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From Missions of Mercy to Saving Smiles in Greenpoint: Meet Dr. Jacqueline Pierre

Dr. Jacqueline Pierre and The Smilist team

The Smilist (120 Nassau Ave) has been hard at work, saving smiles one sweet tooth at a time and to celebrate its one year anniversary of landing in Greenpoint, they are inviting the entire community to their Taco Tuesday party to mingle over food & drinks, meet & greet their staff, and introduce the latest member of their cavity busting, tooth restoring, A-team: Meet Dr. Jacqueline Pierre.

With a warm and friendly demeanor, Dr. Pierre is not your average native Brooklynite. Her interest in dentistry began when a friend introduced her to Mission of Mercy, an organization that offers free dental care services to underserved areas. As a young college student, she spent her summers in the Appalachian Mountains, shadowing dentists as a volunteer. She met people who never had access to care and after seeing how dentistry impacted lives, she was inspired to become a dentist and enrolled in NYU dental school.  Continue reading

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3rd Annual Kingsland Wildflowers Festival returns THIS SATURDAY! FREE to enter! (9/22)

Join Kingsland Wildflowers for a fun day celebrating their third season of programming, education, and research at Kingsland Wildflowers. Visitors can explore the half-acre, green roof habitat and native plant garden. North Brooklyn community organizations will be tabling and featuring activities to engage families and children. The festival offers an opportunity to learn about local environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Activities include:

❀ Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
❀ Interactive activities for kids and families
❀ Food, beer, live music & special dance performances
❀ Community organizations discussing local conservation projects
❀ 360º panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

Music & Dance Performances by:
❀ Bethany Yarrow & Rufus Cappadocia
❀ Matt Darriau & Paradox Trio
❀ Autumn Kioti & Dakota Bouher

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Pirate Studios: A Spectacular Rehearsal Space at Division Place

Whether you believe the music industry to be thriving or dying, everyone can probably agree that there is no shortage of musicians in New York City. In Brooklyn alone, any night of the week offers a countless variety of live performances in all styles. Regardless of how many years these performers have been playing, their level of raw talent, or “who they know”, a single factor determines how they are received by an audience: rehearsal.

Think of the last show you saw. Did it blow your face off in awe? Put tears into your eyes? Or did it put a huge smile on your face? You feel such emotions because the musicians have practiced diligently, and are invested in their own perfection. These artists have been booking rehearsal spaces all over NYC, often traveling across hell’s half acre, hoping to find a room that sounds good. Or, with less idealism, just the most affordable option to practice regularly.

Enter Pirate Studios. Since early March, the UK-based company has been offering musicians a new way to rehearse by using an innovative, customer-driven model. With 24/7 online booking, fully outfitted and spectacular sounding rooms, and a live recording of the practice included, a small community is sprouting within 3 rooms at 19 Division Place. Continue reading

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Rooftop + Fireworks + 8 Hours of Party = An Epic 4th at Elsewhere

The PopGun crew is celebrating Fourth of July on the Elsewhere Rooftop! They’re hosting an eight-hour party with tons of talented local homies spinning house, disco, soul and more all night, plus food and fireworks. Here’s the link to buy tix.

A cook-out provided by Holy Ground BBQ

Of course, it wouldn’t be a proper 4th without a cook-out and lucky for you, Holy Ground BBQ will satisfy your munchies with pulled pork, chopped brisket, and char grilled veggies.

Here’s a preview of who’s providing your soundtrack for the 4th:

  • Barbie Bertisch

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Practical Enlightenment: Modern Buddhism at Kadampa Meditation Center

“Anything you do can be incorporated because it depends on the mind in which you do something, so you can always have a peaceful, loving, enjoyable, heart centered feeling at work, with friends, with family; especially when things are stressful. It’s a practical practice. It’s not just about sitting formally.” — Joe Giacona, Meditation Teacher at KMC Williamsburg Branch

On the Northside of Williamsburg, inside one of the many new towers that have arisen, sits Kadampa Meditation Center — a cozy, peaceful space with bright walls, golden Buddhas and very chill teachers. In this busy town, coming back to ourselves for simple, quiet reflection is increasingly difficult. Even in this space of North Brooklyn that boasts apothecaries, yoga studios, and new age classes, we can struggle to find that which we are all searching for: Peace and Happiness.

Enter Joe Giacona, a volunteer and Teacher, who’s been helping run the Kadampa Meditation Center of Williamsburg for years by setting up in various yoga studios throughout Greenpoint. (It’s only recently this branch of the New Kadampa Tradition found a permanent home at 119 North 11th Street between Bedford & Berry). This self proclaimed “goof” exudes a sense of serene happiness. As he talks about meditating on love and compassion in simple routine times like your daily commute, you realize that steps towards enlightenment aren’t nearly as stressful as they’re made out to be.

“Meditating on Love is just recognizing somebody wants to be happy … and you have the same the wish … If people could just meditate on that alone, the world’s problems would just cease. You’d recognize we are all in it for the same thing. We’re not on these different sides; getting stuck and entrenched in our views, thinking you’re right and they’re wrong. No, we all just want to be happy.” — Joe Giacona, Meditation Teacher at KMC Williamsburg Branch

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Contrary to popular belief, exercise does NOT cause weight loss!

Simply put, you just can’t exercise the fat away. Some of you have been exercising up to 5 days a week only to jump on the scale and see very little difference in your weight. This can be frustrating when you’re putting a lot of effort into your workouts; and can often make you question your weight loss game plan.

