Spotlight On: Socrates Academy

Not sure where a Brooklynite is going to cook with fire, but a useful skill none the less. Perhaps they should include other practical skills, like how to jump-start a car without reading the user’s manual (yes, Butch and I actually had to help some helpless hipster boy who probably would have hooked the wires up to his steering wheel if we hadn’t stepped in, but that’s neither here nor there). Regardless, these classes are free, and I don’t know any New Yorker who doesn’t appreciate FREE:

at Socrates Sculpture Park
Sundays, April – June 2011
FREE (Rain or Shine)

Socrates Sculpture Park, Birkenstock and ReadyMade Magazine are pleased to present Socrates Academy: Skills for Resourceful City Living, a series of FREE adult workshops that will be offered every Sunday in April, May and June at Socrates Sculpture Park. Ten DIY workshops, led by local, eco-friendly partners, will impart sustainable skills through fun and creative projects. Space is limited and advance registration is required. The workshops are free, and all supplies will be provided.


4/3/11 Urban Composting with Western Queens Compost Initiative
Sunday, April 3, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Learn to transform your food and yard waste into nutrient rich soil
4/10/11 Container Gardening with Eagle Street Rooftop Farms and Jungle Design
Sunday, April 10, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Create your own vegetable, herb or ornamental container garden
4/17/11 Candle Making with McKendree Key
Sunday, April 17, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Discover the process and techniques for creating beautiful hand-dipped beeswax candles
5/1/11 Pickling Vegetables with Brooklyn Brine Co
Sunday, May 1, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Learn creative techniques and tasty tips for pickling your own vegetables.
5/15/11 Soap Making with Meow Meow Tweet
Sunday, May 15, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Make your own soap while learning the proper steps for cold process soap making and get helpful hints on techniques and sourcing materials.
5/22/11 Building with Reclaimed Wood with Build It Green!
NYC Sunday, May 22, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Using reclaimed wood, build simple and useful furnishings for the home
6/5/11 Cooking with Fire with The Brooklyn Kitchen and The Meat Hook
Sunday, June 5, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Get insider tips on how to grill your favorite meats just in time for summer
6/12/11 Fishing and Waterlife with Coastal Classrooms and David Brooks
Sunday, June 12, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Capture and identify indigenous marine life found in Hallets Cove and practice effective fishing techniques
6/19/11 Raising Chickens in NYC with Tattfoo Tan
Sunday, June 19, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Discover the benefits of raising chickens in the city and learn tips on how to properly care for them
6/26/11 Felt Making with Hope Ginsburg
Sunday, June 26, 2011 / 2PM – 4PM
Explore the creative possibilities of felt making by understanding the material and learning different techniques and helpful hints


Socrates Academy workshops are open to adults, ages 18 and over. Space is limited and registration will be honored on a first come, first served basis. Call 718.956.1819 to register. Registration is limited to four workshops per person. These workshops are FREE of charge and all materials will be provided. The Park gratefully accepts donations to help cover the costs of its programs and will present the opportunity to make a contribution during the workshops. Or give now by clicking here.


All workshops will be held at Socrates Sculpture Park, at the intersection of Vernon Boulevard and Broadway in Long Island City. By subway, take the N train to Broadway (Queens) and walk 8 blocks west on Broadway to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard. For cycling or driving directions to the Park, please click here.


Socrates Sculpture Park is grateful for the support of Birkenstock and ReadyMade Magazine and for the generosity and expertise of our partners: Western Queens Compost Initiative, Eagle Street Rooftop Farms, McKendree Key, Brooklyn Brine Co, Meow Meow Tweet, Build It Green! NYC, The Brooklyn Kitchen and The Meat Hook, Coastal Classrooms and David Brooks, Tattfoo Tan, and Hope Ginsburg.


For additional information please call at Socrates Sculpture Park, 718.956.1819 or e-mail

To download the Socrates Academy: Skills for Resourceful City Living schedule as a PDF document, click here.


Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council members James G. Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone, and the Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe.


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