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Live Fast and Dye Hard: Spotlight on Shibori Haus

Brooklyn has no shortage of its creative talents. From dedicated writers and enthusiastic musicians to dynamic artisans and engineers, we’ve got it all. Shibori Haus is another tool that should be in any Greenpointer’s arsenal when you want to get down and crafty. Shibori Haus, founded by Jes Vuong, offers workshops in the art of shibori dyeing.

I sat down with Jes to chat about our favorite place (Brooklyn) and to learn more about this slammin’ and mindful art form.

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Gettin’ Crafty: A Record Bowl from The Thing

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Outside The Thing

Even if you don’t like secondhand shops, if you’ve lived in Greenpoint long enough, you probably know about The Thing. The Thing is Greenpoint’s premier purveyor of castoff clothing, dated dishware and random tchotchkes. Oh yeah, and a million records, give or take.

The records are housed primarily in the store’s dank basement, where they live crammed into shelves and milk crates in no certain order. Universally priced at $2 a pop, dedicated diggers may find a gem or two worth much more than that.

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Inside The Thing. Downstairs, in fact.

I don’t collect records, but I do collect craft projects, so I headed to the Thing this weekend in search of one. Seeing all those records collecting dust inspired me to try my hand at the DIY record bowls I’d seen on Pinterest for ages now.

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Shop All Weekend at Bushwick’s First Annual Vintage Crawl (6/4-6/5)

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Local lovers of vintage are revving up their engines (and eating extra protein bars) for Bushwick’s First Annual Vintage Crawl—an event that’s sure to see hoards of shoppers rummaging through racks and sprinting from shop-to-shop this weekend (June 4-5).

Here’s a breakdown of the stores involved, so you can get hyped up and plan your shopping route…

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Get Inspired: Our Favorite DIY Wares At The Renegade Craft Fair

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Colorful dinosaur planters by Plaid Pigeon

The Holy Grail of craft fairs took place last weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center, proving once again that Brooklyn knows how to get seriously creative. We were mesmerized by rows of homemade house wares, clothing, jewelry, and paper goods. A refreshingly unique assortment of products were on display, from metallic inlay ceramics and vintage jewels, to hysterical signs.

Couldn’t make it to the market? Never fear. We snapped the best booths so you can relive the Renegade experience–and shop some of our favorite brands online.

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#aloneha: Tropical Goth Is A Thing

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Tropical goth fashions via Wetstunts on Instagram

The latest un-popular fashion trend is Tropical Goth—and it’s exactly what you think it is. Picture Charles Manson wearing a Hawaiian shirt stumbling into a backyard BBQ grill. Flaming flamingos and casual-day-for-cutters aside, you may not know that Tropical Goth is also a Brooklyn-based record label and dance party (of course it is). The Tropical Goth crew emerged a couple years ago from the minds of a couple of Bushwick’s Bossa Nova Civic Club DJs. The maestro of Tropical Goth is Shredder aka Chris Video, with Publicist, Food Stamps, Marcus Webb, Deadontheinternet and other tortured tiki souls dropping beats at select parties. Somehow they manage to blend beachy island vibes with dark industrial techno better than the best pina colada you’ve ever had on a drug-fueled bachelorette party in Puerto Rico. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Traveling Boutique Will Now Open Shop in June!

Clotilde-WalkTheWest-GreenpointLike an old friend you might see once in a blue moon, Walk the West is Greenpoint’s traveling boutique that comes bearing goods and stories, often unexpected and unannounced. Continue reading

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5 Greenpoint Shops That Will Game Change Your Closet Clean Out And Earn You Some Cash

Well hello there, Spring! We’re finally seeing some blooms and sunshine in the neighborhood again.  And, you’re probably gearing up to clean out your closet and maybe add a little somethin’ new to your collection. If you’re in a major purging mode, you’re probably organizing your once-loved items by category. Think: donate, keep, and sell. Did you know that there’s quite a few stores in our area that you can sell your gently-used clothes, shoes, and accessories to?

If you want to get started on selling and need some key tips to maximizing your return, read on for some expert guidelines on where to sell and how to clean out your closet like a pro.
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Greenpoint’s Gorgeous Little Secret: The Karcher Salon & Spa

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The Karcher’s adorbs back patio.

From the outside, The Karcher is an unassuming, if not extremely charming-looking salon. But inside, past the hair parlor and through the back door the space opens up to a sunny back garden. Owner Nackie Karcher tells me she got married in the garden, and it’s clear why. The space, private and enclosed with climbing vines feels tucked away, a gorgeous little secret. And that’s exactly the vibe of The Karcher salon and spa itself. Continue reading

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May Days with Club Beats, and Jazz Among the Ruins: Red Bull Music Festival Preview

Dizzee Rascal already sold out. Below are shows you should jump on now.

Anyone who hung out around the waterfront near Pop’s Popular Clothing last summer knows that that area is suddenly humming.

The rooftop bar at Northern Territory is popular with out-of-towners, and The Diamond‘s lovely backyard is a block away.

But that doesn’t explain the pumping outdoor sound stages around there, and grown-ups buzzing around on tiny trick bikes.

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That’s all House of Vans. They host outdoor events in the summer, and Red Bull is a sponsor.

As everyone knows, R.B. & vodka is the go-to drink of the American Psycho and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps crowd, so it’s quirky but good that the company’s always liked skaters too.

Here’s a preview of local shows that are part of the Red Bull-branded festival. Continue reading

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Our Spring Market Home Decor Vendors!

Home Decor Vendors - Spring Market 2016This Sunday, come on down to 67 West Street starting at 1 pm to find some cool accessories and furniture for your newly spring-cleaned home (or if you’re like us, the apartment you’ve been totally meaning to get around to spring clean).

After the jump, get a sneak peek at our awesome home decor vendors. We hope to see all of you Sunday afternoon! Continue reading

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