Cato’s Army Navy

Cato’s Teams Up with Fjällräven to Bring Sweden to Greenpoint (Sat, Oct 19)

This Saturday, October 19th (2-6PM) Cato’s Army & Navy (654 Manhattan Ave) is celebrating the Fall/Winter season with a Swedish twist! Everyone is invited to enjoy free coffee by local cafe Konditori and Peter Pan pastries while learning about waxing garments and the latest fashion collection by outdoor equipment & clothing brand Fjällräven.

Waxing is a natural way to increase wind and water resistance to your garment. And if you already own a Fjällräven piece, you can get it waxed by Fjällräven reps for free!

Beloved by all Greenpointers, Cato’s Army & Navy have remained in business for over 44 years by consistently carrying only the highest quality workwear and outdoor gear and according to co-owner Marcin Rak, Fjällräven has been an important brand to continue this tradition.

Marcin says, “this company’s principles really resonated with us.” “They are a perfect fit for our community and the type of brand we wanted in our store.” He went on to say that, “People in our neighborhood always cared about each other and their community.” “Having a company that cares passionately for the environment just made sense to us.” In fact, Fjällräven is joining the United Nation’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action establishing itself as an industry leader in addressing climate change. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Buildings are the Star of a New Halloween-Themed Mobile Game

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A just-released game for iOS and Android, Hallows’ Eve, created by longtime Greenpoint residents Randall J Lane and Judy Brown, uses Greenpoint buildings as the backdrop for a spooky cast of characters—a devil, a witch, a skeleton, catwoman, a mummy, ghosts, and a pumpkinhead. If you look closely you’ll notice the Huron Public Baths, a recognizable Army Navy shop, The Diamond bar, Word bookstore, a flower shop, wine shop and hardware store.

The game takes you on a nostalgic trick or treat adventure through Greenpoint-based streets, where you try to collect candies and avoid the “scaries,” unless you uncover the elusive full-size candy bar which will turn you invincible against their wicked ways. The eerie music has been composed by NYC-based musician Lori Scacco, and takes inspiration from 1970s Italian horror movie soundtracks, by composers such as Ennio Morricone and the band Goblin. Hallows’ Eve The Game is available for 99 cents until midnight on October 28th on Google Play and October 30 on Apple’s App store. Continue reading

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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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An Ode to the Manhattan Avenue Holiday Lights

We were inspired to make this video after reading the wonderful story of the Manhattan Avenue businesses’ commitment to reignite the holiday lights this year here on Greenpointers.com (check out the article here). Having relocated to Greenpoint ourselves just under two years ago, it is truly an inspiration to move into a community that not only supports its new residents, but strives so adamantly to maintain connections to its rich history. We felt that the business owners of Manhattan Ave. and other contributors deserve a sincere thank you for all their hard work this year. This is our way of giving back to them by telling their story. Our hope is to inspire more people to participate next year and keep the tradition alive for a new generation.

We hope you enjoy, and Happy Holidays.

Coolburns & Co.

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Greenpoint: Small Business Ventures

- Shops signs in Greenpoint. Photo by Flickr member Anna Majkowska

If you are going to open your business in Greenpoint, be ready for a red tape – city, federal and state taxes, both personal and corporate. Besides, learn about types of business that have more chances to succeed in the neighborhood.

Ed Veneziano, the owner of men’s clothing store Cato’s Army & Navy and one of the co-chairs of the Greenpoint Business Alliance, said many businesses – new and old – struggle with rent.

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YMCA Online Auction: Bid For Good!

Thursday is the last day of the McBurney YMCA’s Online Auction and there are still deals to be had on several Greenpoint area spots. I am SO grateful for the businesses who were kind enough to donate to the auction and help out the Strong Kids Campaign.

Auction Ends: Thursday Dec 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM EST – BID NOW! 

S.L.A.M. (STREB LABORATORY for ACTION MECHANICS)Trampoline Class, Pop Action Technique Class and Flying Trapeze Class

Fanaberie$50 Gift Certificate

Cato’s Army & Navy$25 Gift Certificate

GrowNYC Greenpoint GreenmarketGreenpoint Greenmarket Tour and Market Produce

2K PlayDora Saves the Crystal Kingdom Wii Game, Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure Nintendo DS Game, New Carnival Games Nintendo DS Game and New Carnival Games Wii Game

Anella Restaurant$50 Gift Certificate

The Gym Park$100 Gift Certificate

3rd Ward$30 Gift Certificate

These are great businesses and great GIFTS! For yourself or someone on your list. Click here to see all the items in our auction.

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Greenpoint Gift Guide: Cato’s Army & Navy

Cato’s Army & Navy is a Greenpoint landmark in business since 1975 and a proud member of the GBA – Greenpoint Business Alliance. It’s the absolute best place to shop for the guys in your life. Fathers, sons, brothers, boyfriends – there is something for every manly man on your list.

Show your support of our Greenpoint community this holiday by giving the perfect gift! Greenpoint tee’s and caps are a great and affordable gift for everyone on your list! Tee’s in four colors just $12.95 and caps in three colors just $15.95.

Give the gift of warmth and style this season with the heavy wool pea coat from Schott! Union made, crafted in the U.S.A. and 80% of woolly coziness makes a great gift! Available in dark navy and fashionably affordable at $159.95.

Owner Ed Veneziano is also offering 10% off their entire purchase when you mention Greenpointers. Stock up and save a ton!

Cato’s Army & Navy
654 Manhattan Avenue NY 11222 – (718) 383-3004
Open Mon,Thu,Sat 10am-6:30pm; Tue,Fri 10am-6pm; Wed 11am-6:30pm; Sun 11am-4pm

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