Joy’s Best of Brooklyn, November 23, 24, 25

Happy holidaze! We will take some time out for ourselves, right?

Vintage from Kasbah, top, and serious treats from DUB Pies, at Brooklyn Night Bazaar.

Friday: Green Friday Gowanus. Don’t Buy It, Build It. Film Biz Recycling, Build It Green! NYC and the Lower East Side Ecology Centers E-Waste Warehouse are hosting a Black Friday alternative with the goal of inspiring creative gift-giving through reuse. DIY terrariums, jewelry, ornaments to make or purchase using recycled electronics, salvaged wood, vintage post cards, more. Gowanus. 10am-5pm.

Friday: Great for Families: Brooklyn Bowl presents Family Bowl. Work it off at one of the 16 QubicaAMF bowling lanes featuring an automatic scoring system and energy-efficient pin spotters. Enjoy food from Blue Ribbon (a Sloppy Joey!) along with local brews. Williamsburg. 12pm-6pm.

Friday and Saturday through December 22: Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Inspired by night markets across Asia, this venue, located in a 40,000-square-foot warehouse, brings together more than 100 indie vendors, musicians, artists, chefs and breweries. Williamsburg. 6pm-12am.

Saturday and Sunday: Gifted, a holiday market, produced by Brooklyn Flea. Vintage, handmade, art, food at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank building. While browsing, check out the original bank vault doors still present in the lower level, as well as the amazing ceiling tiling and detail on the ground floor. Five weekends, beginning November 24 & 25. Fort Greene. 10am-6pm.

Saturday: Small Business Saturday. A one-day shopping event dedicated to supporting all the small businesses that Brooklyn Artisan followers know and love. Examples of some special services and offers, including fundraising for Sandy relief: 
Enroll your American Express card to save $25 when you spend $25 or more at a qualifying small business. Enrollment is limited, so sign up asap.
Atlantic Avenue: Historic trolley running from 4th Ave. to Hicks St. Warm drinks at several businesses including newly-reopened Sahadi’s and Circa Antiques. 1pm-7pm
Park Slope Fifth Avenue Happy to Help Hour.  When you donate $10.00 on your American Express card at a participating venue, Fifth Avenue retailers, restaurants and bars will chip in donations to Sandy relief efforts. 3pm-7pm.
DUMBO businesses including Dabney Lee, One Girl Cookies, Jacques Torres have offered to donate up to 10% of sales to the Help DUMBO Rebuild Fund. Check out samples of über-popular Taxi Cab Crunch, as well as free tattoos at Dewey’s Candy.

Sunday: When the NYTimes states that only 3.5 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 do the minimum amount of recommended physical activity per week, they don’t mean us Brooklynites do they? This is a good day to get some walking in and regroup for the upcoming week. Some local suggestions to get you started:

Brooklyn Museum’s  Jean-Michel Othoniel:
My Way
will close on December 2.

Seasonal Highlights Guided Tour, Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Led by BBG-trained Garden Guides. 1pm
Discover Tour with the Audubon Center in Prospect Park. A naturalist will guide you on a walk through the park to discover the birds and wildlife you’d never find on your own. 3pm.
<< Architecture Tour of the Brooklyn Museum. 4pm. Go early to check out Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way, a survey of the artist’s career of works made of sulfur and wax along with glass sculptures.
Shape Up NYC: If you need to move more, NYC offers free fitness programs throughout Brooklyn and Outer Brooklyn.

Crafter alert: Smiley’s Yarns Manhattan sale. Those in the know know that Smiley’s is a great online source for quality yarns at low prices. At the annual 5-day sale in Outer Brooklyn Manhattan, a yarn-craver can snag a bag of 10 skeins for as low as $12. Crystal Palace, Filatura, Patons, Bernat brands are well represented. Starts Tuesday, November 27 at noon, check the website for details.

Joy Makon curates Brooklyn Artisan’s Craft & Design coverage and creates the weekend to-do lists.
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