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Denise Mei and Cait McLaughlin team up at class 3 of the W/T/F Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Intensive on March 29 at the Lutheran Church of St John the Evangelist in Brooklyn for women/trans/non-binary identifying individuals. Photo: Kate Ryan

Denise Shu Mei and Cait McLaughlin team up at the W/T/F Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Intensive for women/trans/non-binary identifying individuals. Photo: Kate Ryan

The early birds entered through the red door of Williamsburg’s Lutheran Church of St. John the Evangelist at 5:45pm. They descended a flight of stairs to a basement with tile floors, chairs stacked against the wall, the lingering smell of incense.

And a bike workshop.

“Take a sticker, and write your name and pronouns,” said Denise Shu Mei to newcomers.

One woman carefully printed “Erika” and “she/her” before sticking it to her shirt front.

 

This was the third and final class of Mechanical Gardens‘ inaugural W/T/F Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Intensive. The hands-on classes were open to women, trans persons, and non-binary individuals.

The waitlist for the series, which stands for Women/Trans/Femme, was long and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Instructor Sera Stavroula said it will not be the last.

“People were excited that it wasn’t a 101 thing,” said Stavroula, 29. “There are classes like that: “Women’s Intro to Bikes,” “Women’s Intro to Riding,” “Women’s Intro to Flat Fix.” She said she wanted to offer something more challenging.

Erika Jozwiak ponders her maintenance options at class 3 of the W/T/F Bicycle Repair and Maintenance Intensive on March 29 at the Lutheran Church of St John the Evangelist in Brooklyn for women/trans/non-binary identifying individuals.

Erika Jozwiak ponders her maintenance options. Photo: Kate Ryan

Each night Stavroula focused on a different system, how it functioned, potential issues that might arise, warning signs, ways to fix the problem, and how much the repair should cost at a bike shop. She said students got their hands dirty and sized chains, recabled shifters, and changed tires and brake pads. They learn to diagnose and fix problems, and if they need to take their bike into the shop, this class should demystify the process.

Stavroula, who has worked with bikes for six years, was the first female mechanic at a pro-shop in Richmond, VA. Today she works as the Bike to School coordinator and a mechanic at Recycle-a-Bicycle in Dumbo.

“You go into a bike shop and it’s a lot of guys,” said Stavroula. “It’s hard to access that space if you don’t have experience.” (more…)

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10/13/16 11:09am
David Kurfist and Chris Zumtobel founded Think Olio to connect people who love to learn. Photo: Christiana Lopez

David Kurfist and Chris Zumtobel founded Think Olio to connect people who love to learn. Photo: Christiana Lopez

Chris Zumtobel and David Kurfist are still always terrified that no one will show up.

They’re the co-founders of Think Olio, an organization that puts on salon-style classes in venues all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. Though they’ve been proven wrong, time after time, as people pile into bars and co-working spaces and museums to experience these classes, they still worry.


Never been taught by a professor who recently won a grant to study Kill Bill? Well then, you haven’t been to a Think Olio class yet!


Think Olio was born out of a social entrepreneurship course that Chris and David were both part of at CUNY. “I pitched an idea for a school for adjuncts,” says David. “It’d be taught by all adjunct professors, and you’d join it like a gym, popping in and out of classes.” After the pitch, Chris asked David to get a beer. “Chris came to me with four solid ideas, and basically told me he was going to work on this with me, that he would be my business partner,” says David. “And that’s literally how we started.” The two reminisce fondly on the very first class they ever put on. They had begged a professor they both loved–a Kurt Vonnegut scholar–to teach a course, called up a couple of friends, and piled into David’s living room for a night of literature and beer. (more…)

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01/08/14 11:00am

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Wanna learn how to fence? Cook an authentic Indian curry? Throw a pot? Use Photoshop? Build a website? There are classes teaching all these skills, and thousands more, for the taking in New York City. This January, we say ditch the resolutions and instead spend your quiet winter months learning to do something new. To that end, we’ve teamed up with PureWow, Gothamist and CourseHorse to give one lucky reader $1,000 to spend on classes–that could mean one master class or a bunch of cool new experiences for you and a friend. It’s up to you.

The $1,000 is good for any of the 37,000 classes listed on CourseHorse, one of the best resources in the city for people who like to learn new things. There’s such a wide range of classes available, including workouts like spinning and yoga; professional and personal development like storytelling, meditation and public speaking; cooking classes spanning the cuisines of the globe, plus cheese and wine courses; languages classes galore; and art and craft classes ranging from architectural theory to digital design tools to introductory knitting and crocheting. In short, unless you already know how to do everything, there’s a class, or three, for you on CourseHorse.

When you enter to win, you’ll have the chance to sign up for two of our absolute favorite emails. Gothamist sends out a daily rundown of all the top news around New York City, and PureWow is always turning us on to some new service or strategy that makes life better. Pretty much every app we actually use was downloaded at PureWow’s suggestion, and we’re pretty sure that their new weekly money email is going to change our financial lives. So enter now and get ready to add underwater basket weaver to your already impressive resume.

