we all have this desire to go off the grid, hoping it will get us back in tune, that it will help calm our minds and permanently change our perpetually connected existence. however, the essence of a city lies between a 4×4 plan, a system of blocks, of perpendicular streets. as if these sectioned squares could contain our wonderment, could contain the souls within, could make sense of our curiousity, our exploration, our energy, our tenacity, our lives. so i ask you, brooklkyn, to get on the grid. recognize that this was all laid out for you, built up to get you higher. the doors of bars opened, the licenses earned, the beers poured, the events planned, the city, living and breathing and begging for your attention.
our lives cannot be contained here between these lines our along this grid, but they can, perhaps, begin. and that’s why we came here anyway, right?
get on the grid, get into it. be there and be square. in all of its fascinating dimensions.
Ready, Set, Grow Urban Gardening Workshop at Blue Planet, East Williamsburg.
International Pop-Up Dinner at the Diamond featuring Loving Bite, Greenpoint.
Taste of Spain Cooking Class at Brooklyn Kitchen, Williamsburg.
reasons to go to this class – 1. brooklyn kitchen is leaving us and relocating south, to industry city. 2. their classes always sell out weeks ahead of time, and this one has 5 spots left. that is unheard of. 3. it’s fucking tapas man. there really isn’t too much more for me to say, other than this is one of the best ways you can spend your friday night, and a great way to kickoff the summertime dinner party season. impress your friends. learn to make tapas. get more booty, probably some of it foreign. 630-830pm. $95 rsvp right here. 100 frost st.
Taxidermy Rat Class by Smar Department, Bushwick.
LoftOpera presents Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, at Lightspace Studios in Bushwick.
The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island.
all of your amphibious and underwater childhood desires come true with this raucous, imaginative, and multi-scensory celebration of the soul in coney island. let’s be honest, coney island on any day is one of the most colorful and curious places in the borough. add to it thousands of boundlessly imaginative participants in every interpretation of mermaidry in an annual event 33 years in the making, and you have yourself a damn festive celebration. do not miss this. the parade starts at 10am and the celebration lasts all day. come in costume. let it all hang out baby. this is for you, and you, and you, and all of us. all info here, festivities begin at west 21st st and surf ave.
Toro y Moi DJ Set and All Day Party (with friends!) at The Well, Bushwick.
i gotta be honest, i walked out of work tonight and found this magical little flier waiting in my bike basket. how did they know i love toro y moi? how did they get the feeling i have been itching for a dope day party since the weather finally got warm? and how did they know that i curate an exclusive weekend guide that features dynamic events just like this? well, kismet, of course, is the only answer. the well throws the absolute best day parties around, and, well, toro y moi pull together all of the sounds and magic to create your best saturday ever. trust me, i know. that’s why i’m here. $15 tickets and info here, 2-10pm. 272 meserole st.
Brew You Yoga at the Bronx Brewery, in the Bronx.
North Brooklyn Boat Club Summer Solstice Party, Greenpoint.
to the boat club in NoGreePo that has turned the second biggest oil spill in north america into… well, into something else. that we can paddle through, together, safely. because when life hands you unnatural disasters, you build a boat club upon them and you offer it to the community to use. and you throw big seasonal parties with bands playing atop metal containers and the proceeds go towards doing more good. year after year. go to this. and help your local boat club stay afloat. it’s music and beers and friends and food and a creek too to celebrate the blessing that is the summer solstice. 6pm-whenever $5 before 8pm, $10 after, all proceeds will benefit community programming on the waterways of New York City. all info here. 437 mcguinness blvd.
Rinsed One-Eyed Jack’s Party, in a secret location. which will be in bushwick.
Mister Sunday at Nowadays, Queens.
Father’s Day, errrywhere.
2-for-1 Pints for Pops at Lantern Hall, Bushwick.
Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Rooftop Yoga at Northern Territory, Greenpoint.