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!

Holiday Specials from Usha Veda Yoga

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Give the gift of yoga to yourself or a friend with these sweet holiday deals from Usha Veda Yoga, located at 1104 Manhattan Ave.  Sale packages are available from 11/27/13 through 1/7/14. The holidays can be hectic and stressful and yoga is a great way to really unwind and reconnect with yourself.

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“Gasper & Son” Trailer – LIVE! + RAFFLES!


We began filming Gasper & Son over a year ago and are so proud to debut the film trailer and website today!

Thanks to everyone who helped produce this film, our kickstarter donors and all the talented people who came together to make this happen. It has been a truly collaborative effort and has come together brilliantly!

Please watch the trailer and let us know what you think. We have been submitting Gasper & Son to national film festivals and will announce screenings soon.

We will also be screening the trailer this Sunday at our Greenpointers Holiday Market. Buy $5 raffle tickets with the chance to win prizes from the following local businesses who are generously supporting the film:

Human@Ease, Five Leaves, Nights and Weekends, Punk Rope, Paulie Gee’s, The Diamond, Eastern District, Kennaland,  Sparrow Salon, Nitehawk Cinema, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., Adelina’s, Dusty Rose Vintage, Home Coming, Violet Pepper, Duke’s Liquor Box, The Splendid Spoon, Cafe Grumpy, Usha Veda Yoga, El Born, The Habitat, Silk Road Cycles

If you want to help us cover the post-production costs please make a donation to Gasper & Son via paypal (in $5 increments). Funds raised will go toward producing the trailer, music licensing, sound mix and festival submission fees. Continue reading

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Make it Through the Holidays Looking, Feeling & Doing Good with Deals at Sparrow Salon

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That time of year is upon us, when we are supposed to be thinking about family and friends and happiness and cheer, while trying to deflect all the stress and pressure the season also brings. Sometimes a little pampering can help do the trick. Whether you gift it to yourself or a loved one, no one is going to want to return a massage or a great hair cut.

At Sparrow Salon in Greenpoint “everything is intertwined. If you look good you feel good. If you feel good you can do good. If you do good you feel good. And if you feel good you look good. You can’t take one away without the others suffering.” That’s the key behind Sparrow’s blend of massage, hair styling, and sustainable gifts and beauty products.

And for Cyber Monday get 15% off all gift certificates with code “HappyHolidays” and 20% off all retail in the shop or online with code “HolidayGifts”.

Every day get $20 off the first massage and $20 off the first Hair Cut or Color. Just mention this deal during service.

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Soup Bowl Fundraiser Recap! Donate to Soup Kitchen Today!

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Thanks to everyone who made the Soup Bowl Fundraiser this past Sunday happen! EAT, Brooklyn Brewery, The Splendid Spoon, contributors Isabel @aobelis & Peter @grizzzly and the following potters: Little Bear Pots, Akiko Tsuji, Rabbit & Dragon, Selene Likes Mugs, Clayspace, Freundeskreis, Cor Pottery, Stephanie Tran, Calyer CeramicsBailey Doesn’t Bark, Fisheye Brooklyn, & Object Totem.

We raised $526 for The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen & Food Pantry, a local organization that feeds hundreds of hungry Greenpointers. Today they are busy making over 30 turkeys for homeless and hungry neighbors.

If you couldn’t make it out to the fundraiser on Sunday, why not make a donation in any amount to this important organization at this very special time of year.

Happy Thanksgiving, Greenpoint!

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Don’t Hibernate this Winter, Become a Beast Instead

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Beastanetics, the high-intensity interval training program, which has
become the darling of McCarren Park during the warmer months, will
return to human@ease (31 Nassau Avenue bet Guernsey & Dobbin) this
winter with classes taking place on Wed & Fri at 6:45am and 8am.
Beastanetics can help you improve your stamina, strength, power,
balance, and overall conditioning, while boosting metabolism and fat
loss. On Yelp, Beastanetics has a perfect average rating of 5 stars.

Session 1 runs from 12/3-1/23 and Session II from 1/28 to 3/20. Space
is very limited so don’t delay. The fee for the 8-week session (16
classes) is $160. A limited number of drop-in slots will be available
at $17 per class. human@ease is a beautifully appointed fitness studio
in Greenpoint.

For more information visit beastanetics.com or email tim@beastanetics.com.

To register: http://punkrope.com/store/beastanetics/12-3-14/

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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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