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Celebrate Oktoberfest like Munich in The Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse This Weekend (10/20-10/22)! German Beer, Music, Bratwurst & More!!

Get a rare glimpse inside a historic neighborhood landmark, The Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse (67 West St) this weekend (Oct 20-22) when it opens its doors to host an authentic Munich festival tent, complete with Bavarian blue & white ceilings and tables imported from Germany.

The festivities will include live music, German dancers, ceremonial keg tapping, sausages, roast pork, pretzels, and more! Continue reading

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Get Cozy With Hot Buttered Rum at This Sunday’s Festival of Lights Market!

October signals the beginning of both decorative gourd season and when the PSL Twitter account lets us know that it’s finally ok to crave specific spices: cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg… And natch, at our Fall Market this Sunday (10/1) at the Greenpoint Loft from 1-7pm, we’re going to be serving up Hot Buttered Rum, with booze courtesy of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum. Turns out there are quite a few things you can make with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum that will give you that special cozy sweater-wearing feeling, so we’ve included a couple recipes here to tickle your tastebuds with the first sign of Fall.

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Fjällräven Comes to Cato’s

Since 1975, Cato’s (654 Manhattan Ave) has built its reputation on providing heritage American brands at affordable prices to the working men and women of Greenpoint. Carhartt, Dickie, Filson, Levi , Pendleton and Woolrich can all be found under one roof. But classic American brands that produce durable products are not the only focus of the Greenpoint consumer.

Companies that produce goods in an environmentally sustainable way is equally important. To address that need, Cato’s has expanded its brands this Fall to include Fjällräven — a company which prides itself on manufacturing environmentally sustainable gear and clothing.

Founded in Sweden in 1960, Fjällräven (Arctic Fox in Swedish) stresses environmentalism and is an industry leader in “eco” fabrics. Fabrics that are manufactured using less harmful chemicals. “Fjällräven was a natural addition to our Heritage Brands” says Marcin Rak, Cato’s Store Manager. “The company makes functional and durable products with an eye toward the environment.”

Fjällräven uses a proprietary fabric called G-1000 in all the outerwear garments carried at Cato’s. This is a blend of wax treated recycled polyester and organic cotton which is completely PFC free — ensuring a durable garment that is water resistant and windproof.

Garment manufacturers realize that consumers want them to find ways of reducing their carbon footprint. “Levi’s White Oak rigid unwashed denim was produced to fulfill Levi’s commitment to using less water and was the first environmentally focused product we brought into the store” says Ed Veneziano, Cato’s owner. “We are focused on continuing to add brands that Greenpointers want – durable, affordable brands from companies that care about the environment.”

Sponsored by Cato’s Army & Navy . Located on 654 Manhattan Ave, Cato’s has provided quality clothing at reasonable prices to Greenpoint for over 40 years! Visit them Monday-Saturday 10AM-8PM or Sundays from 11AM to 5pm. Mention Greenpointers and get a free gift with any purchase!

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Don’t Have a Home Inventory List for Apartment Insurance? Don’t Worry, Here’s How

When it comes to apartment insurance, second in importance to your home possessions is a record of your home possessions.

You can do this easily with a home survey. Here’s how:

1. A comprehensive home inventory should include a spreadsheet with the item description (make, model, serial number, value, and purchase date).

Even more important for showing proof of ownership is having a visual record of your possessions. Thirty or so digital photos are easy to forward to an adjuster.

2. It’s important to thoroughly document your belongings to help the claims process go smoothly. Move from room to room, listing items as you go — and list their receipts, credit card statements, and appraisals (include the appraiser’s name and address).

3. Use cloud storage, like Google Docs or Dropbox, which can also store images.

Remember: Written inventories are useful for reminding you what was in your possession when making a claim, but they are not accepted as proof of ownership — digital photos and credit card receipts are.

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Dog Walking & Pet Sitting–A Job for Your Lifestyle

When life in the city requires additional cash flow and you don’t have time to interview for part-time jobs, here’s the trick: dog walking.  This isn’t the old-school days of walking your neighbor’s dog.  Dog walking and pet sitting have become a tech-friendly and business savvy career path thanks to Rover.com.  Rover connects hundreds of pet owners and pet sitters online, and here why you’ll want to do it too:

Your clients love you.

Yes, your clients are dogs and cats. They’ll be ready for your attention, treats, and playtime when you arrive.  Their owners are thrilled to have someone else available to take care of their pets.  You get to be the boss that everyone loves.

It’s fun and outdoorsy.

You’re getting paid to take dogs to the park.  If your day job is at a desk, this is your chance to slip into something comfortable and get outside with your dog clients.  Whether it’s playing fetch, going for a jog, or enjoying a long walk, this job is desk-free and all windows.  Start making your list of your favorite parks and outside spaces to visit. Continue reading

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SING BKLYN Launches Neighborhood Children’s Choir

Kids…gear up for fall! A new, exciting afterschool activity is coming to Brooklyn. SING BKLYN children’s choir is inspiring young musicians, grades k-4, to blend their voices and talents to create something beautiful together. “Kids need more opportunities to perform. Kids need more music. Kids need to sing. Kids need a chance to build relationships that require them to work, support and encourage each other,” says founder Mary Duncan Stein.

Mary’s well-established SING LIC choirs in nearby Long Island City have been so well-received that she wanted to share this special experience with kids in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. Continue reading

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2 Things You Should Know About Condo and Co-Op Insurance

You ever hear someone brag about how easy it was for them to read through all the fine print in their apartment insurance policy?

