Proof that the Great Recession has a silver lining, Brad Estabrooke, who lost his job in finance in 2008, is today opening the doors of his brand-new gin distillery near the Gowanus waterfront. The Breuckelen Distilling Tasting Room offers hand-crafted gin made on site with organic New York grains, and, according to Estabrooke, this is the first time that gin has been bottled in New York City since Prohibition—well, legally anyway. A tour of the distillery, with its grain mill, copper still, and fermentation tank, will also be offered to anyone who’s interested.

Sun., Aug. 1, noon, 2010