By Jen G

About Jen G

After living in NYC my entire life, I found the strongest sense of community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Running this blog is truly an honor and the best part is meeting its readers in real life. Everyday I am energized by smiles and inspiring conversations with fellow Greenpointers who tirelessly do and create incredible things that are good for our community and share the same love I have for life here. If you see me walking with my little dog "D" - please say hi!

Vote for the Greenpoint Environmental Business Stewardship Project Tonight & Saturday!

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Greenpointers,

Do you care about keeping good jobs in Greenpoint and helping local businesses to be more environmentally sustainable?

Vote for the Greenpoint Environmental Business Stewardship Project!

This project will raise the quality of life in Greenpoint by working with local businesses to prevent pollution; protect workers from exposure to chemicals; cut back on waste, water, and energy use; improve the health of the community; and grow local businesses.

Green Businesses = Healthy Communities

We have an opportunity to win a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, but we need your help!

There are three opportunities to vote!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Polish & Slavic Center 177 Kent St.

Noon – 2:30 pm or 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Polish National Home “Warsaw”

261 Driggs Ave.

10:30 am – 3:00 pm

Visit the “community preferencing” section of   www.gcefund.org

You can vote for more than one project!

Check out these great proposals as well: Greenpoint Eco-Schools: Creating a Legacy of Sustainability and Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint.

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Dirck the Norseman Orphan’s Thanksgiving

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Can’t get home to the family this Thanksgiving (too expensive, or maybe you just prefer to avoid that all together)? If so, come to Dirck the Norseman’s “Orphan’s Thanksgiving”. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 3 pm, and dinner starts at 4 pm.

For $20 a person, they’ll fill your plate with turkey, sides and fixings, plus an open bar (beer and wine).  Kids eat for free. Guests are invited to bring something sweet to the table (pie, cake, your family’s secret dessert?).

To confirm your reservation email dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com or call 718-389-2940.  Limited seating.

“Dirck the Norseman’s 2nd Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”

Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 27
Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys gone
Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin)
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 26 to: dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com

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The Scoop on the Soup for this Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundaiser!

The Splendid Spoon's Smoky Tomato Soup

We have been enticing you with all the gorgeous soup bowls you will get to chose from at this Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundraiser. Now for the main event – the soup, which is lovingly prepared and generously donated by The Splendid Spoon.

Remember to reserve you soup bowl ASAP. They are available on a first come first serve basis and there is a limited amount of bowls. Also, Nicole from The Splendid Spoon needs to know how much soup to prepare. Thanks in advance! Continue reading

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925 Affordable Apartments Available in Long Island City in Queens

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

All along the East River, in Brooklyn and in Queens, shiny new high-rise apartment buildings are going up. These towers boast deluxe amenities and stunning views. Those New Yorkers with limited incomes would be forgiven for thinking that an apartment in one of these buildings would be out of their reach. However, thanks to various government initiatives, many of these buildings are mixed-income developments that offer affordable housing options.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They are offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. As you can imagine, the demand for these apartments is high, and qualified applicants should apply to be entered into the lottery.

You must submit your application by December 15, 2014, to be entered into the lottery system. Income restrictions apply for each unit, so make sure you read through their qualifications. The city will give a seven percent preference to mobility, hearing and/or visually impaired households, a 50 percent lottery preference to residents of Queens Community Board 2, and a five percent preference to current New York City municipal employees.

This brand-new complex offers 925 total apartments with a variety of layouts. The LEED Silver designed buildings feature public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the 2-and 3-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

You can apply through Housing Connect or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014, and you are only allowed to submit one application, which will then be entered in the lottery system. Qualified applicants will be notified of their housing lottery status in early 2015, and the first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the Hunters Point South Living website.

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Reserve Your Bowl for This Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundraiser! (11/23)

Rabbit & Dragon

We specifically host our Soup Bowl Fundraiser on the Sunday before Thanksgiving because we want to make sure that before we stuff our faces with turkey and pie that we have the opportunity to offer something to our neighbors in Greenpoint who might not be as well fed as we are during the holidays.

Our 3rd Annual Soup Bowl Fundraiser is this Sunday, November 23rd from 3-5pm at EAT (124 Meserole Ave).

Bailey Doesn't Bark

We have so many gorgeous locally and handmade bowls from potters in Brooklyn!

Object & Totem, Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Selene Likes Mugs, Rabbit & Dragon, Akiko Tsuji, Little Bear Pots, Fisheye Brooklyn, Modern Mud, ClaySpace1205 & many more!

Little Bear Pots

For $25 get a locally handmade ceramic bowl + a bowl of soup from The Splendid Spoon. Free beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

100% of Proceeds benefit Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen prepares meals and offers food to hundreds of hungry folks every week. Let’s help them feed our neighbors!

*Reserve your bowl now via paypal.

First come, first serve. Come early to make sure you have top pick of all the bowls!

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Brooklyn Meat Club Comes to Greenpoint – Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey!

(sponsored)Brooklyn Meat Club is a neighborhood butcher shop, without the shop. Targeting home chefs, the newest addition to the Brooklyn business scene provides restaurant quality meat at below market prices.

