Being consistent with exercise has never come easy to me. Even though I like the exhilarating feeling of a good post-workout sweat, it’s getting up and actually going that is my challenge. My mind would make up all kinds of excuses to avoid going to the gym, everything from the bad weather to just not feeling like it, but mostly I would tell myself that I don’t have time.
The fact that for several years, I’ve managed to go to [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) at least once per week is a telltale sign of its appeal. I find [email protected] to be a warm, welcoming environment that distinguishes itself from your run-of-the-mill commercial gyms, and their signature Introversion Training whips me into shape in 30 minutes.
Self-proclaimed as a”Zen Chill Zone,” I can say from personal experience that [email protected] feels like a wellness sanctuary, rooted in the neighborhood but with elements reminiscent of exotic parts of the world. After a long week of work, I come here, push my muscles into exhaustion in the most meditative way. Continue reading →
Starting at the north end of Manhattan Ave., the restaurant formerly known as Barley (1025 Manhattan Ave), and recently before that Whiskey Burger, closed briefly in July and relaunched as the The Royal. For fans of the fomer incarnations of the restaurant, there are few changes to the new menu, and yes, the burger is still available.
At 98 Greenpoint Avenue, the awning was installed on Thursday for the forthcoming expansion of the Queens-based lifestyle store Lockwood, which is scheduled for a Septermber opening, according to owner Mackenzi Farquer who spoke with Greenpointers about the expansion. Continue reading →
We’re now in the final stretch of summer with temperate breezes setting in (for now) after a sultry July and the styles that Watching New York spotted last week in the neighborhood reflect the airiness of recent days. Effortless blazers, vests, flowing dresses and classic summer styles were all spotted in Greenpoint and Williamsburg last week; for more follow along at @WatchingNewYork.
After nearly 10 years in the neighborhood, Greenpoint wellness center, [email protected], is supercharging class offerings and launching a new retail space! To celebrate, on Saturday, August 17th, [email protected] is presenting a full day of free events, classes, entertainment in order to showcase their expanded group fitness class schedule and renovated retail space featuring local vendors.
The Ohm Room, the oasis that is home to daily group fitness classes, will be host to a full day of “teaser” classes, offering a bite-size taste of a variety of classes on the [email protected] line-up. Newer class additions including Power Vinyasa, Zumba and a weekly Tibetan Soundbath will be joining owner Dishan’s signature Introversion class and long-standing staple classes Tai Chi and Light Flow Yoga. A mid-day Plant Meditation will be led by Rossana Ines Rossi, host of upcoming Intro to Plant Medicine workshop and creator of the Victory Plant Medicine line sold in store. At noon the room will host a dreamcatcher making workshop led by Kate of Living the Dreamcatchers, which will send participants home with dreamcatchers of their own creation.
In addition, [email protected] is putting a spotlight on local vendors in the bright, renovated retail space, which has recently undergone a true transformation in the hands of local clothing designer and Greenpointers Market veteran, JWhite. Alongside JWhite, Bella Waera, Goodies 4 Goddesses, Victory Plant Medicine, The Fe Project, The Fanciful Fox, and many more local brands are on beautiful display and will be present to get to know the clientele that has been supporting their creative Brooklyn brands over the years.
Attendees can expect to cycle through the mini-classes while enjoying Henna art by Miss V, Nail Art by Priscilla, Tarot readings and shopping during breaks with mocktails sponsored by Chlorophyll Water, Monfefo Ginger Shots and Teas of the Valley. There will be incentives and specials, offering guests an intro price of $49 for their first month of studio membership as well as brand-specific product promotions.
(Sponsored post by [email protected], Greenpoint’s zen chill zone.) Established in 2010, [email protected] is home to a community of practitioners offering a wide span of holistic services in our beautiful space located steps from McCarren Park.
Through supportive fitness and wellness programs such as our well-rounded signature BEST Plan, [email protected] aspires to engage and empower the community through physical, mental, and social stimulation. We offer our clients a diverse schedule of events, classes, and workshops, as well as eastern body therapies and wellness coaching programs.
Our accessory retail space offers an eclectic selection of apothecary and other handmade goods crafted sustainably by local artisans.
The weather’s warmed up, the sun’s come out, and we’re out here taking full advantage! Local Greenpoint businesses have you covered with refreshing summer drinks and seasonal specials. Next time you’re looking for a place to chill with your friends, try out one of these spots and get an extra 10% off, up to 30% total, when you pay with the Cinch app and use code SUMMER! June 7-14 only.
