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Ohhh, fall is here. That means cider, pumpkins, fall foliage, mulled wine, fall fashion and my favorite kind of weather. And this weekend is going to be awesome. Seriously, good luck choosing:
Saturday, October 13th
Sweaty Saturday is supposed to be kind of like Fashion’s Night Out, but instead of blowing your whole paycheck on some random stuff, you’re whittling your waist and helping charity.
Kickboxing, bootcamps, cardio chair (??), free passes to fancy-pants David Barton gym, yoga and a lot more for reduced prices, plus free cleanses and snacks, and raffles of workout gear.
Why: Because burning calories by trying to dance to a shitty 21-year-old socialite “dj” at Fashion’s Night Out is so passé.
All over the city. See participating studios and gyms here.
Take a Fall Hike!
Saturday and Sunday, October 13th and 14th
This is the perfect time of year to get outdoors, leaf-watch, exercise, and feel refreshed by the nip in the air. You could take Metro North up to Breakneck ridge. Or there are several hiking expeditions run by Discover Outdoors that look appealing: take a casual hike on the Appalachian trail, explore a wolf sanctuary, hike then wine taste, go rock climbing (no experience required), go apple and pumpkin picking, hike the Catskills, or stay in the city and take an all-day bike tour around the island.
Why? If the rainy week has got you depressed, exercise in a natural setting has been scientifically proven to perk up your mood.
Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show
Friday, October 12th, 1 – 8pm; Saturday, October 13th: 11am – 6pm
You won’t find another shopping experience like this one! Everything from over-the-top cocktail dresses to fisherman sweaters, bespoke fur vests and fabulous costume jewelry is here. Last time I even ran into two different celebrities while perusing.
Why? It’s more sustainable to buy used. Might as well do it right!
$15 online, $20 at the door. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St (Between 6th & 7th Aves), Manhattan. ManhattanVintage.com
Mr. Saturday and Sunday
Saturday, October 13th 10pm – the end; Sunday, October 14th, 3 – 9pm
The fun has been extended beyond the summer–obviously because the party should never stop! Pick your poison: an all-night Saturday bash at House of Yes, or a day thing at the Gowanus Grove location, complete with mulled wine.
Check out this old track from Sunday Best in 2008, the precursor to Mr. Sunday.
Why? Good music shouldn’t be confined to the warm weather months.
RSVP to Mr Saturday for reduced admission. RSVP does not guarantee admission (I’ve learned the hard way!) so buy tickets at Resident Advisor. Saturday is at House of Yes, 342 Maujer St between Morgan and Waterbury. Sunday is at Gowanus Grove, 400 Carroll St between Bond and Nevins, Brooklyn. MisterSaturdayNight.com
Hard Cider at the New Amsterdam Market
Sunday, October 14th, 12 – 4pm
Kick off Glynwood’s Cider Week with Second Annual Hard Cider Revival at New Amsterdam Market! By buying tasting tickets (they tend to sell out fast) that can be redeemed for both fall-icious cider or seasonal hors d’oeuvres–served tapas-style by Andrew Tarlow, Chef Sean Rembold, John Connolly and the Marlow & Sons team–you’ll be supporting New York State apple orchards and the revival of farmstead and craft ciders.
The apps include Hen of the Woods Mushrooms on baguette with egg yolk aligote, Grilled Yukon Gold Potatoes with onions and beef fat, Rabbit Sausage with curried onions, Grilled Prawns with romesco, Grilled Oysters and spicy apple slaw, Pheasant and chorizo chili, with toasted almonds and sheep’s milk cheese.
If that doesn’t fill you up, the rest of the New Amsterdam Market will be going on as usual, with other apple-centric treats like apple butter, hard cider spelt bread, apple turnovers and “Craquelin” brioche with hudson valley applejack (that’s a liquor, in case you’re wondering), apple pie, chili spiked with hard cider and apple cider caramels.
Why? Believe it or not, apples besides honeycrisp and gala are a dying breed. The least you can do is eat some and support the cause.
Buy Tickets Now: Slow Food NYC’s Annual Party
Thursday, November 11th, 7 – 9pm
Eat pig and oysters, and taste cocktails made by the steady hands of Clover Club and Death & Company–two favorite bars of mine. Supporting a good cause never tasted so decadent.
