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Class & Co Expands with a Roof Deck and 3 New Private Office Spaces!

Class & Co. (260 Ainslie St) just opened their roof deck on time for summer and built out 3 new private office spaces (2-person, 5-person and 10-person) available June 1st and is looking for creative entrepreneurs to join their boutique sized co-working community.

Ample cozy sitting room at Class & Co

Sun-drenched with all the amenities like coffee, weekly breakfasts, and events free to members, this is a space where you will feel inspired and won’t have to worry about anything except building your new project or business. For more details about what Class & Co has to offer, check out this post we did when they first opened!

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Kingsland Wildflowers Hosts FREE Screening of Paris to Pittsburgh on Endangered Species Day (5/17)

Did you know that there are one million species threatened with extinction? This Friday, May 17th is Endangered Species Day and Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Ave) is hosting a free screening of the documentary film Paris to Pittsburgh, which “brings to life the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own backyards.”

Green roof tour will precede screening. RSVP here to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Title: Paris to Pittsburgh Film Screening
Date: Friday, May 17th
Time: 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Place: Kingsland Wildflowers at Broadway Stages
Address: 520 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Delicious On-The-Go Bites in Greenpoint That’s Easy On Your (Cinch) Wallet

Greenpoint has its fair share of sit-down delicious brunches and creative dining, but sometimes you just want something quick, easy, and authentic. Whether you’re craving a good old New York bagel or a traditional lamb kebab, we’ve got you covered with these on-the-go places – AND you can take 25% off when you pay with the Cinch app for Toast to Greenpoint, which ends tomorrow (Sunday, 5/12)! Cinch helps you explore local spots and get exclusive offers like this one, all in your own backyard.

Download Cinch here and enter code TOAST25 when you pay.

Baker’s Dozen (788 Manhattan Ave)

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Take Your Mom Out for Brunch in Greenpoint at These Four Local Spots this Sunday (5/12)!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and also is the last day of Toast to Greenpoint so why not treat her to a mouthwatering meal for 25% off while supporting local businesses?

If you haven’t already, download the Cinch, and use code TOAST25 to get your discount at some classic Greenpoint spots.

Anella (222 Franklin St)

Anella’s warm, inviting interior opens onto a garden space to enjoy brunch outside (if it’s not raining). Brunch includes dishes such as an omelette with oyster and shiitake mushrooms, ricotta, and house potatoes, brioche French toast with mascarpone, and healthier options like a kale salad. Make it a boozy brunch with a Bellini that includes peach, elderflower, and prosecco.

Le Gamin (108 Franklin St)

Open since 1992, Le Gamin is where to take a mom who’d rather be in Paris. Try the escargot to really feel like you’re in France. If snails aren’t your thing, they also offer brunch fare like a mushroom and herb polenta cake with goat cheese crumbles. Finish the meal with a sweet crepe.

Brooklyn Label

Brooklyn Label is your go-to for a classic American brunch. Pancakes, benedicts, omelettes, and of course avocado toast can all be found here. It’s located in the landmark Astral building and has good vibes all around. Bring your mom here if she just wants some good pancakes and a mimosa!

If your mom has a sweet tooth, take her to Charlotte Patisserie. Enjoy French staples like a croque monsieur or a quiche – or just skip straight to dessert. Try the Duet, a white and chocolate mousse with hazelnut crunch, or a raspberry creme brulee, or their seasonal spring/summer Extravaganza, a mango-strawberry mousse topped with fresh candied strawberry.

Toast to Greenpoint is a celebration of the neighborhood produced by Cinch, which aims to connect local residents with neighborhood businesses to discover new experiences and exclusive offers. Check out the rest of the 20+ participating restaurants and bars here or simply visit your “rewards” tab in the app to explore!


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Sponsored by Cinch: An app that drives business within local communities. Once you download the app, you can choose from hundreds of participating Williamsburg and Greenpoint business to eat, drink, shop that offer specials and discounts.

Are you a local business and want to join the Cinch community? Sign up here!

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Elionne Inspires to Create Soul Nourishing Spaces

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.”

Hudson Naturals

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!

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Celebrate the Neighborhood and Raise a Glass to Greenpoint with 25% Off Local Places!

This May 2-12, raise a glass and celebrate the neighborhood! Hang out at your favorite Greenpoint watering hole with 25% off. Bring a friend (or two, or three) and discover a new cuisine, try out a new wine pairing, or enjoy a local craft brew, all within walking distance.  

Here’s how it works: From May 2-12, use code TOAST25 when you pay with the Cinch app at local Greenpoint bars, restaurants, and wine stores. With Cinch, you can explore your neighborhood and find cool experiences and great deals. New to Cinch? Download the app here.

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A New Real Estate Brokerage on the Scene


Paper Street Real Estate LLC, headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, has come onto the real estate scene in late 2018. Founded by Kamilla Mishiyeva, a local attorney with 5+ years in the legal industry, previously worked as an agent throughout Brooklyn for several years prior to acquiring her legal education.

“ Real estate has always been on the radar for me even as an attorney since I would constantly have exposure to it on transactional side. As a probate lawyer, assisting with the administration of an inheritance is part of my day to day, and most inheritances always have real property involved whether it is a house, an apartment, or a vacant lot.” says Kamilla.

