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01 | MoMA PS1 Warm Up 
Sat. 09/06 | 3 – 9 p.m. @ PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

Never have you been to such an intellectual dance party. In the final weekend, you’ll see Evian Christ, Lone, Sophie and Forest Swords. If those names mean nothing to you, no worries. Take in the sustainable art inside and outside the museum, eat locally sourced food and beer, and dance in the final remnants of summer sunshine. Hint: Buy a ticket ahead of time and you can skip the long line.

$18 in advance, $20 day of. Doors open at noon | See the lineup and get tickets at PS1’s website.

02 | The Evolution of Medicine 
Mon. 09/08 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ ABC Home, 888 Broadway, Manhattan

The Evolution of Medicine Summit is a new paradigm in medical education for patients, wellness advocates, and doctors alike,  with the simple goal of accelerating the evolution of medicine toward a future that is community-based, sustainable for our planet, sustainable for our bodies, nutrition and food focused, non-toxic, integrative, technological, ancient, functional, collaborative, humanitarian, equitable and loving. Hosted by James Maskell, special guests include Dr. Frank Lipman, Dr. Derrick DeSilva, Heather White, the Executive Director of the Environmental Working Group, and more. The Evolution of Medicine Summit has tracks for health conscious individuals, medical providers and industry stakeholders–that’s all of us–and it is available for free online from September 8-15, 2014.

Tickets are $20 to $100 | VIP tickets include full lifetime access to summit recordings. 

03 | Wanderlust 108
Sat. 09/13 | 11 am to 6 pm @ Prospect Park

The mindful living, yoga and music festival is coming to NYC, specifically, Prospect Park! Run a quick 5k, dive into some meditation, then take an all-levels yoga class out in the sunshine, followed by a dance party. Throughout the day, grab organic and local snacks to keep yourself powered up.

$38 for a premium ticket that includes 5k | $0 for registration | $5 for carbon offset. Register and get more info here.

04 | Hamptons Collective Pop-Up
Through 09/14 @ The Hamptons

Heading out East? Then do all your 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.

 2411 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY| More info at

05 | Learn to Forage
09/20 | 11 am to 1 pm @ Gowanus

You’ve heard of eating local, but just how local you need to go you can find out in this class. Edible plants are everywhere, including parks and parking lots.  You just need to know where to look! Forager, locavore and author Leda Meredith will show you how to safely spot wild edibles such as black raspberries, sassafras, wild “cardoons”, daylily blossoms and many more natural delights, then how to sustainably harvest and deliciously prepare them.

Reserve your spot for $20

06 | 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 the the brass/guitar/bongo stylings of the upbeat Zongo Junction, and the unabashed rock of Titus Andronicus.

More info at  

07 | Governor’s Island
7 days a week through 09/24 | First boat 10 am 

First, you must know that there is a pair of baby goats that are helping out at the composting center on the island. Need more convincing to hit up this isle of respite? No cars. Picnic areas. Hammocks. Ice cream. Bikes. Art. And now that there is running water to fill your reusable water bottle again and again, it’s just about perfect.

$2 ferries run from the southern tip of Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge Park. More info, which ferries are free, and events. 

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

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. This weekend, find more than 10 ice cream vendors serving up 50+ flavors of ice cream in honor of National Ice Cream month. Happy summer!

Open rain or shine | More info

09 | 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.

10 | Rooftop Farm Yoga
Every Monday | 6:30 to 7:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange

Loosen up in the fresh, herb-scented 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 of breath and space, and will gently evolve into a flow of movement and meditation. Classes are 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

11 | 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 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.

12 | A Bikeable Feast
Saturdays through October (privately booked dates available) @ Williamsburg

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. Music playlists are curated by local music buffs. This urban excursion is perfectly suited for the adventures foodie who has seen enough of tired restaurants, and wants to take their evening to a new level of multi-­sensorial appreciation.

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.