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Treat Yourself with Tropical Healing in Mayan Ruins with Hosh Yoga! Early Bird Special !

We had the so much fun with Hosh Yoga this past summer in Cuba and are so excited that they will be hosting a five-night, six- day yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico led by Hosh yoga instructors, Jen Devery and Amy Hansen. Running from February 17th to the 22nd 2018, the retreat will bring yoga enthusiasts on a Mayan adventure to relax, explore, and unwind.

They’ve got an Early Bird special until the end of the year so if you want to book a beach vacay on a budget that’ll raise your energy and consciousness, now is the time!

Devery and Hansen’s focus throughout the retreat will be on harmonizing body, mind, and spirit and helping yogis achieve a sense of greater well being. Mornings will begin with breakfast and an energetic yoga practice to set the mood for days filled with adventure, re-connection, and grounding. Evenings will feature a mindful activity, mediation, or restorative yoga practice. Continue reading

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Get Unlimited Craft Cocktails at Spiked Mug Fest for 30% Off

Head to the Spiked Mug Fest at The Ravel Hotel for a kickin’ holiday party and one of a kind gift shopping! Enjoy unlimited craft cocktails created by the Ravel Hotel Mixologist in your own souvenir mug.

Use code PARTY to get 30% off tickets.

Hot and cold cocktails like…

‘Tis the Season – Spiced rum, warm spice, butter
Christmas Morning – Mezcal, hot chocolate, cinnamon
Holiday Mule – Thai chili vodka, lime, ginger beer
Snowbank – Gin, Apple, cardamom, apple cider

Spiked Mug Fest
Friday thru Sunday, Dec 15-17
The Ravel Hotel
8-08 Queens Plaza South, Long Island City
Just a six minute ferry ride away from Manhattan’s East 34th Street via NYC Ferry!

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Seven Must-See Indie Makers at Sunday’s Winter Candyland (12/10)

Our Winter Candyland Holiday market is just a few days away and we can’t wait for you to join us and reel in 2017 on a sugary high note along with our carefully curated 60+ vendors.

From local businesses to artisans and food purveyors, you can expect some familiar faces and new, hawking their latest creations while you shop, sip, hang out with friends and neighbors in one of the most beautiful spaces in Brooklyn. Here are more deets on what’s in store for the day and RSVP to stay updated!

We are so excited about the items we expect to see from ALL of our vendors but to whet your appetite for the season of unique gift giving, here are seven not to be missed.


Morphologically
As a Holistic Aromatherapist, Melissa focuses on blending scents with sacred wood essences. Based on ancient roots, the scents create a healing, energetic space full of illumination and wisdom. Everything offered at her table is done with reverence and respect to nature. 100% pure essential oils, ethically sourced, and completely synthetic free, it connects you to the earth and the naturally mystical all around. Create some ethereal Earth Magic to center yourself, or help a loved one gain more balance in their lives with these candles.

Highlights: Eco-friendly Aromatherapy, Positive Vibes, Earthy Scents
Who to give it to: Host/hostess at that hip holiday party you’re attending. Continue reading

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The Smilist Saves Smiles in Greenpoint, One Sweet Tooth at a Time

On the mean streets of Nassau Ave, where Moe’s Doughs temps with mouthwatering donut creations like Red Velvet Volcano and Girl Scout Samoa donuts, there’s a new guy in town a few doors away to turn your sweet tooth into a clean tooth.

The Smilist (120 Nassau Ave) will make you smile – literally and physically – and is not your average dental office. With friendly staff, state-of-the-art equipment, a cool playlist, and natural sunlight pouring in, there are good vibes everywhere.

Resident dentist Dr. Scott Culpepper is as funny as he is serious about his practice. Between self-deprecating jokes and nerdy doctor humor, he demonstrates the latest technologies in dentistry that is in The Smilist Greenpoint, and talks about the importance of a holistic approach to make sure people like going to the dentist – employees and patients alike. Continue reading

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Huzzah! 2018 Brooklyn & Queens Beer Books have Arrived!

Beer Books - a great gift for those who like to imbibeGot a beer lover on your gift list? Maybe you need a beer after all your seasonal schlepping? Even if your reason is simply beer = good,  2018 Upper Brooklyn Beer BookLower Brooklyn Beer Book and Queens Beer Book are out and ready to get you… er, back into the holiday spirit.

The Beer Books are not just a steal that more than pays for themselves, they’re a guide to the discovery of new beer purveyors throughout Brooklyn and Queens. The books are $30 each and contain 30 coupons for a free beer at 30 different bars. That’s a lot of free beer!

Plus, do we need to mention the holidays are arriving and you may want to buy an awesome gift (Beer Books!) for that special someone in your life? Continue reading

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Are You a Tech-loving Social Butterfly? Let’s chat.

You: a Greenpoint/Williamsburg resident who knows all the local goings-on. Your local cafe makes your coffee order by heart before you’re completely in the door. While waiting, you’re on your phone checking wired.com for the latest updates.

