Parachute Brooklyn (151 Norman Ave.) is a new modern and vintage kids clothing store in Greenpoint that celebrated its opening in May.
Co-founders and Greenpoint residents for over a decade, Carly Boonparn and Ambra Markos met through the friendship between their 3-year-old daughters at school. “We’re both mothers of three-and-a-half-year-olds and having little babies you get a lot of hand-me-downs and a lot of presents,” Markos said. Boonparn worked as a manager at the local clothing trading chain, Beacon’s Closet for the past 15 years and Markos worked as a production manager for major fashion brands, making their business venture a natural progression.
Parachute Brooklyn operates as with a buy/sell/trade model with a variety of modern used clothes and vintage clothes dating back as far as the 1950s. “Because babies grow so fast from the age of newborn to four, they just go through their clothes soo quickly so it’s kinda just this cycle of clothes piling up and piling up,” Markos said, adding that it’s difficult to find one location to drop unwanted clothing an avoid it going into a landfill if it’s stained or damaged.
Sellers at Parachute Brooklyn are given the option to receive 25% of the retail value in cash or 50% in trade, and the store even has a donation drop-off site for stained or damaged pieces. “We don’t want people throwing away their clothes and them just ending up in a landfill, we want them to go into housing installation or be upcycled in some way,” Markos said.
Items that are not purchased for resale in-store will be donated to a variety of charities and recycling facilities. “Right now we’ve been giving the stained and damaged items to GrowNYC and they get them to the textile recycling facilities,” she said.
Another way Parachute is upcycling is by working with a local tie dying artist to transform stained or imperfect white clothing items into tie-dyed items.
The store will also host events for kids and parents from time-to-time with a live music singalong scheduled for every Tuesday morning in July.
The flood waters sparred the entrance to the India Street pier on Monday during the rainstorm after recent flooding caused ferry commuters to speak out.
Workers from the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection were spotted at India Street on Monday during the rain where they monitored the water. Commuters claimed that the DEP drained the catch basin at the end of India street to keep the water flowing, and the DEP’s actions yesterday appeared to have worked. Continue reading →
The second town hall this year on petroleum vapors in Greenpoint will take place on Wednesday.
The North Brooklyn Neighbors are hosting the town hall on “persistent petroleum odors in Greenpoint homes and on the streets” on Wednesday (6/12) at the Polish and Slavic Civic Center (176 Java St.) at 6:30 p.m.
Representatives from the NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and the Dept. of Health are scheduled to speak and a Q&A will follow.
At the previous petroleum vapor town hall in May, DEC reps explained how they are testing the air quality in homes where vapors are reported and that DEP has been actively flushing and testing the sewer lines for petroleum vapors near Huron Street and Manhattan Avenue.
The Queens-based lifestyle shop Lockwood announced their expansion to Greenpoint with plans to open at 98 Greenpoint Ave. in September.
“We’ve been looking to expand for a long time and we just found that Greenpoint was the friendliest neighborhood, and we found a really amazing spot with really friendly landlords, so it was just meant to be,” said owner Mackenzi Farquer Continue reading →
Yaki Tiki, a new edition to the A/D/O (29 Norman Ave.) outdoor space launched two weeks ago and merges Japanese yakitori-style cuisine and tiki drinks.
Yaki Tiki is a partnership between the Sunday in Brooklyn hospitality team (Todd Enany, Adam Landsman, Exec Chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans), as well as JT Vuong and George Padilla (formerly of Okonomi and YUJI Ramen).
We stopped by last weekend to try some yakitori skewers and boozy popsicles; everything we sampled was delicious, check out the pictures:
Brooklyn’s Community Board 1 (Greenpoint and Williamsburg) will hold its monthly public meeting tomorrow (6/11) at the Swinging 60’s Senior Center at 211 Ainslie St. starting at 6 p.m. The meetings have in the past been live-streamed here, and the agenda is as follows: Continue reading →
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?
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.
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.
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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Wow! What an awesome weekend it’s been. Come celebrate the wrap of 2019’s Greenpoint Open Studios at One Bedford, located on the wedge of land between Nassau and Bedford in Greenpoint. We will be spinning records, projecting artwork by GOS participants, and serving fresh watermelon soju cocktails. Registered Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 artists get one FREE drink! See you tonight!
We’re hurtling into summer fast! Are you prepared? Hydrated? Ready to bust out your straw hats and sunscreen? Don’t let the heat and humidity beat you down. Cinch has a little something for you to kick off the season: an extra 10% off, for up to 30% total, at local Greenpoint shops and restaurants with code SUMMER from June 7-14.
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Bring Nature Indoors
Isn’t it nice to look at all the greenery outdoors? Don’t you want to bring some of that green inside? Houseplants help refresh the air and boost your mood, and you don’t need to be a gardening savant to care for the right one. Visit Soft Opening and talk to the owner to get the perfect plant for any light conditions.
If you’re in the mood for a different kind of nature, take a peek inside Antidote Apothecary and Tea Bar. Specializing in medicinal herbs, tinctures, oils, and other types of traditional, holistic remedies, this is the place to go for spiritual and physical healing.
Cool Off in an Indie Cinema
Stuart Cinema and Cafe shows an eclectic selection of classic movies, documentaries, and recent movies. If the movies don’t interest you, they also have Super Smash Bros tournaments on the big screen!
Give Your Hair a Summer Chop
Cut, color, and blowouts for all hair textures, lengths, and styles are what you get at Hairenomics Mane Bar, a salon owned by celebrity hairstylist Tamara Laureus. Get your hair off your neck with a trendy short cut for summer, or just give your mane a refresh with a blowout. You can also get your lashes, brows, or makeup done!
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A Brooklyn restaurant owner said her staff was blindsided when a Polish nationalist politician showed up with 100 followers Wednesday — spurring a backlash that may force her to permanently close.
“There was someone there who shouldn’t be and no one was expecting,” the woman, who asked not to be identified by name, told THE CITY through tears. “I don’t have nothing [to do] with this, I didn’t do anything… I don’t even agree with this.”
“We are not evil,” she added. “We didn’t do anything to bring this guy.”
Robert Winnicki, leader of the National Movement (Ruch Narodowy), a nationalist Polish political party, spoke at French Epi in Greenpoint after being barred from nearby St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.
The restaurant’s manager, Jolanta Filip, said she received a reservation for 15 Wednesday night. Filip and her mother were the only two people working when a huge crowd rolled in to the small restaurant.
“In a matter of 15 minutes, we had a full house,” she said. “We weren’t prepared for this mass of people.”
More than 100 people packed into French Epi, overwhelming the staff. Photo: Ben Fractenberg/THE CITY
Filip said she called the owner, who told her to eject Winnicki and his supporters. But the crowd — which threw out two journalists from THE CITY — wouldn’t leave.
“We are not a platform for anything,” added Filip, a single mother of three who was hoping to buy the restaurant from the recently widowed owner. Continue reading →