September 7, 2016 | Event

Thank you for attending Habana’s 9th Annual Back to School Bash!

Sean Meenan, Habana Works, and the entire Habana family THANK YOU for joining us on September 5th at our 9th Annual Back To School BashIt was so much fun and we enjoyed celebrating the beginning of the school year with you!

True to Habana tradition, we gave away tons of free school supplies and partnered with a great group of local businesses and non-profit organizations that serve children and families, to provide fun activities. Attendees also enjoyed games such as Fountain Fishing in Habana’s Mexican fountain, and our one-of-a-kind Luchador Beanbag Toss! The ladies of Blue Poppy framed the faces of our attendees with gorgeous artwork including flowers, butterflies, and other intricate designs. Greg, our sky-high stilt walker from Dragonfly Productions, dazzled the kiddos with his unusual height and awesome handlebar moustache; DJ Tim kept the crowd DANCING; and the biggest, silliest, guy ever, Little Roger, had everyone in tears with his hilarious antics and incredible dance moves.

Please enjoy photos from the event below!

Special thanks to our event sponsor, Viacomand our 2016 vendors for partnering with us to make this year’s event a huge success!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

Brooklyn Public Library

Chess with George Harris

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance

The Greene Grape

JUST Water

Kids Dance Sport

Kings Bay Y at Fort Greene & Clinton Hill

Sarina Sweets

Sawyer

VH1 Save the Music Foundation

  

We would also like to thank our amazing donors who helped to make this year’s event truly special:

Imperial Bag & Paper Co., for itsgenerous contribution to the event

Arrow School Uniforms, for donating school uniforms that will be given to students in need at PS11, our local public school;

National Grid, for donating tickets to the Bronx Zoo for our raffle and for the cool seed-embedded bookmarks;

Writers House, for the assortment of children’s and young adult books we gave away to attendees;

Fresh Kids, for the delicious and nutritious snacks in our giveaway bags; and

Theresa A. Jackson, for donating the backpacks full of school supplies that our dance contest winners received.

 

Come back and see us soon and make sure to mark Monday, September 4, 2017 on your calendars for our 10th Anniversary Back to School Bash!!

Thank you again and HAVE A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR!

                        

August 10, 2016 | Fun in the Courtyard

Jamtastic Baby Breakfast with Baby DJ School!

DJ Natalie BROUGHT IT to Habana’s Baby Breakfast yesterday! Our babies danced the morning away and learned a few DJing fundamentals along the way. Big thanks to DJ Natalie for an amazing morning! 

Check out the pics below and make sure to come back next week for our “jazziest” Baby Breakfast of the season, featuring students from Brooklyn Music School’s Summer Jazz Intensive! 

   

    

June 22, 2016 | Fun in the Courtyard

Baby artistes and more!

Baby Breakfast was so much fun yesterday! Thanks to all of the parents and caregivers for bringing your adorable kiddos out to play at Habana! We enjoyed spending time with you and hope to see you often throughout the summer!

Special thanks to Love Jac for introducing the kids to Georgia O’Keeffe through the Red Amaryllis art activity! For those of you who were unable to attend this week, Love Jac will be returning on August 23, with a Romare Bearden-inspired collage project!  

We will be adding more special activities to our summer schedule so continue to check back regularly for updates! 

 

  

  

 

June 10, 2016 | News!

Chef Luke Thomas visits Habana Outpost!

On Saturday, June 4, Habana’s new friend and celebrated chef, Luke Thomas, visited us at Habana Outpost for a fun morning of cooking in the food truck and planting herbs with kids from the community.

For the first part of his visit, our line chefs gave Chef Luke a tutorial on how to cook Habana’s famous corn and other tasty items from the menu. He then joined them and cooked meals for a few of our lucky patrons.

Afterwards, he made his way to Habana’s Kids Corner, where together with a group of children from the community, he planted a beautiful and fragrant herb garden. As they planted the herbs, Chef Luke described how he likes to use each one in the kitchen, and encouraged the kids to touch and smell them. Chef Luke’s herb garden now lives in Habana’s Kids Corner – we can’t wait to harvest the fresh herbs this summer!

Many thanks to Chef Luke for a super fun morning! Check out the photos below!

    

 

 

 

June 10, 2016 | News!

Habana represents at the 2016 United Nations Green Fair!

Habana was honored to participate in the United Nations Green Fair this year! On June 2, 2016, we joined over 30 local and international groups at UN Headquarters to showcase Habana Outpost’s green design features and sustainable practices. We met hundred’s of UN staff and treated them to delicious smoothies-- made with our human-powered Bike Blender of course!

The UN Green Fair was held ahead of World Environment Day on Sunday, 5 June. Visit the UN’s Sustainable Development Blog to learn more and view photos from the day. 

  

April 9, 2015 | Event

2015 EARTH DAY EXPO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our countdown has officially begun with almost 3 weeks remaining before Sean Meenan’s annual Habana WorksEarth Day Expo! This goes hand in hand with the kickoff to Habana Outpost’s2015 Season on Saturday, April 18th!

Habana Works is the non-profit branch of the Habana family, which provides free hands-on programs that celebrate urban environmentalism in the Brooklyn community. This annual event primarily began as a hub network for neighbors near and far to join us in “spreading the love” by participating in the Earth Day program, while sharing resources and ideas about sustainable living!  It has now evolved into something much more impactful by fusing fun activities, sustainable information and, of course, delicious Habana food!

The Earth Day Expo (11am – 2pm) will feature a variety of guests, along with special surprises from our favorite neighbors: ZZ, Ralphie and Gardell! Alejandro Duranwill be our first artist of the season featuring eco-awareness photography.

Our full roster of vendors is as follows:

The Kid’s Corner– Habana Works will preview its Kid’s Corner season with a recycled arts & crafts project!

Habana WorksFan Favorites– Time to “work” for your food! Enjoy a fresh smoothie, blended on our Human Powered Bike Blender! Also giving away Wildflower & Marigold Seeds just in time for May flowers

Alejandro Duran– Introducing our first artist of the season, featuring eco-photography exhibition on the world’s trash

My Brooklyn Baby– We’re always in the mood for a scavenger hunt! Habana’s neighbor will be giving away nature scavenger hunt fliers to get your little one exploring the great outdoors

Lower East Side Ecology CenterShowcases innovative recycling options for NYC residents including free public compost collection and electronic waste recycling

Earth Matter– Sponsored by Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Department of Sanitation, Earth Matter is excited to talk about vermicomposting with their worm bin

Food & Water WatchTalk about common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water

Transportation AlternativesTA Team advocates for bicycling, walking and public transportation alternatives to reclaim New York City’s streets from the automobile

FruiggieJoin in on creative play and artistic expression through materials found in nature such as twigs, leaves and plants. Check out their vegan face painting as well!

Provisions– Learn about Greene Grape’s extensive partnerships with local and sustainable farms. Also partake in exploring their “Ugly Produce Decoration Station”

Bija Kids-Party rock the day away with Bija and their dancing ribbons!

