TOMORROW: Reiki & Meditation at PS 9 Pets

Are you a dog lover? Do you also dig on self-care, wellness, and mindful practices? Well, here’s a great event for you and your best pooch. Tomorrow (2/18), PS 9 Pets  (169 North 9th Street) is hosting a reiki share and guided meditation for you and your furry friends. With the healing and impactful practice of reiki and the calming, clarity of meditation, you and and your dog can experience a mindful, deep, and restful journey together.

New to reiki and meditation? No worries, beginners are welcome. A $20 suggested donation gets you into the event and sets you up for a successful and peaceful practice for you and the pup in your life. Folks, space is limited, so RSVP with Esther at [email protected]

February 18th, 6-8 pm
PS 9 Pets
169 North 9th Street

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Greenpoint Winter Survival Guide: Get Your Lit On This Winter

Steffanie Ostrowski, Floor Manager of Word Brooklyn.

What types of books are your fellow Greenpointers curling up with this winter? More winter survival tips are coming your way this week, this time we get some solid literary recommendations from Word Bookstore’s Brooklyn floor manager Steffanie Ostrowski.

Check out our previous interviews here, here, here, here and here.

BOOKS: WORD BROOKLYN | 126 Franklin Street
Steffanie Ostrowski, Floor Manager

Greenpointers: What types of books are currently the most popular at the Greenpoint store?

Steffanie Ostrowski: I think that in general, everyone is looking for a lot of social science books so that they can learn about things that are going on today. Also, there’s the escapism of fiction so that they don’t have to deal with the world, so people are getting the new fiction that’s coming out. When Pete Souza’s Obama book came out, that was our big ticket item. Now it’s out of stock everywhere because everyone just wanted to remember. Continue reading

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Local Deals To Jumpstart 2018 With Health & Wellness

It’s the month of self-improvement; bettering our minds, refueling our energy levels, getting on track with your health and wellness. Here in the city of concrete jungles, we have some North Brooklyn gems that can take you out of the hustle and bustle to guide you back into a new year full of relaxation, vitality, and wellness.

Brooklyn Athletic Club

Located on Berry St, across from McCarren park, BAC is a state of the art training facility with trainers who are ready to coach you to your best performance in a group or personal setting. Unlimited fitness classes (spin, pilates, yoga, glutes and abs) and endless pools for low impact training come in each membership. Recovery, relaxation, and community (or team) are just as important as training; so infrared sauna sessions, massage therapy, physical therapy, and community events are available to provide the most dynamic training experience possible.

Specials: 30 Day Jump Start Program (one month trial) for $149. All access membership which includes: Gym membership; Unlimited Group Training Sessions; 8 Semi Private Training Sessions; Unlimited Yoga, Pilates, & BAC Burn Classes; Endless Pools; 2 Infrared Sauna Sessions; 2 Olympic Weightlifting Classes; and 1 Private Pilates Lesson.

Address:  8 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
For More Info: Here’s their website
Phone: (718) 486-6929
Cost: $149 JumpStart Program

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Greenpoint Winter Survival Guide: How To De-Stress Yo Self

Gabrielle Gray, Studio Manager of Maha Rose

It was a long time coming, but the past week’s snowfall seems to indicate that winter is finally upon us! To fully equip you for the season, we spoke with eight local businesses to get their Greenpoint winter survival tips and favorite local haunts for the cold days ahead of us, and this is the first one in our series. I’m feeling better already.

WELLNESS: MAHA ROSE | 97 Green Street
Gabrielle Gray, Studio Manager

Greenpointers: What tweaks should we make to our routines in the winter months?

Gabrielle Gray: One of my favorite things about the winter is that naturally we just go within. The weather is so terrible that you want to hibernate a little bit and we want to quieten down and we want to get cozy. That instinct I think is natural and we can all honor that a little more. New York City is such a go city, but allow yourself to relax a little bit more. That’s what the weather is calling for. Continue reading

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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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Say Happy Birthday to Boutique Fitness & Wellness Center [email protected]! Free Carribean food & drinks!

Boutique fitness and wellness center [email protected] (31 Nassau Ave) is celebrating their 7th birthday this Sunday (9/17) and you’re invited!
Stop by for free drinks, free Carribean food by @mzyumyumkitchen, music by BENGEY, raffle prize giveaways!
When: Sunday, September 17
Where: [email protected] | 31 Nassau Ave
Time: 4 pm – 9 pm
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Community Call: Help Hosh Yoga Stay in Greenpoint!

Rooftop Yoga by Hosh at the Greenpointers Spring Market

Greenpointers, join us in taking action for our wonderful friends and community pillars at Hosh Yoga. This studio has been a staple of our neighborhood since 2009. And now, the new management company that maintains Hosh Yoga’s space has increased their rent to more than double. Hosh Yoga needs our help to raise funds to move to a new space where they can continue to support our awesome community.

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Meditation for Modern Lives: Medi Club at Dobbin St

On July 6th, 250 people came together in Greenpoint to celebrate the first official Medi Club of the Summer! Medi Club is a collective of thousands of New Yorkers that share meditation as a common thread. It’s an evening to get together to meditate, collaborate, meet new people, and discuss topics relevant to modern lifestyles. And, Medi Club is run by the same folks who run The Big Quiet, a mass movement on meditation and culture.

