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Fashion Sundae Episode 17

Courtesy of Watching New York

Who said that people in NYC only wear black and grey, especially when it’s cold enough to bundle up like a potato sack? For Fashion Sundae Episode 17, Watching New York shows that there are plenty of ways to offset the potato sack effect, even if it’s by layering up a Canadian Tuxedo (see photo 5).

Take a look at the styles spotted last week on Bedford Avenue:

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Brooklyn Bazaar Announces Liquidation Sale Ahead of Final Two Weeks

Brooklyn Bazaar is closing after a final show on Nov. 30th

There are still two more weeks left to catch a show at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave.), which is closing for the second time in Greenpoint at the end of the month following “ridiculously unreasonable” negotiations with the building’s landlord.

The bazaar announced today that they are liquidating inventory at the Polonaise Terrace building which was listed in April for $11.75 million. Continue reading

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Nail of the Day Opens on Franklin Street With Discounts Through the End of November

Nail of the Day opened today at 102 Franklin St.

A new nail salon opened today on Franklin Street and is offering discounts through the end of the month to celebrate.

Nail of the Day (102 Franklin St.) says that it offers “nail services and lash lifting using all Japanese premium products” and will be open every day from 11 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Continue reading

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Calling all Antique Fanatics: Go Behind the Scenes at the City Reliquary

 

Atlas Oscura is hosting another local event, this time entertaining lovers of all things New Yorky and antique-y: unlock special after-hours access to the City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave) in Williamsburg with a tour by its founder, Dave Herman! Enjoy this exclusive and intimate tour that maxes out at 12 people for $25 each on November 18 from 6 to 8 PM.

The City Reliquary is a not-for-profit museum in Williamsburg that connects visitors to the past and present of New York. On this exclusive tour, you’ll come to know our collection of obscure ephemera, containing anything that might tell you about the past and present of daily life in New York, from Greek coffee cups to terracotta fragments of landmark buildings. You’ll learn about city infrastructure, prize-winning locals, historic scams, and landmarks both iconic and obscure, as well as how these collections came to be.

Afterwards, enjoy local beer in our treehouse bar (weather permitting).

Tickets are $25 — to book and learn more, visit here.

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Art Show at Lost Retainer Features All Greenpoint Artists

The Greenpoint artist collective Lost Retainer (171 Calyer Street) is hosting an art exhibition from November 9th through 25th.

The secret weapon? All ten of the featured artists will be members of the Greenpoint community. Its show “$99 3 Month Special”, curated by Rebecca Rau, will be unique in it will be Lost Retainer’s final show in 171 Calyer St. before the building is knocked down.

Just off of Manhattan Avenue, this sprawling space is an impressive 9600 square-feet studio that’s covered in mirrors.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, November 9th to kick off the show’s two-week run. The reception is sponsored by local favorites Brooklyn Brewery and Grapepoint Wine. Enjoy some bevs while supporting local art this weekend.

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Thursday Spotlight: At HACO, Community Is as Vital as Art

There are lots of galleries and art spaces in Greenpoint; this is no secret. But HACO is attempting something fresher, bolder, and — most inherently — communal. In today’s Thursday Spotlight, we speak with HACO’s managing director Yoko Suetsugu about her work and pursuits, HACO’s current show Drench, and the art of building community. Located at 31 Grand street and open Wednesdays to Sundays from 1 to 6 PM, HACO is now celebrating its two-year anniversary and will  have a closing party for its current show on Saturday at 5 PM. Catch the show before then, and learn more here! Continue reading

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Non-Toxic Nail “Saloon” Lili and Cata Brings the Ultimate Mani-Pedi Experience to Greenpoint

When getting a mani-pedi is one of the few times in a week you can sit back and relax, you want it to be the ultimate “me time” experience. For busy momtrepreneur Lilly Rojas, that means getting your nails done while sipping on wine (pending wine and beer license) or hot cappuccino in a beautiful tranquil setting – all while putting your health first.

That’s why she opened Lili and Cata (72 Greenpoint Ave), a non-toxic , cruelty-free, vegan nail salon set in a tranquil environment with plants peppered throughout, plush reclining velvet pedicure chairs, and crisp clean air with hints of freshly brewed coffee wafting in.

Lili and Cata’s Espresso Bar & Cafe

Lili and Cata is an inviting and warm space with a luxurious touch. The bright interior is accented with soft golds and flows naturally into the fully equipped espresso bar that is separated by greenhouse-like floor to ceiling windows. You can imagine the perfect gathering of friends here, and indeed it is available for private events – from bridal showers, birthday parties, company parties and more.

Lili and Cata is peppered with plants

With the help of husband Jorge Rojas, who has a background in architecture and paid careful attention to every detail in the build-out of the space, Lili and Cata has created an experience as beautiful as they would expect in their own home. A family operation, the business is named after their daughters, who are also the inspiration behind their commitment to safety and environmental consciousness.

Highest quality non-toxic products are used

Here’s how Lili and Cata maintains the highest quality services and products:

  • Use of non-toxic, vegan cruelty-free long-lasting nail lacquers that are free of nasty chemicals like formaldehyde, TPHP, and many more.
  • Hygienic techniques in its Clean Cube to sanitize, disinfect, and sterilize every tool that is used in each service
  • Waterless processes that are both eco-friendly and reduce the risk of foreign infections. Going waterless saves an estimated 12 to 15 gallons of water per service. It also eliminates the use of water jets which can often be full of germs. Plus soaking nails in water shortens the lifespan of your lacquer due to nail expansion and contraction.
  • State-of-the-art ventilation system at each individual station to provide the cleanest and freshest air for every client
  • Positive work environment for hard-working nail technicians by paying them fair wages and treating them with the respect they deserve.

Support small family-owned businesses and Lili and Cata’s mission by booking an appointment or buying a gift certificate for someone who deserves to be pampered!

Mention “Greenpointers” for a 20% discount through November 22nd. (For first-time customers only and cannot be combined with any other offers.)

They welcome walk-ins, but just to be safe, make sure to book online.


Husband and wife team Lilly and Jorge Rojas worked hard to bring the concept of a healthier beauty option to Greenpoint and are grateful for the neighbors who have warmly welcomed them. They hope to continue to be an oasis and a respite from the daily grind.

Lili and Cata has a fully equipped espresso bar and it is also waiting for the final approval of their tavern wine license, which will allow them to serve wine and beer. 

Location: 72 Greenpoint Avenue (between Franklin St. and West St.)

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday (10AM to 8PM), Sunday (11AM to 6PM), Closed on Mondays

Book an appointment: www.liliandcata.com (Walk-ins welcome but book online to ensure that they can provide service at your convenience.)

Phone: 917.909.0421

Follow them on Instagram and Facebook

(Huge thanks to Lili and Cata for sponsoring this story and supporting local media.)

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Fashion Sundae Episode 15

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For Fashion Sundae Episode 15 from Watching New York we once again take a look back at the styles spotted last week on Bedford Avenue. Fall topcoats of all shades and colors were out in full force as ankles were still exposed is defiance of the seasonal chill. For more style inspiration: Continue reading

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Manhattan Avenue Plant Shop Soft Opening Relocates to Nassau Avenue

Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave) is moving today to Nassau Avenue.

On its second anniversary, the plant shop Soft Opening (570 Manhattan Ave.) will move to Nassau Avenue to focus on building an online store.

On Friday, Soft Opening’s owner Kristin McLaughlin posted a message on Instagram stating that she started the business in a smaller storefront on Nassau Avenue near McGolrick Park and that she is moving Soft Opening back to its original location on the businesses’ second anniversary. Continue reading

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