC experiences by eclectic experts. This weekend you can improve your photography skills at the farmers market or Central Park, learn to brew kombucha, make an Ayurvedic and vegetarian meal, create your own handmade soda, and brush up on your tarot card reading skills. Sidetour has all these sustainable and unique experiences, plus many more. But you had better sign up fast, because this stuff sells out super quick.

hangover yogaHangover Yoga

Sun. 11/10 | 1 to 2 p.m. @ The Cobra Club

Somehow, the idea of wringing out the toxins by twisting yourself sideways on a rubber mat actually seems like a good idea. This Bushwick yoga studio gives us the Hangover Yoga class every Sunday, which focuses on deep breaths, stretching, relaxing and NO standing poses, to help with headaches, nausea and fatigue, otherwise known as “raging hangover.” If sweating bottom shelf liquor out of your pores doesn’t work, the free Bloody Mary or mimosa after class should do the trick.

$15. Read more about the class.

6 Wyckoff Avenue | Brooklyn

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green drinksGreen Drinks

Tues. 11/12 | 6 to 9 p.m. @ Manufacture NY

The new fashion factory Manufacture NY is showing of dutch-made, sustainable items this week, like an Energy Floor that will light up when you walk on it, a sustainable wooden Bough Bike you can test ride, and plenty of other goodies to examine while you sip from organic fair trade No House WineSpace is limited to 50 people! 

23 West 36th St | Floor 2 

$10 | Register here.

shabdTie-Dye and Hand-Dyeing Weekend Intensive

Sat. 11/23 and Sun. 11/24 | 12 to 5 p.m. @ Maha Rose

In this fun-filled workshop, nationally-renown textile artist Shabd will teach you the basic procedures for dyeing with Procion dyes. You will learn various tying, dying and shibori techniques, as well as basic color theory and design concepts for dying, plus design your own dye patterns. Students will focus on swatches to perfect technique and in the second class will focus on individual projects. Materials are included, and students are encouraged to bring their own garments for personal projects.

$295. Register here.

Is there anything I forgot that you’re going to this weekend or upcoming week? Comment below!