Yeah, neither have we. That’s why an insurance broker can help — especially if you own a condo or co-op. Here are three things about these policies that might surprise you.

1. If your child is away for college, did you know that their belongings may be covered under your policy?

Gotham says: It’s true. Usually on-campus housing is covered by your co-op insurance — although off-campus is often not.

2. You’ll need a special policy to insure items such as jewelry, fur, and silverware. Extensive artwork collections might warrant a special policy, too.

Gotham says: An agent will typically ask about jewelry or fur, but often things like baseball card, comic book, and stamp collections may not come up in conversation — nor do guns, $15,000 bicycles, and first editions.

Contact Gotham for a free quote today.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Business’s Online Presence

If there’s anything I’ve learned consulting business owners in the last 15 years, it’s that they like free and easy ways to increase sales. In the world of digital marketing, there’s no shortage of ways to increase sales (Email marketing, social, AdWords, affiliate marketing, SEO, content), but how many of them are free and easy? Well, that’s what I’m going to show you in this article.

  1. Make sure your website is mobile. Since 2014, more people use their mobile devices than desktops to search and shop. If your website isn’t mobile, Google may not place you on the first page. If you’re not sure if your website is mobile friendly, use this free tool from Google.
  2. Claim your business on Google Maps. Most business owners I talk to don’t even know that they can control their listing on Google Maps. More people use Google Maps than any other mapping service. You can even control which pictures show up, hours of operation, and you can respond to reviews. Here’s a graphic that shows all the benefits.
  3. Claim your business on Apple Maps. Similar to Google, Apple has their own mapping service. Although not as popular, it’s still another way for your business to be discovered.
  4. Claim your business on Yelp. 146 million users, Yelp is a powerful marketing tool. Follow these steps to claim your business on Yelp.
  5. Post to social media. Don’t feel like you have to commit to posting a dozen times a day. Just have an active social media account and posting once a week is enough for most small businesses to increase their online presence.
  6. Appear on the first page of Google. The first organic position on the first page of Google receives 33% of the clicks on average. That’s a lot of traffic if you rank for “coffee shop brooklyn”, for example. There are simple things you can do to your website to make sure that your business shows up on the first page. Not sure what’s holding your site back? Use this SEO audit tool and get a list of all the issues that you need to fix.

Sponsored by Tell Me Your Goal, a marketing agency based in Greenpoint led by Steven Matt. He is the former Vice President of Digital Marketing for JPMorgan Chase & Co. In the evenings, he teaches Digital Marketing at General Assembly and at NYC Business Solutions. He has a BA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and a Master’s Degree in Management & Technology from NYU. He’s a certified Digital Marketing Instructor for General Assembly and NYC Business Solutions.

Location: 28 Box Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Hours: Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) | Saturday-Sunday (9am-5pm)

Phone: (917) 231-4369

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Goldeneye Tournament, Nobody Pageant, Roller Disco Party, Pussy Power Art Show — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (8/2–8/8)

Join Brokelyn for boozin’ and beachin’ this Saturday (August 5) @ Coney Art Walls (3050 Stillwell Ave)! Unlimited drinks for three hours, games and more summer fun than you can stuff into your Speedo! Use discount code “GREENPOINT” for $14 off tickets.

 

WEDNESDAY 8/2

♦ SummerScreen: I Know What You Did Last Summer @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, Let’s toast … to us, to our last summer of immature, adolescent decadence. Gates open at 6pm, Sammus performs at 7:30pm, and the film starts at sundown, More info
* Trivia Night @Archestratus (160 Huron St), 8pm, FREE, Categories various, beer innumerable, arancine aplenty. There will be three rounds + a lightning round, but only one epic trophy, RSVP
* Goldeneye Tournament @ Sunnyvale (1031 Grand St), 11:30pm, FREE, 4 Fresh Controllers, 8 characters, But only one Oddjob. Martinis at Happy Hour prices and $3 beers, More info


THURSDAY 8/3

# Long Island Breweries Night @ Barcade (388 Union Ave), 4pm, FREE, Bevy of breweries for a night celebrating all things Long Island, More info
# Lust, Brains, and Taste
@ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $30, Titillating evening exploring how taste, smell, and all of our other senses drive attraction and desire, Buy tix
* The Mx. Nobody Pageant @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave), 8pm, FREE, The Nobodies are back with the second year of their signature un-pageant. Competitors throw down the Newness, Outlook, Passion, and Eeugh it takes to make us scream NOPE, More info
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Unlimited Booze at Brokelyn’s Summer Beach Party! Get $14 Off!

On August 5, Brokelyn is packing its best swim trunks, shades and an unquenchable thirst for summer vibes to Coney Art Walls (3050 Stillwell Ave) for a day of drinking, games and more summer fun than you can stuff into your Speedo.

From noon to 3 pm, ticketed attendees will enjoy three hours of unlimited drink sampling from Coney Island Brewery, Belvedere vodka, Veuve-Clicquot champagne, Bayou rum and new alcohol-infused coconut water, Kaiso.

There will be games provided by NYC Social, beautiful custom murals by Brooklyn artist Jaima for guests to color in courtesy Artists & Fleas and giveaways.

At 4pm, gates open to the public for a free dance party, games, contests and more.

Save $14 on your ticket by using the code “GREENPOINT” at checkout for the next 48 hours.

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