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A Day in the Life of a Success Academy Scholar

Even though school is out for the summer, parents are already making plans for school year 2019-20! When students return in August, they will learn, play, and grow inside Success Academy Williamsburg. A free, public charter school with grades K-4, SA Williamsburg admits students based on random lottery — and they’re still accepting applications for the upcoming school year. If YOU would like to learn more about this world-class elementary school, what better way than straight from an SA scholar?? Keep reading to hear more about a day in the life of SA Williamsburg scholar, Keagan!

I wake up early to get to school on time, and I like to listen to The Greatest Showman soundtrack and to Drake when I get dressed in the morning Continue reading

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Find Local Summer Flavors in Greenpoint

The weather’s warmed up, the sun’s come out, and we’re out here taking full advantage! Local Greenpoint businesses have you covered with refreshing summer drinks and seasonal specials. Next time you’re looking for a place to chill with your friends, try out one of these spots and get an extra 10% off, up to 30% total, when you pay with the Cinch app and use code SUMMER! June 7-14 only.

Try a New Summer Drink

In the mood for a sour beer? Spritzenhaus has got one on tap. If sours aren’t your thing, try one of the other 24 beers on tap at this expansive beer garden. If you can’t find an awesome new beer to love with that many options, well, we don’t know what to tell you. Try a cocktail instead?

Spritzenhaus Greenpoint taps

If you’re a fan of canned cocktails, Duke’s Liquor Box has an intriguing new option to check out. The Long Drink is a Finnish tradition dating back to 1952; its refreshing citrus taste and liquor kick make it great for summertime parties.

Duke’s Liquor Box “Long Drink”

Take Your Taste Buds on Vacation

If you live in Greenpoint, you’re probably very familiar with Polish food. If you haven’t tried it yet (or even if you have), check out Polka Dot Cafe or Krolewskie Jadlo for modern takes on traditional Polish and eastern European comfort foods. Polka Dot Cafe is a casual, counter-service spot while Krolewskie Jadlo is a sit-down restaurant appropriate for a first date.

Polka Dot Cafe Polish donut

Brooklyn Label is known for their American classics and brunch, but they recently ventured into French territory with a beef bourguignon dinner special. Visit during happy hour for 2-for-1 margaritas and whiskey sours!

 


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A New Real Estate Brokerage on the Scene


Paper Street Real Estate LLC, headquartered in Downtown Manhattan, has come onto the real estate scene in late 2018. Founded by Kamilla Mishiyeva, a local attorney with 5+ years in the legal industry, previously worked as an agent throughout Brooklyn for several years prior to acquiring her legal education.

“ Real estate has always been on the radar for me even as an attorney since I would constantly have exposure to it on transactional side. As a probate lawyer, assisting with the administration of an inheritance is part of my day to day, and most inheritances always have real property involved whether it is a house, an apartment, or a vacant lot.” says Kamilla.

What led her to open up her own brokerage? She tells us “Getting to closing is already stressful enough considering the fact that you are dealing with the mortgage banker, the seller, negotiating on the price, as well as a whole slew of other nuances taking place until you finally get to the point of being handed the keys to your new home. When there is a broker involved who complicates things and acts unprofessionally, which is what happened in my case during my own apartment purchase, I realized any headache from a real estate agent is not only unacceptable but completely unnecessary. After hearing horror stories about other agents and having to deal with a subpar broker on my own, I realized this industry needed a real estate firm that is fast, competent, and relentless in their client-first approach. That’s why I started my firm, Paper Street Real Estate LLC.”

Her firm concentrates on the Financial District and Battery Park City in NYC but also brokers deals for seller’s in Brooklyn.

You can visit their website at paperstreetrealestate.com along with her probate law firm website at nycprobatelawyer.com. She also operates a bankruptcy practice.

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[email protected] Fitness Tip: Contrary to popular belief, exercise does NOT cause weight loss!

Simply put, you just can’t exercise the fat away. Some of you have been exercising up to 5 days a week only to jump on the scale and see very little difference in your weight. This can be frustrating when you’re putting a lot of effort into your workouts; and can often make you question your weight loss game plan.

We’ve been demanding answers to these questions from the muscle gods; and as always…nothing! But studies have given us some good clues as to why we’ve been getting steadily fatter for the past few decades, despite a growing increase in physical activity.

Statistics show that health club revenues increased from $200 million in 1972 to a whopping $16 billion in 2005!!

