Ah, it’s that time of year again. Some of us might take pleasure in shopping for gifts (like me!) while others are stumped when it comes to finding the perfect present. Regardless, it’s always great to have some inspiration and shop small businesses. The gifts range from a little somethin’ to a sweet splurge. Click through for some of my favorite picks from our ‘hood.
In God We Trust
Summer is officially here and after that hella winter, we best greet this long-awaited season in style. Welcome back, sun, sweat, and subway tunnels that smell and feel like the depths of Hell!
Kidding! More like, welcome back bike rides and outdoor brunch and tan lines!
With the abundance of shopping Greenpoint provides, it won’t be hard to coordinate the perfect outfit for that afternoon spent in Transmitter Park, your friend’s rooftop BBQ next weekend, or for your morning commute walking across the Pulaski while cursing the G train in a few weeks. Here are a few outfit options and some summer essentials courtesy of our awesome neighborhood to make the warm months even sweeter:
Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard! Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).
1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila 2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane 3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust 4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists 5. Vintage VHS, The Thing 6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza 7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood 8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing 9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina) 10. Donut, Peter Pan 11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District 12. Sweet shades, Alter 13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow 14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box 15. Beach tote, M. Carter 16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin 17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine 18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel 19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket 20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated 21. Basketball, BQ Sports 22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within 23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch 24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes 25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle 26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!) 27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word.
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg
Our gift guide deal for today is so special and original because you can say whatever you want (the crazier the better) and have it engraved at In God We Trust (129 Bedford Ave) – for FREE! this Thursday 12/19 from 6-9pm.
Spring is in the air! Birds are chirping, coats are coming off, and we’re all dreading the necessary (yet evil!) spring cleaning. Instead of going full-throttle into organization mode, how about buying something to give your apartment that much-needed facelift? Our local shops have plenty of home decor options at a variety of price points that are sure to help your abode get out of it’s winter rut. And now that it’s warm enough to paint outside, try investing in a fixer upper/game changer that just needs a little TLC. (Try not to use aerosol paint.)
I’d just like to get this right out of the way and say that black magic works. I’ve dabbled in the dark arts and after all of the proper blood rites have been performed and incantations memorized, I’ve gotten exactly what I wanted.
Xi’an Famous Foods has opened a location closer to me than their East Village spot. Their new location in Greenpoint (86 Beadel St) is a ten minute walk from my house, and I’d personally like to thank the Dark Lord Clothos for making this possible.
For those of you not familiar with Xi’an in all its spicy glory, allow us to show you the way. Originally from Flushing, with two outposts in Manhattan, Xi’an Famous Foods has consistently been credited with helping the resurgence of traditional Chinese food here in New York. Specializing in traditional Western Chinese cuisine, Xi’an represents conventional Americanized Chinese food in much the same way the croissanwich represents French food. A very different beast indeed.
Haven’t done a Weekend Blend post in ages, but there is so much going on this weekend that time begs for just one big post!
If you’re off from work tomorrow, you are in luck. Papacito’s is shooting a short film piece and are looking to share the experience by having a sick deal. This Friday July 22nd only, from 11am-4pm two tacos and two beers are $5 bucks flat. You’d be hard pressed to find a better deal in the hood on the hottest day of the year.
Two Tacos, Two Beers = $5
Friday July 22, 2011 from 11am-4pm
999 Manhattan Avenue
In God We Trust is hosting their third Backyard Bazaar of the summer. An open-air market featuring over a dozen vendors. In addition, In God We Trust just opened another location just last week at 129 Bedford Avenue!
In God We Trust
Saturday July 23, 2011 – 1pm-6pm
70-72 Greenpoint Avenue
Eat is having a Dinner & Ceramics event this Saturday. Serving on their newly made ceramics which some will be available for purchase, too.
Dinner & Ceramics Sale
Saturday July 23, 2011 8pm – Midnight
124 Meserole St at Leonard St
The Persistence of Kittens: North Brooklyn Cats have some fascinating, charming cats and kittens who need happy, healthy homes. Stop by this Sunday July 24th, from 2 to 6 pm and you may just meet your next best friend. Muddy Paws Pet Supplies at 447 Graham Ave. allows us to invade their wonderful backyard every weekend. All cats & kittens are vaccinated, tested, and spayed or neutered if old enough. Adoptions require an application and donation. To see most of the cats and kittens we have available, check out the Petfinder page here. Not all cats listed on the petfinder site will be at the adoption event, but email and we can arrange a meeting at your convenience. *Note that we only adopt young kittens in pairs unless you have another pet already.*
North Brooklyn Cats Adoption Event: The Persistence of Kittens
Sunday July 24, 2011 – 2pm-6pm
447 Graham Avenue
North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) launches its fourth public art project this weekend.
No Bills: Stories of North Brooklyn, a sound installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nick Yulman is a project that features dozens of oral histories of North Brooklyn residents, business owners, and community leaders that will be streamed from “listening stations” installed at sites across Williamsburg and Greenpoint through September 2011.
At 1:30pm on Sunday, Yulman will host a tour of the sites that begins at McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer & Bayard Streets); a second tour will begin at 2:30 PM, and a reception will follow. For more information on this project check out the website here. To listen to a selection of oral histories, click here.
No Bills: Stories of North Brooklyn
Sunday at 1:30 at the McCarren Park Pool
Manhattan Inn is hosting another shot at becoming the title holder of the Best Bloody Mary in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Beat out May 15th’s winners to become the NEW best. The event is sponsored by Reyka Vodka and head down early to sign up and take advantage of their Reyka Vodka Open Bar from 5pm-5:30pm. There will be 12 spots and anyone can enter. All ingredients will be provided, but contestants are allowed to bring additional “secret ingredients” if they choose. They will be judged on taste, of course, as well as presentation, creativity, and level of spiciness.
In addition to the prestigious title as creator of “The Best Bloody Mary in Williamsburg & Greenpoint”, the winner’s Bloody Mary creation will be featured on the Manhattan Inn brunch menu for one month, and they will receive a gift certificate as well.
The Best Bloody Mary in Williamsburg & Greenpoint Competition
Sunday July 24, 2011 at 5pm
632 Manhattan Avenue
In God We Trust is gearing up for their next Backyard Bazaar. An open air market featuring over a dozen vendors including Dusen and Dusen, Buyers Remorse, Osborn Shoes, M. Carter, custom portraits by Nathan Gelgud, Lila Rice Jewelry, vintage and antiques. Plus, there’s 10% off your entire purchase at the Greenpoint store, snacks, free beer and mimosas!
Saturday June 25th, 2011 from 12-6pm
In God We Trust
70-72 Greenpoint Avenue
btwn Franklin & West
The Greenpoint shops have some kickass new things for Spring – which I’m told will come, eventually. With the three day weekend, go brave the cold and shop for the inevitable skin baring days ahead.
Fanaberie is fast becoming the destination for inexpensive but damn adorable dresses in Greenpoint. They have a whole new crop of cute ones including my favorite – this cocoa brown lace trimmed ruffle dress for just $39.
102A Nassau Ave
Andddd since winter isn’t exactly done with us yet – Dalaga is also having an end of season sale where you can pick up some great coats like this Noble Cadet Button Coat for just $60!
150 Franklin Street
In God We Trust
70 Greenpoint Ave
P.S. Get out and shop locally – check out the Greenpoint Business Alliance for the most respected spots in the neighborhood to shop, eat and drink.