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.
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 →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Eater announced recently the first 50 participants at The World’s Fare, to be held at Citi Field April 28 and 29th. Promising authentic cuisine from around the world, they’ll also include unlimited tasting of 80+ global craft beers, live Bands, cultural dance, art installations, and SUMO (the largest SUMO wrestler in the Northern Hemisphere).
Beer garden tickets for unlimited beer tastings (including General Admission to the fare) start at only $49. But today, there’s a snowday deal: get VIP admission for the price of general admission. Enter promo code “SNOWDAY” at check out to get in on the discount. Buy your tickets here.
Via, the newest ridesharing app to hit the streets of Brooklyn (tap here to download Via), is now offering rides from Greenpoint to local subway stops for just $1.
This limited time offer only runs through Monday (March 12th) so hurry up!
Via is best known for its super affordable rates, and for offering the best shared ride experience that perfectly matches you with other passengers that are headed your way (so no pesky detours).Continue reading →
It’s less than a week away, and you’re in the mood for some romance. Your dinner and date reservations are set, and it’s now time to surprise your special someone with the classics—flowers, wine, chocolate, jewelry, lingerie—the works. We’ve got your Valentine’s checklist for who in the ‘hood has got it.
Highlights: One-of-a-kind, Vintage Jewelry, 10% off! Hudson and King makes one-of-a-kind jewelry for your one-of-a-kind loved ones. Affordable, classic & unique, their collection of fine antique and vintage jewelry ranges from Victorian era to present day. You’ve seen them locally at Walk the West pop-ups and our Fall Market. Find them online until their next pop-up, so follow their Instagram to find out their market schedule.
Now until 2/21/18, they’ll be offering 10% off to our readers. Visit their site to preview their collection and use code “greenpointers’ at check out to receive the promotion!