Why? The Snail does a great job of encouraging restaurants that actually care where their produce and meat comes from. Thank them for helping spread the good word.
I keep the greeting card version of the words in the video up at work at my desk. It inspired me when I left advertising to pursue something more meaningful, and I continue to believe in it. Beyond that, I admire Holstee for its commitment to beautiful, modern and sustainable design. Finally, I must add that one of the founders is hot. (Hi Dave!)
Watch and enjoy:
Now that I’m single again, I’ve been out on a few dates. There are the usual venues: bars, restaurants, etc. But one date sticks out in my mind, because a) It was at six am, and b) It was on a bike.
I know, you are more than entitled to call me insane. Who goes on a date at six in the morning? On a bike?
Here’s the story: I reconnected with a guy who had asked me to go cycling with him before, and when he said he usually goes out on the weekends or six am, I decided to go bold and opt for an early-morning workout.
The next day.
Hey! Don’t judge. I’m really excited to be on the market again. No playing hard-to-get here.
So at six in the morning last Tuesday, I hoisted my turquoise Bianchi city bike on my shoulders and climbed down three flights of stairs from my new studio to the street. I wanted to impress without being over the top, so I wore an orange Stella McCartney Adidas top from Goodwill, an old pair of bike shorts, and a pair of Chucks from Salvation Army. (I had all this thrifty clothing because I participated in a challenge for Grist a couple weeks ago.) I had debated wearing a helmet, and then decided against it. Safety vs. Cuteness: Cuteness wins.
My date finally showed up (sans helmet also) and after a quick hug, he shoved off down the street with me following behind. We started up Third Avenue, but traffic was already crazy, so he led me over to First Avenue instead. We wove in and out of the bike lane, avoiding cones and trucks making deliveries. The sun rising over the East River was beautiful, burnt orange through the smog.
We talked some, but it was a bit awkward because we would often have to repeat ourselves over the roar of a bus or just the sound of the wind in our ears. He also found plenty of opportunities to make fun of me and my naive bike ways, as I cut him off and nearly caused him to crash. Oops!
We cut across town and entered Central Park, making a half loop. I dragged behind my date, since he was on a speedy racing bike. My bike only has three gears, so it will only go so fast. “It’s a recreational bike!” I told him. “What the heck is a recreational bike?” he said. I just shrugged and pedaled harder.
By the time we finished our loop, I was sweating and panting, and could hardly talk. But I felt awesome. This was why I had chosen a six am cycling date. I wanted to feel productive, healthy and adventurous. The guy was secondary.
I’m not tipping my hand on my thoughts on the guy (who knows if he’s reading this?). But I will update you if and when there’s a second date!
The Pros and Cons of a Bike Date
I enjoyed my bike date, with some caveats. Here’s what to know:
- Pro: You’re date will respect you for not being a diva.
- Con: You are not allowed to wear a lot of makeup. It will melt.
- Pro: Show off your butt in a pair of tight shorts.
- Con: Helmet head if you don’t feel safe without your helmet.
- Pro: Exercise!
- Con: Sweat.
- Pro: Novelty.
- Con: Not everyone has a bike in New York City. (Though they are available for rent.)
- Pro: No pressure for eye contact. Potential for awkward moments minimized.
- Con: Shouting to be heard, not much chance for meaningful conversation.
- Pro: If done early in the day, no expectation of a “nightcap.”
- Con: Involve alcohol at your peril.
- Pro: Avoid that moment when you’re date tries to hail a cab and you have to explain that cabs are kind of un-environmentally friendly, and would he like to take the subway or walk for a half hour to your destination?
- Con: Limits your choices later at night, since you have to either ride your bike home late or take the chance of locking it up out on the street.
How to Do a Bike Date Well
My bike date was a little (or a lot) extreme. You don’t need to set your alarm for the crack of dawn to take your bike out for some romance. Here’s some tips for a romantic day on a bike around the city (Are you listening, boys? You’re the ones planning this!):
1. Plan it for a lazy Sunday or Saturday. This should be obvious, but I had to say it.
2. You don’t need to own a bike. There are places all over the city to rent bikes, from the Bike ‘n Roll in the Upper West Side stretch of Riverside Park, so the various bike shops dotting Brooklyn and Manhattan that keep a fleet.
