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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!

 


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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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Shop Local in Greenpoint and Get 30% Off Starting Today (5/23)!

This Memorial Day, ditch the big chain stores and shop local! Greenpoint has so many awesome, locally-owned businesses you can support. From May 23-27, get 30% off (or more) when you pay with the Cinch app at places like:

Sunny Eye Shop (284 Driggs Ave)

Sunny Eye Shop: Need some new sunnies for all this summer weather we’re having? Sunny Eye Shop offers a curated selection of designer sunglasses, and their staff will take the time to make sure you get a pair that complements your face. Continue reading

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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)!

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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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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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