Boswyk Farms– Discover more about hydroponic farming using a demo system, literature and through conversation

Kelso Beer– Sample some of Kelso’s fresh spring beers

Million Trees NYC– Listen in on the latest information on NYC trees and tree care

Greene Harvest CSA– Local CSA signing up for their 2015 season

P.S.20– Fort Greene Public School shares more about urban farming in a school setting

Standard Candle Co.- Get your hands on these homemade beeswax candles 

Trail Blazers Camp– Urban camping for kids within the Tri-State area

The Speech Garden– Learn about Speech Garden’s approach to growing communication amongst children.

December 12, 2014 |

Bike Blender @ Community Roots Charter School

Habana's own Bike Blender made an appearance @ the Community Roots Charter School for their 5th Annual Harvest Festival! The bike blender not only can make smoothies, but can also make fresh pesto picked straight from the garden! Who doesn't love Pesto!?

September 5, 2014 | Event

Back To School Bash Raffle Winners!

Our little raffle winners are, Isaiah Brooks & Channel Lourdes!! Congratulations on your fabulous backpacks and thank you to our wonderful private sponsor for her generous donation!

December 11, 2013 | Update!

Shop Habana for the Holidays

This Holiday Season, get that Habana lover exactly what they want-

Habana sweatshirts, snapbacks, bandanas, corn mugs, and even onesies and kids’ sizes!

Visit our online Habana Gear shop to order and have it shipped on time:

 

http://www.cafehabana.com/shop

October 28, 2013 | EventUpdate!

Halloween / Last Day Party fun!

We had so much fun at our Halloween / End of Season Party!! Happy Halloween to all, and see you in April!

 

October 23, 2013 | EventGarden Works

Habana’s First Day of the 2014 Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habana Outpost's first day of the season is Saturday, April 12th, 2014!

Will be in conjunction with Habana Works' annual Earth Day Expo!

October 20, 2013 | Event

We are a mini Pumpkin patch! - Getting ready for Habana Outpost’s Halloween Party!

We just became a mini pumpkin patch with 20 pumpkins from Albert at Wilklow Orchards!

Don’t forget about our free closing day kids’ Halloween party next Sunday 11-2 at Habana Outpost!

So much fun:
1. DJ Dance Party
2. Kids’ Costume Contest
3. Last movie (Edward Scissorhands)
4. Free glitter tattoos, crafts, fun!

October 16, 2013 | Event

Halloween Party / Last day of the season

October 8, 2013 | Event

Bye Bye Baby Breakfast

After a full season of Tuesday mornings, Baby Breakfast transformed the courtyard of Habana Outpost into a toddler wonderland one last time; until next year! So many Brooklyn community kids' organizations came out today out to share the Habana family love by giving out snacks, offering music, hosting creative crafts, and reading stories with original illustrations. Even more fun awaited children across the street at My Brooklyn Baby, where in honor of their 2-year anniversary, visitors received free cupcakes, balloons, and glitter tattoos! The event was a huge success, as was apparent in the stroller traffic! (My Brooklyn Baby still going strong until 7pm tonight!)

October 4, 2013 | Fun in the Courtyard

Young Scholars Academy Day Trip

It was such a deligh hosting students from the Young Scholars Academy at Habana Outpost last week! The 30+ kids lunched within our bright courtyard and had a chance to absorb all the fun nooks and crannies of our restaurant. We were able to equip them with some BackToSchoolBash pencils and notebooks as well! We wish them a successful and fun school year!

September 30, 2013 | Event

Upcoming FREE Event- Bye Bye Baby Breakfast 3rd Season Close

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 (10am-12pm)

Sean Meenan, Habana Works and My Brooklyn Baby will be saying “Bye Bye Baby Breakfast” for the season with one final party for the kiddies! Bring the little ones out to enjoy our courtyard which will be transformed into a toddler wonderland complete with toys, water table, and supervised art projects geared towards children 4yrs and under.

The morning will be packed full with fun activities to keep the little ones bright and cheery including Fall themed arts & crafts, story telling time, glitter tattoos, and pop up raffle contests provided by Private Picassos, Urban Sitter and Bija Kids. Parents and kids will have full access to Habana Outpost’s menu along with the ability to sample free tasty snacks from Happy Family and Fruiggie. In addition, we will be celebrating My Brooklyn Baby’s 2 year birthday with free cupcakes and balloons at their store location.

Take a look at our wonderful vendor line up:
My Brooklyn Baby: http://www.mybrooklynbaby.com/
Bija Kids: http://www.bijakids.com/
Brooklyn Doodles: http://www.brooklyndoodles.com/wp/
Cumbe: http://www.cumbedance.com/
Fruiggie: http://www.fruiggie.com/
Happy Family: http://happyfamilybrands.com/
Melanie Hope Greenberg: http://www.melaniehopegreenberg.com/
NYK!ds Club: http://www.nykidsclub.com/
Private Picassos: http://www.privatepicassos.com/
Urban Sitter: https://www.urbansitter.com/

September 23, 2013 | Event

Fashion Center BID annual Kite Festival!

Thank you to Joy Suarez for inviting the Habana crew to participate in the Fashion Center BID’s annual kite festival taken place on Port Authority’s expansive rooftop! We had fun cranking out mango/pineapple/bannana smoothies for the kiddies and kite enthusiasts! 
http://www.fashioncenter.com/kites/

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

September 5, 2013 | EventFun in the Courtyard

Back To School Wrap Up

Sean Meenan & Habana Works’ 6th Annual Back To School Bash on Monday, Sept.2nd was a hit! We had 6 wonderful vendors present to help us entertain over 400+ kids. Thank you so much for all of our sponsors as we would not have been able to host this event without them!:

My Brooklyn Baby: http://www.mybrooklynbaby.com/
Brooklyn Public Library: http://www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/
NYKidsClub: http://www.nykidsclub.com/
Move This World: http://movethisworld.org/
Happy Family: http://happyfamilybrands.com/
The Speech Garden: http://www.thespeechgarden.org/
Fruiggie: http://www.fruiggie.com/
Brooklyn Music: http://www.brooklynmusicschool.org/ 
BAM: http://www.bam.org/
Alvin Ailey: http://www.alvinailey.org/
Brooklyn Children’s Museum: http://brooklynkids.org/
Mark Morris Dance: http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/


 

  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

August 23, 2013 |

Young Adults Literacy Program

Thanks to Young Adults Literacy Program from the Brooklyn Public Library for spending the morning with us at Habana Outpost. They were able to shadow our bar staff, tour our edible garden, physically experience our bike smoothie and also take in a private eco-tour around the restaurant.

  

 

Check out more about them here: 

www.bklynpubliclibrary.org/only-bpl/adult-literacy

 

May 7, 2013 |

Herb Harvest at Habana Outpost

Habana Outpost had their first garden harvest of the season! Urban gardening is on the rise and we pride ourselves on growing our own herbs to use in our food. This weekend we used our Habana grown Thyme to add some love to our black beans. This season you can find cilantro, peppers, mint, and habanero peppers lingering in our herb garden. Make sure to stop and take a look at the herbs your eating next time you are in Habana, but for now you can check out the pics below.

   

April 10, 2013 | Event

Spread Earth Day Love, The BK Way!

