Time Out New York’s Critic Pick, Fanaberie Boutique, is celebrating their fifth year in business with a party. Starting at 10 am on March 21st at 102A Nassau Ave in Brooklyn, there will be 20% off all new arrivals, a $100 giveaway, and complimentary wine and snacks. RSVP here. Continue reading →
Summer is officially here and after that hella winter, we best greet this long-awaited season in style. Welcome back, sun, sweat, and subway tunnels that smell and feel like the depths of Hell!
Kidding! More like, welcome back bike rides and outdoor brunch and tan lines!
With the abundance of shopping Greenpoint provides, it won’t be hard to coordinate the perfect outfit for that afternoon spent in Transmitter Park, your friend’s rooftop BBQ next weekend, or for your morning commute walking across the Pulaski while cursing the G train in a few weeks. Here are a few outfit options and some summer essentials courtesy of our awesome neighborhood to make the warm months even sweeter:
Have you walked by Fanaberie on Nassau lately and noticed the creative window display? It’s up until Thanksgiving and is a marvelous collaboration between store owner Ella, a long-time Greenpointer originally from Poland and Charlotte a Greenpointer originally from Louisiana. Yes, they were not born here and I am calling them Greenpointers. Do you have a problem with it? I don’t care. I don’t want to hear it anymore. The absurd questions (and insults) the website receives. “Are you born and raised in Greenpoint?” one person asked or “Go back to Kansas.” Once and for all, who cares? We all live here and love it. No one choses where they are born, but they do chose where they live and Greenpoint it is. It’s nice to see what can happen when we get along!
Ella was designing the windows herself until she met Charlotte who was one of her first customers when the boutique opened a year and a half ago. With the help of her employee Ewelina, they create a “unique and friendly environment…so we are not only the store but also a social circle of customers that often are becoming our friends.” This is the perfect environment that fosters such creative endeavors. With a “yearning to do something with no boundaries creatively,” as Charlotte describes, she was inspired to ask Ella about the collaboration. On the Falling for Fanaberie window display Ella says: “I love the outcome of our little collaboration, Charlotte is so creative and she delivered exactly what she promised…In the past every change of the windows generated interest, comments and compliments; and this time specifically we are getting twice as much of compliments!”
Behind all great work there is a narrative. About the windows Charlotte explains: “It’s a love story. Falling for a summer fling. A transition. A change in seasons. The fling and Fanaberie are interchangeable. I’ve always thought of summer as a season to be free and to meet new loves, and fall is when you get to snuggle down with the most special one you met over the summer. This is a fairly tale. Real life comes what may. The story is personal, and I think that is why it’s been so well received.”
Perhaps its about falling in love with Greenpoint. I myself am smitten and can relate. When I asked Charlotte why she decided to live here she told me, “I fell in love with the neighborhood, instantly. The vibe of the neighborhood was great. I also love the authenticity of the neighborhood. My neighbor has lived here all of his life, he keeps me up to date with the goings and comings of the rest of the people on our street. I’m friends with the family that owns the corner store. Once I came home late, was hungry with no money, and he loaned me $2 for a slice. The neighborhood looks out for one another. It reminds me of home.”
BIG props to local shop Fanaberie for having their dress (so cute!) and necklace featured on the cover of the latest issue of Time Out New York! Fanaberie was also designated runner-up in the Best New Indie Shop category.
Check them out now for yourself and mention TONY to get 20% off until May 1st.
Update: Another local shop, Vintage Modern, also took honors as winner in the Best For Home Goods category! Plus, they’re offering a 15% off discount through next weekend if you mention their TONY win.
Fanaberie 102A Nassau Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts
The Greenpoint shops have some kickass new things for Spring – which I’m told will come, eventually. With the three day weekend, go brave the cold and shop for the inevitable skin baring days ahead.
Fanaberie is fast becoming the destination for inexpensive but damn adorable dresses in Greenpoint. They have a whole new crop of cute ones including my favorite – this cocoa brown lace trimmed ruffle dress for just $39.
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!