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Grindpoint: Greenpoint’s New Skateboard Shop

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Just a portion of Grindpoint's great skateboarding selection

The G Train shutdown is a great opportunity to liven up your commute. Instead of walking or taking a shuttle, why not make your commute a little more fun by skateboarding? Grindpoint, a new skateboard shop on Nassau Avenue, has everything you need to get started from boards and safety equipment to clothing and accessories. Want a really special board? Grindpoint can build you one custom. Busted your favorite skateboard? Owner Simon Gabrys, a lifelong Greenpoint resident, can also help you with maintenance and does repairs.

If you’re just getting started, here are some of Grindpoint‘s options to inspire you:
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Say it ain’t so! Permanent Records is closing…

One of my fondest memories as a kid was walking into my local record store—Numbers, Records and Tapes, in Jackson Heights, Queens—hard-earned allowance of sweaty dollar bills in one hand, and The Clash’s final LP, Cut the Crap in the other. It was the very first piece of music I bought and took a whole lot of swearing on my grandma’s grave (she was still alive, btw) to convince my mom the album was curse-word free.  Under her watchful eye, I ran home and listened to all 38 minutes of it with glee. After the needle went silent, all I dreamt about that night was running back to the record store to buy more music.

Most of us remember places like these—musical havens where one could get lost in a sea of albums, sample different tunes, talk with knowledgeable people who were passionate about music, and get the scoop on new groups or gigs coming out of the woodworks. At some point every town and every neighborhood had a music store to call their own. For Greenpoint, it was and will be until September 30th, Permanent Records. Continue reading

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Bedford Slims– Brooklyn’s own Vapourette Company

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When Bedford Slims joined our Summer Market, we were pretty impressed. We at Greenpointers are always encouraged by the entrepeneurial spirit of fellow Brooklynites, and it’s getting more sophisticated all the time. Bedford Slims vapourettes aren’t only a local business, they are sold at local businesses, including seven Greenpoint stores, like P&P !

Bedford Slims take the popular e-cigarette smoking alternative and add unexpected benefits– making recyclable and better all-around with small batch, classy flavors like Southern Tobacco, Turkish Cut, and Root. (And I admit, I’m most excited about the Clove flavor, but that’s my inner goth talking!)

Many of my friends swear by Bedford Slims vapourettes as a smoking alternative– there are no known side effects that cause the level of damage that regular cigarettes do. If you don’t know what a vapourette is, check out the cute video above!

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Look in the sky! Supermoon arrives this weekend!

Supermoon rising a super moon rises over New York as seen from West Orange, New Jersey. Photo credit: GARY HERSHORN/REUTER

Take note Greenpoint, this weekend as the moon rises we will be in for a cosmic treat.  Look up in the night sky and be greeted by a supermoon, the largest and biggest full moon of 2014. Continue reading

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Someone smashing windows? Glasserie gets hit with a brick.

Shattered door at the Glasserie. Photo credit: Tal Shpantzer Photography

Some angry person has a serious gripe with the Glasserie. Wednesday night, the eatery was shocked to discover a brick had been launched straight through their glass front entrance.  The restaurant’s security footage identified the culprit as a woman in her late 20’s to early 30’s with bleach blonde hair, wearing big black sunglasses. Continue reading

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Greenpoint: Fly Your Flag!

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Show your Greenpoint Pride with a Brooklyn Flag!

The Brooklyn Flag Project is a call for entries for flag designs that represent the Brooklyn neighborhood that you know and love! We will print and produce the winning flags in Brooklyn and sell them on our site. We want you to imagine these flags hanging loud and proud in your neighbor’s apartment, your local coffee shop, outside the window of your favorite restaurant, and inside your home office. This project is all about celebrating our wonderful borough, the diversity of its many neighborhoods, and the creative people that live in it. The grand prize winner will win $1000 and royalties. There are also multiple cash prizes. Click here for details!

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Become Your BEST Self, from Anywhere!

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Accepting responsibility is the first step to change. This is what Dishan Elise, owner of human@ease, teaches through her The BEST Plan program developed for individuals who want positive change in their health and well-being. However, they get more than they bargained for when they realize this change permeates throughout their families, communities, and even the planet.

“BEST” is an acronym for “Balance, Energy, Strength, and Tranquility”. It is a 12-week program that covers all aspects of health and well-being. This complete program provides the tools for radical transformation. You can see some real life examples here. The BEST Plan is designed to deal with past conditioning and emotional obstacles related to nutrition and to break the addiction to processed foods. Dishan says “Clients are educated on proper diet and exercise and we incorporate methods to strengthen and improve all systems of the body.”

Seeing how impactful the plan was for her members, whom she calls her “BESTies”, she decided the way to have the most positive impact on our planet was to bring The BEST Plan to everyone. She understood that she wasn’t the only fitness facility bringing positive change to people’s lives, but also knew that The BEST Plan was unique in that it covers everything a body needs. In reflecting on this, her idea for a comprehensive coaching platform was born which she calls BEST.everywhere. Continue reading

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East River Ferry Up and Running!

Hallelujah, praise the lord! This weekend the East River Ferry resumes regular service.

Whew, that was a close one! Since the ferry landing’s mysterious tumble into the East River this winter, many of us wondered whether the pier would be up and operational in time for the G-train debacle. With mounting pressure from the public and Councilman Steve Levin, the owner of the India Street pier hustled to complete the new ferry landing just in the nick of time. Let us breathe a collective sigh of relief and cross our fingers the rush job didn’t compromise the quality of construction.

The temporary shuttle buses services from India Street to North 6th pier in Williamsburg will remain in effect until Wednesday.  Click here for the summer service schedule.

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