Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.02.06 AMCozy Drive

Thru 10/19 @ Anthropologie 

Visit any US or Canada Anthropologie store to donate new or gently used children’s or women’s sweaters in support of local shelters. You’ll get a $10 gift card toward any full-priced apparel item.

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The Oldest Living Things in the World

Through 11/02 @ Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

Nothing stirs the heart toward preservation than seeing what a 3,000 year old lichen looks like. You can see this and other profoundly old organisms at an exhibition of Rachel Sussmen’s work. The opening is this Sunday, and on Saturday you can contemplate 100,000-year-old seagrass while listening to live jazz and blues. Sussman​ is a TED speaker, a Guggenheim, NYFA and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps. S​he was awarded the LACMA Lab Art​ + Tech grant to ​produce new work exploring Deep Time and deep space​ with SpaceX and NASA JPL. Um, that is my kind of celebrity, yo.

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Brooklyn night bazaar

Brooklyn 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 games, and taste your way through bites from Ample Hills Creamery, Oaxaca Taqueria and more. This month you’ll find artists like the hillbilly band Spirit Family Reunion on July 4the the brass/guitar/bongo stylings of the upbeat Zongo Junction, and the unabashed rock of Titus Andronicus.

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applepickingApple Picking, Hiking, and Wine Tasting

Sat. 10/11 | 7:45 am to 6:30 pm | Leaves from Penn Station.

So it’s fall, but fall in the city seems like such a cop out! Solution: Soak up the season’s natural beauty in a Hudson Valley excursion that begins on a hike through park trails, where an outdoor expert will lead you by picturesque views of mountains and lakes. Stop frequently for pictures and pause for a picnic lunch before making your way to a local orchard, where you’ll fill up your 5-pound bag with apples straight from the tree. Cap off the experience by visiting a local winery to sample several award-winning varieties.

$119 a person. 

vsu_october_webVegan Shop-Up

Sat. 10/11 | 12 to 6 pm | Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Get excited for vegan lasagna, vegan burgers, vegan empanadas, vegan donuts, vegan PB cups, vegan ice cream sandwiches, vegan mini cakes, vegan chocolate caramels, vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, organic skincare, gluten-free goodies and more. Check their new vendors Be Clean, The Lusty Vegan, and Spanky’s Kitchen! See the full vendor line up hereDon’t forget, there’s Happy Hour during the market! But if you’re under 21 you can only enter the inside market with a parent or legal guardian, so plan accordingly.

Free entry. 

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

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 5.20.11 PMHester Street Fair

Sat. and Sun. thru 10/26 | 10 am to 6 pm @ Hester and Essex

A highly curated outdoor market in the Lower East Side for one-of-a-kind goods and specialty foods, this fair has everything from hand made jewelry, to vintage finds, lobster rolls, macarons, roasted nuts, sandwiches, rolls, and other baked treats and meals, all with an eye to supporting small makers and helping you discover the next big thing.

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feast festFeast Fest

Sat. 10/11 | 8 pm to midnight

I have a soft spot for Red Hook and social good, so obviously I’ll be at this event this weekend. Each year The Feast hosts a flagship conference to share unique perspectives and tackle today’s greatest societal challenges, and this year, it’s appropriately at Pioneer Works, a collective of artists, scientists and innovators. (See awesome exhibit at top of this page.) On the final night of The Feast’s flagship conference, there’s a party with delectable food and drink from local Red Hook vendors and a live performances from loved Brooklyn bands. Your ticket includes free healthy snacks, a donation-based bar, a pop-up shop powered by Storefront, the Melt ice cream sandwich car, temporary tattoos from Tattly, a free ferry from Lower Manhattan to Red Hook, 20% off your Uber ride to and from Pioneer Works, live bands and DJs including Great CaesarTasha Blank, Anthony Demby & WHY and CHESNEY SNOW from B.E.A.T. NYC, and food from local Red Hook vendors available for purchase to support their businesses. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Red Hook Initiative.

Tickets are $50 to $100.


Mister Sunday

Sun. 10/12 | 3 to 9 pm @ Industry City | 241 37th Street between 2nd and 3rd Ave, Brooklyn

This has got to be the most chill and fun party by a pair of socially conscious DJs. After losing their Gowanus space last year, Justin and Eamon have moved to a new outdoor spot, Industry City, to continue the party. Sip Brooklyn-brewed beers, Limonata, sangria, Mexican coke and other libations, eat Mexican food from Country Boys while you dance to disco-house music under the setting sun. No photos or cigs or texting on the dance floor, thank God. But dogs are allowed on a leash! Part of the proceeds always go to charity.

 Advance tickets $10 | $15 at door | All ages

zerowasteAn Intimate Conversation with Daniel Silverstein

Thursday 10/16 | 6 pm @ Daniel Silverstein’s Studio, 213 West 35th Street, #806, Manhattan

NYC Designer Daniel Silverstein is one of the designers pioneering the art of zero-waste fashion, and doing it in high style. You can find his cocktail-appropriate creations at Yoox, Bona Drag, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Join us for an intimate conversation over organic wine and cupcakes from Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Ask questions, get a peek at Silverstein’s studio, learn about his techniques, and educate yourself as a consumer on how you can positively impact the industry. Then, shop his latest collection with Silverstein on hand to answer all your questions and style you up!

