Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union

Vanishing Polish Greenpoint

Green Farms Super Market at 918 Manhattan Ave. (via Google)

Green Farms Supermarket (918 Manhattan Ave.) was one of the local stores my Polish-born wife and I regularly shopped to get authentic Polish food, but the store’s last evening of business was just two weeks ago. Though it had an American name, we never called it Green Farms. For us the market was “U Chlopakow” and it was a vibrant piece of Polish Greenpoint.

The shelves were almost empty because the prices had been slashed and sadly only a few cans of Polish food, some mineral water and Polish beer remained. The owners, though, had not liquidated the store for lack of business, but because as owners of the building, the temptation to sell out and retire comfortably proved too great to resist. Continue reading

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Grab Your Tie-Dye and Preview our Vendors: Our Winter of Love Valentine’s Market is This Sunday! (2/11)

Winter Candyland Market 2017

The time has come to dig those old velvet bell bottoms out of the closet, adjust your mental boob tube to be on a properly fabulous wave of turbulence, and get down with the nostalgia for the Greenpointers Winter of Love Valentine’s Market this Sunday, February 11! The far out event is finally just days away, but don’t have a cow if you haven’t picked the perfect outfit yet – you’ve still got three days.

As a reminder, the Market is this Sunday, February 11th, from 1-7pm in the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St., 5th Floor). It would be radical if you RSVPed on Facebook!

It’s going to be a festive full day with live music, free fun activities like massages, henna, nail art plus refreshments and food. Check out all the deets of what we have in store here.

We want to highlight our awesome vendors. They’ll be hawking made-with-love Valentine’s gifts which you can pick up for friends, lovers, or yourself:

Alchemy Holistics 

Botanical based skincare line made for sensitive skin. Founder Gina Pulisciano is a veteran esthetician with 15 years in the skincare industry. Also available for facial services at Usha Veda Yoga on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint. Check out Alchemy-Holistics.com for more information on Alchemy Holistics skincare, upcoming workshops, booking a service, and more!

Find them in the neighborhood at Burson & Reynolds (649 Manhattan Ave), Usha Veda Yoga (1002-1006 Manhattan Ave), or fellow vendor Treehouse Brooklyn (430 Graham Ave)!

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Out-dôrz

Simple skincare created to nourish your body and ease your mind. Their products are a blend of easy to read, non-toxic ingredients made from organic oils and minerals. Ethical and safe — explore the world with out-dôrz!

When they’re not in the Greenpointers Market, you can find them at www.out-dorz.com

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Check out the rest of the vendors below! Continue reading

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History of Greenpoint’s Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union

You may have noticed a Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union (140 Greenpoint Avenue and 100 McGuinness Blvd)  booth this weekend at our Winter Candyland Holiday Market. That’s because the PSFCU is a major supporter of the Greenpoint community as a whole, celebrating over 40 years in the neighborhood!

The PSFCU owes it community-oriented nature to the way it’s structured. Unlike banks, credit unions are member owned, which means a credit union is “an integral part of the community it serves; profits earned by a credit union serve all its members and the local community they represent, including various community organizations (schools, churches, scouting and student organizations, etc.).” This year’s donations included Greenpoint organizations like the Slavic Arts Ensemble, and The Polonia NY Soccer Club

PSFCU at our Spring Market 2017

The PSFCU has been serving Greenpoint since 1976, aiding immigrants new to the neighborhood who were turned away from traditional banks when they applied for home loans. What we know today as PSFCU was established as the “Industrial and Commercial Federal Credit Union” by the founders of Greenpoint’s Polish and Slavic Center (177 Kent St. and 176 Java Street).  Continue reading

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