The last snow drift has finally melted, daffodils are blooming and walking to the corner store no longer resembles the Shakleton Expedition; it’s safe to say the long winter of 2014 is finally over. Now that going outside isn’t physically painful, we’ve rounded up some things to do around the neighborhood to help you usher in spring.
- Spring cleaning? Drop off your old electronics this Saturday at the Habana Outpost, which is re-opening for the season with an Earth Day Expo. The Lower East Side Ecology Center is collecting computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones, and video game equipment for recycling and reuse between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It will be 63 degrees and sunny on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, so stick around for some Cuban food outdoors.
- Now that you have some free space in your apartment, it’s time to go treasure-hunting at the Brooklyn Flea, now re-open for the season Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the courtyard of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School at 176 Lafayette Avenue.
- Take peak inside your neighbor’s brownstone on the Fort Greene House Tour on May 4. The self-guided tour includes more than ten homes, including one brownstone featured on an episode of HBO’s “Girls,” and art stops at the Mark Morris Dance Group studio and a glass blowing workshop at Urban Glass. Tickets are $25 in advance.
- The frost is gone and it’s time to start planting those tomato seedlings for the summer. Whether you have a flower pot on a windowsill or a backyard vegetable garden, stop by the Fort Greene Garden Center for gardening supplies and advice from owners Mark Innis and Rodwell Fraser.
- Dance away the last of your winter blues this Saturday at the FUTURE FUTURE House Party at the BRIC Arts Media House at 647 Fulton Street. The dance party starts at 8 p.m., following a schedule of free events and exhibits, such as tarot readings, a family Afro-Haitian dance class and even a robot.
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