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Shop Small in Greenpoint This Saturday (11/25)—10-20% Discounts, Drinks + More!

Shop Small 2017

The first-annual Greenpoint Fall Shopping Crawl is happening this Saturday, November 25th, all day.

Going all day and through the evening, shoppers will enjoy a full day of holiday shopping discounts— 10% to 20% off in each participating shop—free drinks, music, and light bites. The event coincides with Small Business Saturday and will showcase 20+ Greenpoint businesses, including: Continue reading

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Schlep Your Pooch To The City With a Locally-Designed Stylish Dog Tote by Jaxx Hound

New York living would be way too lonely without our furry friends by our side, who provide us cuddles and kisses not only when we refuse to leave our apartments in the dead of winter, but also increasingly commonly at work. Dog friendly offices are totally on trend right now, but with crowded subways and a recent backlash on “fake” service dogs, bringing your pup to and fro around the city is becoming more of a challenge. Especially if you want your dog bag to match your personal sense of style.

Longtime North Brooklyn resident Tennille Teague was frustrated at the lack of stylish options to tote her lovable daschund Mo to and from work every day. Dogs need to be in a carrier of some type if you take them on the subway, ferry or in a cab—and most of the available doggie travel bags at big box retailers or online come in rather obnoxious colors or patterns, and don’t really fall in line with the fashion forward sensibility of hip New Yorkers. And aside from looks, there were other features Tennille wasn’t able to find in a doggie travel bag—a well-designed pocket for accessible poop bags, detachable straps, a leather bottom with metal feet, or one end open for the dog’s head to peek out, for example. And even if a bag had one of those traits, it didn’t have them all.

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So after more than a year of design and production exploration, Tennille is ready to unleash Jaxx Hound onto the NYC dog scene. Jaxx Hound’s cleverly designed bags, collars and leashes will be produced nearby in Jersey, in production by the end of the year and ready to ship out in early 2018, if she meets her Kickstarter goal of $39,000. To support Jaxx Hound with a $25 pledge, you can rock the McGolrick dog run with a cute “Pup Culture” tee which features illustrations of dogs reimagined as celebs: Billdog Murray, Meryl Sheepdog and Bernese Sanders. And if you’re dying to get your hands on one of the bags, a pledge of $225 will get you one in classic black, grey, navy or olive green. And while that might seem like a lot to some, in the realm of locally-made and ultra-stylish dog fashion (with 5% of proceeds going to NYC shelter Animal Haven) the price makes sense. Your best friend and daily companion is worth whatever it costs. The Jaxx Hound Kickstarter ends in a few weeks; hook up your pup with the chic-est way to travel, before everybody else is doing it.

Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
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Maha Rose Just Launched Their Online Shop With All The Crystals You Ever Wanted

Local boutique wellness spot Maha Rose (97 Green St), has been imparting divine wisdom and disseminating new age vibes in the neighborhood for a few years now, offering classes, workshops and trainings in holistic and magical subjects ranging from reiki to hypnosis to ayurveda. Last year, they launched their upstate location, Maha Rose North, to house retreats and events. And now, they’ve just launched their online shop, which mirrors the items in their boutique—carefully selected crystals, jewelry and handmade goods. So even if you don’t live nearby, you can still raise your self care vibration. Below, check out our favorite crystals from their shop:

Amethyst cluster @ Maha Rose
Amethyst cluster // Maha Rose, $35

These high vibe amethyst clusters are 4-5″ long, and honestly you can’t have enough amethyst laying around your house. It’s not only pretty and makes a chic tchotchke, but the stone is also ideal for protection and connecting to a higher power. Additionally, ameythyst is: Extremely beneficial for the mind; improves mental focus and control, and helpful in decision making. Helpful for insomnia caused by an overactive mind. Protects from and purifies negative environmental energies. Overcomes addictions and blockages of all kinds.
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Nassau Ave’s Got a New Vintage Shop for Adults AND Kids!

The colorful shelves at Mahps Kids and Home, photo by Megan Penmann
Eclectic treasures and colorful shelves at Mahps Kids and Home. All photos: Megan Penmann

Shop owner and longtime Greenpoint resident Brittany Mahps has just opened her second vintage boutique on Nassau Avenue. You may recognize her first neighborhood vintage clothing shop Mahps (110A Nassau Ave), by the oh-so-tempting $5 sidewalk rack in front of the store. After five years in business at that location, she decided to expand her offering and open a home goods and children’s clothing shop on the “other” side of Nassau, closer to McGolrick Park. The front of Mahps Kids & Home (181 Nassau Ave) is stocked with well-curated vintage furniture and adorable home goods for both adults and kids, while the back half of the store houses gently used kids’ clothes (for ages baby to pre-teen). Continue reading

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Saunter into Fall with Line and Label’s New Arrivals

While we’re not happy that summer is winding down in Greenpoint, we do have something to smile about: new fall goodies at Line and Label (568 Manhattan Ave). And, we predict that this fall will be all about dark lips, embroidered details, vegan leather, and brocade. What’s not to love?

