Your August Guide to Everything Cool + Conscious in NYC
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Editor’s Note: Alden Wicker of EcoCult joins Conscious to share about “Cool + Conscious Things To Do in NYC” here on consciousmagazine.co. Check out her interview and feature here
01 | Smorgasburg
Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park, Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, Dumbo, Brooklyn
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 at Smorgasburg.com
02 | 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 4th, the brass/guitar/bongo stylings of the upbeat Zongo Junction, and the unabashed rock of Titus Andronicus.
More info at bkbazaar.com
03 | Hester Street Fair
Sat. and Sun. | 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.
04 | Governor’s Island
7 days a week through 09/24 | First boat 10 am
You don’t really need a reason to take the $2 ferry over to this isle of respite, which this year is open seven days a week. On any given day you can take a quick bike ride around the island to see the historic buildings, say hi to the baby composting goats at the composting educational center, laze in a hammock, have a picnic, take a look at the public art, and never see a car while you’re there.
More info, which ferries are free, and events at GovIsland.com
05 | Take a Hike
Planning your own outdoor adventures when you don’t have a car gets old fast—you’re limited to the same trails over and over. That’s why I like Discover Outdoors, which has single-day and multi-day trips for every fitness level and taste. In July you can go searching for wolves, learn mountain climbing, go whitewater rafting, take a swim in a lake, take adoptable dogs on a hike, do various brewery and wine tastings, do yoga on a mountaintop, or go on a night hike. They provide they transportation and expertise. Prices start at around $70, and and portion of the price goes to getting an underserved urban student into the outdoors.
06 | Mister Sunday
Every Sunday | 3 to 9 pm @ Industry City | 220 36th Street, 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 all-ages 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 |
07 | Rooftop Farm Yoga
Every Monday | 6:30 to 7:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Loosen up in the fresh, herb-sceneted air with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center. Open to practitioners of all levels, this class will begin with a brief centering and will gently evolve into a flow of movement and meditation. Classes will be held on the spacious paved patio at dusk, with a view of the sun setting over Manhattan. It’s BYO Yoga mat, water bottle, and please make sure you have a photo ID for entering the Navy Yard!
$15 | Reserve your space
08 | A Bikeable Feast
Saturdays through October (privately booked dates available) | Williamsburg
Take your Brooklyn cred to a whole other level. Get Up and Ride has partnered with a local farm and professional chef to bring you the entire package of a Perfect Day in Brooklyn. The ride will show guests hidden urban parks and expansive waterfront sunset vistas from Williamsburg to Greenpoint, and will end at a tiny organic farm near the base of the Williamsburg bridge, where seasoned private chef Shane McGarvey will prepare a 4-course seasonal, local meal on the coal grill, while a playlist curated by local music buffs sets the tone.
The ride commences at 135 N 11th St, covers Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and ends at dinner at a farm by the Williamsburg bridge. $140 per person: bikes, guide, food, wine, and tax all-inclusive.
09 | Hamptons Collective Pop-Up
Through 09/14 | 2411 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY
Heading out East? Then do all your hostess shopping at this conscious little pop-up featuring emerging brands and retailers like Ethica, an online boutique selling ethical and sustainable clothing and accessories; Forma de Ser, which focuses on homeware and accessories handcrafted in the Americas; Tess Giberson, which is made in NYC; Face Stockholm, which is botanically derived and sustainably packaged; and Oak 73, a made-in-the-USA online boutique.
More info at hamptonscollective.com
10 | Vegan Shop-Up
Once Saturday a month | 12 to 6 pm | Pine Box Rock Shop 12 Grattan Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn
At this mini food fest for vegans, the sidewalk will be humming with fresh juice, grilled goods, ice cream sandwiches, pesto, salsa, ice chai, mac n’ cheese, seitan tamales, food truck treats, and more guilt-free goodies. Bring your puppy and an appetite, and watch with glee as the conventional ice cream truck driver parked outside wonders why no one will buy his ice cream.
More information and date announced at veganshopup.wordpress.com
11 | MoMA PS1 Warm Up
Saturdays thru 09/06 | 3 – 9 p.m. | PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens |$18 in advance, $20 day of. Doors open at noon.
Never have you been to such an intellectual dance party. The main attraction is the massive roster of international DJs, like Todd Edwards, Simian Mobile Disco, Pantha du Prince and many, many more. But what makes this party special is that it’s held in the shadow of a giant sculpture that changes from year to year. And you can wander inside the modern and conceptual art museum at any time to get a feast for your eyes as well as the ears. Plus, nosh on oysters, artisanal eats and local beer. Hint: Buy a ticket ahead of time and you can skip the long line.
See the lineup and get tickets at PS1’s website.
12 | Be Social Change Classes
Mon. Tues. Wed. in the evenings | WeWork 175 Varick St., Manhattan |$25 early bird or $30 regular
Entrepreneurism is hot, and social entrepreneurism that tries to change the world is even hotter. Rev up your engines with one of Be Social Change’s Classes on topics ranging from how to become a B-Corp to measuring your impact to time management.
More info and reserve a spot at BeSocialChange.org
13 | Expressive Natural Dying at Brooklyn Grange
Sun. 08/03 | 10 am
Rawan Rihani of Stone Fox Bride is back at the Grange, and this time she’s offering an exploratory natural dye class to teach you natural dying techniques, including Shibori and Itajime with Indigo, steaming flower petals in bundles, and tea-staining. Loosen up, let your creativity flow, and see what you can create—dynamic natural dyes will create results you could hardly imagine. The Grange provides all dye materials, as well as two yards of fabric per student, but you’re encouraged to bring your own fabrics to dye as well: White shirts, dresses, scarves, napkin, pillowcases … it’s all dye-able as long as it’s a natural fiber like cotton, linen and wool. Students will leave with unique and useable yardage and with the knowledge and confidence to create their own art through dyeing with plants and flowers.
$85 | Buy tickets | Tickets are non-refundable. Class is in covered area, so rain or shine.
14 | The Brooklyn LIVE ART Market
Fri., 08/08 | 8 pm
BLAM is a collaboration of some of the best alternative art practitioners in Brooklyn, including not just the usuals, but contemporary circus arts, production, physical theater, dance, visual art, and bands. On August 8th, they will take over former warehouse space that now houses the Paper Box for their semiannual event, when over 50 artists will perform and display work over the course of the evening, inviting the audience to traverse the Paper Box and discover engaging new work on a visceral level, sampling a variety of in-development work from many of the participating artists on topics that or topically aware and culturally informed. CTNY engages itself in experimental ideas of subject that are both topically aware and culturally informed. You should expect the unexpected.
The Paper Box, 17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn | Tickets $15 pre-sale, $20 door. Ages 21 and up only. Purchase tickets at paperboxnyc.com.
15 | Masafest
Sat. 08/09 | Fest all day | Feast from 6:30 to 10 pm
Big corn has been villainized by real food advocates, but corn—the multicolor, on-the-cob, traditional kind—has a rich history. Masienda, Rockaway Beach 97, Grow NYC and Heritage Radio Network is throwing their first all-day festival celebrating the culinary tradition and cultural significance of quality corn in communities throughout the world. It concludes with Masafest Feast, a masa-centric, seaside dinner on the boardwalk showcasing the culinary talents of Mexico City’s Gabriela Cámara (Contramar/Merotoro), New York’s Ignacio Mattos (estela) and friends. The menu will feature maíz criollo proudly provided by Masienda. Proceeds donated to Rockway Beach’s Graybeards and Mexico’s Misión Integral.
9701 Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway Beach, Queens | Feast tickets are $125