Try a New Summer Drink
In the mood for a sour beer? Spritzenhaus has got one on tap. If sours aren’t your thing, try one of the other 24 beers on tap at this expansive beer garden. If you can’t find an awesome new beer to love with that many options, well, we don’t know what to tell you. Try a cocktail instead?
If you’re a fan of canned cocktails, Duke’s Liquor Box has an intriguing new option to check out. The Long Drink is a Finnish tradition dating back to 1952; its refreshing citrus taste and liquor kick make it great for summertime parties.
Take Your Taste Buds on Vacation
If you live in Greenpoint, you’re probably very familiar with Polish food. If you haven’t tried it yet (or even if you have), check out Polka Dot Cafe or Krolewskie Jadlo for modern takes on traditional Polish and eastern European comfort foods. Polka Dot Cafe is a casual, counter-service spot while Krolewskie Jadlo is a sit-down restaurant appropriate for a first date.
Brooklyn Label is known for their American classics and brunch, but they recently ventured into French territory with a beef bourguignon dinner special. Visit during happy hour for 2-for-1 margaritas and whiskey sours!
Sponsored by Cinch: Cinch is your neighborhood app supporting local businesses and building strong community connections. Download the app here to discover amazing local Greenpoint businesses and get access to more exclusive offers!
Staying in Greenpoint this Memorial Day weekend? A staycation is a fantastic way to recharge and enjoy the neighborhood without the crowds. You didn’t spend your dollars traveling so why not support local businesses with some extra savings? Through Monday (5/27), you can get 30% off at neighborhood restaurants and shops on the Cinch app.
Here are some ideas for you.
Booze it up
Doubling up on your mimosas is easy when when it’s up to 30% off brunch cocktails. Brooklyn Label is your Greenpoint brunch go-to when you’re looking for that unbeatable combo of pancakes and booze. Day drinking is classy when it’s brunch. Continue reading →
This Memorial Day, ditch the big chain stores and shop local! Greenpoint has so many awesome, locally-owned businesses you can support. From May 23-27, get 30% off (or more) when you pay with the Cinch app at places like:
Sunny Eye Shop: Need some new sunnies for all this summer weather we’re having? Sunny Eye Shop offers a curated selection of designer sunglasses, and their staff will take the time to make sure you get a pair that complements your face. Continue reading →
On Saturday, May 11, Atlas Obscura will present Ascend Ascend with Janaka Stucky at the San Damiano Mission Catholic Church (85 North 15th Street) in Greenpoint.
Written over the course of 20 days coming in and out of trance states while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, Janaka Stucky‘s new book ASCEND ASCEND is rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot literature, which chronicles an ascent up the Kabbalistic Tree of Life to witness the “chariot of God.” Equal parts Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain,” this long poem documents the ecstatic destruction of the self through its union with the divine.
Janaka will be presenting this new work in its entirety as an immersive, multidisciplinary performance involving light, scent, and sound to create a visceral interpretation of ritual that invokes mythography across cultural and corporeal boundaries.
Atlas Obscura and Third Man Books will be taking this on a seven-city tour with D.C. up next. The May 11th Brooklyn appearance will kick off the tour with a special appearance from Mark Korven playing an instrument of his own creation, the Apprehension Engine.
Tickets, $38 each, include a copy of Stucky’s book, with an option available to acquire a deluxe, limited-edition only available on this Atlas Obscura tour. Tickets available for purchase here.
ABOUT JANAKA STUCKY Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press Black Ocean. In 2015 Jack White’s Third Man Records launched a new publishing imprint, Third Man Books, and chose Janaka’s full-length poetry collection, The Truth Is We Are Perfect, as their inaugural title. He is the author of four poetry collections, is a two-time National Haiku Champion, and has taught or performed in over 60 cities around the world.
How do you balance having a full time job, starting a business, and having a family in Brooklyn? For the answer, visit Greenpoint’s newest lifestyle store Elionne (71 West St), where local fashion designer and momtrepreneur Huong Pham shares the things she loves with hope that others will find as much joy and comfort in them as well. With a focus on local products, indie makers, and emerging designers from around the world, the carefully curated selection of clothes, homeware, books, and art inspires you to create your own soul nourishing environment.
With a bright and airy aesthetic, the space has been tastefully put together with the help of a small cadre of talented friends and family. From the hand-built 20′ table by her designer friend Josh Farley to art work by Huong’s husband Jeremy Lawson, there are touches of laborious love everywhere.