3. Dress accordingly. For ladies: a pair of jean shorts that are on the long side (no booty shorts!) a fitted tee, and a pair of TOM shoes will keep you comfy and cute all day long. Or try a pretty sundress that is long-ish, and strappy flat sandals that will stay on your feet. Avoid white pants, as you might get grease on them. For men, I personally love the look of a button down (linen is the best) with the sleeves rolled up or a not-grungy tee, and cuffed pants with casual shoes. (See Downtown from Behind for reference.)
3. Plan your itinerary:
If you live anywhere on the West Side, take advantage of a beautiful and protected bike path, which stretches from 125th Street in Riverside Park, all the way down to the southern tip of Manhattan. You can lock your bikes up and have a drink at the Boat Basin at 79th street or the Frying Pan at 26th Street; lean them against your table for some street eats and beer at the Lot on Tap underneath the northern tip of The Highline, or even have them valet parked for you at the New Amsterdam Market.
Make a couple loops around Central or Prospect Park (read more about the best parks in NYC). Pack a picnic in your pannier and throw your bikes down on Sheep’s Meadow. Pour some wine in your thermos to make it super romantic. Or, if you don’t have a big bike basket to carry stuff in, order a picnic from one of the restaurants or hotels that deliver to the park.
You have to take your bike across the Brooklyn Bridge at least once, if not every single weekend. Stop in the center and take lots of pictures like a pair of tourists. Then have lunch at O’Crepes, a few blocks over, or if it’s time for dinner, head south into Brooklyn Heights and sample one of the many delicious restaurants there.
If your date is in shape and is game, take your bikes all the way out to Coney Island. Spend the day wasting money on cheesy carnival games and rides, have a local Coney Island beer at one of the charmingly decrepit dive bars on the strip, and take photos together in one of the photo booths.
There really is nothing going on this weekend, at least that I can find. Sure, there are tons of samples sales, barbecues, etc. But nothing that really sings to my heart as sustainable.
So, let’s switch it up! Now is a great time for me to tell you all the amazing places you can go this summer that aren’t one-time-only.
Click on the pictures below for your six fresh, green, summer getaways right in the city.
Bike-In Theater Dinner With Caddyshack
Saturday, June 4, at 7pm
Forget sticky theater seats and Diet Coke – wouldn’t you rather be sipping an Arnold Palmer out in the cool night air? Forking Tasty has got you covered.
Why? Because you can pay homage to both a movie favorite and your favorite mode of transportation.
For reservations and more info, including location, click here.
Fight Big Coal by Sitting on Your Butt
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
You could picket and shout…or just see The Last Mountain, the story of mountaintop removal mining through the lens of Coal River Valley in West Virginia, where activists are trying to stop Massey Energy and other big coal companies from continuing to destroy their communities. Filmmaker Bill Haney will appear with Environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Friday, June 3rd for a Q&A after the 7:00pm show.
Why? If enough New Yorkers go to see the film in the first few days, it might open in more theaters and get more show times.
Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street on the Lower East Side
To learn more about the movie and see show times, click here.
Saturday, June 4, from 9:45am to 12:30pm
Green Edge NYC and wild edible and medicinal plant expert Leda Meredith invite you to sign up for an morning of urban foraging in Prospect Park. At the end of the foraging walk, participants will have a chance to sample the treats including wild edible ingredients and conduct a Q&A with Leda.
Why? It’s local food at its local-est.
Prospect Park, at Grand Army Plaza Entrance, Brooklyn
$20, sign up here.
Free Bike Fridays On Governors Island
Every Friday through September
After your free ferry ride to the island, you can grab a bike for free and take it on a tour around this small oasis every Friday. (FYI: you could do a leisurely three loops in that time, and probably stop for ice cream too.)
Why? Duh. It’s free. And mercifully far away from car traffic.
Find out more here.
Free Fruit Friday Truck
Fridays at 11am
Free Fruit Friday truck is hitting the streets, giving away delicious fruits, vegetables, smoothies and snacks.
Why? Do I have to say it again? FREE.
Check Twitter for each week’s location.
via Vital Juice
Organic And Local Cooking Classes
Find out what to do with all that Farmers Market bounty by taking one of Home Cooking New York’s cooking classes. Try their spring produce and summer produce classes which are open now. And at the end of each class, you can enjoy your sit down meal as a group. (Just be sure to bring a bottle of wine with you!)
