mother’s day

Take Your Mom Out for Brunch in Greenpoint at These Four Local Spots this Sunday (5/12)!

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day and also is the last day of Toast to Greenpoint so why not treat her to a mouthwatering meal for 25% off while supporting local businesses?

If you haven’t already, download the Cinch, and use code TOAST25 to get your discount at some classic Greenpoint spots.

Anella (222 Franklin St)

Anella’s warm, inviting interior opens onto a garden space to enjoy brunch outside (if it’s not raining). Brunch includes dishes such as an omelette with oyster and shiitake mushrooms, ricotta, and house potatoes, brioche French toast with mascarpone, and healthier options like a kale salad. Make it a boozy brunch with a Bellini that includes peach, elderflower, and prosecco.

Le Gamin (108 Franklin St)

Open since 1992, Le Gamin is where to take a mom who’d rather be in Paris. Try the escargot to really feel like you’re in France. If snails aren’t your thing, they also offer brunch fare like a mushroom and herb polenta cake with goat cheese crumbles. Finish the meal with a sweet crepe.

Brooklyn Label

Brooklyn Label is your go-to for a classic American brunch. Pancakes, benedicts, omelettes, and of course avocado toast can all be found here. It’s located in the landmark Astral building and has good vibes all around. Bring your mom here if she just wants some good pancakes and a mimosa!

If your mom has a sweet tooth, take her to Charlotte Patisserie. Enjoy French staples like a croque monsieur or a quiche – or just skip straight to dessert. Try the Duet, a white and chocolate mousse with hazelnut crunch, or a raspberry creme brulee, or their seasonal spring/summer Extravaganza, a mango-strawberry mousse topped with fresh candied strawberry.

Toast to Greenpoint is a celebration of the neighborhood produced by Cinch, which aims to connect local residents with neighborhood businesses to discover new experiences and exclusive offers. Check out the rest of the 20+ participating restaurants and bars here or simply visit your “rewards” tab in the app to explore!


Sponsored by Cinch: An app that drives business within local communities. Once you download the app, you can choose from hundreds of participating Williamsburg and Greenpoint business to eat, drink, shop that offer specials and discounts.

Are you a local business and want to join the Cinch community? Sign up here!

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10 Gorgeous Gifts For Your Mama

Heads up, Greenpointers: this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Haven’t picked out a Mother’s Day gift yet? Head to one of our local shops for a gift with a personal touch.

This darling terrarium arrangement is available at The Little Glass Slipper.

Check out our ten selections after the jump.
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Greenpoint Gallery Night, Ende Tymes Fest, Cardboard Robot Battle – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/07–5/13)

(sponsored) Brush Free New Look @ Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave) Saturday  5/10- Sunday 5/11, 4pm, Take hold of your beauty routine and be brush free! Bring your mom to celebrate together and learn quick tips on how you can get a fresh look by using your best makeup tools… YOUR HANDS! Makeup artist Patrycja Korzeniak will give a lesson using your new favorite lines, Vapour and RMS Beauty. There will be free wine, music from DJ DLP, and a raffle with great prizes, More Info

Gifts for mom!


(sponsored) Mother’s Day Bazaar @ Little Poland Gallery (240 Kent Ave, first hallway entrance, last store on the right) Saturday 5/10, 11am-7pm, Check out this curated selection of goods from European designers including organic clothing, handmade jewelry, accessories and select pieces of art and home decor– great gifts for mothers of all ages!

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

* Vestige: A Folk Opera @ Cloud City (85 North 1st St) 8pm, $15, A story about choices: once we make them, what (and who) gets left behind?, More info
* NY AIDS Walk Benefit @ Big Sky Works (29 Wythe Ave) 7:30, $20, A night of celebration, remembrance, and support featuring music, ventriloquism, aerial performances and more, More info
* Streetsblog & Streetfilms Happy Hour @ Dutch Kills Centraal (38-40 29th St) 6pm, FREE, Stop by and talk about your ideas for improving Northern Boulevard, 21st St., or the Pulaski Bridge, RSVP

* The Art of Spiritual Melodicism @ Golden Drum (97 Green St #G1) 7pm, $20, a special evening of hovering overtone magic and singing along with divine melodies, Indian ragas, mantras, and beyond, More info
Ende Tymes Fest IV @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 8pm, $15 day/$50 weekend, A four-day festival of noise and experimental liberation, More info
* The Good Mother Myth @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, Abby Sher, Anne-Marie Lindsey, and Heather Hewett look at what it means to be a mother, RSVP
M.I.A. with A$ap Ferg @ Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Ave) 7pm, $38, M.I.A. is known for her killer live shows, and this is bound to be one to remember, Buy tix Continue reading

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Mad Deals For Your Mom // Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide


Mother's Day is this Sunday!