The first NYC marathon was in 1970 with only 137 entrants; and in 2008 there were 39,000 entrants and nearly 60,000 applicants.

So if being lazy makes us fat and exercise prevents or inhibits it, shouldn’t this fitness revolution have launched an epidemic of leanness? Hmmm. But in reality, this so-called fitness revolution has been coexisting with an epidemic of obesity. Another hmmm.

Very little evidence exists to support the belief that the number of calories we expend has any effect on how fat we are. When you increase the energy you expend, the evidence is very good that you’ll eat more to compensate. We actually burn very few calories with moderate exercise; and the effort can be easily undone with even the smallest bite or beverage.

Ran 5 miles, burns off 400 calories
Eats one slice of pizza, puts 400 calories back on

There was a Berkeley study that collected detailed information on over 13,000 habitual runners over the course of several years. And although those who ran the most tended to weigh the least, they all got fatter with each passing year – even those who ran over 8 miles a day!

It might be time to question our underlying beliefs. Is it something other than the amount of calories we consume and expend that determines whether we get fat?

Now, this is all not to say that exercise doesn’t have benefits. It absolutely does; and without it, you could be setting yourself up for failure on your weight loss journey. But, to rely on exercise as a “cause” for weight loss will only serve to disappoint you.

But don’t take our word for it, go ahead try it. But when you find yourself spinning your wheels, it may be time to start looking for other solutions. And when the time comes that exercise is not enough to induce weight loss… and it will; here are some things you can start to look at that could make the difference.

The first area you should start questioning is your diet.

  • What does your diet look like?
  • How much alcohol do you drink per week?
  • How much sugar is in your diet?
  • What percentage of carbohydrates make of your total daily calories?
  • Are you eating too much after your workouts?
  • What type of food are you eating after your workouts?

These are just some of the questions you can start to explore. However, if you’re still unsure on how to make healthier food choices, the second option can be to seek professional guidance.

The B.E.S.T. Diet Revival is a powerful food plan sent to you in structured phases, and is ideal for those seeking:

  • A customized regimented meal plan focused on your success
  • Detoxification and self-control from harmful processed foods
  • Reconditioning of food-associated habits
  • Accountability and structure in food planning
  • A practical and sustainable life-long diet
  • Wholesome, mindful eating behaviors and habits
  • Increased energy and vitality
  • Weight Loss, specifically excess fat-loss
  • More confidence around food! 

Since participating in the B.E.S.T. plan, I’ve lost weight easier than ever before, I’ve had more energy and more mental clarity, and I’ve been confident to take on endeavors, both personally and professionally, that I would not have attempted before the program” – BEST Diet Revival Client 2016

Invest in your health by learning how to detoxify your body, gain energy, lose weight, and create healthy sustainable habits around food.

Sponsored by [email protected]: Learn more about the B.E.S.T. Diet Revival and how to sign up at www.BESTeverywhere.me.

You can also get a head start and apply here.

[email protected] is located at 31 Nassau Ave in Greenpoint and can be reached at (718) 388-2900

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Drink Specials & Free Food on Grand St! (Sunday, 3/17)

This SUNDAY (March 17), 13 bars along Grand Street celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with 29 drink specials and free food. This 8th edition of the Grand Street Business Improvement District annual Pub Crawl makes your Sunday Funday easy – walk or stumble along just 6 blocks to eat and drink to your lucky charm’s desire.

Huckleberry Bar

Offers include $5 shots of Jameson Caskmates at Crystal Lake, $7 Irish Margaritas at Los Tacos McOndo, $5 grilled cheese at Noorman’s Kil, and $5 beer and shot combos at Redd’s Tavern. Free food will also be available at Dar 525, a free pizza with the purchase of a draft beer; Bushwick Country Club, free BBQ; and Thompson Brooke will have free Irish snacks. Continue reading

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Dine & Donate Supports Local Causes While You Eat (March 15-24)

Clinton Hall (247 Metropolitan Ave)

Starting this Friday, March 15th through Sunday, March 24th, feast at over 15 local restaurants while supporting a local cause! Whether you want to help abused and abandoned animals find their forever homes or support early childhood education & more, Dine and Donate” makes it easy – All you have to do is eat delicious meals for a discount! 

