Friday Roundup: Cate Blanchett, Kids Cooking Classes, and Brooklyn’s New Gin Distilleries

Catch Cate Blanchett in a Streetcar Named Desire at the Brooklyn Academy of Music before it ends December 20. [BAM]

Two gin distilleries will open in Brooklyn. [NYMag]

Get your last minute Christmas shopping done in Long Island City; you have ’til midnight. [LiqCity]

The most polluted air in NYC is in the Upper East Side, and the cleanest air is in Queens. [NYDN]

Stone Barns Center launches a new Cooking for Kids series (from breakfast to school snacks) in January. [StoneBarns]

The annual Christmas Bird Count will take place this weekend in Prospect Park. [PP]

Hertz wants to join the green travel movement. [Jaunted]

The White House garden continues to grow in winter with the newly planted spinach, lettuce, carrots, mustard greens, chard, and cabbage. [AP]