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Thursday Spotlight: Textile Artist Caroline Z. Hurley

Caroline Z Hurley in her shop, photo by Mitch Boyer
Caroline Z Hurley in her Freeman Street shop, photo by Mitch Boyer

Passion for coziness and a reverence for Dolly Parton sound like the perfect combo in an artist, and Caroline Z. Hurley boasts both of those things. Hurley was originally trained in painting at RISD, but her Greenpoint-based eponymous label (with a shop at 155 Freeman Street) produces textiles for the home using age-old, hands-on processes like block-printing, quilting, and weaving. Greenpointers had the pleasure of catching up with Caroline and hearing more about her artistic process, and how she managed to turn an “accident” into a full-fledged, sustainable manufacturing business. Continue reading

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Even Keel: Wow-worthy Nature Inspired Soaps Made in Greenpoint

I recently had the chance to get burgers and beer with Greenpoint resident En Tsao, in the backyard of Williamsburg establishment The Meat Hook. En is the brains and the creative force behind Even Keel Soap.

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Even Keel’s products, in the face of a market flooded with all kinds of natural, organic, and locally sourced ingredients remain unique and fresh.

Part of it has to do with design, a lot of has to do with the quality, and all of it has to do with En. She utilizes just about every aspect of her experience and past insights to make something very personable and true to her spirit. Continue reading

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Game-Changing Pins from Pinpoint

Pinpoint has a little piece of my heart: this tough-but-chic brand run by two clever Greenpoint ladies in the jam. So, step up your accessories game and style up that banging denim vest you thrifted from Dusty Rose or the dreamy leather jacket you spied in Fox and Fawn. Besides looking cool, these lil pins are totally wallet friendly. All of these pretty metals and patches are only 10 bucks or less!

Check out these 10 oh-so-cool pins and show us your swag!
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Midnite Market Madness! The Gone Cat x Bk Bazaar Fri/Sat Nite!

The Gone Cat - Brooklyn Bazaar

If for some reason you missed out on the dozens of indie designers we hosted last weekend at our Greenpointers Spring Market (it was glorious!), then this weekend you’d do well to check out the popup night market at Brooklyn Bazaar. Shop from and mingle with some really cool independent local designers while rocking out to some sweet jams and sipping your favorite tipsy bevs. We promise it’ll be more fun than the weekend plans you haven’t made yet.

The Gone Cat Popup Shop @ Brooklyn Bazaar150 Greenpoint Ave
Friday & Saturday April 14th and 15th | 
7pm to 1am
RSVP Here
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Fall Playlist: Old and New Downer Vibes as Things Turn Towards Cold

Gandalf - Hang On To A Dream (1969)
Gandalf – Hang On To A Dream (1969)

Kicking off our series of local shops pulling together some of their favorite music for us, we have a mostly-vintage, acoustic-twinged and quite moody playlist from local vinyl source Record Grouch (986 Manhattan Avenue).

This is the kind of playlist you want to gently put on for a chilly and drizzly Sunday morning, while you curl up on the couch with a blanked sipping hot tea and reading zines. And by the time the Donna Summer track hits in the last half, your inner fire will truly be lit.

If you haven’t been down to Record Grouch, the cozy little shop’s got an eclectic mix of r&b, punk, metal, rock, kraut, and psych. You’ll find some rarer gems mixed amongst stuff you really should own but probably don’t have yet. This playlist, in addition to being Fall-themed, is a reflection of some of the things you might find there digging through the bins. Continue reading

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People of 2morrow Shutters, Shifts Focus To New Label

People of 2Morrow's former location at 65 Franklin St.
People of 2Morrow’s former location at 65 Franklin St.

Local bohemian vintage fashion, lifestyle and home goods boutique People of 2morrow (65 Franklin St.) has closed, with plans to expand their retail offerings online. People of 2morrow, which opened in 2013, was located in the same complex as vinyl mecca Academy Records Annex, kids store Flying Squirrel, the charming You & Yours Fine Vintage and behemoth Brooklyn Expo Center. Continue reading

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Letterpress Printing: Surviving, and Even Thriving, in Greenpoint

Earl Kallemeyn, working the letter press. All photos by Kate Truisi.
Earl Kallemeyn, working the letter press. All photos by Kate Truisi. Fresh haircut by David Arce at Tomcats.

To say that Earl Kallemeyn is a throwback is an understatement. Earl’s firm, Kallemeyn Press (130 Dobbin Street), prints with the same technology that Gutenberg used to print his bibles in the early fifteenth century. You might imagine that a man who has built his business on such an obsolete technology would struggle to find business, but this is not so with Kallemeyn. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Tattoo Guide Part 2 – East River Tattoo

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East River Tattoo – Photo © T. Joseph

East River Tattoo (1047 Manhattan Ave.) opened in 2000 out of a storefront on Franklin Street, making them Greenpoint’s first tattoo shop. They have since moved a few blocks to their current Manhattan Ave location, where a glance in the window reveals a taxidermy fox next to a spotted and stuffed fawn. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Tattoo Guide Part 1 – Three Kings Tattoo

Greenpoint currently has four tattoo shops, each with their own vibe, style, and specialties. Whether you’re a tattoo collector, planning a custom piece, or just seeking a small meaningful mark on your skin, finding the right match is never as easy at it seems.

The best way to check places out is to go by and look through the artists’ books found on the front counter of most shops. After you’ve looked at designs, notice the quality of lines in various artist’s work and the way tattoos are placed on people’s bodies. Greenpoint’s tattoo shops are so close you can check them all out in one afternoon.

First Stop: Three Kings Tattoo

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Three Kings Tattoo – Photo © T. Joseph

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Flying Squirrel: A Grown-Up Children’s Store in Greenpoint

Flying Squirrel © via Flying Squirrel's Facebook Page
Flying Squirrel © Flying Squirrel’s Facebook Page

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

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