Best Booze-Free Activities in NYC

April 1, 2023 • Guest Contributor: Camille Nguyen

Dry January may be long over but if you’re looking to step into spring on the straight and narrow, we’ve got the perfect list for you. Whether you’re in the mood to explore a new craft or hobby like watercolors or quilting, or if you’d like to up your culinary game, or if you’re just looking for a way to de-stress from the daily grind sans-alcohol...this week’s guide has got you covered. ︎

Scattered Kind
Astoria, Queens

For: Sprucing up your home with floor (or wall) art made by the most unique artisan: you! From designs of your own making to established anime characters like One Piece’s Luffy and everything in between, you’ll be walking away from this workshop with a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Image source: @scatteredkind

Koreatown, Manhattan

For: Folks who are curious about ceramics but aren’t ready to take the plunge into a 6 or 8-week course series. Hit up this K-Town spot for this 2-hour wheel-throwing class every Friday and Saturday night, where you’ll get hands-on instruction from DOCLAY faculty and the firing of one piece made during your session.

Image source: DOCLAY

Brooklyn Glass
Gowanus, Brooklyn

For: One-day glass blowing, neon sign creation, or flamethrowing courses. Learn the basics by getting first-hand knowledge of the technical aspects of this flaming hot (quite literally) craft and take home items like pendants, marbles, abstract neon lighting, and other works of art.

Image source: @brooklynglass

Kettl Tea
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

For: Japanese tea lovers. Get an in-depth look and understanding of teas like matcha and gyokuro, their rich histories, and how to prepare them at Kettl’s Greenpoint location.

Image source: @kettltea

Carousel’s Press
Bushwick, Brooklyn

For: Single or multi-session screen printing workshops. Get your hands dirty and learn the ins-and-outs of screen printing at this Bushwick-based studio, where students will take home a piece of their own design and making.

Image source: @carouselspress  

Happy Medium
Chinatown, Manhattan

For: A fully-stacked art cafe where you can rent art supplies or take workshops like figure drawing, watercolor painting, and collaging. Deemed a haven for casual artists who want to create things just for the sake and thrill of creating, it also hosts monthly woodworking courses and has plans to add more to its art menu soon.

Image source: @gethappymedium

Olfactory NYC 
Nolita & West Village

For: Custom scents created by and for you. Work with Olfactory’s Scentologists to determine, create, and take home a signature scent.

Image source: @olfactorynyc

Brooklyn Craft Co. Greenpoint, Brooklyn

For: Exploring sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and other fiber arts and crafts. Give your wardrobe and home a spring refresh with handmade quilts, totes, clothing, and home decor at this Greenpoint-based craft store.

Image source: Brooklyn Craft Co.
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

For: Getting a step-by-step walk-through of French pastries and mastering the art of baking croissants and macarons, eventually taking home either 24 macarons or a dozen croissants (including plain, chocolate, and almond). If you’re looking for the perfect entry-point into the world of French pastries, this is it.

 Image source: @millefeuillenyc

About Camille Nguyen

Camille is a multidisciplinary writer and serial hobbyist with a love of painting, knitting, and cooking. She is currently based in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband and their “scruffy little dude”, Maxxie. • Instagram

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