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12/04/13 10:20am

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Yes, from jam to ketchup to candles to shoes, you can find almost anything handmade in Brooklyn these days. You can also learn how to make or do pretty much anything you can imagine, from ballroom dancing, to 3-D printing, to figure drawing, Thai cooking or Photoshop skills at any number of official and impromptu classrooms around the borough.

We’ve partnered with CourseHorse this holiday season to bring you the Brooklyn Class Card. You can purchase it in any amount, and use it for any one of the more than 35,000 classes in 800 different venues in CourseHorse’s online catalogue. They never expire. And yes. we’re calling it the Brooklyn Class Card, because we think giving someone the gift of a new experience captures the spirit of Brooklyn, but you’re free to use the card anywhere.

This one gift is actually thousands of opportunities to learn about something new–here are five classes we’d like to take that this card is good for, right now. (You can also buy a specific class no card required, starting searching, here.) And remember, this is just a small sample of what’s available right now.

1. An In-Depth Guide to Champagne $100
Taste an array of classic bubblies at Corkbuzz in Greenwich Village. You’ll leave knowing the difference between champagne and sparkling wine and understanding what makes those bubbles so special.

2. The Tropical Kitchen in Winter $68
In this class at Brooklyn Botanic Garden you’ll learn all about tropical plants and preservations methods by making delicious things like ginger beer, preserved lemons and coconut kefir.

3. Photoshop Crash Course $120
No, it’s not just you, Photoshop is tricky to get a handle on for non-graphic designers. This class at Gowanus print lab will have you optimizing your photos, making animated gifs and putting your friends’ heads on celebrity bodies in no time.

4. Sew Simple: Beginner Sewing Workshop $99
Learn to make a few basic items (and how to use that sewing machine in your closet) in this workshop from Esaie Design Couture School.

5. The Foods of Kashmir $38
Prepare a Kashmiri feast and learn about the foods that define this high altitude cuisine with Brooklyn Brainery.

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10/15/13 8:30am

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We’re excited to introduce Brooklyn Based Classes in partnership with CourseHorse–now you can browse more than 30,000 classes in and around New York City, from pickling and knife skills, to jewelry makingglass blowing, photography and digital design, and sign up directly from our Brooklyn Based classes pages. You’ll find classes from Brooklyn’s best providers, including The Brooklyn Kitchen, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Brainery, The Textile Art Center, Brooklyn Glass, Brooklyn Art Space, and The Jalopy Theater.

10/07/13 5:00pm
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Learn how to make mixed drinks like the Hunter's Paradise at a cocktail making class in Cobble Hill. Photo via Hunter's Restaurant

Learn how to make mixed drinks like the Hunter’s Paradise at a cocktail making class in Cobble Hill. Photo: Hunter’s Restaurant

It’s time to put down the shandys and the John Dalys and reach for a cocktail with a little more heft to get you through the long, dark winter ahead. Uh oh, you only know how to make a vodka soda? Well, first of all, it’s time for you to graduate to better mixed drinks, and second of all, don’t sweat it! Hunter’s, a year-old restaurant on Smith Street, will teach you all you need to know at a special cocktail mixing class they’re holding on Monday night, Oct. 14. The class is small–just eight spots available–and costs $25, which covers two hours worth of materials (read: booze), instruction and fun. Call 718-246-2221 to reserve your seat. If you can’t make the class, you should drop by Hunter’s some other night this month to try out their special Oktoberfest menu, which includes three American craft beers, a German Riesling, pretzels and a sausage tasting with cornichon, sauerkraut and knockwurst.

09/10/13 10:00am

Brooklyn Craft Camp is expanding upon its popular, all-day DIY events by opening a brick-and-mortar crafting space in Greenpoint next month. Photo: BCC

Brooklyn Craft Camp is expanding upon its popular, all-day DIY events by opening a brick-and-mortar crafting space in Greenpoint next month. Photo: BCC

These days Greenpoint seems to have everything going for it–a ton of record stores, new restaurants and pretty soon, Beacon’s Closet. Up until now though, resident crafters have had to trek on over to 3rd Ward in Bushwick, Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg or Brooklyn Brainery in Prospect Heights to master their kitchen skills and perfect their needlepoint technique. That will all change next month when Brooklyn Craft Company opens in a 1,500-square-foot loft in the Pencil Factory (the building not the bar) on Franklin and Greenpoint. The peeps who brought us the all-day Brooklyn Craft Camp, are launching this permanent space, which will host classes on nights and weekends.

“We see Craft Camps as being like a tasting menu experience where you get to try lots of different things, and classes at the Brooklyn Craft Company space are more in-depth and focused,” says Brett Bara, founder and organizer.
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