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Trading Waste For Abundance with Stevie Van Horn

Stevie Van Horn, Conflict Palm Oil free/Trash free/Plastic free
Stevie Van Horn, Conflict Palm Oil free/Trash free/Plastic free at Homecoming

“I love the trees in Greenpoint!” says Stevie Han Horn, 28, who moved to Brooklyn from Colorado in 2012. “Part of it makes me feel as though I’m in a small town. There are a few roads in Greenpoint that make me feel so smitten because the trees funnel the street making it extra dreamy.”

Nature lover? Sure. But when I learned that Stevie lived “trash free”, that seemed a little too hippy dippy for me. Yes, even by my standards! At first I didn’t believe her, like, is it even possible to live trash free? What does that even mean? Continue reading

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Craft Beer, Haiku, Strawberry Gin, Face Painting, Electric Wildflowers, 60+ Vendors, & more!!! Spring Market (4/26)

Spring-Market_noaddress_235pxThe late great Robin Williams once said “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!'”  So we’re thinking this year’s brutal winter overstayed its welcome as nature’s cue for a massive celebration.

Celebrate Spring with us on Sunday, April 26th, 2015, 1-7PM at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

We’ll have plenty of Strawberry Gin courtesy of Brooklyn Gin and craft beer by Greenpoint Beer & Ale on the ready for toasting throughout the day. Specially brewed for this market is “Rabbit Island,” a modern New Zealand inspired pilsner with tropical fruit notes and white grape.  It will be served alongside “Fisticuffs,” a malty, creamy, easy day drinking English dark mild with hints of cocoa and bread crust.  Continue reading

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NYC Farm Chic Flowers: Gift Guide (DISCOUNT!)

Evergreen in USA Craftsman Wood Box

Did you know that 80% of flowers purchased is the US are imported?

When considering holiday floral decor or gifts this season, choose NYC Farm Chic Flowers, whose flowers are all domestic or locally grown when available.

They even have a little farm to pick from.

Plus, readers get 15% OFF by entering GREENPOINTERS at checkout. (Expires Jan 2, 2013) Continue reading

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New Greenpoint Shop: Hook and Eye

India Street has a new little shop in town. Hook and Eye (130 India St) has three parts: vintage, sustainable, and stylish. Maryann Caputo set her sights on opening a boutique which features products from around the globe, are eco-friendly and sustainable, and apparel that is just flat out fab. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Big City Vintage

Our local shopping Holiday Market is all about finding quality made goods right here in New York as an alternative to mass consumerism shopping, which is often unethical in its treatment of workers overseas and terrible for the environment. Often times a great option is shopping vintage not only because the unique styles and high quality is hard to find, but let’s face it – it can be a great deal and better for curvier body types!

Our featured vendor, Rheannone of Big City Vintage created her business just for these reasons: Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: YANA RODIN

Our featured vendor Yana Rodin describes herself as a “visual artist, designer, maker, traveler, collector, and curator of life experiences.” She will be bringing her gorgeous natural fiber accessories to the Holiday Market on December 8th.

World travel and old craft traditions have inspired her designs:

When I visited Peru, Japan, Thailand, Tibet, Indonesia, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, Europe, and Scandinavia, I searched for indigenous handicrafts and artisanal, natural, hand spun and dyed yarns, which later became part of the whole rich journey knitted into my curated, one of a kind, wearable artful pieces. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Collado Crafted

brooklyn handmade wood cutting board
Collado Crafted Cutting Boards

In the weeks leading up to our Holiday Market we will be introducing you to some our featured vendors. The first is a Brooklyn company called Collado Crafted which creates beautiful cutting boards that are made “the brooklyn way.” Continue reading

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Since We’re Tawking Cawfee… What the hell is sustainable fair trade coffee anyway?

A lot of the 100s of emails we receive at Greenpointers are things like infographics, which are viral marketing images. When they come from places called “Top Management Degrees,” like a good Sicilian, I’m extremely untrusting. I usually take a peek and learn a thing or two, but most of the time I get about a 1/4 of the way down (because they are long) and then lose interest.

Rianna, the sweet robot student who sent this to me addressed me with “Dear Matt,” but this infographic was actually engaging until the end.

And since we throw around the terms, “local sustainable, fair trade, organic” like they are going out of style – I figured I’d share. Please let me know in the comments whether you learned anything or think this was a complete waste of time and bandwidth. (Remember I am not a robot and do have feelings.) Click continue reading to see the entire (9 million pixel long) graphic for the whole story.

Otherwise, maybe you will find Top Management Degrees’ spectacular office slides more interesting.

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Help Turn Eat Greenpoint’s Backyard Into A Pottery Studio!

Once a record and coffee shop, now a locally sourced restaurant, Eat Greenpoint’s owner Jordan Colon is dedicated to transforming the space once again – this time into a pottery studio. Jordan believes that, “the local movement should not stop at food, but be applied to all objects that are a part of our lives.” In order to revive this “dying art,” Jordon has a fundraising campaign on Small Knot with the hope to raise $5,000 to buy a kiln and turn EAT into a space for pottery, where there will be pottery sessions, all supplies provided, so you can hand craft and then glaze your own pottery in Eat’s backyard. “Investments” include dinner and pottery sessions. Do you want to see a pottery studio open in Greenpoint?

EAT Greenpoint
124 Meserole Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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Recipe: Eggplant Talk

While shopping at the Farmer’s Market, I cannot resist fresh eggplants! There is nothing better than to simply slice and fry an eggplant and eat it, soggy with olive oil, on a piece of Italian Bread. When I fry it in little chunks, it’s perfect on red sauce with spaghetti.

When I see these little itty bitty purple eggplants, I have a mental freak out. My Japanese friends taught me the simplest and easiest way to prepare them. Continue reading

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