We’ve been demanding answers to these questions from the muscle gods; and as always…nothing! But studies have given us some good clues as to why we’ve been getting steadily fatter for the past few decades –despite a growing increase in physical activity.

Statistics show that health club revenues increased from $200 million in 1972 to $16 billion in 2005!!

The first NYC marathon was in 1970 with only 137 entrants; and in 2008 there were 39,000 entrants and nearly 60,000 applicants.

So if being lazy makes us fat and exercise prevents or inhibits it, shouldn’t this fitness revolution have launched an epidemic of leanness? Hmmm. But in reality, this so-called fitness revolution has been coexisting with an epidemic of obesity. Another hmmm. Continue reading

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Givin’ All the Flavor Feels to French Foodies: French Epi

Grilled Whole Branzino. Image by Lindsey Johnston.

Despite the recent restaurant closures around Greenpoint Ave, French Epi at 123 Greenpoint Ave is still supplying excellently executed French cuisine to foodies on this long stretch of street between Manhattan and Franklin Ave. Both Chef Brian and owners Beata and Tomasz (who’ve been in the neighborhood for decades) are known for their perfectionist natures, marrying ridiculous specials alongside their fresh French menu. With Happy Hour specials starting at $4, and  their 3-course $15 lunch special; fresh and flavorful seasonal offerings make this a hidden gem within the ‘hood.

On the lunch menu: French Epi’s Epic Veggie Sandwich. Image by Lindsey Johnston.
Heirloom Tomato and Buratta Salad. Image by Lindsey Johnston.

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Brooklyn Based’s Williamsburg Immersion Includes 5 FREE Beers and More for $15 (Sat 6/23)

For the past eight summers Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery have produced a series of Saturday afternoon crawls that hit up the best bars, restaurants and shops in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Incredibly, they’ve never held one of these Immersions in the Brewery’s own neighborhood, until now. Their first-ever Total Williamsburg Immersion is Saturday, June 23.

Not only will Immersion goers get free Brooklyn Brewery beers at four great local bars and cash in on food and retail deals, attendees will also be among the first to see the Brewery’s brand-new tasting room, where they’ll be serving complimentary brews there, too.

Your $15 tickets include 5 FREE Brooklyn Brewery Beers plus specials and discounts throughout the day. Buy tickets here! Continue reading

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Java Studios is North Brooklyn’s Creative Hub for Artists

Tucked away in the northern tip of Brooklyn, there is a hub for creatives where creativity and innovation flows freely. Where artists and entrepreneurs alike gather to manifest their vision and collaborate with their counterparts. Where locals find peace to fuel their focus and manifest their vision. From an outdoor event space to a fine-art gallery and 150+ studio and office spaces, Java Studios (252 Java St) has emerged as platform for creation, owned and operated by artists.

Java Project Art Gallery Opening during Greenpoint Open Studios 2017

As artists themselves, the owners at Java have worked hard to provide space and opportunities to like-minded people. From architects to writers, designers to painters, and non-profits to small businesses, the inhabitants have a diverse range of focus. And it’s this diversity that sets Java apart from similar workspaces-it’s not the studios, amenities, or affordability-it’s the surrounding inhabitants who become neighbors, collaborators, sources of support and inspiration. Art cannot be created in a vacuum-it both reflects and regards the world around it. To be inspired is to be connected, and that’s what Java provides.

In keeping with the larger Java ethos, the physical space has been designed to fit the needs of the its occupants. Unlike other communal workspaces, the studios at Java are private and individualized-your work environment is entirely customizable, and the shared amenities are there to support your needs. The Java Project-a fine-art gallery on the first floor-presents new exhibitions each month, and also features inhabitants’ work. Other amenities include an outdoor spaces, a conference room, slop sinks, WiFi and utilities, package reception, and an on-site handyman, all of which are free and readily available.

The outdoor venue, Java Outback, has been revamped in anticipation of the many upcoming events. For the third year in a row, Java will again host the 2018 Greenpoint Open Studios launch party. The creative spirit and community, along with Java’s support of small businesses, make it the perfect place to kick off a weekend of GOS.

GOS Launch Party (photo: Julia Moak)

We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of art and community! Find more details and RSVP for the launch party here!

 

Sponsored post by Java Studios: A Creative Hub for Brooklyn Artists
(347) 599 – 2832 | www.java-studios.com | @javastudios

Located at 252 Java St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Get $50 Off Rare Handcrafted Sunnies at Sunny Eye Shop

Dr. Saniya Shoaib rockin’ a pair of blue Matsuda’s

It’s time to dust off your warm(er) weather wear and refresh your look on time for sunnier days! And to (finally) celebrate Spring, local purveyors of eyewear Sunny Eye Shop (284 Driggs Ave) is offering Greenpointers $50 off sunglasses.

Here you won’t find your run-of-the-mill three or four big box store specs. They stock handmade frames produced in small batches, carefully curated from some of the most exclusive eyewear manufacturers in the world – like the rad tortoise and clear champagne frames by Japanese designer Matsuda that our Fashion Editor Stephanie picked up (one of only 200 pairs made)! These specs go equally well with a chic outfit for a night out or another day in the office PLUS the prescription glasses turn into shades as it gets brighter out.

Dr. Saniya Shoaib is as stylish as she is brainy and can provide you with high-tech eye care just as well as pointing you to a pair of specs that accentuates your look with special attention to quality and fit. Along with store manager and frame buyer Troy, Sunny Eye Shop’s team has over 30 years of combined experience that provides the kind of expertise and passion for eyewear that is hard to come by. Continue reading

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