The deets: Go to a participating restaurant and pay using the Cinch app. 10% of your bill will go to a local non-profit and you will also get 10% or more off their bill. Not a Cinch user yet? Download the Cinch App here   

Oh and if you are snapping shots of your meals “for the gram” no judgment here cuz Cinch is also donating an extra $5 every time you share your experience and tag @cinchwallet + the restaurant you ate in or the non-profit you donated to. Be selfie to be selfless, y’all. Continue reading

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Give the Gift of Empowerment Coaching and Healing

Want to give the perfect gift to yourself or someone you love? Look no further.

Book the two for one Holiday Coaching Package to give the people in your life the  <<<ULTIMATE GIFT>>>  a way to:

  • Say YES to your dreams
  • Let go of emotional garbage
  • Clear blocks that keep you stuck

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein

Getting Clear Sessions Are Perfect If Some Wants To… 

  • release limiting beliefs
  • learn how to tap into their emotions for healing
  • get clear on a big decision ie: work, relationship, big move
  • have the safe space, support & accountability to create goals towards life dreams

Book Your 2 for 1 Session Here

(offer good until December 31st. TWO Holiday 1×1 Coaching and Healing Sessions, for the price of one – must be booked by 12/31!) Continue reading

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Brooklyn Whiskey & Spirits Fest Comes to Greenpoint! Get $30 Off! (Sat, 12/1)

Try over 100 Styles of Whiskey and Craft Spirits this Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Brooklyn Whiskey Fest right here in the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St)!

Greenpointers get a super duper special discount of $30 OFF. From American Kentucky bourbons to Japanese Whiskies, get to know more about whiskies directly from the experts for an ultimate tour of whiskey. And if whiskey isn’t your drink of choice, there will also be a variety of spirits like Mexican Tequila, Russian Vodka and more! Plus visitors will enjoy plenty of entertainment including live music, interactive games, amazing vendors & food for purchase.

Two great sessions to choose from don’t miss out on the biggest Whiskey Festival in Greenpoint!
Session 1: 2-5pm
Session 2: 6:30-9:30pm

Reserve your space here and just use the code GREENPOINTERS to get $30 off your tickets! Continue reading

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Williamburg’s Kadampa Meditation Center Brings a Mindful Approach to Dealing with Anxiety (WED, 10/24)

“If we want to be happy all the time and to be free from problems, we must develop and maintain a peaceful mind.”
– Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, How to Transform Your Life

In Buddhism, the term mindfulness is interchangeable with meditation.

Mindfulness is that part of the mind we need to cultivate in order to practice meditation. Mindfulness technically means to remember, to be mindful. We already have mindfulness, the problem is we have mindfulness of the wrong things. For example, if we have a tendency towards anxiety we’ve already mastered mindfulness of remembering all the things that might go wrong.

That’s why we need to train in mindfulness of the right things, to train ourselves to focus on those aspects of our mind that produce what we actually want – peace, happiness and an expansive and open heart.

We can think of meditation as focusing the mind on the internal causes of peace and happiness. The beautiful thing is we carry these internal causes with us everywhere we go. While we all already have them, we need to learn how to recognize them. Once we can recognize our internal causes of peace and happiness. we then train in remaining mindful of them.

This is essentially what the practice of meditation is all about, and how it can be used to completely eradicate all suffering, including the suffering of anxiety.

Price: $15 for the Special Event, followed by $15 per class, or sign up for all five follow-on classes in advance for $50 (save $25). Continue reading

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Pirate Studios: A Spectacular Rehearsal Space at Division Place

Whether you believe the music industry to be thriving or dying, everyone can probably agree that there is no shortage of musicians in New York City. In Brooklyn alone, any night of the week offers a countless variety of live performances in all styles. Regardless of how many years these performers have been playing, their level of raw talent, or “who they know”, a single factor determines how they are received by an audience: rehearsal.

Think of the last show you saw. Did it blow your face off in awe? Put tears into your eyes? Or did it put a huge smile on your face? You feel such emotions because the musicians have practiced diligently, and are invested in their own perfection. These artists have been booking rehearsal spaces all over NYC, often traveling across hell’s half acre, hoping to find a room that sounds good. Or, with less idealism, just the most affordable option to practice regularly.

Enter Pirate Studios. Since early March, the UK-based company has been offering musicians a new way to rehearse by using an innovative, customer-driven model. With 24/7 online booking, fully outfitted and spectacular sounding rooms, and a live recording of the practice included, a small community is sprouting within 3 rooms at 19 Division Place. Continue reading

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