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Women’s History Month – In Conversation with Sisters-in-Law Katherine Conkling Thompson & Elizabeth Thompson

Katherine Conkling Thompson (left) & Elizabeth Thompson (middle), with cousins Penelope, Beatrice, and Abby (right) - © Fabian Palencia

Today we present the grand finale of our Women’s History Month interview series, which began in March and introduced us to some wonderful women through the thoughtful nominations our readers submitted. We’ve already posted interviews with six Greenpointers who are doing exceptional things in the neighborhood – Amy, Jay, Sogoal, Lauren, Nackie, and Meg – and today we have a unique final post to share.

Allow us to introduce two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Thompson and Katherine Conkling Thompson, who both nominated each other! Their Greenpoint homes are just three blocks apart, on Milton and Calyer Streets respectively, so we arranged to sit down with them together at Katherine’s house on a misty gray Sunday evening. Her daughter Abby (17) and Elizabeth’s daughters Beatrice (8) and Penelope (4) joined us in the living room and took part in our interview. Katherine’s older daughter Charlotte (20) is away at college and was sorely missed, especially during the photos – and her eldest son, Eliot (22), also deserves a mention, as his childhood soccer adventures play a large role in why his aunt Elizabeth nominated his mom. Continue reading

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Women’s History Month – An Abundance of Nominations!

Before we reveal the final interview in our Women’s History Month series (yes, a roll-over from March ,but worth the wait!), we want to shine a spotlight on the excellent reader nominations we received but weren’t able to connect with in person for interviews. These are some Greenpoint women we should all know about:

Jennifer Fiore & Nina Lalli, MONDAYS Projects
Nominated by their friend Nicole, Jennifer and Nina originally met in a Monday night ceramics class and now share a studio in Greenpoint where they make beautiful pieces by hand. MONDAYS ceramics can be found at Joinery, Warm, Spina, Mrs. Robertson/Gabriela de la Vega, and at BRIKA. Jennifer and Nina have also crafted custom plates and cups for the dining room at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin, Ovenly

Erin (left) and Agatha (right) - courtesy of Ovenly

Nominated by an adoring stranger, who shared: “I’d like to nominate Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin from Ovenly. It’s one of my favorite places in the neighborhood, and I’m happy to support local businesses. I actually don’t know them, so this is not a very personal nomination…but I enjoyed reading about their business and love visiting their little bakery.” Note to that reader: they were honored to hear of your nod to them! Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: M.N. Davis & Son

Mariko originally founded M.N. Davis & Son  as a side project, before developing it into a full-fledged product line. Her signature feedsack tote bags are designed, hand-printed, and hand-sewn, right here in Brooklyn.

Originally from Japan, Mariko now works out of her studio in Greenpoint and will be joining us at Saturday’s Fall Market.  Her story, which she shares below, is an inspiration for local creatives and entrepreneurs alike. 

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