Greenpoint Gift Guide

Atlas Obscura’s Ascend Ascend with Janaka Stucky Comes to San Damiano Church

Author Janaka Stucky
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.

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Support Local Artists with These Last Minute Gift Ideas!

Christmas is on Monday, y’all. Still looking for that fun, sweet gift for that special someone? Are you also into supporting the local artistic community? If so, then do we have some ideas for you!



Firstly, check out Greenpoint Hill
, a cute white box store stocking everything from original paintings to ceramics and jewelry, all hand-made in Brooklyn, including these stoneware “Paper Plates” by Amelia starting at $48.

Greenpoint Then/Now by Julia Wertz, for The New Yorker, now anthologized in Tenements

For the historian and/or illustrator in your life, look no further than once-local artist Julia Wertz’s Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City ($30), which you can pick up at Word bookstore, naturally.

About Tenaments: “With drawings and comics in her signature style, Wertz regales us with streetscapes “Then and Now” and little-known tales, such as the lost history of Kim’s Video, the complicated and unresolved business of Ray’s Pizza, the vintage trash and horse bones that litter the shore of Brooklyn’s Bottle Beach, the ludicrous pinball prohibition, Staten Island’s secret abandoned boatyard, and the hair-raising legend of the infamous abortionist of Fifth Avenue, Madame Restell.”

Read more in Geoff Cobb’s post.

You know what I always say, crystals make the best gifts. But if you can’t find a crystal for that special someone, consider an open palm handcrafted ceramic hand plates ($40) and some palo santo. Local ceramicist Ivy Weinglass of IIIVVVYYY.com also makes one-of-a-kind vases and more in her Greenpoint studio.

Pins! Everyone loves pins! And Brooklyn’s own Pintrill, with a storefront at Grand and Driggs, offers a crazy selection of pins: emjois, cartoon characters, catchphrases… they got everything for that pin-wearing lover of yours. They even have unique, vintage pins from NASA and the Olympics, ya know, if you’re into that sort of thing.


And so, fret not my young procrastinators.
There are plenty of gifts available at local purveyors.

Support local artists, support local businesses!
And Happy Holidays, y’all!

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Thursday Spotlight: Michelle McLaughlin of Calyer Ceramics

Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics
Michelle Smith McLaughlin, Calyer Ceramics

If you’ve ever sought out quality ceramics in our nabe, you’ve no doubt discovered a crowded market. And yet Calyer Ceramics has managed to break through and shine. Founder Michelle McLaughlin grew this independent, creative brand from the ground up, starting out in her own apartment.

We recently met over coffee to discuss the craft and what it takes to grow a creative business… Continue reading

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Holiday Gift Guide: She + Him


Ah, it’s that time of year again. Some of us might take pleasure in shopping for gifts (like me!) while others are stumped when it comes to finding the perfect present. Regardless, it’s always great to have some inspiration and shop small businesses. The gifts range from a little somethin’ to a sweet splurge. Click through for some of my favorite picks from our ‘hood.
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Make it Through the Holidays Looking, Feeling & Doing Good with Deals at Sparrow Salon

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That time of year is upon us, when we are supposed to be thinking about family and friends and happiness and cheer, while trying to deflect all the stress and pressure the season also brings. Sometimes a little pampering can help do the trick. Whether you gift it to yourself or a loved one, no one is going to want to return a massage or a great hair cut.

At Sparrow Salon in Greenpoint “everything is intertwined. If you look good you feel good. If you feel good you can do good. If you do good you feel good. And if you feel good you look good. You can’t take one away without the others suffering.” That’s the key behind Sparrow’s blend of massage, hair styling, and sustainable gifts and beauty products.

And for Cyber Monday get 15% off all gift certificates with code “HappyHolidays” and 20% off all retail in the shop or online with code “HolidayGifts”.

Every day get $20 off the first massage and $20 off the first Hair Cut or Color. Just mention this deal during service.

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Abridged Greenpointer’s Father’s Day Gift Guide

Need some father’s day gift inspiration? There’s plenty of cool stuff to give right here in your own backyard!  Here’s a short list of ideas (which is admittedly in no way comprehensive, as there are so many more awesome small businesses here in north Brooklyn, so feel free to add to the list of ideas in the comments section).

1. Tacos, La Norteña / Vamos Al Tequila  2. Fine craft beers, Brouwerij Lane  3. Engraved biz card case, In God We Trust  4. Nice new comb, Chopin Chemists  5. Vintage VHS, The Thing  6. Slice of pizza, Vinnie’s / Franklin Pizza  7. Fine colognes, Old Hollywood  8. Coveralls, Pop’s Popular Clothing  9. Succulants (a.k.a. plants that require minimal care), Homecoming (formerly known as Spina)  10. Donut, Peter Pan  11. Delicious cheeses and Keta candy, Eastern District  12. Sweet shades, Alter  13. A funny old tshirt, People of 2Morrow  14. Fancy and rare spirits, Duke’s Liquor Box  15. Beach tote, M. Carter  16. Pour over coffee maker, Budin  17. A nice rosé, Dandelion Wine  18. Polish chocolates, Slodycze Wedel  19. A whole, fresh fish, Pura Vida Stand at McCarren Park Greenmarket  20. Stool for sitting and pondering, Bklyn Curated  21. Basketball, BQ Sports  22. Cool kicks, Wolves Within  23. Vintage vinyl, Permanent Records / Academy Records / Co-op 87 / Records Grouch  24. Portable bike pump and other biking accessories, Silk Road Cycles / B’s Bikes / Greenpoint Bikes  25. Bobbers and other fishing accessories, Dream Fishing Tackle  26. Polish sausages, smoked meats, and pickles, Nassau Meat Market / Mazur Meak Market (and so many more!)  27. A good book, like this one about the Pogues, Word. 

Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg

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Do It Detox Deals at [email protected] : Greenpoint Gift Guide

The best gift you can give to a loved one or yourself is that good feeling of health, wellness AND pampering. [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) has a lot of deals for Greenpointers readers.

The holidays can leave us all feeling exhausted and less than our best. These treatments promise to erase the effects of stress, shed toxins and get you right back into that holiday spirit. The hardest part will be choosing which one…

• Duet Detox (for 2) ONLY $99 (regularly $150) or Single Person ONLY $59 (regularly $85)
Burn up to 1000 calories in 30 minutes and remove unwanted toxins with ​a coconut oil body rub, aromatherapy, body wrap and 45 min infrared sauna. Continue reading

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One more day to not be a jackass…

It’s one more day until Valentine’s Day, and if you have a lover they will be expecting a few things tomorrow. The most important of which won’t be mentioned here, but Greenpointers has worked with local businesses to create a Valentine’s Gift Guide so you don’t have to look like an empty handed jackass tomorrow and you can score (wink wink) everything right here in Greenpoint!

Thanks to: [email protected], Paulie Gee’s, Kill Devil Hill, Calyer, Cafe Grumpy, From the Source, Fanaberie, The One Well, Dusty Rose Vintage & Hotel Williamsburg for sponsoring the gift guide!

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