Medi Club now meets at Dobbin St (64 Dobbin St)—their meditation sessions used to be held in Manhattan. The Dobbin St loft is a giant event space at the top of McCarren Park. An old factory has been transformed into a hip event space with a raw and minimalist feel. When I arrived at Medi Club, I checked in at the door and headed straight in. I arrived a few minutes early to meet up with friends, grab a seat, and a bite. The doors close at 7:30 pm and it quickly fills up, so I would recommend getting there a bit early and snagging a spot. There were two tables set up with Sweetgreen salads and a large table along the back wall with Kombrewcha kegs. I picked up a salad, cup of Kombrewcha, spotted my friends, and headed up the stairs to the roof. The roof at Dobbin St is amazing—with fantastic views of the city and tons of open space. I totally recommend hanging out on the steps and benches while you eat your green salad and catch some warm sun. At exactly 7:30, we were guided to come downstairs for the event. Continue reading

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Plant Apothecary: Meet The Woke Couple Making Beauty Products That Are Beyond Skin-deep

Photo by Nadeem G. Salaam, taken at Plant Apothecary’s Office in Greenpoint

Meet the husband-and-wife co-founders of Plant Apothecary, Bjarke and Holly.

Holly McWhorter and Bjarke Ballisager, are a well rounded husband-and-wife team with backgrounds in architecture, journalism, and music. They started PLANT Apothecary back in 2012 when they saw an opportunity to promote healthy ingredients, environmental friendliness, and social responsibility. Starting with organic bodywashes, the line has since grown to include moisturizers, masks and more. We chatted with them to explore their current product line and what’s next for this dynamic conscious duo.

GP: Say I just stumbled blindly upon your company, how would you describe what it is you provide?

Holly: We’re an organic skincare and bath products company based in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. We also have multiple missions, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, [with] cool package design to whatever extent we can! We both [looks to Bjarke] have design and architecture backgrounds, that was a big part of where we came into this industry from.

GP: What was the local landscape of organic products when you entered the market?

Holly: At the time we started, about 5 years ago, there weren’t as many organic all-natural skincare products that were really straight forward with contemporary design focused on minimalism. It was either, we’re trying to sell you something luxury so you felt you were buying into the luxury life-style, or hippie centric, and either way, things were very status conscious, but we liked very straight forward products and packaging, so we created Plant Apothecary to fill the hole in the market. Continue reading

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Superhero Figure Drawing, 3D VHS Festival, Brooklyn Bike Rave, Synthwave Party — What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (7/19–7/25)


♦ SummerScreen: Donnie Darko @ McCarren Park, 6pm, FREE, 16th anniversary celebration of Donnie Darko. Gates open at 6pm, grunge-infused rockers Sharkmuffin plays the TIDAL Rising Stage at 7:30pm, and the film starts at sundown, More info
# Banned Countries Dinner Series: Sudan Edition @ Franklin Guesthouse (214 Franklin St), 6:30pm, $125, Celebrate Sudanese food and culture by enjoying a family-style feast inspired by Omer Eltigani, author of the forthcoming cookbook The Sudanese Kitchen. Multiple courses, unlimited house wine and vegetarian options are available, Buy tix
♫ WHAT NOW? Sessions: The Sifer, Sakinah Iman, Paco G Train Bandit @ Terra Firma (119 Ingraham St), 8pm, $5, Fusion of the Hip Hop cypher and the Jazz jam session. Emcees bring your bars. Singers bring your melodies. Musicians bring your instruments. Everyone bring your vibe and let’s rock out, RSVP
* Microdosing Workshop: Sacred Plants to Enhance Mind-Body-Spirit @ Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave), 8:15pm, $20, Learn how you can feel better, increase energy, improve focus, inspire creativity, balance mood, relax, sleep well, and expand awareness with sacred plant microdosing, More info


# American Food and Immigration Policy @ MOFAD (62 Bayard St), 6:30pm, $20, An evening of thought-provoking discussion, followed by an informal reception featuring light refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery and Sonia Perez, a street cart vendor and member of Street Vendor Project’s Leadership Council, More info
♦ Superhero Figure Drawing
@ Brooklyn Art Library (28 Frost St), 7pm, $10, Practice your cape drawing skills, with everything from pen to graphite — but leave your kryptonite at home, Buy tix
* 3D VHS Festival @ The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $10, In the garden, the Museum of Interesting Things takes us back to a future that the past never saw coming! See excerpts from movies–not just on VHS, but 3D VHS, More info
♦ Jonathas de Andrade Presents Bodanzky and Senna’s Iracema @ Light Industry (155 Freeman St), 7:30pm, $8, Inspired by neorealism as well as the films of John Cassavetes and Jean Rouch, the directors constructed Iracema by enacting a road-movie scenario inside everyday settings, combining artifice and documentary to yield a richly atmospheric parable whose lessons still maintain a grim relevance, More info
♫ DJ Questlove Presents: Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave), 11:30pm, $10, Buy tix
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