Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Action Burger in Williamsburg is one of the few black-owned businesses in the neighborhood. (Image via Google Maps)

Local businesses need neighbors’ support now more than ever. Months of closure or significantly reduced sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on the community, and with the recent Black Lives Matter uprising, it’s critical for supporters of the anti-racist movement to put their money with their mouths are and notice gaps and shortcomings in our own neighborhood commerce.

66% of Greenpoint residents are White, which makes supporting the black and minority populations in our neighborhood all the more important. We can celebrate diversity, encourage it and learn how to make Greenpoint an even more inclusive place, starting with patronizing Black-owned businesses still open and serving the community during this tumultuous time:


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#repost from @webuyblack THANK YOU!❤️ . We Buy Black and SheaMoisture have teamed up to bring the culture the Black Business Relief Fund. The 15th business is Stuart Cinema & Cafe, @stuartcinema . . @stuartcinema features motion pictures and independent films, at affordable prices. The company bears the distinction of being the first movie theater in New York owned by a Black Latina. Stuart Cinema was opened to helped filmmakers and other artists monetize their art, in a world where spaces for independent artists are quickly disappearing. In addition, Stuart Cinema also features a cafe with a full menu, well beyond popcorn: from salads and sandwiches, to chicken fingers and espresso, there is something for everyone. Stuart Cinema provides an affordable space for film festivals, independent movie screenings and serves as a community center. . . Emelyn Stuart opened her theater without any partners, loans or investors. Since opening, several popular shows have used the space: Orange is the New Black, Billions and Ray Donavan. In addition, several celebrities have watched movies at the theater, including Hill Harper, Malik Yoba and Jon Voight. Stuart Cinema has been received warmly by the community and has plans to expand and add a second movie screen. On March 16th, however, everything changed: COVID-19 forced the theater to shutdown. In addition, the owner has been forced to layoff her three employees. Stuart is doing all she can to hang on: the theater is giving popcorn to kids for free and giving a free movie ticket to patrons who purchase a large popcorn, in anticipation of the theater opening back up. . . New Yorkers you can enjoy their famous homemade empanadas and their new Spicy Latin Burger. The cafe is open Mon – Sat, 11am – 4pm. You’re welcome to visit them for takeout as long as you wear a mask or you can have your order delivered via GrubHub. . . Visit:

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Stuart Cafe & Cinema (79 West St.)

This tiny movie theater, owned by Emelyn Stuart, is a treat to escape to for screenings of mainstream and artsy films. While current restrictions don’t allow the cinema to operate, the cafe is still open for takeout and delivery, which can be enjoyed during livestream movie nights Stuart is hosting.

Action Burger (292 Graham Ave.)

Yet another restaurant we can’t wait to return to, this comic book themed burger joint is home to over 250 free arcade games from the 80s and 90s. Pay it forward and order mac and cheese bacon burgers, deep fried pizza rolls, plus family-sized boozy slushies until we can return to full-on video game bliss with a side of munchies again. Continue reading

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Greenery Unlimited Returns This Weekend With ‘Almost Summer’ Sidewalk Plant Sale

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The indoor biophilic plant paradise next to Transmitter Park will hold a sidewalk sale this weekend with a variety of vegetables and herbs to mark the (almost) start of summer.

Greenery Unlimited (91 West St.) celebrated its grand opening in February 2019 awing plant lovers with an indoor irrigation mist machine and a gigantic living wall, not to mention an impressive array of plants available for purchase.

Following a brief hiatus of the brick-and-mortar store while focusing on home delivery during the coronavirus pause, Greenery Unlimited returns Saturday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. with a sidewalk sale. Continue reading

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Where to Buy Face Masks in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Masks by Christian Joy Costumes,

The number of coronavirus hospitalizations in New York may be on the decline for now, but the face mask is here to stay to help stop the spread of the highly transmissible virus. Many local businesses and independent creators in Greenpoint and Williamsburg are now designing and selling their own masks. Consider buying local and shopping from any of these sellers while keeping your neighborhood safe:

Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave.) is offering handmade mask in sizes, kids, regular and large. Order online to have a product shipped to you or opt for contactless pick up at their store.

Small Home (100 Freeman St.) – Small Home is a independent artist-run shop that has recently started crafting their own face masks in large and small sizes in a bandit-style for layer comfort, including pockets for filters; direct message on Instagram to order.


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Flying Squirrel Vacates Store With Curbside Items For Donation

Flying Squirrel is moving out of their 87 Oak St. store.

The Greenpoint-based vintage and children’s shop Flying Squirrel (87 Oak St.) is in the process of vacating their storefront of seven years after failing to reach an agreement with their landlord last month.