Free. RSVP here. 

NYC-YouthmarketSeaport 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.

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 2.49.23 PMBeGood Pop Up Shop

Mon. 10/13 to 10/19 | 11 am to 8 pm @ 355 Bowery Street, Manhattan

The ethical and sustainable retailer BeGood is bringing their wares offline and to NYC. Check out their new fall pieces, try on their basics, learn more about their manufacture, and have a beverage at one of their nightly events.

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s_burningmanTogether We Rise

Wed. 10/15 | 7 pm to midnight @ The Bowery Hotel | 335 Bowery, Manhattan 

The party continues long after the Man burns each year in the Nevada desert. This event, in collaboration with the fashion and arts party BABEL New York, showcases Burning Man Arts and celebrates New York Burning Man communities, in an attempt to spread the philosophy of Burning Man further. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Burning Man organization to further its work of supporting community arts and civic involvement.

Tickets are $60 and up

Put it on the Calendar

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.17.45 PMMeatopia

Sun. 10/19 | 4 to 7 pm @ Esurance Rooftop at Pier 92 | 52nd Street and West Side Highway

Every year James Beard Award-winning Esquire writer Josh Ozersky brings together the country’s greatest meat chefs for what has been called “the ultimate meat event.” Called “a meat-lover’s paradise” by New York Magazine, Meatopia has a simple concept: The greatest meat chefs in the world cook every part of every animal over open fires.  No propane is allowed, and all meat must be cruelty-, hormone- and antibiotic-free. The “Whole Animal Court” will include whole hogs, lambs, goats, and — of course — legendary butcher Pat LaFrieda will cook an entire 1000-lb steer.  Join celebrity chef and epic carnivore Michael Symon for Meatopia’s anniversary “Carnivore’s Ball,” an unforgettable festival of live music, Trapiche Wines, cold beer, cocktails and the greatest concentration of sizzling, crusty, delicious meat ever seen.

Tickets $150

Screen Shot 2014-10-02 at 3.10.07 PMPureThread Pop-Up Store

10/20 to 10/26 | 10 am to 6 pm @ Bedford Historical Hall, 608 Old Post Road, Bedford, NY

Jill Heller is a sustainable stylist who works out of her apartment on the Upper West Side, serving high-end, discerning clients. (I tried out her services last year and loved it.) But even if you don’t consider yourself the personal stylist type, you can get a taste when she opens her services to the public during her sustainable fashion pop-up store upstate. It’s the perfect time of year for an upstate jaunt, so why not take the train up–it’s about an hour and a half from the city–and check it out?

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Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 10.39.20 AMCider Week

10/24 to 11/2 | All over NYC

I’m warning you now: events for this wonderful autumn week sell out fast. You can attend a special night market at the Union Square Greenmarket, sample ciders and have special meals and prix fixe meals at farm-to-table restaurants around the city, get your special cider-relevant book signed by a cider-obsessed author, try your cider with cheese, eat more cider dinners, and–if you’re feeling crazy–try pear cider. Cider ALL DAY EVERY DAY.

Event listings for Cider Week

harvestfestStone Barns HarvestFest

Sun. 10/25 | 10 am to 3 pm @ Stone Barns 

Located 25 miles north of Manhattan, this 80-acre farm increases public awareness of healthy, seasonal and sustainable food; trains farmers in resilient, restorative farming techniques; and educates children about the sources of their food, and prepare them to steward the land that provides it. Support the cause by attending their annual HarvestFest. Activities for the whole family include live music, hands-on farming activities, food-crafting, a farmer’s market with delicious seasonal fare, hayrides, farm Olympics and more.

Rain or shine | Tickets $40 adult,  $20 youth (ages 2-14)

holsteeWellness Unlocked: An All Day Intensive for Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Sun. 10/26 | 10:30 am to 5 pm @ Holstee | 98 4th Street, Suite 106, Gowanus, Brooklyn

“If you don’t like something, change it,” goes a portion of the Holstee manifesto. In one of Holstee’s new classes, you can spend a day stretching your body, opening your mind and soothing your soul. The intensive starts with tea, moves through yoga with Kirtan, philosophy, asana practice, Yoga Nidra meditation, followed by a vegan lunch, a detox workshop, and ending with a happiness exploration workshop.

$97 | Reserve your spot

s_Fashion showcase in Naeem KhanWishwas Diwali Celebration Gala

10/28 | 7 to 10 pm @ Fashion house of Naeem and Ranjana Khan

The non-profit Wishwas focuses on empowering low­-income immigrant women to assimilate within society and training them
in vocational skills to make them financially self sufficient. Naeem Khan, an Indian-­born American fashion designer who has styled Padma Lakshmi, Beyonce, Penelope Cruz, Eva Longoria, and First Lady Michelle Obama, will co-host the event with Board Chair for Wishwas and noted jewelry designer, Ranjana Khan. Guests will enjoy specialty hors d’oeuvres by Devi Restaurant, desserts by
Chocal8Kiss, cocktails, music, a silent auction and special dance performances will be held by classical dancer Sonali Skandan and SA Dance Company.

Tickets are $125

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