The 4th annual World Maker Faire is just one week away. A two-day celebration of all things DIY, the event will also occur in two seasons: Summer & Autumn. That’s because Saturday Sept. 21 is also the last day of summer. With this in mind I thought it interesting to look back and reflect on just a few of the notable ‘summer of making’ events that have occurred throughout the city of five boroughs, my home. From the announcement of New York City’s second Maker Week of activities concluding the season to advancements throughout the boroughs in rooftop and urban farming, from hardware startup meetups to emerging arts festivals that increasingly include makers in their lineups, it’s been a great season indeed. And of course what you see below is just a sampling. There’s so much more out there that I can’t even keep track of it all!
Geek Street Fair
Google’s first Geek Street Fair brought a smile to many kids’ – and parents’ – faces, and MAKE was there introducing kids to LED Throwies. Sadly, I was out of town for this inaugural event, but hope this street fair becomes an annual tradition of making in NYC.
NY’s Next Top Makers
Electronic Art at Flux Factory
Peter Edwards (aka Casper Electronics) and other artist-makers lead a series of workshops earlier this summer under the rubric Make It ‘Til You Break It, educating artists in the field of electronics.
Composting on Governor’s Island
Road to Maker Faire Challenge
Nestled just a stone’s throw away from one of the largest train yards in NYC is the Smiling Hogshead Ranch. On their 1+ acre of otherwise unused land they are more than capable of producing bountiful and delicious tasting grapes (and other produce).
Destination Moon arts & music festival
Fully solar-powered arts & music festival Destination Moon took place at American Youth Hostel in Manhattan and included musicians from throughout the northeast, alongside artists & makers investigating wind-powered tech, upcycling plastic bags into social statements, and pedal-powering sound systems.
Urban projection arts
The building at 837 Washington St. can now be seen from the High Line sparkling with light art. This project is by CJ, the same artist-maker who brought this aging clocktower in Queens to life earlier this year using mostly scrap electronics, hardware, and lighting equipment.
Shapeways’ NYC opening & anniversary
From lifestyle incubator to community-driven 3D printing marketplace, Netherlands- and now New York City-based Shapeways celebrated their 5th anniversary in July. Notable during their time in the boroughs, their “Factory of the Future” has gone from concept to ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Bloomberg (using a pair of 3D-printed scissors) to fully-operational printing facility.
Holography on display
An exhibition of stunning holographic art can be seen at the Holocenter‘s temporary art space in the LIC clocktower through Sept. 28. While on Sept. 21, the final day of summer & the evening of the first full day of World Maker Faire, they’ll be hosting “HoloJams: Experimental Music Night” with J. Stone (Mouthmatics) and other acts (this event is free for World Maker Faire makers with their wristbands):
Pedal-Power to World Maker Faire
And what better way to ride out summer than to join fellow pedal-power enthusiasts and bicycle to the 4th annual World Maker Faire on the first annual social bike ride on the morning of Saturday Sept. 21! Participants will get a special commemorative patch, be entered into a raffle, and receive free bike valet.