                         

Habana Works to host 2013 Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost reopening

757 Fulton at S. Portland, Brooklyn, NY - April 13th, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

 Sean Meenan and the Habana family invite you to celebrate Earth Day with a day full of eco-friendly fun – Habana style.

The 6th Annual Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost is an opportunity for our neighbors to access free information about sustainable living. The Earth Day Expo also marks the day when Habana Outpost will re-open the restaurant for 2013. The day will be filled with fun, learning, and food.

Some highlights of the event will be:

Kid’s Corner – Bring the kids down to design their own flowerpot and plant a sunflower to take home. Brought to you by Habana Works www.habanaworks.org
Wildflower Seed Giveaway - Native flowers help support our local pollinators so pick up your free seed pack from Habana Works and help us spread seeds the Brooklyn way.
Human Powered Bike Blender – Blend up a smoothie on Habana Outpost’s famous bike blender, an awesome example of alternative energy.
Electronic Waste Recycling – The Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting unwanted electronics from 10am – 4pm. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.lesecologycenter.org
Hydroponic Farming Display – Visit the Boswyck Farms table and check out their live hydroponic farming display and learn how to incorporate this growing technique into your own home. www.boswyckfarms.org
Nature Collage Kits – Our favorite neighborhood kids store, My Brooklyn Baby will give away fun nature collage kits to get you and your little one discovering and crafting together. www.mybrooklynbaby.com
Composting Demo – Want to compost at home but not sure where to start? Visit The NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn table and get all the tips and tricks you need to start composting today! www.bbg.org/compost
Bottle Cap Collection – Did you know that plastic caps and lids are currently not accepted for recycling in NYC? GrowNYC is collecting your caps to turn into a beautiful mural so go fish them out of the garbage and bring them down this Saturday. www.grownyc.org/plasticcapmural 
And there’s more!  Also participating at the Earth Day Expo will be;
Trail Blazer CampsHip Tot Music Fest,  A Child Grows in BrooklynKelso Beer,  Art By Monica RodriguezTransportation Alternatives,  Green Homes NYC,  Farm To Baby,  Food & Water Watch and Ad Energy!

        

          

 

Habana Outpost is New York’s first solar powered restaurant and marketplace located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Created by artist and restaurateur Sean Meenan, the goal of Habana Outpost is to make sustainability fun and accessible. Since 2005 the Outpost has become a nexus for community activity bringing neighbors, environmentalists, artists and families together into one courtyard. www.habanaoutpost.com

Habana Works is the non-profit branch of the Habana family, which provides free, hands-on programs that celebrate urban environmentalism in the Brooklyn community www.habanawork.org

The 2013 Habana Works Earth Day Expo is brought to you by Habana Outpost owner and Habana Works founder - activist, artist and restaurateur, Sean Meenan

March 11, 2013 | EventFun in the CourtyardThe Kid's Corner

Earth Day Expo 2013 APRIL 13th 12-4PM

 

It’s that time of year again! Habana Outpost is gearing up to kick off another great season of good food and good times with the 2013 Habana Works Earth Day Expo! On Saturday, April 13th we’ll be opening our doors for the first time this year to celebrate the Habana Outpost restaurant re-opening and Earth Day! The expo will be a day filled with eco-friendly fun – Habana style of course.

Habana Works is the non-profit branch of the Habana family, all started by Sean Meenan, which provides free, hands-on programs that celebrate urban environmentalism in the Brooklyn community. Each year we invite various organizations to participate in our Earth Day event, from composters to beekeepers to sustainable retailers and many more!

The Earth Day Expo is an opportunity for our neighbors to join us in spreading the love by participating in the Earth Day program while sharing resources and ideas about sustainable living! The Earth Day Expo also marks the day when Habana Outpost will re-open the restaurant for 2013. The day will be filled with fun, learning, and food!

The Earth Day Expo will involve a variety of guests, who also promote environmentalism and social responsibility. Please check back for a complete list of participants and activities!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Check out some photos from our previous Earth Day Expos!

 

Sean Meenan Habana Works Earth Day Expo

Sean Meenan Habana Works Earth Day Expo

Sean Meenan Habana Works Earth Day Expo

Sean Meenan Habana Works Earth Day Expo

Sean Meenan Habana Works Earth Day Expo

September 12, 2012 |

Back to School Bash Success!!!!

Special thanks to all the parents that brought their children to Habana's Back to School Bash. We had a huge turn out and the event was a big success. Sean Meenan and the Habana family would like to instill the importance of education in today's youth. We are happy that you included us in your back to school experience by coming out, having fun and making sure you got some free school supplies to start off the year. Check out the pics from this years bash by clicking the link. Habana's Back to School Bash

August 29, 2012 |

Baby Breakfast Bonanza!

 

Special thanks to all the parents and toddlers that came out for Baby Breakfast yesterday. It is not to late to come out for a morning of family bonding and children socializing. Hope to see you next Tuesday from 10am-12pm. Click the pic to catch a quick glimpse of what you missed this week.
Baby Breakfast 08/28/12 by Habana Outpost
Baby Breakfast 08/28/12, a photo by Habana Outpost on Flickr.

August 22, 2012 |

Making Magic At Habana Outpost

This Saturday, at Habana Outpost kids corner, we will be making magic wands. Come out so the children can create their own magic wands and decide what character they would like to be. We will unleash our inner fairies, fairy godmothers, wizards and witches. Kids corner is from 12pm-4pm. We hope to see you there!

August 17, 2012 |

Make Music at Kid’s Corner

Bring the kids to Habana Outpost this Saturday from 11am-4pm so that they can make music! We will create drums and rain sticks and form our very own bands. Hope to see you there!

August 15, 2012 |

Habana’s Back To School Bash

 

Free School Supplies at Habana Outpost’s Back to School Bash Monday, September 3rd 2012 (Labor Day) 11am-3pm

 

Join Sean Meenan and Habana Works in celebrating the young scholars of Brooklyn at the 5th annual Back to School Bash. The highlight of this event (for the parents) is FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES but there are lots of fun, free things to keep the kids happy too. Check out the list of activities below!

 

  • Make recycled bookmarks in Kids Corner
  • Freebies from the Hip Tot music festival
  • Learn how to make homemade finger paint with My Brooklyn Baby
  • Samples from Plum Organics
  • Meet the founders of Brooklyn Forest School
  • Have your child’s id made with New York Life’s Child ID Program
  • Lucha libre bean bag toss
  • Appearance by Elmo
  • Dance Party
  • Stilt Walker
  • Clowns
  • Face Painting
  • Glitter Tattoo Parlor
  • Balloon Animals
  • Red Apple Balloon Pop

Habana Outpost’s Back to School Bash
Monday, September 3rd 2012 – Labor Day
11am – 3 pm              FREE!

