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Greenpoint Gigs: Game Masters, Massage Therapists, Engineers, and more (Week of 9/28)

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Looking for a new job? Check out these fresh picks in Greenpoint and North Brooklyn.

Are you the game master? Escape Room needs one.
A clinic on Greenpoint Ave seeks a licensed massage therapist.
Get your brunch on: Glasserie put the call out for a brunch runner.
Love to give back to the community? YMCA needs a hospitality agent.
Calexico needs bicycle delivery riders for AM and PM shifts.
Master baker? Ovenly seeks bakers, pastry chefs, & prep.
Whoa! Kickstarter is looking for a ton of engineers, product managers, community leads, and more.
Tap into ancient healing techniques: Anima Mundi Apothecary wants to fill a part time sales & barista role.
Get that money: JP Morgan Chase needs a personal banker at their Greenpoint location.
Freeze! Greenpoint Chiropractic needs a cryotherapy tech. (An occupational therapist role is open, too).

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Teachers, Graphic Designers, & Dog Walkers: Greenpoint Gigs—Week of 5/16

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Looking for a new gig or side hustle? Check out this fresh round up of some Greenpoint-based jobs for the week of May 16th.

Want to break it into the record biz? Big Crown Records (102 Kent St, Ste 1) needs graphic design interns.
Heads up: Le Fond (105 Norman Ave) seeks servers, Oxomoco (128 Greenpoint Ave) needs line cooksOne Bedford (1 Bedford Ave) needs servers and bartenders, and Le Fanfare (1103 Manhattan Ave) put the call out for bussers.
Dog walkers needed in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
YMCA Greenpoint (99 Meserole Ave) wants summer swim instructors.
Love kids and teaching? ABC wants a teaching assistant for ages 3-12 months and a lead teacher for ages 12-24 months.
Brooklyn Barge Bar (3 Milton St) has lots of open positions: drink runners and line cooks.
BRC is on the hunt of a maintenance worker and a cook.
Play that tune: Musika Lessons wants part time music teachers.

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FREE Yoga and Bootcamp Sessions on Greenpoint Loft’s Beautiful Roof Deck this Sunday! (4/22)

Rooftop Yoga with Hosh Spring 2017

This Sunday (April 22, 1-7PM), our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market is happening and it’s got a jam-packed schedule of FREE activities including yoga and bootcamp sessions on Greenpoint Loft’s beautiful roof deck with views overlooking the Manhattan skyline and East River. Here’s the schedule:

Fitness Bootcamp by YMCA
1:30PM Session
2:15PM Session

Yoga by Hosh (Bring your own mat)
3PM All Level Vinyasa with Emi
4:30PM Reset and Restore with Melissa

 


The Greenpoint YMCA’s 30 minute fitness bootcamp is a challenging and fun total body workout using plyometrics, pushups, squats, planks, and more! All levels welcome.

Click here to reserve your space for the YMCA Fitness Bootcamp Session 1: 1:30pm
Click here to reserve your space for the YMCA Fitness Bootcamp Session 1: 2:15pm

Starting at 3pm, Hosh Yoga will be holding two donation-based 60 minute rooftop yoga sessions. BYOM (Bring your own mats!) 

All Level Vinyasa Flow @ 3pm w/ Emi Iwasa (Hosh Yoga instructor):
Open to all levels and all bodies, this class will focus on the Vinyasa practice of linking breath and movement while flowing from one pose to the next. We will focus on building both strength and flexibility, while guiding the body and mind toward a sense of grounding. Come join us on your mat and enjoy rooftop views, as you flow with a local instructor! Click here to reserve your space for Hosh Rooftop Yoga session 1: 3pm

Reset & Restore @ 4:30pm w/ Melissa Kaitlyn Carter (Hosh Yoga):
Get ready to ground down, restore, and reset. This class will begin with a slow flow, move into restorative postures, and conclude with a meditation. Open to all levels. Click here to reserve your space for the Hosh Rooftop Yoga Session 2: 4:30pm

We will also have plenty of other free fun activities throughout the day including… Continue reading

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Push It Real Good: North Brooklyn Gym Roundup

While we all like the idea of hibernating in the winter, the beginning of Spring is just the inspiration we need to renew our commitment to fitness. But finding the right gym can be harder than it seems. Some of the more expensive gyms have state-of-the-art facilities, programs, and benefits that make them well worth the extra dough. If you want to keep it simple, though, a basic single-location membership at your nearest gym might do the trick. So how do you choose? We’ve compiled a list of local gyms so you can compare your neighborhood options at a glance.

