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Stephanie is a poet & pathological daydreamer. Her books Hotel Ghost and Waiting For the End of the World are available from Bottlecap Press.

Brooklyn Bicycle Company: The Ultimate Bike for New and Seasoned Cycling Enthusiasts

There are so many things that make Greenpoint so unique: from its creative denizens and cute dogs to offbeat cocktail joints and savory restaurants. Adding to that, is the neighborhood’s love of bicycles. With many bike shops and riders pedaling in and out of the nabe on a daily basis, there’s one brand that really takes living in North Brooklyn to heart.

Enter Brooklyn Bicycle Company. Founded in 2011 by local resident Ryan Zagata, the company aims to bridge the vivid lives of people and their local communities. And what does that mean? Bike models are inspired by Williamsburg and Greenpoint street names – Driggs, Wythe, Franklin, and so on – adding a familiar flair. But, this gear is also made for real people with real lives and real priorities. That includes affordable prices, top notch parts, and artfully and aesthetically crafted bikes.

When you slip in to the Brooklyn Bicycle Company showroom, it’s beautiful, modern, minimal, and pretty cool. And you want to know something even better? You won’t get hassled or pressured to buy anything on the spot. Zagata likens the showroom to a fun, casual, and educational conversation. You can touch, feel, and admire the bikes, while learning about what may be best (or not) for you.

The showroom itself is mega cool, like a contemporary mid century modern abode. I found the aesthetics to be dope and sensible – because shouldn’t even your bike be tailored to be totally-you? (Short answer: hell yeah). As a big believer in small businesses, it’s also awesome to see a small business supporting other small businesses. At Brooklyn Bicycle Company, if you order a bicycle from the showroom, it’ll be professionally assembled by a local bike shop. Don’t live in Brooklyn? The brand has partnerships with stores all across the United States. Pretty cool, huh? And, if you don’t see a local shop in your area, Brooklyn Bicycle Company will contact a local dealer and arrange for your bike to be built at no extra charge to you.

If you have questions about a bicycle, just curious, or want to visit the showroom, check our their FAQ or schedule a visit. You can also find a local Brooklyn Bicycle Company dealer here.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and ride.

 

Brooklyn Bicycle Company
61 Greenpoint Avenue
Suite 410

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Eat Your Way Through Local Flavors at TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint For Just $38! (9/16)


You’re in for a real treat on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 (1-5pm) in the East River State Park! Revel and take part in an annual outdoor celebration of local flavors from North Brooklyn. You definitely should stop by the 9th year of this epic block party: with tasty samples from 40+ of the best restaurants and eateries, bars, breweries, plus live music and on site demonstrations.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint will be held in conjunction with our Indie Makets Market (12-7pm) at BIBA of Williamsburg (110 Kent Ave). And, if you buy tickets through our link, you’ll get a sweet sweet discount.

So, what’s the down-low? Sample some of the most hot-to-trot North Brooklyn restaurants and bars without making dozens of reservations or waiting to be seated. Plus we have a limited stash of $38 general entry tickets for Greenpointers readers ($55 value). The food sampling and alcohol imbibing festivities will occur on September 16th, 2018 from 1pm-5pm. Plus, there will be an early entry for VIP ticket holders at 12:30pm. Get your swag on.

What, or who are some of the vendors, you ask? Some restaurants and bars at this year’s TASTE include: Pies ‘n’ ThighsLighthouseGuS SodaMidnightsBaranoEleva CoffeeFreeholdLe GaminCafe ColetteScoops in CahootsBrooklyn RoastingThe Meatball ShopBrooklyn WineryBrooklyn BowlKinfolk, and more.

Midnights Fam (via TASTE)

Eat and drink your fill of local flavors, and don’t forget to stop by the Greenpointers Indie Makers Market happening right next door inside beautiful BIBA Williamsburg. The former rubber factory and only waterfront beer garden in North Brooklyn will be host 20 of the best local makers, activities throughout the day, live music, a sunset viewing party, and more!

Buy your tickets now for the super duper discounted rate of $38 for the first 30 Greenpointers readers (regular price $55)!

And, if that wasn’t grand enough, get to know your local neighbors and organizations that make North Brooklyn amazing. Stop by the nonprofit tables and meet the Greenpoint YMCANorth Brooklyn Angels, and others!

Eleva Coffee (via TASTE)
Leuca at The William Vale
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Sweet Weekend Sales in Greenpoint You Can’t Miss (8/24-8/26)

Geanpoint Pop Up at The Wythe Hotel | 80 Wythe Avenue
Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26
Kickoff party Friday the 24th from 6-10pm sponsored by Union Mezcal—FREE chainstitch embroidery with any purchase! Sale: 10am-8pm each day

Merica Lee of Merica Lee Jeans and Loren Cronk of BLKSMTH Denim Company join forces for a special ‘Geanpoint’ pop-up shop. What is it? Geanpoint is a fashion event that focuses on denim but features items from designers in the Greenpoint area. And, Greenpoint-based artist Amanda Browder will be installing one of her gigantic pieces in the space.