She put up with you your entire life (not to mention MADE you alive) so you clearly owe her more than a phone call and a mass produced greeting card.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but don’t worry, you still have plenty of time. We’ve put together this Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide so you can keep the shopping local and still shower her with awesomeness. We are making this REALLY easy so don’t phone it in this year. Your welcome. Happy Mother’s Day! Continue reading

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It’s Mother’s Day! WTF!?!?!

Letterpress Cards @ the one well

Calm down because you have one day left not to be a jerk to your Mom. A simple phone call is nice. “Good morning, thanks for birthing me!” And hugs are really sweet.

Cards & gifts are good, too. And food! Nothing says “thanks for putting up with all my crap” better than a delicious meal!

Don’t go buy a soulless hallmark card, make one. You can get all the glue sticks and crayons you need at Jam’s Stationary (835 Manhattan Ave) or buy a handmade card. the one well 165 Greenpoint Ave) has an assortment of recycled paper letterpress greeting cards ($4-$6).

Mermaid Box @ Old Hollywood

Mom likes to read? Check out Word’s April Top 10 Bestseller list for some ideas.

I’m sure she loves wine! Get her a nice red from Dandelion Wine (153 Franklin St) or sign her up for Wine 101 ($55) at The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St.)

Boxes make perfect Mom gifts; they’re great for stashing jewelry, pills and lottery tickets. Check out this adorable Mermaid Box ($32) from Old Hollywood (99 Franklin St.)

Vase @ Vintage Modern

Vintage Modern has this really pretty striped stoneware vase ($125) for that gorgeous bouquet Mom deserves for all those temper tantrums you threw (or still throw) in the supermarket.

Fill it with cut flowers from the Dutchmills Gardens stand at the Greenmarket. If she doesn’t have a greenthumb, Brandywine Gardens sells pretty cacti and other succulents. Too hung over to make it to the market on Saturday? Head over to the Greenpoint Florist on Sunday (703 Manhattan Ave.)

Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply

If she has her own garden, check out Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply’s Mother’s Day Special for $60 (218 India St.)

Bad allergies or the rotten cat you left her is a plant murderer? Flowers might not be a great idea, so pick-up scented oil from Genie in a Bottle at Kill Devil Hill (170 Franklin St.)

And of course food is always a great idea, especially for the person who has fed you since the day you were born. Cook for her! Here are a few quick and easy recipes.

Genie in a Bottle @ Kill Devil Hill

Sink filled with dirty dishes? Take her out to brunch or dinner. My Mom absolutely loves Fives Leaves but if the wait is too long, head over to Nights & Weekends and enjoy the delicious Croque Signora Sandwich or check out the new Bellwether (594 Union Ave.)

How about a picnic in the park? I hear that the Lobster Joint will deliver to McCarren! Or get a yummy cheese and salami spread from Eastern District (1053 Manhattan Ave.)

Cheese @ Eastern District

Take her out to dinner. My favorite, The Greenpointer pie from Paulie Gee’s (60 Greenpoint Ave) always hits the spot, or the Cola Dorada, braised oxtail with rice and beans from Cafecito Bogota (1015 Manhattan Ave.) Give her an authentic Greenpoint experience on a budget with a BYOB dinner at the eclectic and delicious Lomyzynianka (646 Manhattan Ave.) Get pierogies and get them fried! The cheese filled blintzes for dessert are killer!

I know that Mother’s Day seems like another consumeristic holiday, but she actually made you alive, which is a big deal, so a small token of gratitude once a year is the least we can do. And keep it local silly!

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