As a young college student in Melbourne, Australia Huong got her first taste of success when at 19, she made cargo pants and tops for a designer concept store, which ended up selling out in two weeks and the orders kept coming in. She expanded to more stores and ended up establishing her own line while still in school. At 21 years old, she was invited to Sydney Fashion Week, and had her own shows. She finished college and jumped right into running her own brand in her own shop. Life in NYC is different from what it was back then – she is married with two kids, working full time for a different label. And yet, she says “There’s something inside me that keeps drawing me to having a shop and creating a special place, seeing someone try on a dress and it making them feel good, seeing the expression on their faces, it just makes me happy.”
Happiness is finding beauty in the everyday or as Konmari-ers might say, what sparks joy. Here, you don’t discard but you discover through the discerning eyes of Huong – “I love creating and crafting so most the books focus on crafts or cooking or gardening. I find these areas very calming and meditative and helpful for New Yorkers who are constantly on the go, we are all looking for that quiet and restful time and for me these areas have really helped so I offer these resources at the shop.”
Like Hudson Naturals’ hand-cut and wrapped soaps. “They smell unbelievable and the candles are one of our best sellers. Her bubble bath and coffee scrubs are my favorite for ‘me time’ with a glass of red.”
Having a brick & mortar store isn’t easy these days but it’s still the only way we can have that sense of community and real life interactions that online shopping doesn’t offer. “I would love for Elionne to become a neighborhood store, to get to know the locals by name and for people to feel comfortable to browse and stay for a chat. I’ve been so many awesome customers already and it’s just the beginning,” says Huong. Having a physical storefront and space is about making that personal connection, experiencing a space, being part of a neighborhood and a community. In that spirit, Elionne will also be hosting workshops by different artisans and crafters. Follow @elionne.boutique to stay updated on upcoming workshops and activities. Mention Greenpointers and get 10% off!
Elionne is located on 71 West Street. Hours are from 12-6PM (Wednesdays & Thursdays), 11AM-7PM (Fridays & Saturdays ), and 11AM-6PM (Sundays).About: Opening its doors in December of 2018, Elionne is a long time dream come true, for fashion designer Huong Pham. A lovely casual lifestyle store, located in the historic Rope Factory, in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Elionne is home to emerging designers from around the world, we seek out their unique stories and welcome their craftsmanship and attention to detail. Showcasing a beautifully curated assortment of clothing, home and books.
At Elionne we love meeting our customers the most and we have already met so many wonderful neighbors and locals, as well as far flung travelers. The stories you tell us are most treasured and the stories we hope to share with you, is what makes this experience worthwhile.
Thank you Elionne for supporting Greenpointers and sponsoring this article!
There was no trace of the blustery snow falling outside of the new bountiful, tropical-feeling retail space of Greenery NYC, a Greenpoint-based botanic design company whose first brick and mortar store, Greenery Unlimited, celebrated its grand opening last week at 91 West St. near the entrance to Transmitter Park.
Owners Rebecca Bullene and Adam Besheer based Greenery Unlimited on the concept of the beneficial interaction between humans and plants known as Biophilia. The space is overflowing with plants, and the store’s setup allows for the discovery of charming nooks accented by greenery, despite the geometric shape of the floor.
Greenery Unlimited’s sister company Greenery NYC (195 Dupont St.) has been around for approximately nine years, offering large scale design, installation and maintenance services mostly for interior gardens. The online store opened three years ago shipping plants nationwide and delivering large plants in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
The retail space features plant installations built into and on top of the walls and store fixtures, fed with automatic drip irrigation, grow lights and natural sunlight, along with a mist machine that sprays a relaxing fog of water droplets to the leaves below.
“We really want to set people up for success and make sure that what we’re installing is reasonable,” employee Madeline Sachs said. “Even though it is automatic, there’s irrigation involved; there’s still maintenance, and I think it happens more often in office spaces where people get to enjoy it,” she said explaining that the green wall installation near the desk area in the store is more common for office settings than for residential.
A custom designed plant installation is displayed in one of the front windows of the space with an industrial aesthetic and wooden planter boxes, similar in design to the Etsy office installation. For customers seeking something smaller in scale, Greenery Unlimited’s stock spans all budgets; a baby ponytail palm tree costs $30 while a full-grown version sells for $1300 without a planter.
“We really want anyone to be able to walk in and buy a plant; anything from a little tiny fern to this large ponytail,” Sachs said. “The problem in New York is people struggle with light in their apartments,” she said, adding that beginner plants that require minimal maintenance are a wise choice for people just starting out with plant care.
Greenery Unlimited is open Wed.- Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and by appointment Mon. – Tue.