Why? Because I’ve tried it and loved it. Read more.
Each 2.5 hour class is $95
Register on their website, or contact Jennifer at 917-803-6857 or at email@example.com
Roberta’s Farm Aid Event
Saturday, May 28th, 2 to 5pm
Roberta’s, a destination in Brooklyn for farm-to-table food, Roberta’s Pizza hosts a benefit for Farm Aid. Tickets include a personal pizza along with beer from area brewers made especially for the event. You can also sign up for raffle prizes from Grazin’ Angus Acres and The Divine Brine.
Why? Because the kind of the farms that provide delicious ingredients to Roberta’s need support!
Roberta’s, 261 Moore St. (at Bogart St.), Brooklyn
Sunday, May 29 and Monday, May 30; noon to 5pm; VIP entry at 11am
If you haven’t yet been to Governor’s Island, now would be the time. On a normal day you can grab a couple of bikes and toodle around this oasis from cars and city life, maybe stopping for a Blue Marble ice cream (local and grass-fed of course). If you are looking to save some bucks, Governors Island also has Free Bike Fridays.
But I suggest you kick things up a notch this weekend at the two-day Brewers’ Pic-NYC extravaganza. Delicious local food staples include Gorilla Cheese, Luke’s Lobster, Rick’s Picks, Joyride and Mexicue. Take a breather between eats to entertain yourself with free mini golf and music.
Why? Because I’ll be there, along with what seems like every other person I know.
$15-85; click here to purchase tickets.
Free ferries depart for Governors Island from the Battery Maritime Building, 10 South Sreet. (between Whitehall and Broad streets.); Free ferries from Brooklyn leave from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the foot of Atlantic Avenue (corner of Columbia Street). brewerspicnyc.com
Bicycle Fetish Day
Sat, May 18th, noon – 10pm
Cycle over to City Reliquary for the seventh annual Bike Fetish Day featuring prizes for you and your two-wheeler (categories include best mutant bike, vintage bike and shiny bike). Artist collective Swimming Cities will set up a pimp-your-bicycle photo booth, or you can take a swing at a bike pinata. Stick around for the after party, which starts at 6pm, with marching band Rude Mechanical Orchestra and DJs Stacher and Tinseltown.
Why? Because you may not have a bike fetish, but you still want to show your love.
City Reliquary Museum, 370 Metropolitan Ave (at Havemeyer St)
Murray’s Cheese Class
Monday, May, 6:30 to 8pm
Any person remotely interested in cheese knows of the famous shop, Murray’s Cheese. So use your day off to learn from the experts in their Cheese 101 class. A cheese professional will guide you through a tasting while discussing cheese-making and cheese-pairing fundamentals.
Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker St. (between 6th and 7th Ave.); murrayscheese.com
Small Batch Brewery Tours
Monday, May 30th, 5pm
Make a reservation for a 45-minute tour of Brooklyn Brewery’s new digs; you’ll taste four beers before going behind the scenes, including one seasonal pour and a rare Brewmaster’s Reserve. When you’re done, stick around and hoist full pints ($4 each, six for $20) in the tasting room until 7pm.
Why? Because local beer is just as delicious as local food.
Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room, 79 North 11th St (between Berry St and Wythe Ave)
All weekend, 10am-6pm
Wander through the massive fields of flowers in this newly landscaped 11-acre garden at the New York Botanical Garden. More than 3,000 azalea and rhododendron plants—in vibrant shades of red, purple and pink—have been added to the space.
Why? Because you haven’t seen flowers outside of a vase in way too long.
$20, seniors and students $18, children 2–12, children under 2 free
Bronx River Pkwy (at Fordham Rd)
Beautiful Future Pop-Up Shop
Through Sunday the 15th, 11am-7pm
Get first dibs on Afia, a new collection of bright, traditional West African-patterned shorts, crop tops, skirts, dresses, and fanny packs ($20-$280) made by a women’s co-op in Ghana.
Why? Because fair trade in this case equals fashionable (a rare combo).
Guilded, 208 Bowery, at Rivington St., 2nd flr.
Info at 952-913-2859.
Goodwill Greenwich Village Boutique
Hopefully forever and ever
When downtown does Goodwill, you know they do it right. Expect everything you love about Goodwill, minus the depression and large ladies elbowing you out of the way.
