By Liz F

About Liz F

Liz became a contributor to Greenpointers when Propeller Coffee opened on her block, making an instant regular out of her; the urge to tell the neighborhood was irresistible. She works in a cross-section of film, TV, and music and writes for Greenpointers to feed her fascination with small businesses.

A Greenpoint “Love” Story: Two Business Owners Create a Book Together

 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg - herself on the right, and Adina Grigore on the left

 

Greenpointers is excited to present a joint interview with two Greenpoint residents and business owners who recently collaborated on, and published, a book – a partnership they told us originated from this very website. We had to find out more.

The book is called Skin Cleanse: The Simple, All-Natural Program for Clear, Calm, Happy Skin. Adina Grigore, founder of skincare brand S.W. Basics, wrote it, and asked local illustrator Libby VanderPloeg to illustrate it. It was published last week, just ahead of S.W. Basics’ March 1st launch in 500 Target locations nationwide – a huge accomplishment for a small business with a commitment to natural ingredients.

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Want to be set up on a date in Greenpoint? Introducing: LOVE BITES!

Dear readers – we’re excited to announce the launch of our new Greenpoint matchmaking series, Love Bites! Inspired by similar efforts by The Boston Globe Magazine and The Guardian, we’re partnering with some of your favorite neighborhood restaurants and bars to set up complimentary dates for Greenpointers who want to meet someone new. Here’s how it’ll work:

1) Submit your information to us via the form below – include a photo to help us get to know you. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation with Sisters-in-Law Katherine Conkling Thompson & Elizabeth Thompson

Katherine Conkling Thompson (left) & Elizabeth Thompson (middle), with cousins Penelope, Beatrice, and Abby (right) - © Fabian Palencia

Today we present the grand finale of our Women’s History Month interview series, which began in March and introduced us to some wonderful women through the thoughtful nominations our readers submitted. We’ve already posted interviews with six Greenpointers who are doing exceptional things in the neighborhood – Amy, Jay, Sogoal, Lauren, Nackie, and Meg – and today we have a unique final post to share.

Allow us to introduce two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Thompson and Katherine Conkling Thompson, who both nominated each other! Their Greenpoint homes are just three blocks apart, on Milton and Calyer Streets respectively, so we arranged to sit down with them together at Katherine’s house on a misty gray Sunday evening. Her daughter Abby (17) and Elizabeth’s daughters Beatrice (8) and Penelope (4) joined us in the living room and took part in our interview. Katherine’s older daughter Charlotte (20) is away at college and was sorely missed, especially during the photos – and her eldest son, Eliot (22), also deserves a mention, as his childhood soccer adventures play a large role in why his aunt Elizabeth nominated his mom. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – An Abundance of Nominations!

Before we reveal the final interview in our Women’s History Month series (yes, a roll-over from March ,but worth the wait!), we want to shine a spotlight on the excellent reader nominations we received but weren’t able to connect with in person for interviews. These are some Greenpoint women we should all know about:

Jennifer Fiore & Nina Lalli, MONDAYS Projects
Nominated by their friend Nicole, Jennifer and Nina originally met in a Monday night ceramics class and now share a studio in Greenpoint where they make beautiful pieces by hand. MONDAYS ceramics can be found at Joinery, Warm, Spina, Mrs. Robertson/Gabriela de la Vega, and at BRIKA. Jennifer and Nina have also crafted custom plates and cups for the dining room at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin, Ovenly

Erin (left) and Agatha (right) - courtesy of Ovenly

Nominated by an adoring stranger, who shared: “I’d like to nominate Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin from Ovenly. It’s one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, and I’m happy to support local businesses. I actually don’t know them, so this is not a very personal nomination…but I enjoyed reading about their business and love visiting their little bakery.” Note to that reader: they were honored to hear of your nod to them! Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Meg McNeill

