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Film Noir: Portrait Of A Greenpoint Video Store

Will Malitek, owner of Film Noir © Fabian Palencia

When we heard that Film Noir (10 Bedford Ave), our local destination for cult-favorite film rentals, had started handing out monthly flyers that curate a small selection of recommended films, we wasted no time in heading over to talk to owner Will Malitek about this refreshingly anti-technology customer service concept.

With the recent news that the Greenpoint video store Photoplay is closing today, our profile comes at just the right time to remind you that you have another excellent place to take your business. You might just learn something new when you stop by, too. Continue reading

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Warm Your Home With DIY Project Ideas from Suite Pieces

Suite Pieces

Making your space your own isn’t just about the furniture, but also warming it up with things that tell your personal story. Suite Pieces, a local vintage furniture and DIY boutique on Huron St in Greenpoint, will be at our Valentine’s Market this Sunday sharing ideas and products that can help you make your home all about you and those you love. Shop owner Corina Gomez shared with us how photo transfer can help us forget about this cold weather and remember warmer days: Continue reading

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Paulie Gee is TAKING OVER the USA!

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According to Eater, our favorite local pizzaiolo (that means pizza genius) Paulie Gee “is planning a massive multi-city expansion, aiming to open locations in Chicago, Oakland, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Columbus, and Long Island…” and of course,  “…when evaluating potential locations he considers whether they have a similar vibe and demographic makeup to his home base location in Greenpoint, Brooklyn .”(just north of Williamsburg).

Soon you can enjoy Paulie Gee’s pizza in every coolest city in the USA!

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Green Desk Coworking at 240 Kent

The sunlit halls of Green Desk's Co-working space at 240 Kent

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Co-working spaces are more than just a passing trend–they seem to be the wave of the future for small businesses and start-ups, especially in Brooklyn. This is exactly the case at Green Desk‘s 240 Kent location, where you’ll find a husband-and-wife-run sex toy business down the hall from a kids health food campaign, both upstairs from a new age-y crystal boutique.

The business and retail owners at 240 Kent are vocal about the leeway for experimentation and growth that the space affords them.

“It’s great because we have the flexbility of trying out our business to see if it works,” said Raymond Ng of Essbar Juicing, located on the ground floor of the building, which is exclusively devoted to retail and food outlets.

The ground floor space, which opened in July, is Brooklyn’s answer to the Chelsea Market, with a maze of speciality food vendors, handmade clothing retailers, and vintage sellers, expanding the options available to anyone talking a stroll along the Kent Avenue waterfront. Once a barren warehouse zone, we’ve watched the whole area undergo a major revamp–from the East River Ferry to the Brooklyn Flea and the Edge (and a bevy of other modern high rises).  Now, with the advent of this rapidly expanding co-working/retail establishment, the stretch of Kent between N. 12th and N.1st is quickly becoming a hub of young businesses.

Whether you’re craving a French Toast Cupcake (a la Brooklyn Cupcake or an “Vape Pen” to curb a smoking habit (from Vapor Lounge NY), the stores at 240 Kent are well worth exploring.

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Digital Pointers with Eat Drink Jobs

Julie Lerner is the energetic and cheerful Founder of EatDrinkJobs who, along with her co-founder Jason Miller, launched their venture the Fall of 2012.  With her background working years for the New York State Restaurant Association, Julie knows the NY restaurant industry well, and knows its pitfalls.  Julie talks about solving the pain point of connecting great restaurants with stellar applicants, beating the Craigslist system of finding jobs, and getting cappuccino at Five Leaves.

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Digital Pointers with Ashe Avenue

At the Propeller Coffee Shop  along Manhattan Ave, I sat down to talk with John McKinney, the CEO of Ashe Avenue.  John was at the Future of Web Design Conference (Oct. 7 – 9) and gave a talk on “Designing for the Forgotten User: Aesthetics and UX in the Editorial Platform”. Ashe Avenue was also behind the Creator’s Project which won the 2012 Webby Award Winner for Music and Branded Content.