Why? Because recycled clothing plus altruism equals the ultimate in fashion karma
44 W. 8th St., b/t Sixth Ave. & MacDougal St.
Find more information at Goodwill’s website.
Posh Sale Benefiting Lighthouse International
Through Saturday, May 14th, 9am-6pm and Sunday, May 15th, 11am-5pm
Gently worn vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories from the likes of Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Hermès, Lanvin, Prada, Oscar de la Renta, YSL, and more.
Why? Because my sister used to work for Lighthouse, though I don’t remember it ever being this glamorous.
The Plaza Hotel, 1 W. 58th St., b/t Fifth & Sixth Aves.
Find out more information here.
Yoga Journal Conference
Through Monday, May 16th, 8am-7pm
The Yoga Journal conference apparently still has spaces open for one-off classes and the Michael Pollan keynote. Yes, the Michael Pollan, who has revolutionized the way we look at food, still has seats available for his talk. Then, the next two to three days, sweat your way through mind-altering yoga classes by the greats.
Why? Because if I wasn’t in a relationship I would probably go try to be a Pollan groupie.
Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, (6th Avenue between W. 53rd and W. 54th), Manhattan
To register and see the schedule, visit yjevents.com/ny
Trees of the Lower East Side Bike Tour
Sunday, May 15th, 1pm-3pm
Dust off your bike and take a leisurely bike tour of the neighborhoods’ notable and ecologically beneficial street trees.
Why? Because bikes and trees are fun. (OK, so I’m a little less enthusiastic about this one.)
St. Mark’s Church, 2nd Avenue and East 10th Street, Manhattan
For more information visit Registration & Information
LES Ecology Center E-Waste Event
Saturday, May 14, 10am - 4pm
So far the the center has collected 85 tons of unwanted electronics in April, and is gunning for 110 tons. To that end, all recyclers can sign up for a raffle to win a new MacBook Air and will also receive a coupon good for $25 off a new Mac or iPod (except iPod shuffle) from Tekserve.
A list of acceptable materials can be found here.
Why? Just in case you missed their last, oh, bajillion events, you still have a chance to drop off your defunct laptop and score a new one.
Penn South, West 26th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, Manhattan
For more information visit The Ecology Center Website.
The Festival of Ideas is coming up, and the organizers were savvy enough to recognize that “sustainability” is an integral part of any progressive city. They have a smorgasbord of sustainably focused talks, projects, and awesomeness.
Keynote Address: Antanas Mockus
May 6th, 5-6pm
The Sustainable City
If you haven’t heard of Bogotá, now is the time. This South American city has become the shining pinnacle of what a smart, sustainable, livable city can be, and the influence behind the Times Square Plaza and new Express buses. Bagotá underwent this transformation under Antanas Mockus, who served two terms as the Mayor. During his tenure, water usage dropped 40 percent; 7,000 community security groups were formed; the homicide rate fell 70 percent; and traffic fatalities dropped by over 50 percent.
This is Ted Talk-quality stuff, but incredibly, tickets are only $10. You can get them here, or purchase them in person at the New Museum.
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (between 3rd and 4th Aves.)
May 6th, 7-8:30pm
The Sustainable City
A group of leading Mayors — with impressive resumes preparing their cities for the future with clean and green initiative — discuss their ideas and work.
Introduction by David Byrne
Musician, artist, producer, activist, and columnist are among the many hats worn by David Byrne. He is well known for his work with the band Talking Heads, and his collaborations with such diverse artists as Brian Eno and Celia Cruz. He is the author of Bicycle Diaries and is a passionate spokesman for the increased use of bicycles for transport.
As mayor of Medillin, Sergio Fajardo transformed his city from the murder capital of the world into a tourist destination and one of the safest cities in Colombia. His instruments of change were urban and architectural renewal, as well as a transformed transportation system.
As two-time mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, John Fetterman has drawn national attention for his efforts to transform a dying rust-belt city into a center for the arts and a beacon for economic revitalization and community renewal.
While mayor of Seattle (2002–10), Greg Nickels reduced the city’s greenhouse gas emissions “to meet or beat” the levels stipulated in the Kyoto protocols. His agenda included innovation in transportation, public safety, green jobs, and climate production. He spearheaded the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2005).