Browse a curated selection of Brooklyn-based companies including Cousin Sandals, Goldie’s Natural Beauty, Erin Louis Clancy, Mahps Vintage, and Loren Kathe. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gigs: Personal trainers, Babysitters, Design interns, Food Service gigs, and more

Illustration by Aubrey Nolan
Illustration by Aubrey Nolan

Churn LLC (Van Leeuwen) needs a dish washer and a porter full time. They’re looking to fill the position immediately.
Score a design internship at Java Studios (252 Java Street). You’ll get a $20/day stipend and an unlimited MetroCard.
One of our fave salons, The Karcher (760 Manhattan Ave), wants a front desk host.
Wood-fired Mexican spot, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave), needs front of house staff.
Love social media? Need an internship? Brooklyn Craft Company (165 Greenpoint Ave) needs an intern.
Looking to make some extra cash? And, you’re an amazing sitter? A family is looking for a new sitter from September-June.
Keep that ship running: Nooklyn is hunting for a storefront maintenance coordinator and office manager.
Sweat it out: Crunch Fitness put out the call for personal trainers for their Greenpoint and Bushwick locations.
The Greenpoint Shul (108 Noble Street) seeks a part-time Executive Director.

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Endless Summer: Free (or cheap) North Brooklyn Must-Dos

Movie in Transmitter Park. Photo: Megan Penmann

August is like the Sunday of summer, so why not get the most of out this month? There’s still so much fun to be had, even as summer winds down to a slow and humid crawl.

Here are some ideas to have a great and wallet-friendly summer right here in North Brooklyn: Continue reading

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Greenpoint Gigs: Counselors, Personal Assistants, Receptionists–Week of 8/6

Photo via Damian Zaleski/Unsplash

Looking for a new job? We got you check out these gigs in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

Love animals? A pet supply store needs a part time sales associate.
The YMCA wants an after school counselor and an activity specialist (in robotics!).
Know how to keep an office running? Eurostruct Inc. wants an office admin.
Your fave shop, In God We Trust is hiring.
A new cafe, Alula, has an open call for a barista.
Treadly, a fitness start up, wants a rockstar personal assistant.
An unnamed hotel seeks door men, bell men, and shuttle drivers.
Big Orange Consulting needs a receptionist.
Internship call: Brooklyn Public Library seeks a Greenpoint Digital Records Coordinator.
Bar Uni needs to fill multiple positions: bartender, server, and manager.

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THIS WEEKEND: Two Massive Clothing & Accessory Sales! (8/4 & 8/5)

Dusty Rose Sale 2018

We know you love to look cool. And, we know you love a good bargain, too. So, why not shop, spend less, and buy sustainably?

This weekend, Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) is having their 4th annual Sidewalk Sale on Sunday August 5th. They’ll have deals from the homes and studios of Doomed NYC, Jessica Perelman, OMA Jewelry, Yooca Vintage, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Morphologically, Grateful Gem Head, and Mimi Packer. Plus, a table of items that are all $2!

And, the legendary Beacon’s Closet (74 Guernsey St) is throwing their annual Summer Sale on August 4th & 5th at all of their locations. So, head to their Greenpoint spot for discounts of up to 75% off. You might just find some major designer scores, cool vintage threads, bold shoes, quirky bags, and maybe even a bangin’ body suit or two.

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Thinking of Getting Microblading? Get Your Brows Done at Evil and Love Tattoo

Before & After… Photos by Lina Aquino

Are you thinking of adding a semi-permanent cosmetic tattoo to your style? Whether you want a more defined brow or are just sick of filling-in your face with makeup every day, microblading is for you.

What is microblading,  you say? It’s a semi-permanent tattoo of thin, fine hair strokes that give a natural appearance of brows. The procedure is implemented with a tiny “pen” that contains an upwards of 12 needles to create a brush stroke effect. Since the pen is only reaching the superficial layer of skin (with semi-permanent ink), you can expect the results to last about 10 to 18 months depending on your skin type. The microblading process is purposely designed to blend in with your natural brow hair, so it won’t look fake or overdone. The results yield a super natural and face-changing look.

How do I know? I went in for the procedure myself with Lina Aquino at Evil and Love Tattoo (211 Franklin Street). It was wonderful and yes, life-changing. Continue reading

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Freckle Salon is Moving, New Location to Open in August

image via Freckle on Instagram, photo by Aldona Karczmarczyk
image via Freckle on Instagram, photo by Aldona Karczmarczyk

 

Freckle (154 Nassau Ave) is moving. The building was sold and the salon’s lease ends soon.

But, there’s good and bittersweet news. The eco-friendly skin and nail salon is moving to 81 Greenpoint Avenue at the end of the summer. You can visit Freckle on Nassau Avenue until July 28th and the salon plans to reopen in mid to late August. The space will not reopen with nail services. Customers can look forward to skincare treatments, anti-aging services, waxing, and more. Continue reading

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