The best socially good, locally sourced, fair trade, sustainable food and fashion events in NYC this memorial day weekend through the end of May, as well as workshops & classes designed for local entrepreneurs.
Category: the big apple :)
It’s no secret that Bushwick, Brooklyn is exploding with new art galleries, but one of the newest ones will expand the opportunities for artists who live even further east than most. Married artist couple Lori Kirkbride and Nao Matsumoto are opening lorimoto Gallery in between the Myrtle/Wyckoff L/M and the Halsey L stops. The gallery will largely focus on group shows of artists from “Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond.”
Slow Money NYC: The Horticultural Society of New York presents our 3rd Annual Urban Agriculture Conference, being held in May 2013 in New York City. This year’s conference will focus on increasing the awareness of food security in our struggling economy and will explore the potential of food production in urban environments as a prominent and viable alternative.
Good Business New York (GoodB) is invited again this year to attend the upcoming Green Festival at the Javits Center on Manhattan’s far west side. We will be taking our team to the events this weekend and reporting back to GoodB readers all the news that fit to print- on our sustainable solar hosted site that is!
“Etsy.com” brings to mind a flurry of hand-crafted jewelry, house hold goods, and services with a personalized twist. This digital rabbit hole of goodies has taken off as one of the top shopping websites since its launch in 2005. On the weekend of March 23rd, the online marketplace Etsy teamed up with Pratt Institute to bring the first stateside “Hello Etsy” conference to Brooklyn. Entitled “Reimagine the Marketplace,” this gathering built a bridge of concepts connecting Etsy’s small business spirit to large scale issues regarding our imminent future.
So you thought that the Big Apple was just a lean mean fighting machine of big business loving, Wall Street hugging, corporate kissing, money hungry anti-Occupy capitalistic greed and power? Well, okay you might be right! But small biz is making a comeback!
Donnel Baird, an Echoing Green “Black Male Achievement” Fellow has launched BlocPower an innovative social venture based in New York City to bring low cost renewable energy to low income urban areas. BlocPower aggregates groups of consumers–like Groupon–to negotiate energy savings, pricing discounts, and community hiring quotas with renewable and energy efficiency firms.
Our Super Cool New York Governor Gets Hot! Okay, we don’t want to get political here at Good-b, but let’s just say we like Governor Andrew Cuomo. Mostly, we like his newest renewable energy proposal for a $1billion Green Bank to support eco-friendly energy research and clean tech projects. Yeah!! Hip Hip Hurrah! Never say NY is slow on the uptake.
New York is a book lovers’ paradise; the city has many great independent bookstores. While most of us shop from time to time at Barnes & Noble and everyone has ordered a book or tw0 (or 3) from Amazon- who knows where your money goes when you order from these Goliaths. Amazon has been called the most predatory competitor in the world – putting mom & pops and small b’s everywhere out of business.
Sustainable Chocolate and Baked Goods Made in New York with natural ingredients. The Chocolate Bar by local artisans and five star chocolatiers like top New York pastry chef, Jean-Francois Bonnet. The handmade only-in-New York chocolate bars, hot cocoa, spicy brownies, and truffles are wrapped in labels created by local Big Apple artists and designers.
good-b CHOICE: Holiday Shopping with Impact in the Big Apple! This season make your gift giving count by giving back to the local community while saving the planet. Good-b editors have selected a few specialty shops where your gift-giving bucks can go that extra mile for sustainability. The first selection, Sustainable NYC, is a small business in the East Village chock full of eco-friendly and socially good gifts. The shop is listed as a sustainable general store and stocks everything from recycled stationary to vegan shoes (seriously). If you are near Thompkins Square Park this season, don’t miss this eco-consious gem.