Brocade Coat $235

Get the scoop on some of our fave picks from this neighborhood shop. Line and Label crafts many of its majorly cool pieces in house, so you’re getting something locally made in Greenpoint. Très bien, no?
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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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This Weekend’s To-Do List: Greenpointers Market, Oddities Flea, Vintage Pop-Up + Oktoberfest! (9/30-10/1)

Greenpointers Market

This weekend Greenpoint’s got a ton of unique popup shopping destinations to kick off the Fall season. Whether you’re looking for the perfect handmade ceramic vessel for your airplant collection, a creepy taxidermy art piece or a vintage neon kimono, you’re in luck!

Greenpointers Festival of Lights Fall Market
Sunday, October 1st | 1-7pm
67 West Street, 5th Floor
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Each one of our seasonal markets bring more than 50 vendors selling handcrafted, vintage and unique local goods in the beautiful Greenpoint Loft. Plus food, booze, live music and free fun activities! At this weekend’s market, special guest Capture Me In 3D will be on site to 3D scan your body and instantly create a digital avatar version of you, for free! Other FREE activities include henna tattoos, nail art, and tarot card readings. Sling back tasty brews from Greenpoint Beer & Ale  or tasty wines from Palinkerie. Plus, rooftop yoga (donation based) at 2pm and 3:30pm! Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Natural Greenery Inspires Conservation-Minded Butterfly Perfume

Butterfly Set via Euphorium Brooklyn
Butterfly Set via Euphorium Brooklyn

Greenpoint sports a lot of green. From McCarren Park to the G train, our slice of north Brooklyn is colorful. In fact, Greenpoint’s natural greenery has inspired Euphorium Brooklyn’s newest fragrance, Butterfly. Ten years ago, when olfactory artist and perfumer Stephen Dirkes moved into a loft on Commercial Street, he noticed that the weeds and wild flora growing on the banks of the Newtown Creek supported something stunning: the annual Monarch Butterfly migration between Canada and Mexico. Each year, the butterflies descend on the northern reaches of Greenpoint, heralding summer and bringing a spectacular natural grace to the industrial waterfront.

Stephen notes that while Newtown Creek’s wild plant life might be “a peculiar starting point to develop a fragrance palette, butterflies have done a remarkable job of curating a wide range of fragrant floral, mint, grass, & herbaceous notes for a perfumer to work with.”

And the fine fragrance world is all aflutter over Butterfly. Reviews call it “bright, clear and sparkling…unearthly and ethereal” and mark it as the go-to scent of the summer. But, Butterfly didn’t begin as a fragrance. Instead, it started as a local conservation effort.

When Greenpoint’s zoning laws changed, new development began to spring up on the water’s edge, where plants once grew undisturbed. Suddenly, the Monarch’s migratory path faced peril, and Stephen began researching butterfly gardens as a way to help sustain the natural habitat. Now, Stephen’s made it possible for anyone to be an armchair conservationist! Continue reading

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Say Hello to Beth, a New Line by In God We Trust’s Shana Tabor


Shana Tabor is no stranger to most Greenpoint dwellers; after all she is the founder of In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave), a treasured store with various locations that sell their own original jewelry and apparel. Since opening her first store back in 2005, Shana has grown personally and creatively—so it felt like the right time for her to move into something new and fresh. This freshness came to fruition in the form of Beth, a clothing line that debuts later this month, that consists of timeless staples for the contemporary woman. Continue reading

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Dusty Rose Vintage Sidewalk Sale is This Weekend!

Dusty Rose Vintage sidewalk sale

Dusty Rose Vintage (251 Greenpoint Ave) is having their 3rd annual sidewalk sale this Sunday (8/13) from 12-5pm. At last year’s sale, we not only sipped on gratis booze while we shopped, but we also walked away with some killer deals on jewelry and ceramics from local makers, and we’re sure this year will be no different. Dusty Rose promises: “Some of NYCs favorite brands and tastemakers will be cleaning out their studios, offices and closets to bring you deeply discounted one-offs, seconds and overstock  in ceramics, jewelry, clothing, beauty products and other household items. Plus Dusty Rose will be offering 20% off all retail priced items at the front of the warehouse.” Count us in.

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