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Spice Fix – “Seasonal Spices” Spice CSA

I’ll admit it. My spice cabinet is a bit of a mess.  And it seems the more cooking I do, the greater into disarray my cache of seasonings falls.  A six-year-old, nearly untouched jar of marjoram rests atop a pillow of unlabeled ziploc bags filled with heaping spoonfuls of unidentified yellow and green aromatic powders. Towards the back of the cupboard, a tub of oregano the size of a house cat mocks me. Too much of this, too little of that, and what to do with it all, assuming the old stuff still has pungency? Greenpoint’s Tara Suan, has come up with an idea to combat these common kitchen conundrums.

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DigitalPointers with Worstofall Design


In the first post of a new series, Digital Pointers, I sat down with the team of Worstofall Design to talk about badass branding, integrating design and art,  Greenpoint’s authenticity, and how the G train isn’t so bad after all.

Meet Pia, Steve, James and Stephanie. Pia and Steve are co-founders.  Pia manages the business end, Steve heads the creative front.  James is a graphic designer. Rounding out the team is the operations manager, Stephanie.

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Attn: Local Businesses – National Grid’s ‘B’ Green Challenge Can Save You Money and Win You Prizes!

Martin S. Needleman, ESQ - Chief Counsel Brooklyn Legal Services

(Sponsored) At Greenpointers, we are passionate about promoting local environmental sustainability, so when we saw National Grid’s ‘B’ Green Challenge, which awards local businesses for becoming more energy efficient, it was important that we help spread the word to local Greenpoint and North Brooklyn businesses.

There are so many simple and easy ways to make your business more energy efficient and the great part is, it will help your business to save money – and win prizes!

National Grid has teamed up with Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets in order to promote energy efficiency among small businesses in Brooklyn and a new winning business is named each month.

By participating in the ‘B’ Green Challenge and letting them know the steps you have taken to become a greener business, you have a chance to also win a lot of awesome prizes, like tickets to Nets games or any event at the new Barclays Center, a signed Deron Williams basketball and a signed Joe Johnson poster!

We were recently invited to the award ceremony at Brooklyn Legal Services, which recently won the ‘B’ Green Challenge by doing things like sealing air leaks around windows and repairing their roof, improvements which had a 20% reduction in their energy costs.

It was a special award for Brooklyn Legal Services because they have been working with local organizations toward the construction of green affordable housing and provide free legal services to low-income residents, community groups and non-profit organizations of Brooklyn for over 45 years. Paul J. Acinapure, Esq. spoke about why the award was such an honor for Brooklyn legal Services:

It is particularly meaningful to us to get a green or sustainable recognition because we represent individual and community based organizations through Brooklyn that are local non-for profits that create affordable housing, run day care centers, run healthcare centers. We’ve represented them for decades in terms of doing their legal work in connection with greening and sustainability. In 2008 we created a green building law and justice project for those community organizations that we represent that are committed to greening and sustainability in the work that they do in their neighborhoods.

Now it’s your turn to make your business more energy efficient!

To participate in National Grid’s ‘B’ Green Challenge Register here: barclayscenter.com/bgreenchallenge. The first 100 businesses to register for the Challenge will receive a free do-it-yourself energy efficient item, a programmable thermostat, pipe insulation or weather stripping.

The winning business receives tickets to a Nets game or Barclay’s Center event, autographed Nets memorabilia, a plaque and recognition on Barclayscenter.com.

Then click here for energy saving tips.

Click here to learn more about energy efficiency rebates that are available to your business

Get green, Greenpoint!

Sponsored Post Courtesy of National Grid.

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Adelina’s & Eastern District Come Together For A Night Of Wine & Cheese! (3/20)

On Wednesday March 20, 2013 from 6-9pm Adelina’s Fraschetta Romana is teaming up with Eastern District, a nearby Beer & Cheese shop, for an evening showcasing some of our favorite wines and cheeses – at Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave).

For $12 try 3 delicious pairings, available for one night only.

“We believe great food and drink is meant to be simply enjoyed, so the evening will be casual and unpretentious: a chance to try out some fabulous flavors without breaking the bank.”

This is sure to be a delicious and fun evening!

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