Joy’s Best of Brooklyn for Saturday, April 13

Third Street, Park Slope. (Photograph, Brooklyn Artisan Photo Pool)

Wednesday on Third Street in the Slope. (Photograph, Brooklyn Artisan Photo Pool)

Earth Day is officially on Monday, April 22, but in Brooklyn,
the festivities begin this Saturday:
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Citi Bike (finally) at the Yard.
(Photograph, Streetsblog.org)

Brooklyn Navy Yard by Bike The Yard is a national leader for sustainable urban industrial parks, so it seems quite natural that biking would be a smart way to check out the goings on there. Citi Bike, the new(ish) network of bike-share stations, has several locations at the Yard, including BLDG 92 and riders are finally getting the chance to take the bikes out for a spin. There are two opportunities on Saturday at the Yard to get out and pedal:

♦ A two-hour bicycle tour of the Yard’s sustainability features that includes NYC’s first building-mounted wind turbines, historic structures brought back to life, and a new green manufacturing center. 12pm-2pm.

 Brooklyn Skillshare presents a class on Urban Cycling Skills with topics such as biking rules, the best way to lock a bike, how to plot a route, and ends with an hour-long group ride up the Kent Avenue Greenway and back. Recycle-A-Bicycle and Transportation Alternatives are among the groups that will be attending. 2pm-4pm.

Spruce up the route Columbia Street Greenway Cleanup, sponsored by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. As part of the 14-mile Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, the Columbia Street Connector aims to add important pedestrian and recreational green space in Red Hook. All ages are invited to pitch in—tools and gloves will be provided—to make the area a little nicer. Red Hook. 10am-12pm.

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A fruity Serviceberry tree can be yours.

Get & plant a free tree 200 trees will be given away by the Pratt Area Community Council, New York Restoration Project and milliontreesNYC. The tree must be planted within the five boroughs, and placed in the ground, not a container. Register online to reserve a Serviceberry, American Hornbeam, American Persimmon or Bald Cypress. Planting and care instructions will be provided. First-come, first-served until supplies run out. Bed-Stuy. 11am-1pm.

GREEN TIP: Get 20% off Seeds of Change seed packets plus make a donation of 20% of your purchase price to New York Restoration Project (NYRP) with code 20NYRP20.

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Pedal away for a smoothie!
(Photograph, Habana Outpost)

Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost, a solar-powered restaurant and marketplace. This sounds like it’s chock-full of eco-friendly fun and an easy way to learn about sustainable living. Make a smoothie using alternative energy from the Human Powered Bike Blender, participate in a plastic cap mural art project, and talk to local businesses and eco-organizations that are part of the afternoon Expo. Fort Greene. 12pm-4pm.

Earth Day Celebration at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. At 2pm, the environmental performance group Bash the Trash will perform Tales of Anansi, a musical storytelling of folk tales from West Africa and the Caribbean. The musical instruments used are inspired by traditional African designs but made from recycled and reused materials. Following this performance, Bash the Trash will show everyone how to make musical instruments from found and recycled materials. Other interactive family activities with demonstrations, exhibits and hands-on activities will be part of the festivities. Flatbush. 2pm-4pm.

I participated in the first Earth Day.

The first Earth Day poster by Walt Kelly.

Joy Makon participated in the first Earth Day as a high school student. Joy curates Brooklyn Artisan’s Craft & Design coverage and creates the weekly Best of Brooklyn lists. Send items for listings to brooklynartisan@joymakondesign.com

Joy’s Picks for Your To-do List, October 11-14: This weekend starts early

 

Sunday: Ginger’s Bar, painting by Ella Yang. Courtesy of 440 Gallery.

Thursday, October 11: Brooklyn Boozehounds: A History of Distilling in Kings County, at the Brooklyn Historical Society. A talk with tasting about the often controversial history of liquor in Brooklyn, and the new wave of distillers who have picked up the torch. Talk will be given by Sarah Lohman, an “historic gastronomist” and sponsored by Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn Gin, and Van Brunt Stillhouse. 7pm, tickets required.

Friday: Williamsburg Every 2:ND. Galleries in Williamsburg are open late (9pm, several until 10pm) with opening events and special performances.

Saturday & Sunday: 16th annual Gowanus Open Studios. A chance to check out artist studios and the surrounding Gowanus Canal area. “A melting pot of aspiring, professional, and amateur artists; our work is avant-garde, craft-influenced, naïve, formally trained, prim, conceptual, whacked out.” 12pm-6pm each day.

Featured lady designer Metals Girl, showing at Gowanus Girls Indie Design+Food Mart

Saturday: Gowanus Girls Indie Design + Food Mart. “A stellar roster of the best, most compelling Brooklyn-based lady designers and food makers we can find.” Presented by Curious Jane, a summer camp and after-school program for girls. 12pm to sunset.

Saturday: Fall Tree Giveaway at Brooklyn Bridge Park. 100 trees will be given away as part of MillionTreesNYC. Trees can be reserved on the website. Volunteers will be on hand to provide a brief tutorial on how to plant and care for the tree. 10am-12pm.

Sunday’s Harvest Moon
Full Moon Party

Saturday: Harvest Moon Full Moon Party at BAM/Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. Celebrate the rice harvest with music, dancing and food. 8pm-midnight.

Saturday: Flatbush Arts & Culture Fest, an artisan market for artists and designers to sell their handmade goods to the community. Supported by Community Board 9 and the Brooklyn Arts Council.

 

Sunday: Last day for 440 Gallery’s show Brooklyn Seen, paintings of everyday street life and Brooklyn Botanic Garden water lilies by Ella Yang.

Beer Float from
The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson

Also, Call for Artists deadline of Saturday, November 3 for 440 Gallery’s annual Small Works Show, to be held December 6, 2012 through Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Online: A lovely website The Forest Feast, by Erin Gleeson. A New York food photographer moves to the woods and blogs. Erin’s beer floats—both her recipes and her photography—are not to be missed.


Joy Makon curates Brooklyn Artisan’s Craft & Design coverage and creates the weekend to-do lists.
Send items for listings to
brooklynartisan@joymakondesign.com

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