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Greenpoint Shopping Roundup: Best of Home Spring 2013

This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund by Paulie Gee.

Photos by Jaclyn L

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.)

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Review: Xi’an Famous Foods Opens Greenpoint Outpost

This article made possible by a donation to our Writer’s Fund Raffle by In God We Trust

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.

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Weekend Blend: 7/22-7/24

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!

Friday

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
Papacito’s
999 Manhattan Avenue

Saturday

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!

Backyard Bazaar
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
EAT
124 Meserole St at Leonard St

Sunday

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
Muddy Paws
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
Manhattan Inn
632 Manhattan Avenue
718-383-0885

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Backyard Bazaar

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!

Backyard Bazaar
Saturday June 25th, 2011 from 12-6pm
In God We Trust
70-72 Greenpoint Avenue
btwn Franklin & West

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Spring Shopping!

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.

Fanaberie
102A Nassau Ave

Dalaga has its share of cute spring dresses, too, but I’m kind of smitten with these A Star Is Born suede slingbacks. In blue or black, I think they’re hot. $85

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!

Dalaga
150 Franklin Street

In God We Trust is having a sample sale this weekend so there are one-offs and “mad ill deals” to be had for sure.

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.

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