“We work directly with suppliers, plus we cut out almost all of the overhead, so our products are priced to let our customers cook incredible meals 7 days a week,” founder Jorge Viscarra Jr., was quoted as saying. Viscarra has been in the meat supply business for over 15 years, working alongside his father, Jorge Viscarra Sr., the founder of GV Food Service, a thriving family business that has been serving New York for over 25 years.

Brooklyn Meat Club’s website, www.brooklynmeatclub.com, lets customers choose not just the meat they would like, but also how thick they would like their pork and beef cut. The orders are then hand trimmed to insure tenderness. In addition, they carry organic poultry and seasonings, as well as lamb and game. Customers that place their orders by Wednesdays at 4pm can pick them up that Saturday between 12 and 6 at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St) in Greenpoint.  Fresh, organic Thanksgiving turkeys are available for pick up both Saturday the 22nd and Tuesday the 25th of November.

“We want to provide not just a great product, but also a great experience for our patrons,” said co-founder Shannon Clare. “Everything will be nicely cut, wrapped and boxed for you when you get to the Safehouse. If you want to grab a beer or two, we’ll keep it cool for you until you are ready to head out.”

Clare also developed the line of seasonings, made with organic herbs, for Brooklyn Meat Club.  Iníon’s Seasons has 4 different rubs that were made specifically to bring out the flavor of the meats the pair sell. Iníon is Gaelic for daughter, and Izzy’s Herb Rub, one of the spices in the line, is named for Clare’s 1 year old.

The logo for both Iníon’s Seasons and Brooklyn Meat Club, as well as all of the art on the site, were created by Brooklyn artist Nathan Chase.  Chase, Viscarra, and Clare are all friends and residents of Greenpoint, making Brooklyn Meat Club a true neighborhood endeavor.

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Non-Toxic Birthday Party at Brooklyn Groove Promises Free Mini Facials! (11/15)

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Can you believe it has been one year since Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave) opened in Greenpoint? It’s been said that retail stores are disappearing and soon everything will be delivered by drones. This might is true for computer parts, but not for beauty products. Brooklyn Groove’s customers want to touch, smell, sample and talk about their skincare products with the added benefit of making friends at the store’s fun events. (Last time I checked drones are not BFF material.)

Brooklyn Groove sells the best quality beauty products because it searches for hard to find, organic, natural cosmetics. They knows your health is important to you, which is why they offer the most pure and unprocessed skin care products you can find anywhere. The selection is growing and now they carry the best organic lines on market such as: RMS Beauty, Vapour Organic Beauty, Dr. Hauschka, REN Skincare, CV Skinlabs, Sopwalla, 100 % Pure, S.W. Basic, Griffin Remedy, Ecobrow, Angel Face Botanicals, Meow Meow Tweet, Badger, Acure. And next week they will be receiving Intelligent Nutrients.

Celebrate Brooklyn Groove’s 1 Year Birthday this Saturday, November 15th. They will offer FREE mini facials with Dr. Hauscha products from 12-3pm. (Please book in advance.) Special guest Rachel Winard, the founder of Soapwalla, will be in the store talking about her inspiration for her organic skincare line after quitting her corporate job to start her own business. If you haven’t tried it, her natural deodorant is a bestseller!

And don’t forget the complimentary wine, free makeup consultations and real people.

See you there!

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Album Release: Lost Kings and Bored Spacemen

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Lost Kings and Bored Spacemen, is the fifth studio album from electronic musician and composer NAUGHT. Eric Scott, the man behind the moniker comes originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, lived in France and has permanent resident status in New Zealand, but he’ll say that he spent some of his most formative years in the area surrounding McGolrick Park, and is where he resides today. Continue reading

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Autumn News from the McGolrick Park Farmers Market

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McGolrick Park Farmers Market

Happy Autumn, Greenpoint, from Down to Earth Markets, the crew behind the McGolrick Park Farmers Market. We’re writing with the latest market news, including an important announcement: On Sunday, November 30th, the market will move indoors to the Lutheran Church of the Messiah! The church is located at 129 Russell Street, between Driggs and Nassau Avenues. This will be our second winter in this location, and we thank Pastor Amy Kienzle and the church community for hosting us during the chilly months. The market will be held every Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm, throughout the winter, including over the holiday weekends.  Continue reading

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Pot is Legal in Oregon & Greenpointers is For Sale

Dear Greenpoint,

I moved to Oregon!

And I couldn’t think of a better morning to announce it because after yesterday’s election recreational marijuana is now legal here. While that is a respectable reason to move across the country, it isn’t the exact reason why I am now here. My husband Jon took a position as City Forester in Corvallis and our dreams have come true to go to hot springs and hikes every weekend and be around big beautiful trees. Can you tell I am happy?

I lived the last 33 years – my entire life – in NYC and it was time to move on. But Greenpoint will always be the home I return to. In fact, I’ll be back in a few weeks for our Holiday Market (12/7) and to screen our “Gasper & Son” Neon Documentary. I’m stoked to see everyone!

What about Greenpointers?

I have been answering this question for months. While running the business from the West Coast has been really fun and is totally manageable, I believe the best thing for Greenpointers is to hand the torch to someone who will continue its mission to serve you, the amazingly wonderful people of Greenpoint, while living less than 3,000 miles away.

Greenpointers is officially for sale.

Not only is the online business very successful but our events are a huge part of the brand, so I hope to find someone who can be a savvy local publisher and an event planning guru. I know you are out there. Continue reading

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