For Immediate Release: NY Handmade Collective (formerly Etsy NY Team) is back at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! with NYC’s handmade finest

Back for a seventh season, the NY Handmade Collective (formerly known as the Etsy New York Street Team), a local community of professional artisans, will again be the sole merchandise vendor for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!, the premier outdoor summer festival concert series in Prospect Park.

From June 7th through August 12th, NYHC will give show attendees exclusive access to a diverse, all-handmade capsule market of goods made by local artists – your friendly staff during all of the shows. Come in and talk shop with any one of them to find out more about NYC and the handmade market collective, the techniques that go into producing their wares, or just to say hello!

With the products this year, you can: adorn yourself with a wide selection of jewelry featuring natural gemstones, textured enamels, and vintage-inspired metals; make a fashion statement with one-of-a-kind fascinators and headpieces along with unique upcycled clothing and handmade purses, adult neckties and t-shirts; unleash your child’s creativity with magical dragon monster toys, while updating their attire with clever onesies and tees.

You’ll also be inspired to treat your skin to all-natural bath and body products; beautify your meal with hand-sewn picnic blankets, and jazz up a party with personalized crocheted and sewn decorations; and write a heartfelt handwritten note on quirky cards or organic-inspired block printed stationery.

Whether a local Brooklynite or a visitor to the borough, anyone attending BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! this summer will be drawn to supporting the NYHC artisans by shopping local and taking home a one-of-a-kind gift as a tangible reminder of the experience.

And what an experience it will be! Headliners for the free concerts this year include big name headliners such as Andrew Bird with Esperanza Spalding, Yeasayer, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and Amadou & Mariam. There will also be a handful of terrific benefit concerts to attend throughout the season, including The Shins, Fleet Foxes, and Conor Oberst. These benefit shows help to raise vital funds to provide for all of the other free world-class performing arts programming that happens at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

About BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

In its 38th season, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization. Over its history, the festival has presented over 2,000 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity. Most BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! performances are free.

About BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multidisciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting contemporary arts, performing arts, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process.

About the NY Handmade Collective

Created in the summer of 2007, the NYHC is made up of over 250 artists, designers, and crafters based in the metro New York area who create and sell handmade items on, a global marketplace for handmade goods. NYHC is a vibrant, nonprofit group of regional artisans committed to educating the community and developing the potential of its members through mentorship, market opportunities, and small business development. By focusing on selling events, clarifying the creative process, and the promotion of quality handmade goods, NY Handmade Collective broadens individual possibility while bringing people together, expanding the circle of community in our wider world. To learn more about the NY Handmade Collective visit

What: NY Handmade Collective Back with BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

When: June 7th – August 12th

Where: Prospect Park Bandshell - 9th Street and Prospect Park entrance - Park Slope, Brooklyn


Contact:  Jenny Topolski, CBK Marketing Lead

Hot Town, Summer in the City

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been waiting for summer since, well, last September. To get in the mood for all of the fun seasonal adventures that lay ahead, I’ve compiled a list of the five top things to check out around NYC while the weather is warm and city is buzzing. 

5. NYC Summer Concerts

There are tons of music events happening all the time in New York, but there's nothing like listening to your favorite artist perform on a hot summer night. Here's a glimpse of free (yes, you heard me right) concerts happening this summer. No matter what kind of music you like, you're sure to find something that will please your ears. Visit for a complete list of events.

JUNE                                    JULY                               AUGUST

04- Janelle Monae                 04- Ed Sheeran                02- Kes the Band

20- Fall Out Boy                   17- Mobb Deep               07- Temples

28- Club Classics Live          25- One Republic            29- Ariana Grande



4. While Away the Weekend on Fire Island

If you're feeling city-bound, take a break on one of Long Island's famous enclaves, Fire Island. A haven for beach-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts and it's blissfully car free. Take the LIRR to one of the three ferry terminals and hop on the ferry to your city-getaway. Ferry rides range from 30-55 minutes depending on your departure & arrival ports.


3. Shop 'Till You Drop!

Who doesn't like a little retail therapy every now and then? These fine establishments will satisfy your shopping urge, fill your bags and empty your wallet!

Artists & Fleas - Open year round at Chelsea Market & N. 7th St. in Williamsburg - Featuring local artists & designers.

The Ultimate Trunk Show - June 7 from 4-9p, 135 W.18th St, NYC -  Featuring emerging designers and boutiques from all over the country.

The Strand - A city landmark for over 80 years, this bookstore houses 55,000 sq feet of new, used and rare books.

Better than Jam on Governors Island- Handmade Gifts (Governors Island a great day trip in and of itself). Bonus: Some EtsyNY team members will be featured sellers here! Nolan Park House #16. Open May 24-September 30, Fridays and Mondays 11am-5pm, Saturday and Sundays 10am-6pm

2. Stuff Yourself Silly at Smorgasburg

The place to be during the weekend for foodies. Vendors occupy two huge lots by the East River to serve you up a taste of the local food scene. You'll find just about anything to please your palette from coffee & doughnuts to cuisines from all over the world. There's even a beer garden where you can rest your weary feet with a cold beverage after a long day of eating your heart out. In Dumbo & Williamsburg:

1. Drink Like a Local

Hang out on a rooftop and soak up the view while sipping your craft beer or vodka are a few Brooklyn bars with amazing views of the NYC skyline.

Berry Park -

The Ides -

Alma -

  Upper Elm -


Here's to a great summer!!