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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

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

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Cato’s Teams Up with Fjällräven to Bring Sweden to Greenpoint (Sat, Oct 19)

This Saturday, October 19th (2-6PM) Cato’s Army & Navy (654 Manhattan Ave) is celebrating the Fall/Winter season with a Swedish twist! Everyone is invited to enjoy free coffee by local cafe Konditori and Peter Pan pastries while learning about waxing garments and the latest fashion collection by outdoor equipment & clothing brand Fjällräven.

Waxing is a natural way to increase wind and water resistance to your garment. And if you already own a Fjällräven piece, you can get it waxed by Fjällräven reps for free!

Beloved by all Greenpointers, Cato’s Army & Navy have remained in business for over 44 years by consistently carrying only the highest quality workwear and outdoor gear and according to co-owner Marcin Rak, Fjällräven has been an important brand to continue this tradition.

Marcin says, “this company’s principles really resonated with us.” “They are a perfect fit for our community and the type of brand we wanted in our store.” He went on to say that, “People in our neighborhood always cared about each other and their community.” “Having a company that cares passionately for the environment just made sense to us.” In fact, Fjällräven is joining the United Nation’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action establishing itself as an industry leader in addressing climate change. Continue reading

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NYC’s Biggest Horror Film Festival Comes to Film Noir Cinema (10/24 -10/31)

New York City’s biggest horror film festival, FEARnyc, will present its 2019 festival from October 24 – 31,  at Greenpoint’s Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave.) and The Green Room 42 at The Yotel in Manhattan.

 

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More than 60 films and events are featured from world premieres to retrospectives and reimaginings, panel discussions, experiential events, and an award ceremony. Tickets are now available at FEARnyc.com.

Greenpointers get a 20% discount on Festival and VIP Festival Passes and the Halloween Night Tingler Event with code GREENPOINTERS20. 

Called “a huge, authoritative horror film festival” by Time Out New York film editor Joshua Rothkopfand “the best thing happening in the entire country this October” by Dread Central, FEARnyc was founded in 2016 by John Capo out of his lifelong love of horror movies.

“Our theme this year is Real/Surreal,” said John Capo, founder and festival director of FEARnyc. “From the morning commute to the evening news, New Yorkers are barraged by moments that are relentlessly real and surreal, often simultaneously.”

“Our selections this year, which deal with everything from obsessive Instagram culture, conversion therapy, and a school shooting to severalGrindr-gone-wrong tales, demonstrate that horror filmmakers are moving away from traditional let’s-kill-some-pretty-women tropes and focusing instead on the real life horrors that affect so many of us. In that sense, this year’s selections represent the maturity of horror filmmaking in 2019. I’m also excited to be spotlighting underrepresented groups in horror like the Native American, Latinx, and Queer communities and could not be more proud to present our annual Legacy Honor to iconic producer Debra Hill and our inaugural Trailblazer Award to the team behind Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.”

The FEARnyc Award Ceremony, which will take place at The Green Room 42 at The Yotel, will include the presentation of this year’s Juried Awards as well as the FEARnyc Honors.

The FEARnyc Legacy Honor will be posthumously presented to Debra Hill, writer/producer/director whose credits include the original Halloween, Halloween II, Escape from New York, Clue, and The Fog. Featuring tributes by Paul Reubensand Hill’s producing partners, with Ms. Hill’s brother, Bob Hill, accepting the honor on her behalf, Ms. Hill will be recognized not only for her filmmaking but for her groundbreaking commitment to advancing the visibility and employment of women in film. Ms. Hill is only the third recipient of the Legacy Honor. Past recipients include Wes Cravenand George A. Romero.

Greenpointers is a sponsor of FearNYC.

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Riis Bazaar Commences Off-Season With Beachfront Pig Roast (9/13)

Riis Bazaar is proud to announce its offseason restaurant partner, The Dropout – an exciting restaurant headed by Chef Julia Steinberg. 2019/2020 will mark Julia’s return as our offseason operator, having run the kitchen to raves 2 years ago. Continue reading

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Get $15 Off TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint! (Sun, Sept 15)

(photo via TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint)

It’s going to beautiful out this SUNDAY September 15th so why not hang out on the Williamsburg waterfront while supporting local businesses and a good cause? TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint (1-4PM) is back to present some of the best of what North Brooklyn has to offer so you can eat your way through this Sunday’s Funday.

We have $15 off discount link for our readers so get your tix here and put your money where your mouth is because there’s going to be food & drinks galore to choose from over 40 local restaurants and bars!

Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint

Now in it’s 10th year, this block-party-style tasting event benefits the restoration of The Firehouse (formally the Northside Town Hall) into a Community and Cultural Center that will serve as a space for community, arts and activism. With views of the NYC skyline, live music, and plenty of activities, it’ll be a great way to hang out with your family, friends, and neighbors!

Get your Greenpointers discounted tickets here and hope to see you Sunday!


Greenpointers is a proud sponsor of TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint and The Firehouse, a three-floor building on 134 Wythe Avenue that will house the two founding community nonprofits on the upper two floors, with the first floor dedicated to cultural programming, exhibitions, events and classes. The Firehouse: North Brooklyn Community Center will use the arts to bridge the various communities it serves through programming that works to convene, engage and inspire.

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Celebrate [email protected]’s New Classes and Retail Space With Free Wellness Party (8/17)

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.

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Restaurant Week on Grand Street Returns August 12th – 25th

Foodies in Williamsburg have another August event to look forward to this summer, as Grand Street is once again slashing prices with prix fixe menus at 16 different
restaurants.

With prices ranging from $12 to $35 for 3 course dinners, Restaurant Week breaks down costs of entry and offers the best opportunity to try something new in your neighborhood. That’s why we’ve provided this guide with insider tips for every participating business, so everyone can find a reason to try the spot that just opened, or one that has been there for 20 years that you’ve never had the chance to visit.

“We want everyone in the community to feel at home in all of our small businesses, and be able to enjoy the entire range of our vibrant culinary scene,” said Executive Director Erin Piscopink. “That means sharing why pupusas from Bahia Restaurant may be the best comfort food you’ve never had, or how Thompson Brooke’s original French toast doughnut is the perfect ending to a bargain $35 dinner. “

There is something unique and special to try everywhere from our oldest participant Los Primos, to our newest Mad for Chicken. Read the full guide and find out more about Restaurant Week on Grand Street at grandstreetrestaurantweek.com.

Once again, the BID is rewarding those who share their prix fixe experience with their friends with #DineonGrand in our social media contest. Diners can win $50 to a Grand Street BID restaurant of their choice if selected the winner!

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A Day in the Life of a Success Academy Scholar

Even though school is out for the summer, parents are already making plans for school year 2019-20! When students return in August, they will learn, play, and grow inside Success Academy Williamsburg. A free, public charter school with grades K-4, SA Williamsburg admits students based on random lottery — and they’re still accepting applications for the upcoming school year. If YOU would like to learn more about this world-class elementary school, what better way than straight from an SA scholar?? Keep reading to hear more about a day in the life of SA Williamsburg scholar, Keagan!

I wake up early to get to school on time, and I like to listen to The Greatest Showman soundtrack and to Drake when I get dressed in the morning Continue reading

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Find Local Summer Flavors in Greenpoint

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?

Spritzenhaus Greenpoint taps

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.

Duke’s Liquor Box “Long Drink”

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.

Polka Dot Cafe Polish donut

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 CinchCinch 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!

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Staycation To Do in Greenpoint This Memorial Day Weekend!

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.

Brooklyn Label (180 Franklin St)

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

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