In early 2009 Mayor Nutter launched Greenworks Philadelphia, a 15-point plan to make Philadelphia the greenest city in the United States, with initiatives in areas including green jobs, local food, recycling and energy conservation. In 2010, Philadelphia won the 2010 Sustainable Community Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Moderator: Kurt Andersen
Host of Peabody Award-winning Studio 360, a co-production of Public Radio International and WNYC, Kurt Andersen is also co-founder and editor of Spy magazine. He is the author of two novels, Heyday and Turn of the Century.
Tickets – $10
Purchase ticket here here or buy in person at the New Museum
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St. (between 3rd and 4th Aves.)
Our Other Location
May 7, 6:00pm & 9:00pm
Fine dining takes to the streets: pick up a 3-course tiffin dinner prepared by Vandaag Chef Phillip Kirschen-Clark, a portable table, tableware, and camping utensils, and set off to build your portable restaurant wherever you choose–carry your table out into the wild city, or stay close and set it up in the courtyard at the Old School.
Tickets: $80 (drinks included) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/173099
New City Cellar
Cafeteria at Old School, 32 Prince St (after 6:00pm, enter at 233 Mott St, btwn Prince & Spring Sts)
The Educational Alliance: Reimagining the Lower East Side for Everyone
May 7th and 8th, 8am – 11 pm
Artists Barbara Lubliner and Bernard Klevickas lead theUpcycle workshop on making art from plastic waste. Young artists show work at the Clinton St. electronics store Cultural Mix, and “Celebrating Older Americans” features work by members of The Educational Alliance’s Whittaker Center, Sirovich Center, and the NORC centers.
1:00-3 pm Recycle and Upcycle Workshop, $10, pre-registration required, 646-395-4235.
1:00-3 pm Free sketching workshop in Seward Park by Christopher Wright.
197 East Broadway, between Jefferson & Clinton
May 7th, and 8th , 12 pm – 6 pm
Waste Equals Food: Brothers and creators of fashionable Freitag messenger bags host a Canteen to produce compost on site. Come eat with us, grab a limited compost handbag, and bring your compost to grow a special plant.
Swiss Institute at Salon 94 Freemans
1 Freeman Alley, at Bowery & Rivington Street
Josh Hadar Presents “The Evolution of Steel”
May 7TH, 12 – 9pm
May 8TH, 10am – 6pm
Emerging designer Josh Hadar presents “The Evolution of Steel” to showcase his environmentally conscious sculptural art installations, including spectacular one-of-a-kind custom bikes, all hand crafted from steel in his neighborhood workshop. Exhibition 5/6-5/23.
John Hadar Metal Design
285 Lafayette St, between Houston & Prince Sts
Rooftop Urban Farming Project
May 7th, and 8TH 12 pm – 10 pm
A rooftop vegetable garden provides not only fresh food for meals prepared by the Bowery Mission’s kitchen but a peaceful space for residents to connect with nature and their means of sustenance. In collaboration with Whole Foods Market Tribeca.
The Bowery Mission
Rooftop of 227 Bowery, between Prince & Rivington Sts
Edible / Sustainable City Garden
May 7th 5 pm – 7 pm
Ingredients to use in a food or beverage are produced in collaboration with the public M’Finda Kalunga Garden in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, highlighting the importance of the park, and sustainable gardening in NYC.
11 Rivington Street, between Bowery & Chrystie
The Sustainable Gallery
May 7th, 6pm
Aicon Gallery was designed to have the lightest environmental footprint feasible, recycling, bringing daylight in and heating and cooling in sync with nature. Also exhibiting “Palimpsest,” featuring work of Talha Rathore, among others, layering NY experiences upon subway maps. The gallery will be open May 7th, 6 pm-10:30pm.
35 Great Jones Street, between Lafayette & Bowery
Sheila Gallagher: That Which Remains
May 7th, 12-8pm,
May 8th, 12 – 6 pm
The history of trash and how it relates to artist Sheila Gallagher’s Sappho-inspired exhibition “That Which Remains” is the subject for a talk with Sheila Gallagher and Robin Nagle, of the NYC Department of Sanitation. The gallery will be open May 7th, 12 pm-8 pm.
