The Greenpoint-based vintage and children’s shop Flying Squirrel (87 Oak St.) is in the process of vacating their storefront of seven years after failing to reach an agreement with their landlord last month.
Earlier this week, owner Kate Schmitz posted a note social media explaining that her lawyer advised to move out of the storefront at the end of April:
Hello friends. I am so sad to have to say this to you, but, I will have to close flying squirrel. You could say it’s due to the virus, or you could just blame certain landlords. My rent was always ridiculous, and my landlord’s only offer once businesses were closed was that I could defer payments until December. I was lucky enough to get an amazing pro bono law firm to help me with negotiations, but even with their help, and even with josh Gutman’s personal phone #, I got nowhere. As of yesterday, my lawyer has advised me to vacate by the end of April. I am already looking for a new space – please let me know if you know of one. And please let me know if you or anyone you know has consignment you would like to pick up. I am donating the cleats to a great organization and the clothing to St Marys in Bed-Stuy. If you have any other suggestions for donations, please let me know. All those fabulous secondhand books, for example, need a home. This is so sudden. I still feel like somehow I can turn it around – I may be wrong about that, but I do know fs and I will adapt to these changing times as all of you will too. Humans are phenomenally adaptable creatures, and I think our neighborhood is going to bounce right back. I look forward to seeing you out there ASAP. Meanwhile, please stay safe and well. I send my love to you and your families. Stay in touch…and email me ASAP to arrange pick up of your consignment items! I will be saving as much as I can. It all depends on what I can do in the next 5 days. If you can stop by for curbside pick-up that would be by far the best solution. I’m just so sorry for this short notice (and this crazy late night post).
On Friday afternoon, Schmitz began setting out many items in front of the store that are free or for donation via Venmo: Continue reading →
The first-annual Greenpoint Fall Shopping Crawl is happening this Saturday, November 25th, all day.
Going all day and through the evening, shoppers will enjoy a full day of holiday shopping discounts— 10% to 20% off in each participating shop—free drinks, music, and light bites. The event coincides with Small Business Saturdayand will showcase 20+ Greenpoint businesses, including: Continue reading →
Shop owner and longtime Greenpoint resident Brittany Mahps has just opened her second vintage boutique on Nassau Avenue. You may recognize her first neighborhood vintage clothing shop Mahps (110A Nassau Ave), by the oh-so-tempting $5 sidewalk rack in front of the store. After five years in business at that location, she decided to expand her offering and open a home goods and children’s clothing shop on the “other” side of Nassau, closer to McGolrick Park. The front of Mahps Kids & Home (181 Nassau Ave) is stocked with well-curated vintage furniture and adorable home goods for both adults and kids, while the back half of the store houses gently used kids’ clothes (for ages baby to pre-teen). Continue reading →
* Geeks Who Drink @Bar Schimmi (60 North 11th St) 6pm, FREE, A homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. Quizzes cover everything from celebrities in trouble to wordplay to bad television, More info =) The Juice Comedy Variety Show @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $5, The Juice is a comedy variety show including some of the best stand up, improv, & sketch, hosted by Carmen Christopher, Buy tix ♫ Talib Kweli LIVE with full band! @Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $17-20, Buy tix Greenpoint Film Festival (Thursday, May 4th- Sunday, May 7th) @ Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave), various times from 5/4-5/7, passes from $10, Buy tix
# Spring Spirits: Mezcal and the Taste of Oaxaca @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St) 6:30pm, $60, An evening of Oaxacan food and drink to usher in Cinco de Mayo. Learn more about the production of mezcal, its diversity of flavors, and the important role insects have played in Mexican cuisine long before guacamole with grasshoppers appeared on American restaurant menus, Buy tix
♦ The Art Party @ Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, $50, A wonderful evening of art, music, online art auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres supporting the arts for children at PS 34, Buy tix ♦ Saving Jamaica Bay Screening @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (437 McGuinness Blvd) 7:30pm, $5, A great movie about nature and a wildlife refuge in NYC you have to see, More infoContinue reading →
Flying Squirrel (87 Oak Street) got its start more then a decade ago by filling a void. Its owner, Kate Schmitz, was schlepping in and out of Manhattan with things for her friend’s 1-year-old twins. At the same time, they were concerned about what would happen when the kids grew out of all that little kid stuff. They worried that those “two huge plastic ExerSaucers on the curb were going to take up a lot of space in a landfill.” And thus—the idea for Flying Squirrel was born, complete with cool logo design by illustrator Carl Dunn. Now that in Brooklyn you rarely need to go to Manhattan for anything, Flying Squirrel offers an expertly curated selection of new and used children’s clothing, toys and books for families that have made their home in the neighborhood. Continue reading →
It all started four years ago, in response to the devastation that Hurricane Sandy had left in her path. As some parents were forced to deal with “real life issues” like finding temporary shelter, food and clothing for their families, thousands of children were sadly not going to be able to celebrate the holidays. Continue reading →
Being a new Mom or Dad is super exciting, but, let’s be honest… it’s also very scary. Suddenly you are faced with providing for a little person that you love – whom you want to give safety, comfort and happiness – but maybe you’re not be sure exactly how!?
That’s why Flying Squirrel is supplementing their excellent customer service and high quality children’s goods with a new addition – Greenpoint Mommy Classes!
These FREE classes at Flying Squirrel begin this Thursday, July 24th at 10:30 am. This first class will feature two postpartum doulas who will instruct you in the basics of swaddling, an ancient blanket wrapping practice known to calm, soothe and restrict your baby’s movements during sleep, helping to keep them safe in their cradle. As a bonus, attendees will recieve 30% off Aden & Anais swaddles to take home, a top selling product at Flying Squirrel. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other new parents in the neighborhood; because, after all, the best place to learn is in a supportive community!
This Sunday March 23rd from 1-3pm, the Jellio Shop @ Flying Squirrel will host a Sing-A-Long, with Greenpoint Kids Music director, Lily Virginia. Drop by with your child for an afternoon of interactive singing and dancing. Refreshments will be served for children and adults, and the whole experience is absolutely FREE!Continue reading →