Earlier this week, owner Kate Schmitz posted a note social media explaining that her lawyer advised to move out of the storefront at the end of April:

Hello friends. I am so sad to have to say this to you, but, I will have to close flying squirrel. You could say it’s due to the virus, or you could just blame certain landlords. My rent was always ridiculous, and my landlord’s only offer once businesses were closed was that I could defer payments until December. I was lucky enough to get an amazing pro bono law firm to help me with negotiations, but even with their help, and even with josh Gutman’s personal phone #, I got nowhere. As of yesterday, my lawyer has advised me to vacate by the end of April. I am already looking for a new space – please let me know if you know of one. And please let me know if you or anyone you know has consignment you would like to pick up. I am donating the cleats to a great organization and the clothing to St Marys in Bed-Stuy. If you have any other suggestions for donations, please let me know. All those fabulous secondhand books, for example, need a home. This is so sudden. I still feel like somehow I can turn it around – I may be wrong about that, but I do know fs and I will adapt to these changing times as all of you will too. Humans are phenomenally adaptable creatures, and I think our neighborhood is going to bounce right back. I look forward to seeing you out there ASAP. Meanwhile, please stay safe and well. I send my love to you and your families. Stay in touch…and email me ASAP to arrange pick up of your consignment items! I will be saving as much as I can. It all depends on what I can do in the next 5 days. If you can stop by for curbside pick-up that would be by far the best solution. I’m just so sorry for this short notice (and this crazy late night post).

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Thursday Spotlight: smallhome is Big on Dreams, Creativity, and Style

It feels funny to say we should welcome smallhome (100 Freeman Street) to the neighborhood, even though the brick and mortar storefront has only been around for a few months. But long beyond that period, its steadfast owner, curator, and artist Julia Small has been creating works and home goods at various shops and recognizable markets and pop-ups all over north Brooklyn. And while our Thursday Spotlight series often focuses on the denizens of the Pencil Factory and other kinds of fine artists, it feels important — especially during this tumultuous COVID period — to highlight the artists of many stripes who keep our vital small business scene thriving. Learn more about Julia’s diverse work and career below, and be sure to follow along on Instagram!

Greenpointers: Congrats on smallhome’s opening! How long have you been at 100 Freeman Street, and where were you beforehand?
Julia Small: I moved just down Franklin from Oak street last November. I had been in a pop up space I built out within the kid’s shop Flying Squirrel, and East Williamsburg (across from Artists & Craftsmen, Harefield Road) before that.

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Fashion Sundae Episode 32

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While today it may feel like spring has sprung, just a few days ago the weather called for heavy coats and layers. The 32nd episode of Fashion Sundae from Watching New York captures all of the winter coat action on Bedford Avenue ahead of the return to short sleeves; take a look at the styles spotted last week in Williamsburg:

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Fashion Sundae Episode 31

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Fashion Week may have already passed this month, but the 31st episode of Fashion Sundae from Watching New York is proof that EVERY week is Fashion Week in Brooklyn. Take a look at the styles spotted last week in Williamsburg: Continue reading

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Line & Label Launches New Jewelry Line! Launch Party Tonight (2/21)

Line & Label (568 Manhattan Ave) create many of their unique, high-quality fashion and accessory products by hand in their Greenpoint shop and are adding a new line of jewelry to their repertoire, from in house by designer and owner Kate O’Reilly with a launch party tonight.

For years, Line & Label has carried Kate’s clothing designs, leather bags, and dream catchers alongside a thoughtful selection of curated products. With her background working for high end clothing designers, she brings a high-fashion sensibility with a very local touch (but without the steep price tags.)

That’s why we are very excited that after a year of thinking about creating a jewelry line, Line & Label is officially launching it and celebrating tonight!

“I have been practicing different techniques; soldering, casting, and stone setting and am excited to debut the beautiful new additions to the shop. As a designer, it felt like a natural progression,” O’Reilly.

Be the first to check out their new jewelry collection. There will also be readings by Stefanie for the launch of the Moon Void Tarot book.

Where: Line & Label (568 Manhattan Ave)

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Fashion Sundae Episode 30

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For the 30th Episode of Fashion Sundae from Watching New York, we’re are enamored with the boots and heels seen marching on the fashionable Bedford Avenue. Check out more looks spotted last week in Williamsburg: Continue reading

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Local Loves Blooms: Preview Our “Love Grows in Brooklyn” Valentine’s Market Vendors!!

Valentine’s Day is almost here, Greenpointers! Get into the mood, grab your boo, and see what’s budding at our “A Love Grows in Brooklyn” themed Valentine’s Market.  On Sunday, Feb 9th  from 1-7 pm we’ve cherry-picked 60+ of Brooklyn’s most talented crafters to set down their roots inside the Greenpoint Loft (67 West 5th fl) and tempt us with local handmade treasures.

It’s going to a day filled with whole lotta love. From fab shopping, soju winter cocktails, craft beer, yummy eats and FREE activities, come on down , spend the day and explore. RSVP here!

Now about that sweet shopping… Take a peek at some the amazing products you’ll be lusting after.

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