 

Directions: G to Fulton, C to Lafayette, B/D/N/R/Q/2/3/4/5 to Atlantic/Pacific

Habana Outpost 757 Fulton Street (corner of South Portland Avenue) Brooklyn, NY 11217

Click the link to check out what you can expect this year. Habana's Back To School Bash

August 14, 2012 |

Baby Breakfast & the Warby Trace Show

This morning baby breakfast got a surprise visit from a very special guest! Warby and her friends stopped in to say hello to all of our wonderful baby breakfast children. Not only did we get to play with our friends from the neighborhood, but we got to watch Warby, Rocco and Shockette Boom have the time of their lives at Habana Outpost. We also got to make cool clothes pin caterpillars. Parents remember to bring your children to baby breakfast every tuesday from 10am -12pm. You never know what we will have in store for the kids! Click the link to check out the pics from today's baby breakfast Warby Trace Show Visits Baby Breakfast

July 31, 2012 |

Puppets & Puppeteers at Baby Breakfast

This week at baby breakfast we let our imaginations run wild and made puppets. Not only did we get to decide how our puppet looked but we also had the chance to give them a personality and bring them to life. Check out these pic's from baby breakfast 07/31/12. Puppet making Baby Breakfast

July 24, 2012 |

Frame-tastic Baby Breakfast

Today at Baby Breakfast we made cool frames! Now we have a cool place to insert a picture of the ones we love. Special thanks to Habana Works for suppling all the recyclable materials. Check out the cool pics of  our frame making fun! Frame-tastic Baby Breakfast

July 19, 2012 |

Magnetize Your Life With Habana Works

This Saturday, at Kid's Corner, we will be making cool bottle cap magnets. Kid's will have the chance to express their creative side using bottle caps of different sizes and numerous recycled materials. Bring your child out to Bling their bottle caps while beinging enviornmentally friendly. Kid's Corner is held every Saturday from 11am to 4pm at Habana Outpost. Hope to see you there!

July 17, 2012 |

Baby Breakfast 07/17/12

Every Tuesday Habana Works turns the courtyard of Habana Outpost into a toddler wonderland. We plan numerous activites that are age apprioriate for children 5 and under. It is great to see children this young socializing with eachother, while being enviornmentally friendly and bonding with their family. We encourage parents to come out and enjoy this play time with Habana Works. Click the link to check out our pictures from today's Baby Breakfast. Hope to see you next week. http://www.flickr.com/photos/62989775@N05/sets/72157630623413646/  

July 17, 2012 |

Dad’s & Baby Breakfast

Baby Breakfast is a big play date for toddlers 5 and under. We love to see all the parents come through with their kids but we especially love to see the dad's. Don't be shy dad's, come out and enjoy some quality  time with your toddler. We would love to see you there, every Tuesday from 10am-12pm at Habana Outpost. Check out owner Sean Meenan with his son and Employee of the month Raymond with his daughter at Baby Breakfast this morning. Thanks for coming out, supporting Habana Works and being such great dad's! 

July 13, 2012 |

Solar Art with Habana Works

Who knew you can make cool pictures using the sun?! This saturday we will be making solar at kid's corner. You pick all the cool objects you want, put them on special paper and leave it in the sun for a little bit. The outcome is amazing. Bring your children to check it out. We will be doing this at Habana Outpost from 11am to 4pm. Hope to see you there!  

 

June 28, 2012 |

Let The Ladybug’s Fly

Ladybugs are such an important part of the enviornment. They make sure that we have fruits and vegatables to eat because they eat Aphids. Aphids are insects that eat crops. Without ladybugs the aphids would destroy the crops and we would not have any fruits and vegatables to eat.

At Habana Works, we work hard to teach children about the importance of our enviornment. We had a blast learning cool fun facts about ladybugs. We wanted to keep all the ladybugs to ourselves but we knew we could not. The ladybugs needed to get to their important job of eating aphids. It was hard, but we said goodbye to our ladybug friends and released them into the enviornment.

Check out these cool pics of the Habana Works and our Ladybug friends at the 2012 ladybug release. http://www.flickr.com/photos/62989775@N05/sets/72157630003606565/

 

May 1, 2012 | Event

Fun with Fruits and Veggies at Baby Breakfast

Today was the first day of Baby Breakfast at Habana Outpost and we had a great time making fruit and vegetable prints (in spite of the rain). 

This project is a great way to epxplore different types of fruits and vegetables with the youngest foodies. Check out My Brooklyn Baby for more instructions and photos of this fun project. 

Baby Breakfast takes place every Tuesday from 10am - 12pm in the courtyard of Habana Outpost which is transformed into a toddler wonderland complete with toys, water table and supervised art projects geared towards children 4 and under.  Presented by Sean Meenan and Habana Works in conjunction with My Brooklyn Baby.

 

April 12, 2012 | The Kid's Corner

2012 Kids Corner Schedule is Here!

 

Kids Corner

Presented by Sean Meenan and Habana Works is a weekend program that offers free, creative workshops and fun games that teach environmentalism, wellness and community to neighborhood kids.

All Kid's Corner activities are held outdoors on Saturdays and Sundays (from 12pm to 4pm, May  through September) in the Habana Outpost courtyard.  The materials used for lessons are all recycled, reclaimed or found. Check out the 2012 schedule for details!

 

2012 Schedule

  • May 19th & 20th  – Habana Outpost Block Party and Kids Corner Kick-off!

  • May 26th & 27th- Fruit and Vegetable Prints
  • June 2nd & 3rd- Live Ladybug Release! Join us for this annual event as we release live ladybugs into the courtyard of Habana Outpost and learn why ladybugs are an important part of our habitat.
  • June 9th & 10th - Recycled Owl Family
  • June 16th & 17th - Dad Rocks! Make a pet rock for dad to keep on his desk and remind him of you all the time!
  • June 23rd & 24th - Stick Mobiles
  • June 30th & July 1st - Nature Collage
  • July 7th & 8th - Recycled Paper Frames
  • July 14th & 15th - Solar Powered Art!  Using sun sensitive paper, we will create sun collages using objects found in nature
  • July 21st & 22nd - Glitter Bottle Cap Magnets
  • July 28th & 29th - Plastic Bottle Vases
  • August 4th & 5th - Egg Carton Flower Wreath
  • August 11th & 12th - Toilet paper roll collages
  • August 18th & 19th - Recycled Shakers and Drums
  • August 25th & 26th - Magic Wands
  • September 1st & 2nd – Recycled Bookmarks
  • Monday, September 3rd  - Annual Back to School Bash! Join us for one last party before the new school year. Free games, music, face painting, crafts and school supplies!!

 

 

Baby Breakfast Playdates (season begins Tuesday, May 1st)

Tuesdays from 10am – 12pm (rain or shine)

The courtyard of Habana Outpost is transformed into a toddler wonderland complete with toys, a water table and supervised art projects geared towards children 4 and under. Come meet your neighbors and watch your kids make new friends.  Presented in conjunction with My Brooklyn Baby www.mybrooklynbaby.com

 

Habana Eco Tours

Are you an educator looking for a fun way to introduce environmentalism to a class? Bring them to Habana Outpost where they will take a ride on the Human Powered Bike Blender, taste the difference between Chocolate mint and Apple Mint and learn how we harvest rain water to flush the toilets! To book a free tour, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 4, 2012 |

Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost re-opening!

Hola Habana Friends & Family!          

 

Spring is in the air and that means it’s almost time for the 2012 Habana Works Earth Day Expo at Habana Outpost – New York’s first solar powered restaurant!  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 14th to celebrate the re-opening of the restaurant and a day of eco-friendly fun – Habana style

The Earth Day Expo gives our neighbors a chance to join us in spreading the love by participating in the Earth day program while sharing resources and ideas about sustainable living!