What led her to open up her own brokerage? She tells us “Getting to closing is already stressful enough considering the fact that you are dealing with the mortgage banker, the seller, negotiating on the price, as well as a whole slew of other nuances taking place until you finally get to the point of being handed the keys to your new home. When there is a broker involved who complicates things and acts unprofessionally, which is what happened in my case during my own apartment purchase, I realized any headache from a real estate agent is not only unacceptable but completely unnecessary. After hearing horror stories about other agents and having to deal with a subpar broker on my own, I realized this industry needed a real estate firm that is fast, competent, and relentless in their client-first approach. That’s why I started my firm, Paper Street Real Estate LLC.”

Her firm concentrates on the Financial District and Battery Park City in NYC but also brokers deals for seller’s in Brooklyn.

You can visit their website at paperstreetrealestate.com along with her probate law firm website at nycprobatelawyer.com. She also operates a bankruptcy practice.

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[email protected] Fitness Tip: 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 a whopping $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.

Very little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calories we expend has any effect on how fat we are. When you increase the energy you expend, the evidence is very good that you’ll eat more to compensate. We actually burn very few calories with moderate exercise; and the effort can be easily undone with even the smallest bite or beverage.

Ran 5 miles, burns off 400 calories
Eats one slice of pizza, puts 400 calories back on

There was a Berkeley study that collected detailed information on over 13,000 habitual runners over the course of several years. And although those who ran the most tended to weigh the least, they all got fatter with each passing year – even those who ran over 8 miles a day!

It might be time to question our underlying beliefs. Is it something other than the amount of calories we consume and expend that determines whether we get fat?

Now, this is all not to say that exercise doesn’t have benefits. It absolutely does; and without it, you could be setting yourself up for failure on your weight loss journey. But, to rely on exercise as a “cause” for weight loss will only serve to disappoint you.

But don’t take our word for it, go ahead try it. But when you find yourself spinning your wheels, it may be time to start looking for other solutions. And when the time comes that exercise is not enough to induce weight loss… and it will; here are some things you can start to look at that could make the difference.

The first area you should start questioning is your diet.

  • What does your diet look like?
  • How much alcohol do you drink per week?
  • How much sugar is in your diet?
  • What percentage of carbohydrates make of your total daily calories?
  • Are you eating too much after your workouts?
  • What type of food are you eating after your workouts?

These are just some of the questions you can start to explore. However, if you’re still unsure on how to make healthier food choices, the second option can be to seek professional guidance.

The B.E.S.T. Diet Revival is a powerful food plan sent to you in structured phases, and is ideal for those seeking:

  • A customized regimented meal plan focused on your success
  • Detoxification and self-control from harmful processed foods
  • Reconditioning of food-associated habits
  • Accountability and structure in food planning
  • A practical and sustainable life-long diet
  • Wholesome, mindful eating behaviors and habits
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Weight Loss, specifically excess fat-loss
  • More confidence around food! 

Since participating in the B.E.S.T. plan, I’ve lost weight easier than ever before, I’ve had more energy and more mental clarity, and I’ve been confident to take on endeavors, both personally and professionally, that I would not have attempted before the program” – BEST Diet Revival Client 2016

Invest in your health by learning how to detoxify your body, gain energy, lose weight, and create healthy sustainable habits around food.

Sponsored by [email protected]: Learn more about the B.E.S.T. Diet Revival and how to sign up at www.BESTeverywhere.me.

You can also get a head start and apply here.

[email protected] is located at 31 Nassau Ave in Greenpoint and can be reached at (718) 388-2900

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Dine & Donate Supports Local Causes While You Eat (March 15-24)

Clinton Hall (247 Metropolitan Ave)

Starting this Friday, March 15th through Sunday, March 24th, feast at over 15 local restaurants while supporting a local cause! Whether you want to help abused and abandoned animals find their forever homes or support early childhood education & more, Dine and Donate” makes it easy – All you have to do is eat delicious meals for a discount! 

The deets: Go to a participating restaurant and pay using the Cinch app. 10% of your bill will go to a local non-profit and you will also get 10% or more off their bill. Not a Cinch user yet? Download the Cinch App here   

Oh and if you are snapping shots of your meals “for the gram” no judgment here cuz Cinch is also donating an extra $5 every time you share your experience and tag @cinchwallet + the restaurant you ate in or the non-profit you donated to. Be selfie to be selfless, y’all. Continue reading

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Two words for your engaged friends: Wedding Crashers

Wedding Crashers, the only wedding fair in NYC that spans two entire venues, returns to Gowanus, Brooklyn on March 17, 2019 with even more tastings, live music, and inspiration to plan an upstate or New York City wedding.

At this one-stop wedding planning festival produced by Brooklyn Based, couples can find their every wedding need from photographers to venues, all while sipping bubbly, slurping oysters, and enjoying live music and DJs.

Located at both The Green Building and across the street at 501 Union, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, it is the only fair in NYC so interactive and extensive, it takes place in two venues. Attending our fair, filled with good food and drink, original touches such as custom gowns, aromatherapy bars and unique photobooths, is like crashing the kinds of weddings we inspire. Continue reading

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