Meg McNeill © Fabian Palencia

The page on the calendar may have turned, but we had such a great response to our Women’s History Month interviews in March that we still have a couple of fantastic ladies to showcase throughout early April. This next profile took us to Dandelion Wine on Franklin Street on a quiet Monday night, to meet with the inimitable Meg McNeill, who was nominated for these reasons by her friend, Rachael:

Meg is an all-around wonderful person and especially awesome Greenpoint woman! She’s thoroughly involved in the neighborhood and Greenpoint community. From servicing it directly and providing us all with wonderful wine at Dandelion Wine, to supporting neighborhood businesses and friends, attending her friends’ music and art shows, to bringing a positive ‘tude to nearly every situation. PLUS she just became a Certified Sommelier, which is no small feat. All-around stand-up lady.

Meg opened a bottle of wine for us, set out some She Wolf Bakery bread for snacking, and a fascinating conversation followed with a very smart, warm, and funny neighborhood fixture. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Nackie Karcher

Nackie Karcher © Fabian Palencia

Greenpointers contributor Eddy Vallante heard about our Women’s History Month series and suggested we take the opportunity to speak with his friend Nackie Karcher, owner of The Parlour Brooklyn, a popular hair salon on Greenpoint Avenue. Eddy nominated Nackie because she’s “super awesome,” so how could we resist? We visited her at the salon after-hours and got to know this thoughtful, hardworking local businesswoman.

GP: I loved that your bio on The Parlour website refers to you as a Florida sun-child. How did you end up here, so far north of that?

Nackie: It’s a great question. I never expected to be here; I never had plans to be in New York. But doing hair did pull me here, and that’s how my career ended up evolving. To me, New York is a coastal city; especially in Greenpoint, we’re on the water, and I think that if I didn’t hear seagulls here, I probably wouldn’t be in Greenpoint, or wouldn’t be in New York, as long as I’ve been. That’s one of the things I love about Greenpoint – being by the water. Part of my passion for boating and all things maritime just clicks well in New York. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Lauren Jobson-Ahmed

Lauren Jobson-Ahmed © Fabian Palencia

This installment in our Women’s History Month series brought us to the home of Lauren Jobson-Ahmed, Ed.M. and arts educator – nominated by her friend Michelle, who told us:

Lauren is an amazing Greenpointer and native New Yorker who works for the Urban Arts Partnership which endeavors to bring innovative art programs to inner city kids. She is also a portrait photographer who is capturing the history and style of her elder Cuban relatives who made their distinct mark on NYC upon arrival in the 1960s. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Sogoal Zolghadri

Sogoal Zolghadri © Fabian Palencia

We have another awesome Greenpoint woman’s tale to tell today. Sogoal Zolghadri’s talents as an artist and baker came to our attention through her roommate Nina’s glowing nomination:

Sogoal Zolghadri is not only a fantastic Greenpoint-based cookie decorator (and baker), but also an incredible watercolourist. Her cookies have been featured by Vogue, Martha Stewart, Free People, Nasty Gal, and countless blogs. She makes Greenpoint awesome by headquartering her incredible Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop here. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Amy Lipkin

Amy Lipkin © Fabian Palencia

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we recently put out a call for nominations for AWESOME Greenpoint women. We’re kicking off the series with Amy Lipkin, who was nominated by her sister-in-law Jenne who shared:

Amy is an awesome Greenpoint treasure – one of the most fun, hard-working and interesting women I know! I think you should know her, too. For the past 3 years, she has lived in her Greenpoint apartment, out of which she co-founded North Sea Air, a creative agency that provides brand strategy and representation for artisans and business owners. Continue reading

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Know An Awesome Greenpoint Woman? We Want To Meet Her!

1917 picket line, c/o Library of Congress

March is just a few days away, and it signals Women’s History Month. We want to honor this nationally recognized time period on a local level by meeting some of the women who make our neighborhood stronger and better. To do that, we need your help! We’ll be accepting nominations all month for the Greenpoint women you think we should know. Continue reading

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