 

Event highlights will include:

 

·   Habana Works – willgive away wildflower seeds that will help support local pollinators.

·   The Kid’s Corner – Habana Works will kick off its Kid’s Corner season with recycled arts and crafts and a fun planting workshop for young gardeners!

·   My Brooklyn Baby – will give away homemade play dough (with recipe) and sell vegetable seeds to plant along with mini-gardening tools for your little helpers.

·   Lower East Side Ecology Center – Electronic waste (e-waste) collection! Responsibly recycle all of your broken or unwanted electronics.

·   GrowNYC – Put your recycling knowledge to the test and take home apartment composting tips andtricks using red wiggler worms!

·   Green Harvest CSA – Come by for your last chance to sign upfor shares of fresh, healthy food from our favorite local CSA.

·   Reconciling Rwanda's Forests – Help support Rwanda! Learn about Elsa’s efforts to support local conservation and post-conflict development.

·   FOKUS – Add your own touch to the Earth Day Expo Community Canvas.

·   Green Market – Play Jeopardy-style trivia with a chance to win prizes!

·   Rooware – Will be selling children’s tableware that is modern, fun, and eco-friendly.  

·   Shop Green – Local vendors and designers will showcase and sell their most innovative green products and services.

 

April 14th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm

 

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December 5, 2011 | USBK

Tri Lox teams up with USBK

(USBK) was a fantastic group to work with. All were extremely committed to the project, talented, and ready to face the challenges of a complex process.

Picture abouve are USBK students in the Tri Lox Studio. Tri Lox was very helpful with material sourcing and conducted workshops for tool safety for the sustainable garden USBK designed for Leadership Prep. 
Check out more about the project and Tri Lox by viewing their site and blog!
 

September 12, 2011 | Update!

Finally - The Garden is Complete!

Last Friday was a very exciting day over here at Habana.  After months of work, we were finally able to hand the garden we've been installing in Bed Stuy over to the students at Leadership Prep and ABCD!

We had the opportunity to spend the morning with some amazing 5th graders as they made observations about the plants for a science class, and took tours of the space.  Upstairs, other groups were learning to cook simple meals with ingredients that they can find in the edible planter, such as rhubarb, lettuce, pea sprouts, kale and more.  

The students had some great questions for Erik, our resident expert on urban flora, and especially seemed to love the monarch caterpillars which are now living in our milkweed.  Another hit was the "touch and sniff" planter, which has fuzzy, furry, funny shaped plants, as well as delicious smelling herbs for the kids to explore with their senses.  

Again, we wanted to thank all of the individuals and organizations that contributed to this project - either through donations or by contributing their time - we couldn't have done it without you.

August 26, 2011 | EventGarden Works

Garden Project Sneak Peek

After assembling our planters, trucking in tons of soil and gravel and ordering our plant selections from an organic nursury in Long Island, we can finally see all of the pieces coming together! 

We spent yesterday putting in all of the perennial plants - meaning all of the plants that will return from  year to year - and we're looking forward to adding in a few beautiful annuals for extra pop.  Because it's late in the season, some of the plants won't hit their full stride until next spring, but the schools will have some beautiful things to look forward to!  We've planted some modest looking ferns that we expect to grow seven-fold by next year, some climbing vines and flowers, strawberry bushes that should spread like a wild fire and an edible bed that should produce some gorgeous cucumbers, peas, lettus, rhubarb, swiss chard and more.  Our herb planter will grow spear mint, chives, rosemary, echinacea, lemon balm and some other fragrant additions. 

We even had our first visit from two beautiful monarch butterflies and some honeybees today -  mostly hovering around the milkweed and black eyed susans.  We're looking forward to seeing them more often, and teaching the kids about our flower-polinating little friends. 

The garden is about 85% there - by next week it should be all done (with an official unveiling event to follow in upcoming weeks - details TBA)... now let's just hope the hurricane doesn't undo all of our hard work!

 

August 24, 2011 | Garden Works

Vote for Habana as America’s Best Restroom!

Habana Outpost's bathroom is up for America's Best Restroom! And we want YOU to vote (for us of course!).

Not only is this an exciting turn of events for the restaurant itself, but also a moment in the spotlight for Urban Studio Brooklyn's 2007 project, the rainwater collection system that famously flushes Habana's toilets.  We've had a great amount of press following the competition, including this New York Times article, blog coverage in the LA Times, The L Magazine and many more. 

For anyone that hasn't been there, the Habana restrooms feature a glass roof over-head with hanging plants and the galvanized walls. The water used to flush is collected through a series of rain gutters and stored in a holding tank where it is filtered and then redirected to the toilets, saving thousands of gallons of water every week! Our look may be low-key when you compare it to the competition, but each material (the galvanized metal, the wooly pockets, etc.) were all chosen to make the space as simple, sustainable and lush as possible. 

After recently winning first place in the Greenest Storefront category of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Greenest Storefront competition, we'd like to  think we have a pretty good shot!  

Vote for us today! 

August 9, 2011 | Update!USBK

Indoor Classrooms are Overrated

We're much happier with the outdoor variety. 

For anyone that's just joining us now, Habana Works has been working on the rather large project of installing a garden and outdoor classroom for two schools housed in a building in Bed Stuy -Leadership Prep and ABCD.  The project has been moving along swimmingly and we've been having a great time doing it! Last week officially concluded our annual Urban Studio Brooklyn program, and we can honestly say that it was a pleasure from start to finish - we're proud to finally share the finished product!

We're excited to report that we'll be moving along to the next phase of our project at Leadership Prep this week.  The bench is stained and beautiful, and the rainwater collection system is collecting lots of rain!  So our next move is to start building our planters and prepping the space for its final transformation.   

These are some photos of the end of our process and the fruits of their labor. Check back soon for updates on our garden installation and find out how you can volunteer with one of our planting days next week.

August 4, 2011 | USBK

USBK Unfolds…

The people on Macon Avenue are awesome. How do we know? Because about 90% of them have at some point over the last two weeks stopped by to meet us at our work site.

The neighborhood has been extraordinarily warm and welcoming - we've been offered cold drinks, delicious iceys, loads of building advice and some very kind encouragement. So thanks, Bed Stuy, for being totally great.

As last week closed we finished part one of our rather ambitious garden installation at Leadership Prep. USBK completed not one but TWO major accomplishments: a rainwater collection system made with beautiful donated sails from a boat company in City Island and an expertly crafted wrap-around bench that will turn the space into a functioning outdoor classroom.

As you can imagine, when we told people that we were building a bench (for a week), many wondered what was taking so long. A team of nine, all working together should be able to build a bench in no time! But let me assure you - this isn't any ordinary bench. First off, its design was inspired by the benches on the High Line, which sleekly and organically rise up from the ground. We took an old reclaimed door from Build it Green and turned it into a storage space for the kids' tools.  We then made a self-watering planter out of PVC pipes and a playground set (also from Build it Green - we really can't thank them enough for their generous donation) which now house some beautiful purple flowers.