Cinch: a local app looking to make the leap from Long Island to the Big-Indie-Brooklyn-Hood known as Greenpoint/Williamsburg. Community building is in their DNA, as this app is about keeping it local and supporting small businesses and organizations. Sounds like something you’re into? You’re in luck, since they are looking for a Community Leader. Continue reading

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Staying Local for Thanksgiving? Six Spots Where You Can Wobble Before You Gobble, Get Stuffed with Turkey, the Fixin’s, and More!

Thanksgiving is holiday of culinary greatness. A problem if your cooking skills are below par and you’re staying home for the Holidays. Less of a problem since you live so close to the city’s hub of crave-worthy restaurants and bars.

Here’s a list of how to feast and party without the hassle of using your oven.

1) Le Fond

A close up of the dishes featured in Le Fond's Thanksgiving MenuCome join Chef Jake Eberle at “Wobble Before You Gobble” — a Thanksgiving Eve cocktail party! Cut loose a lil’ before heading out of town. They’ll have $6 aperitif specials, including house recipe Kir Royale and warm mulled wine. Chef Jake Eberle will also being serving some bites to nibble, like country pate and a French onion soup-filled Russian-style pierog.  Reservations not necessary. See the Menu here.

Address: 105 Norman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: No cover, Items a la carte
Time: Thanksgiving Eve, 6pm
Highlights: Classy cocktails, Russian pierogi, No reservations

 

2) Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co.
Mixing it up and staying in town this year? Greenpoint Beer and Ale is hosting their 5th Annual Orphans Thanksgiving. Their new kitchen resident, @maizeysundaytacos will be a making a spicy twist on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For $65, get fed the unorthodox turkey and wash it down with included beer and wine. Then join your new “Orphan” family as you replace football with a screening of cult favorite “This Is Spinal Tap” directed by Rob Reiner. Click here to buy tickets!

Address: 7 North 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Cost: $65, Buy tix
Time: 5pm
Highlights: Spicy turkey, New friends, Satirical movie about setting it “up to eleven” 
Bonus: A portion of the ticket sales go to support The Greenpoint Hunger Program

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How to save at 100 local Brooklyn restaurants every day

Dining out in Brooklyn is a belly’s dream; unfortunately, it’s also a bank account’s worst nightmare. A free new app, Spotluck, remedies this issue with a wheel of discounts offering as much as 35% off every meal! Spotluck has partnered with 100 of Brooklyn’s best locally-owned restaurants and over 400 in New York.

Here are just a few of the best restaurants you can save at with Spotluck:

Slick Willie

Arguably, food and comfort are two of life’s finest pleasures. This makes Slick Willie another one! Willies is so cozy that it’s known to locals as ‘the living room’ and their menu matches up. Offerings represent the diversity of Brooklyn from tempura-style Kansas City BBQ ribs to chorizo-hash eggs benedict over Johnny cakes. Continue reading

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Don’t Have a Home Inventory List for Apartment Insurance? Don’t Worry, Here’s How

When it comes to apartment insurance, second in importance to your home possessions is a record of your home possessions.

You can do this easily with a home survey. Here’s how:

1. A comprehensive home inventory should include a spreadsheet with the item description (make, model, serial number, value, and purchase date).

Even more important for showing proof of ownership is having a visual record of your possessions. Thirty or so digital photos are easy to forward to an adjuster.

2. It’s important to thoroughly document your belongings to help the claims process go smoothly. Move from room to room, listing items as you go — and list their receipts, credit card statements, and appraisals (include the appraiser’s name and address).

3. Use cloud storage, like Google Docs or Dropbox, which can also store images.

Remember: Written inventories are useful for reminding you what was in your possession when making a claim, but they are not accepted as proof of ownership — digital photos and credit card receipts are.

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Explore Kingsland Wildflowers’ Flourishing Green Roofs this Saturday (9/23)! Food, Beer, Talks, Tours & More!

Join The Kingsland Wildflowers Festival this Saturday, September 23rd (12-4pm) and explore three flourishing green roofs! Entering into its second year, the 22,000 square foot Broadway Stages’ rooftop space has been planted with a mix of indigenous grasses and wildflowers native to the New York landscape. Community organizations will be tabling and running activities to engage families and children. The festival offers access for Brooklyn residents to learn about environmental initiatives while exploring green infrastructure dedicated to native plants and birds.

Festival Details

When? Saturday, September 23rd 12pm-4pm
Where? Broadway Stages (520 Kingsland Ave, Brooklyn 11222)
RSVP on Facebook

Activities

Tours of green roofs with wildlife and plant experts
Interactive activities for kids and families
Music, food, and beer from local breweries
Partner community organizations discussing local conservation projects
Panoramic views of Brooklyn, Manhattan, & Queens

How to get there: Kingsland Wildflowers is accessible by the G train (Greenpoint Avenue stop)-Check weekend MTA schedules!, and by the B24 bus at Greenpoint Avenue and Kingsland Avenue. Continue reading

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