15 Rivington Street, between Bowery and Chrystie Streets
Marc Breslin: Refuse
May 7th, 7 pm
Marc Breslin debuts his video Refuse—which examines the daily movements of the Sanitation Department in Brooklyn—accompanied by a performed sound piece excavating William S. Burroughs’s Dead City Radio.The gallery will be open from 7 pm to midnight. Exhibition through 6/5.
52 Orchard Street, between Grand and Hester
Birds and Bees: Flight of Fantasy
May 7th, 7 pm – 7:30pm
Yuliya Lanina, during her exhibition, collaborates with C. Eule Dance Company to create “Flight of Fantasy,” a performance envisioning a sustainable balance between urban development and colonies of butterflies. The gallery will be open from 12:00-6 pm.
NY Studio Gallery
154 Stanton Street, between Suffolk & Clinton Sts
It’s on the Green Map! New City Walking Tour
May 8th, 12pm – 3pm
Explore local sites with Wendy Brawer, founder of the global sustainability mapmaking movement. Meet neighborhood eco-leaders including Paul Castrucci, architect of ABC No Rio, designed to Passive House (exceptionally energy efficient) standards.
Starts at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, between Stanton & Rivington Streets
Bowery Arts & Science Presents Bowery Beehive
May 8th, 3pm
Discover the hives that urban bee man Sam Comfort helped establish to pollinate the City. Honey will be for sale to benefit Bowery Arts & Science, the nonprofit that programs the Bowery Poetry Club.
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, between Bleecker & Houston Sts
NYC The Future Metropolis Volume 3: Water in New York
May 8th, 5 pm – 7 pm
“Water in New York” considers water in relation to NYC: how it’s used, its cultural significance, and that which surrounds it. The initiative is part of NYC The Future Metropolis, an ongoing series of events focused on making the city a more sustainable place to live, work, and do business.
Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street
Saturday, May 7th, 11am – 7pm
The street fest will take over two blocks on the Lower East Side on Saturday. I’ve highlighted a few of what looks like the most interesting projects. Of course, being a festival, I suggest you just arrive and soak it all in.
While you’re expanding your intellectual and creative horizons, munch on food from Brooklyn Flea, plus other delicious food vendors like Brooklyn soda works, FINE & RAW chocolate, Kombucha Brooklyn, Mother-in-Law’s Kimchi, SCRATCHbread, and Sweetery NYC.
Article22 & Project peaceBOMB
Project peaceBOMB supports artisans that make bracelets from American bombs dropped during the Secret War in Laos, 1964-73. Each purchase funds artisans, village development, and clearance of bombs from farmland.
Food Karma Projects
Playing With Your Food
Food Karma Projects & friends preview local sustainable food events of the summer. Showcasing Jimmy’s No.43, Hungry Filmmakers, Pig Island, Cook Out NYC, & Brewers Picnic on Governors Island.
Brooklyn Grange Farm, Windowfarms, and Goldie’s Soap
Made in NYC
Brooklyn Grange Farm, Windowfarms and Goldie’s Soap offer a sustainable selection of seedlings, DIY home gardening kits, and all-natural skincare products.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Gaia Renaissance Projects feat. GLT Edible Wall & Open Road PD Process
Learn about how The Brotherhood/Sister Sol creates youth leaders by using environmental sustainability systems like GLT Edible Walls technology and Open Road of NY’s Participatory Design Process.
Bus Roots is a living garden on the roofs of city buses.
Eagle Street Rooftop Farm with Growing Chefs
Grow the City You Want to See(d)
The imaginations and green thumbs from Eagle Street Rooftop Farm help you sew (and then sow!) seeds for a greener city with seed-saving bags perfect for seed bombing.
Upcycling Plastic Bottles into Self-Watering Planters
Green Depot, your one-stop-shop for green building supplies and environmental living, is partnering with Groundworks Inc to demonstrate upcycling and planting ideas for container gardening.
Green Map System
Green Map: New Directions to a Sustainable Future
Providing unique perspectives on our city’s progress towards sustainability, explore Green Map System’s latest efforts to promote participation and the “Green Apple” throughout NYC, and beyond.
Green Spaces brings the synergy of the coworking space to the street, and invites the public to participate.
GreenHomeNYC Green Street Fair Guidelines
GreenHomeNYC has developed a set of how-to guidelines to green New York City’s street fairs. They will be showcasing their recommendations and taking surveys.