The rainwater collection system has also been a huge success! So far, from only three rain events since our installation, the barrel is over 2/3 of the way full! We're considering hooking up a second barrel, though currently the overflow automatically waters another planter like the one on the bench.  The kids from the school have been visiting in small tours, and we've had the pleasure of getting to show them how everything works.

So, onto the good stuff - some more photos of the process!  We've stained it since the last time we took photos, and now we're onto planning the placement of our planters.  We'll also be trucking in an insane amount of gravel, soil and mulch, so we'll keep you posted as this logistical nightmare unfolds. We're so excited to be moving ahead, and so far, we owe the success of the project to our incredible, dedicated USBK team. As I'm sure you can tell from these photos, they worked like a bunch of maniacs to make this project special. 

More soon!

July 22, 2011 | USBK

Urban Studio Brooklyn - Happening Now!

Our team is spectacular. We'll start by saying that.  All nine of this year's USBK participants are bright, ambitious, passionate, talented and doing a great job of putting together their project (a rainwater collection system for Leadership Prep in Bed Stuy). We've been working together for a week and a half now, and every day has brought new and exciting challenges. 

We started off getting to know the parameters of the project, meeting the staff at Leadership Prep, and enjoying some great talks from local environmental and architectural organizations.  We heard from the LESEC about stormwater runoff in New York City, got a very special talk from GrowNYC about technical aspects of building rainwater harvesting systems, and an inspiring talk from Princeton-trained architect Gail Swithenbank on simple, sustainable solutions to some very difficult environmental problems.  We also toured some incredible places around the city - the LEED Platinum One Bryant Park (NY's most sustainable building), Brooklyn Bridge Park, the High Line, AIA exhibits and Cook + Fox's incredible panoramic city views from midtown.

Since then, we've split the group into three groups of three to start designing and put all the inspiration to good use! With only two days time, each group returned with some truly creative designs, all of which utilize found materials or things they spotted during their scouting trip to Build it Green.  We settled on one design - drawing in some great aspects of the other two - to create what we think will be a great design solution for Leadership Prep, and a beautiful addition to the garden we're installing there.

Yesterday, we headed over to the Tri-Lox wood shop in Greenpoint for a very special workshop on the process of building with reclaimed materials (as the group learned, they'll need to get out of their usual comfort zone of designing, then creating - this process will be more of a back and forth as we get new materials and modify the designs to accommodate them).  We also learned all about shop safety and got a tutorial on using some of the tools we'll have available to us.

Today will be another big day - we're finally heading over to Build it Green and Materials for the Arts to collect all of the materials we'll need to get started. The end of today will mark the beginning of the build phase, and we're all chomping at the bit to get moving on it - heat wave be damned. 

So far, we've been having an amazing time, and we can't wait to be able to report back with some more on the process. We've got some fantastic photos taken by the amazing and talented Jamel Toppin - here's just a taste of what we've been up to...

And of course, some shots of our team (no one said we were modest):

June 23, 2011 | Garden Works

Thanks, Captain Planet!

Exciting news, everyone!

As most of our supporters know, Habana Works relies on the donations of individuals and foundations to deliver our programs to the community.  Despite our reach, we are a grassroots organization with a small staff and an airtight budget - making an impact and also finding the find to fundraise can be quite the challenge to nonprofits of our size!

That's why it is with such great pleasure that we can announce that the Captain Planet Foundation will be contributing quite generously to Garden Works this year, in support of our work with Leadership Prep!  The Atlanta-based organization funds hands-on projects that promote environmentalism among children, and lucky for us, they're now reaching out to the New York area! We couldn't think of a better match in terms of mission and dedication to widespread education - in fact, watching Captain Planet as kids probably subconsciously influenced us all to become the planeteers we are today.

While we couldn't be happier to have CPF's support, there's still tons of work to be done to make sure that we can make the greatest possible eco-impact on Brooklyn! To help Habana Works reach its goals and make this year's work possible, please visit our donation page to make a gift of any level.  It's quick, it's painless, it's 100% tax deductable, and it makes makes a huge difference in the lives of kids right here in your neighborhood.

Thanks again to the good people at the Captain Planet Foundation - we promise to make you proud!

Go planet!

June 15, 2011 | Update!

Habana life: strawberries, architecture, and bee larvae!

Time for a round of updates on what’s going on around here - USBK, the bees, the gardens!

USBK UPDATE:

Our USBK project is coming along - after a few long weeks of promoting, recruiting and planning we now have a wonderful mix of 9 bright, young architecture and design students from all over the city and state to participate! The team is quite diverse... we've got builders, thinkers, designers, and researchers who are all coming together to help create a beautiful, working outdoor rainwater collection system for Uncommon Charter School, Leadership Prep - to go along with the gardens we'll be putting on their property. It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks finishing up the plans for the program!

So far, we have a great line-up of people for the students to meet and hear speak such as Cook+Fox, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Perkins + Will, Urban Acres, and many others! Also, we’re planning some fun field trips to architecture exhibits and beautiful sustainable gardens around NYC.

GARDEN UPDATE:
We have just planted some flowers and strawberries in our Wildlife Habitat at Kid’s Corner! They’re in Wooly Pockets hanging on our fence - at perfect height for picking, touching, and smelling! You may have also noticed a winding vine crawling up the fence near the corner -  those, my friends, are hops. Apparently it only takes a couple of ounces of hops to make a keg, so we're on our way to making one special batch of Habana Beer. We'll come up with a better name for it than that...

BEE UPDATE:

As for the bees, we were really worried for a little while that the HOT HOT weather was going to affect them negatively. Luckily the air cooled off these past few days! It may have taken them a while, but the bees have come around and we've noticed eggs and larvae in their comb. That's a really good sign! Especially because our queen recently took a tumble into the top feeder and was found drowning in the water there. We scooped her up, gave her mouth to mouth (not really - we actually just put her in a dry place and watched her to make sure she was ok) and saved her little bee life in the nick of time. 

She is repaying us by making lots of baby bees and soon, many jars of honey.

June 9, 2011 |

Live Ladybug Release!

On Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th, we are having our annual Kid’s Corner Ladybug Release! This is one of our favorite Kid’s Corner weekends! Come by either day between 12pm and 4pm to learn fun facts about our tiny polka-dotted friends. Did you know that farmers use ladybugs as chemical-free pests control because they eat all the “bad guys”? They’re quite an important bug to have around! So come help us set them free into the wilds of Habana Outpost’s Wildlife Habitat gardens- and keep our plants healthy and happy!

Did you know that ladybugs are not only red, but can be pink, yellow, orange, or white, too?

June 2, 2011 | Garden Works

Garden Works project with Leadership Prep!

 

It's official! This year's main Garden Works project is finalized and we can now dish the details. 

 

Starting in about a month, we'll be working with a truly amazing school based in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn called Leadership Prep. For anyone that's unfamiliar, Leadership Prep is a K-5 charter school that's part of the widely-recognized-for-extreme-excellence Uncommon network, and we are completely inspired by the place! Having sat in on a few classes there, we can personally attest to all of the incredible work that both the students and teachers put into their education, and we're thrilled to be able to work with such a very special group of people. 

