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Fishing for Vinyl and Vintage in Greenpoint

Records and Fishing Lures

“This neighborhood is becoming a vinyl mecca,” says Robert Piskorski, owner of Dream Fishing Tackle (673 Manhattan Ave). His store, which opened 17 years ago, was known for selling fishing gear until a year and a half ago, when his daughter convinced him to start stocking antiques and quirky artifacts in a portion of the store, while still allocating much of the space for “hardcore saltwater and hardcore freshwater” fishermen’s supplies. Then about six months ago, Piskorski began carrying vintage vinyl alongside the fishing tackle and antiques. Perhaps this motley selection was brought about by his own personal disdain for big retailers like Walmart or “boring boutiques in Manhattan. They all look the same.” He feels that an optimal shopping experience brings “a sense of adventure and discovery.” Dream Fishing Tackle certainly promotes that ideology, and it’s unique to Greenpoint.

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Know Your Neighbors: Hosh Yoga Studio’s New Teacher Training Scholarships

Greenpointers Summer Market 2015 Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga
Greenpointers Summer Market 2015 Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Yoga

While sifting through clothes at beacon’s closet or grabbing a beer and a brat at Spritzenhaus, you may have seen a procession of yoga-pantsed Greenpointers heading in and out of the unassuming grey door on the corner of Nassau and Guernsey.

A closer look at 55 Nassau will lead you to Hosh Yoga, a Greenpoint nonprofit made possible by a team of 60 volunteers and instructors, which provides donation-based classes with a mission of health and wellness as a right to life, not a luxury. Continue reading

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Five Winter Workouts You Might Actually Do

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Check out Greenpoint’s weirdest (and coolest) winter workouts. Photo credit, clockwise from the top left: © Greenpoint Grappling Club, Rebecca Stevens, Williamsburg Touch Rugby, Streb, BrooklynPaper, and HollywoodStunts.

If you’re like me, your New Year’s resolution (if you made one at all) is already abandoned, and training for a half-marathon has been replaced with a snowy sprint to the bodega.

Never fear, my fellow hibernating, chubby, and cocooned Greenpointers! Below is a list of 5 fitness programs bizarre enough to get you out of the apartment and maybe even in shape before winter’s over, without even having to get on the subway: Continue reading

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Your Best Now Better

CrossFit Greenpoint offers experienced coaches, smart programming, and a supportive and thriving workout environment.

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“It doesn’t get easier. It just gets more addictive. ”

For years, many have struggled through the same, mundane health club workouts. We hear people say their lack of progress is frustrating. They’re getting bored with their program. We receive countless questions about a better way to train. This is why we decided to locally provide the CrossFit experience! Continue reading

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50% Off Tickets for District Bliss’ Couples and Vendors Socials!!

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DISTRICT BLISS IS RUNNING A 50% OFF SALE UNTIL 11:59PM TOMORROW NIGHT (12/31)

Details: Couples Social | at 501 Union | 2.21.16 | 12-4pm
What is the event: A new spin on the traditional wedding expo! A happy hour event where couples can move freely around a venue space, meet new friends, get inspired about planning their wedding, get educated on planning their wedding, and just have fun!
Who’s Invited: engaged couples, family & friends
What will be there: Inspiration, wedding tips, free food + drinks, gifts, giveaways, vendors products, photo booth, fun!
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-bliss-couples-social-ny-laidback-happy-hour-wedding-inspiration-tickets-18942935831
Deal: 50% off until 11:59 on December 31st! Continue reading

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Hey North Brooklyn, Here’s Our Toxins Mapped

To shine a light on Brooklyn’s murky legacy of contamination, the Neighbors Allied For Good Growth (NAG) and Pratt’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (
SAVI) released a beta version of a ToxiCity Map revealing the underground toxins of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The map release event was held at the Sunview Luncheonette in Greenpoint last Tuesday, but in case you couldn’t make it, here’s a re-cap.

NAG's ToxiCity Map outlines N. Brooklyn contamination.
NAG’s ToxiCity Map outlines N. Brooklyn contamination.

To get right to the point, the most significant contamination hotspots persist around Franklin and Dupont Streets (across from where Greenpoint Landing is going up) and McGolrick Park (which is host to stubborn dry cleaning plumes). There’s also the still-functioning and unsettling Radiac storage facility (cough…VICE employees may want to look into this), keeping things radioactive on Kent Avenue around the corner from PS 84. Continue reading

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Look Smart and See Happy with Sunny Eye Shop

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Dr. Saniya Shoaib at work

What does a fashionable kid who loves science do when she grows up? She follows a pathway to medicine that incorporates style. She becomes an optometrist then opens a shop that carries beautifully designed shades and spectacles.

After years of working in the industry, Greenpointer Dr. Saniya Shoaib O.D., better known as “Sunny” blends full service high-tech eye care with innovative eyewear in Sunny Eye Shop (284 Driggs Ave). Continue reading

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The Brooklyn Wine Book: Get 2-for-1 Wine Glasses at Great Local Bars and Restaurants

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Greenpoint is playing a starring role in Brokelyn’s first-ever Brooklyn Wine Book, a booklet of tickets good for 2-for-1 glasses at fantastic wine bars and wine-focused eateries from here to Cobble Hill.

Stop in for a bowl of Spicy Beef Rendang and a couple of Rieslings at Selamat Pagi (152 Driggs) an airy Balinese-inspired spot with a wine list as creative as the menu. Swing by the gorgeous River Styx (21 Greenpoint) and Continue reading

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New Restaurant ‘Cassette’ brings French-Catalonian Flavor to Franklin Street

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‘Tis the season for new restaurant openings, and last week Greenpoint had three*. One of the tastiest additions to our burgeoning dining scene is a delightful French Catalonian eatery called Cassette, whose name roughly translates as ‘little box’. Don’t let the name mislead you though, as the space is anything but small. Positioned on the corner of Kent and Franklin streets, the front of the restaurant takes up at least a quarter of the block, which it comfortably shares with Ramona, Kennaland and the former Lulu’s.

Cassette is adjacent to the Kickstarter HQ on Kent, which is somewhat convenient since one of the partners is Kickstarter founder Perry Chen. In creating the new restaurant, Perry teamed up with Henry Rich, owner of Boerum Hill’s popular neighborhood Italian Rucola. Also hailing from Rucola is head chef Joe Pasqualetto whose passion for good, simple food means that Cassette’s veg-focused menu is primed for success from the word go. Continue reading

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MADEINBKLYN: A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture (Wed 10/7)

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Brooklyn-raised recording artist and singer/songwriter Chetti is proud to present #MADEINBKLYN: A celebration of Brooklyn Music, Art, and Culture for one night only this Wednesday (10/7, 7:30pm) at t.b.d brooklyn (224 Franklin St). The event is based off the theme of her single, “#MADEINBKLYN” from her EP, In The City. Listen to #MADEINBKLYN here. Continue reading

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