Big Top Bicycle Sew-In
Greenhorns “Seed Circus” launches in NYC as we sew the fashion city’s fabric reserves into a community-sized tent fit for the future of agrarian celebration.
GrowNYC / Greenmarket
Jeo-Party and Market Cooking Demos
Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, will educate fairgoers about locally grown food with their Jeo-Party game and a market cooking demonstration.
Hudson Valley Seed Library
SEED LIBRARY gARTen
Wander through the Seed Library’s gARTen of artist-designed heirloom seed packs and buy New York-grown seeds for your garden. Create your own seedy art including plantable seed bombs and seed-paper origami sculptures.
La Finca del Sur: Starting Now: Community Action for Health and Environmental Justice
Participants and facilitators share their visions of healthy communities, and brainstorm actions that organized groups can take to create more environmentally just neighborhoods.
Lower East Side Ecology Center: E-waste Collection Event
Electronic waste contributes 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills. Bring your old computers, printers, TVs, VCRs/DVDs, and phones to be recycled responsibly.
Lower East Side/ Chinatown Bicycling Coalition
Community-led Bike Tours
The Coalition will lead a new kind of bike tour led by local youth highlighting the resilience and struggle of the longtime community through tours of historic sites and fights. Bicycles for tours provided by Recycle-A-Bicycle.
The MoS Collective: Initiating the succession of healthy water, air and soil: Indulge in Abundance
The MoS Collective makes personalized maps connecting you to neighbors who provide healthy self-care, local goods and services, and environmental stewardship plus leading related D.I.Y. workshops.
NYC Department of Buildings: NYC ˚CoolRoofs & urbancanvas
NYC °CoolRoofs encourages buildings to cool rooftops with reflective white coating that reduces energy use, cooling costs & carbon emissions. urbancanvas transforms construction sites with artwork.
Safari 7 Base Camp
Safari 7 is a self-guided tour of urban wildlife along the 7 line. Downloadable podcasts, maps, and walking tours celebrate our shared urban zoo.
Seeding the City – DIY Green Roof Modules
Play dirty! Build a D.I.Y. green roof module to take home and join a network of green roofs across the city.
SoBi Bike Share Demonstration
SoBi demos its new GPS-enabled bike share system. Attendees can create an account, download the mobile applications, unlock the bikes, and ride!
Solar One with Build It Green and Desire Lee
Zero-Waste Garbage Center
Solar One with Build It Green and architect Desire Lee construct a full-service garbage center to handle various kinds of Festival waste and educate attendees about proper waste disposal.
Truck Farm / Wicked Delicate Films
Called “the coolest urban agriculture project around” by the Huffington Post, Truck Farm is a traveling, edible exhibit—a 1986 Dodge with a mini-farm growing in the truck bed.
This weekend hundreds gathered to show their support for Park Slope’s disputed bike lane. The hoards of toddlers, kids, teenagers, and adults filled the bike lane to show how important it is to them. When I watched the video, all I could think was, “Oh man, those people suing over the bike lane are so f’d.”
Watch the video:
You might have heard about some of the furor over the new Park Slope bike lane, which runs along Prospect Park West. It’s done a lot of good things, including:
- Dropping the number of cars who speed from 74% to 20%
- Making it safer for pedestrians
- Making it safer for cyclists
- Reducing accidents by 16%
- Reducing injuries by 63%
- Satisfying of the majority of Park Slope residents
Well some people are pissed about it, mostly because they can’t speed through that street anymore, and they can’t find a place to park their cars. And they have hired a very expensive lawyer to buy back their parking spaces. If you would like a clear view of the whole debacle, as usual, you can rely on our friends from across the pond to tell the story right.
Seriously? If you want to own a car and drive it everywhere, you should move to Long Island.
Transportation Commissioner Janet Sadik-Kahn isn’t letting the minority of car owners in NYC run her over, even if they do have some very moneyed interests on their side. She defended the bike lane on Wednesday morning to a crown of bike enthusiasts, saying, “You may have heard about it; it has done extraordinarily, I guess, controversial things, like dramatically reduced speeding.”
What do you think about the bike lane? Is it elitists plot by food co-op members to take over the city? Or is it a rational answer to car accidents, air pollution, and the a-holes that sit outside my apartment and honk all day long?