 

So what's the plan exactly? A big ol' garden that incorporates some interesting urban agriculture features and green design!

 

We aim to completely transform an asphalt lot that wraps around the side of the school with themed planters that the kids will use as learning stations. Each one will focus on some aspect of the school's current curriculum, or something they’d like to explore in the future.  Some of the top ideas so far included plants used by early Americans, a flower and herb garden that regenerates quickly for frequent harvesting, a touch-focused garden for the kindergarteners to explore with their hands, and a soup kitchen plot of vegetables that the students can bring to a local organization in the neighborhood. 

 

We'll also be bringing in some of our experts to work with our student gardeners-in-training in regular after school workshops. These will be hands-on opportunities for the kids to learn about gardening, composting, urban agriculture and more (you know, all of that green-nerd stuff we're into around here).  Over the summer we'll have a few select students coming in once per week to really learn the ins and outs of keeping a garden beautiful and healthy – and we've already gotten some volunteers!

 

As you can probably tell, we're pretty darn excited to get started. 

 

We've been working with our friends Erik Rhey and Tiffany Mattula at Urban Acres to develop some of the ideas and logistics behind the project, and they'll be sticking with us throughout the process to make sure the plants thrive in the space.  The school already has a lovely lawn that they’ve been maintaining beautifully - thanks to Dave, their head custodian – so we’re pretty confident that anything we add will be well cared for.

 

We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with the students, faculty and administration at Leadership Prep, and we're looking forward to a pretty amazing summer!

May 25, 2011 |

Architecture students! June 1st USBK Interviews!

Habana Works is looking for architecture and design students that are interested in joining us for a three-week summer workshop series this July! Urban Studio Brooklyn (USBK) will give you the chance to solve an environmental design challenge and build a working creation that benefits the Brooklyn community. You’ll get to work with practicing professionals, a great team of students from all over NYC, and a client in the neighborhood to see the project through. It will look great on your resume, not to mention cure all  summer boredom!

some of last year's team working on designs We’re taking applicants online but we want to meet everyone in person as well! Come by the Habana courtyard Wednesday, June 1 (wow, June already?! –time is flying by!) for open call. We are located at 757 Fulton St. Brooklyn, NY, 11217.

Click here to read a little more information about USBK’s past projects and get the application to submit online! We are so unbelievably excited for this year’s project  -but it is happening soon, so don't forget about Wednesday! See you there!

May 17, 2011 | Update!

HEY! We’re actual beekeepers now.

The bees have arrived! Yes, friends, at 8:00am we headed over to the pick-up site in the rainstorm, and got our very own bundle of joy - a box of honey bees!

Jim and Liane of NYC beekeeping were extremely helpful in making sure that we knew how to get the bees from the box to the hive, gave a little review slideshow (phew) and off we went! Down the street with a suspiciously buzzing black plastic bag...

We then left the box in the Habana office and set out to collect all of the materials we needed: a new, empty spray bottle, a bucket, some dish washing gloves, a towel, and some wax paper.  Last but certainly not least, we also needed a single marshmallow, to plug up the hole in the queen cage.  Though coffee shops wanted to oblige, it seems we're out of hot chocolate season - no one had any marshmallows handy.  We luckily found a bag of mini marshmallows at the bodega up the block, so tonight's desert will be teeny tiny s'mores!

We mixed up a small bag of pollen with some water to make a sort of pie-crusty-dough out of it, rolled it between two sheets of wax paper and wound up with a little pollen cake for the bees to munch on as they get used to their new home. We then brought everything upstairs to get started and suited up in our awesome bee suits. Or rather, I had a bee suit and my trusty bee-assistant Daniel wore a raincoat with the hood up.  We don't recommend that at all - we really need to get him a proper suit - but he kept a safe distance so that he wouldn't get stung.

We sprayed the bees down with some sugar-water, pried open the box with a pocket knife, removed the feeder and the queen cage and got all of the bees situated.  I got stung on the knee, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that only one actually got me. The sting went through the jeans, so it hurt a lot less.  That was the first of many bee stings to come, I'd imagine!

So! We're officially beekeepers. I'll be checking back in on them soon to make sure they look like they're starting to build comb, so expect more updates in the near future.  And while you wait, check out our beekeeping photo album on facebook to get today's full experience!

May 16, 2011 | Update!

Block Party photos, for your viewing pleasure.

Take a peek at some of our favorite photos from the block party! We had a blast, and we hope you all had fun, too.  To see more, visit the Cafe Habana & Habana Outpost blog!

May 13, 2011 | Garden Works

The bees are coming!

As many of you know, Habana Works has assembled its beehive, painted it, even tiled the thing in shiny blue, yet still we have no bees....

All of that changes tomorrow! After waiting for a few weeks longer than we expected due to weather issues, the bees will finally be arriving tomorrow morning.  On the very same day as the Block Party, no less! So while you're partying on Fulton street, we'll be just above you on the roof, playing with our new bee friends and getting them settled into their new home.

So how exactly does one get their bees into the hive? Do you just leave the package near it and let them fly in at will? Do you put the whole package in the hive? Do you smoke the bees? Well, you actually need to gently shake the bees into the hive - which sounds like a terrible idea, but apparently isn't!

First, you take a spray bottle full of a 1:1 mixture of sugar and water, and spray the bees down generously. When their wings are wet the bees can't fly, so this keeps them from reacting aggressively to the bee-box-shaking. 

In the bee box, you'll find the queen cage - a small wooden box with mesh covering the sides. On one end, there's a cork which you can pull out while the queen is on the other side of hte cage. You then quickly shove a marshmallow or homemade "queen candy" into the hole, to keep her from escaping.  You then suspend the queen cage on top of the frames (our instructor recommends pinning an old Metro Card to the queen cage with a flat tack, to keep it from slipping between the frames). The queen's attending bees will slowly eat through the marshmallow to free her - this gives the bees ample time to get used to the smell of the queen and accept her as their leader. 

Then, you just need to feed them with some more of the sugary syrup mixture, plug up the entrance with a little grass or an entrance reducer (if the bees haven't been in the box together for long, so that they don't abandon the hive) and leave them for a day to adjust! After that, the real beekeeping adventure begins...

Check back in next week for a Block Party redux and find out how these first few days of bee-rearing go!

May 9, 2011 |

Every day should be a Festival of Ideas

This past Saturday was the Festival of Ideas for the New CIty, and Habana Works was lucky enough to have a prime seat in front of the New Museum!

We had a great Kid's Corner activity making corn husk dolls with the unused husks form the restaurant, met a lot of great people and spread the word about our work in Brooklyn.

We also had an absolute blast showing people our custom bike blender and making some delicious (mango-strawberry-banana-orange... yes, maybe we got a bit carried away) human-powered smoothies! If you haven't been at Habana Outpost on some of the hotter days and have missed the bike blender, we hope you'll stop by and check it out in person.  Though it may be a tough thing to recreate at home (unless you're particularly good with a welding torch) we think it's a pretty cool green item that makes people think about the possibilities! And that's what this event was all about - the ideas. We hope that some people walked away conjuring up their own images of what sustainability should look like.

And speaking of bike powered creations, the Lower East Side Ecology Center was also there with the Fishmobile! For those of you that are unfamiliar with this particular creation, it was the most recent USBK project - a mobile catch and release fishing cart and science lab, which they use for their water education programs. We were thrilled to come across it in all of its electric green glory and we were so glad that it was included in the Festival!

Some of our other personal favorites were the Hudson Valley Seed Library, Cabinet Magazine's Univerisy on the Bowery, Green my Bodega, and the many delicious food vendors that fed us tasty things like chocolate and quinoa cookies! We also got to experience our very first proper flash mob. Woah.

Thanks to everyone at the New Museum (and to our awesome Kid's Corner teachers) for an awesome day.  We can't wait to do it again next year and see what new things the people of this city have come up with!


April 23, 2011 |

TWO Earth Days!? Yes. Two.

Here at Habana Works, one Earth Day is never really enough.

So this year after our festivities on the 16th, we'll be heading on over to Clinton Hill for a second eco-extravaganza!

Our friends at kids' boutique Still Hip Brooklyn are holding their own green block party on April 23rd, and we'll be there to help spread the Earth Day love! We'll be holding Kid's Corner and giving away free wildflower seed packets to the neighborhood. Maybe we'll even throw in some bike blender action... You know how we do.

There will be music! There will be food! There might even be some sort of awesome roller skating rink situation....

So where should you be on April 23rd? Clifton and Grand for an Earth Day reprise!

April 22, 2011 | Fun in the Courtyard

Our Earth Day was great, thanks.

For the first time in Habana history it rained on our Earth Day Expo, but we can't exactly complain - the flowers in our garden are looking pretty spectacular!  And hey, we had a few great hours of checking out all of the eco-friendly workshops and booths and had an exciting opening day at Habana Outpost. Special thanks to all of the nonprofits and vendors that came through to make the day a success, despite the dismal weather and wind. We were thrilled to have the turnout we did - no weather can stop Fort Greene from being green.

While some of our younger visitors decorated planters and bird feeders in The Kid's Corner and the school groups took eco-tours of Habana's new features, other patrons learned about vermicomposting and beekeeping. Our DJ kept it going through the rain while kids got their faces painted and drank bike blended smoothies.

We were also paid a special visit from local councilwoman Letitia James, who gave a press conference about our recently shut down neighbors at the tire shop up the block.  A petition was passed around for neighbors to join us in supporting the local business, which was suspiciously - and many say illegally - closed after over 26 years of business on Fulton Street.  We were proud to put this year's Earth Day event to more than one good use, and hope they see some positive results in the coming weeks!

So what's up next for Habana Works? Well, we've got one more Earth Day party to attend tomorrow, at Still Hip's block party in Clinton Hill, and then it's time to get down to business with planning this year's USBK project.  We're excited to announce the project soon, so we hope you'll check back in for the exciting news!

April 12, 2011 |

Earth Day Line-up

Friends of Habana!

We'll be celebrating at the Earth Day Expo this Saturday - rain or shine!  Without further ado, the final list of participants:

Only five days left until the big day! Can't wait to see you there.

 

April 11, 2011 | Fun in the Courtyard

We Have a Hive!

If you've been outside today you know it's the perfect day for an outdoor project - sunny, warm, just enough breeze... Sounds like beehive building weather to us!

So we're taking advantage of this gorgeous weather and putting together the many confusing puzzle pieces that will eventually make our hive - ordered with the help of the good people at NYC Beekeeping. Taking into account that the Habana team is a bunch of amateur beekeepers for now, we're pretty proud at how well it's coming along!

Now, if you've never assembled a bee-hive before, you might be wondering what it entails. 

The basic set up contains stackable boxes made of lightweight wood. We started by drilling the boxes together and placing them on the screened bottom board, which lifts the hive from the ground and distributes its weight (important in our case, since we'll be putting it on a roof).  The brood box sits at the bottom, where the queen lives and lays her eggs, and where the worker bees keep pollen and honey to feed the larvae as they grow. 

Above this is the plastic mesh queen excluder, which keeps the queen and the drones from wandering up to where the honey is kept (they're larger than the worker bees, so only the workers can slip through). Below the inner and outer covers are our very favorite parts - the honey supers - where all of the delicious honey is stored in hanging frames.  Each box has ten frames - all of which were assembled by yours truly and a helpful troupe of elves (also known as the Habana bar staff).

And there were only two nail-through-the-finger type injuries in the process! We're counting them as our very first bee stings.

Bee packages arrive next week and ours are about to have beautifully decorated, Habana-colored housing. Check in later in the week for pictures of the finished product!

March 30, 2011 | The Kid's Corner

The Kid’s Corner is Coming!

Exciting news, everyone!  

No, not the opening of the restaurant, or the Earth Day Expo (though trust me, we're counting down the days).  We've made some exciting progress in The Kid's Corner and couldn't wait to share our plans!

We're thrilled to be working with the good people at Urban Acres - Erik Rhey and Tiffany Matula - for a truly Habana-style makeover of gorgeous flowers in The Kid's Corner. They'll also be adding an edible garden for the kids, some educational features that highlight native Brooklyn species, and a wall of plant pockets that kids can adopt as their own!

And that's not all. We've finalized our 2011 schedule and now have something to look forward to on those hot summer weekends! Moms and Dads of Brooklyn: we challenge you to think of something that sounds better than cooling off with a mojito while your kids make eco-friendly arts and crafts. When you don't know what to do with your kids, just remember this moment.

Because you guys are kind enough to be reading our blog right now (it's great! don't stop!) here is an inside peek at what we're planning:

We hope we'll see you there!

March 29, 2011 | Fun in the Courtyard

Start the summer with an eco-tour!

If you've ever wondered about the eco-friendly aspects of Habana's restaurant and day to day lives, come by and we'll be happy to show you around! Habana Outpost will be having its grand reopening on April 18, which means the courtyard is open for tours! 

Whether you're a school looking for a way to shake up your lesson plan, someone visiting from out of town, or one of our lovely neighbors, contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to book a time to come by!

Take a peek at our green fact sheet to get an idea of what goes on at Habana.

 

March 28, 2011 | Update!

New Website!

Hello everyone!

And welcome to our inaugural blog post.

We are so excited about the launch of our new site and it's simply amazing that you are checking out our blog RIGHT NOW! Your timing couldn't be better - staying in touch with Habana Works through our website, facebook page, and (yes, that's right) even a twitter page will keep you updated on all of our awesome spring events going on. Who knows, we might just even send out our very first tweet this afternoon to get things rolling...

Right now we're gearing up for our Earth Day Expo on April 16th in the Habana Outpost courtyard. Last April, the turnout was fantastic  - lots of cool activities, face painting, a DJ, and tons of great exhibits from our neighboring environmental orgs and vendors... and we're expecting the same this year! The phone has been ringing off the hook for the past few weeks with people wanting to know when we're opening. Well, here it is, folks. This is it! The corn is coming.

Just a few weeks later, we'll be tabling at the New Museum's Festival of Ideas for the New City - so if you don't quite get your fill of us at the Earth Day Event - stop by and visit us on the Bowery on May 7th!

More on that soon. Stay tuned, everyone!