Crunch Fitness: GreenpointCrunch Fitness
825 Manhattan Avenue
(718) 732-8222
Open 5am to 11pm M–F; 7am to 9pm weekends
Pricing: $9.95/month for Base membership; $19.95/month for Peak membership; $24.95/month for VIP membership
One-day trial pass
Become a member

Crunch is one of the most affordable gyms in the area, even with its VIP option, which includes benefits such as Hydromassage and tanning on top of all Peak perks. Choose the Peak membership option if you want access to any location, the ability to take group fitness classes, and extras such as a T-shirt and access to online streaming workout videos. The Base option is best if you want to keep things simple and stick with the equipment at the Greenpoint location. If you’re looking for more individualized fitness attention, you can always add personal training to any membership option. Continue reading

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Support The Greenpoint YMCA This Thursday (2/16)!

The Greenpoint Y (99 Meserole Ave.) is kicking off its annual fundraiser this Thursday from 12-4pm. There’ll be free snacks and Y schwag giveaways. 100% of the proceeds will be dedicated to enhancing programmatic needs and providing funding for scholarship programs!

These scholarships provide deserving children with the opportunity to:

  • Experience the magic of camp
  • Learn to swim
  • Enjoy the benefits of an early childhood education
  • Boost academic performance and social skills through after school programs
  • Make college a reality
  • Be healthy and fit
  • Explore a new sport or skill
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Who wants to spend $1 million dollars?

District 39 Project Expo2013

 

Tax season has come and gone, and hopefully by now, your nasty W2’s and 1099’s have been neatly filed away until next year. While you are sitting pretty, dreaming of all the different ways to spend that refund check (or pay the IRS back), what if I told you there was a way to spend a million dollars of city tax money instead? You’d be excited, right?

Welcome to the wonderful world of Participatory Budgeting, where a cool $1 million dollars is placed into our delicate hands to help fund neighborhood projects within the City Council’s 33rd district.

Last year, over 2,000 of you casted your vote and roped in a whopping $1.6 million dollars for the 33rd! McGlorick Park Playground got a much needed makeover, the BOOKlyn Bus shuttle drove around inspiring kids to read, and even our fellow toxic hood Gowanus saw their community center, ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, get much need repairs.

It’s time to spread the love again, and if Greenpoint wants to get a slice of that million dollar pie, we need to put our mouths where the money is and vote for our favorite projects. Continue reading

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A YMCA Gem: Tai Chi with Zhou Xiaoying

Zhou Xiaoying (center), Jean Baptiste Boclé (left), and Lorraine Salles (right)

One of the not-so-hidden treasures of Greenpoint is the YMCA, which provides a slew of workout options in addition to community services for a fraction of the cost of most commercial gyms or private centers.  The true strength – and occasional weakness, depending on the skill of the instructor and the mix of participants – of the facility are the classes.  We’ve recently covered Punk Rope, and today I’m going to let you know what’s going on in the gym with the odd music every Sunday at 1:15:  Tai Chi.

The instructor, “Joan” Zhou Xiaoying (周晓瑛) is a soft-spoken woman with an incredibly calm presence who comes to us from Ningbo, a city located in China’s Zhejiang province near Shanghai.  Although she would never brag about it herself and would probably maim me with a crutch (she can do that)for saying so, she is a master of the art with over 30 years experience and numerous competition wins, including six gold medals from the American International Martial Arts Competition.  In class at the YMCA, she is incredibly welcoming and patient with new students, and while her skills often surpass her English, her thorough knowledge of the forms she teaches allows her to work through any confusion.  She teaches two sessions:  the first, at 1:15 on Sundays, begins with opening light exercises that are very meditative, transitions into walking exercises, and then primarily focuses on teaching and practicing the 24-form chuan-style Tai Chi sequence.  This form has a fascinating history in that it was designed by the Chinese government in 1956 to simplify the more complex styles to retain the positive health benefits while being easier to perform, allowing it to be practiced more widely in the country.  In the second session, which begins directly following the first at 2:15, meditation, more complex forms, and the partner exercise called pushing hands are taught.

The class is comprised of an interesting mix of mostly local participants.  One, Lorraine Salles, grew up in Greenpoint and has been practicing Tai Chi at the YMCA since 2003.  Another, Jean Baptiste Boclé, has been at it for five years and has competed in several competitions.  Both report benefits that I, at five months of practice, can echo: a pervasive sense of calm following the classes, increased strength and improved muscle condition overall, and a greatly enhanced sense of balance and of one’s own body.  I’ll note that I mean balance in the purely physical sense: I can stand on one leg or hold myself upright on a shifting subway much better than I could a few months ago, and I’ve noticed that this has greatly improved other aspects of my workout, most notably the weight lifting.

The class is incredibly welcoming, and I have only one piece of advice for the interested newcomer: plan on leaving your first class totally bewildered.  It will take at least 3-5 sessions before the motions begin to make sense to you on a physical level, and it’s imperative to work through it the first couple times until you start to understand the whole.  I promise it is worth the time once you do, and you’ll be hard pressed to ever find another chance to work with a master like Zhou Xiaoying in such a direct and inexpensive setting.

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YMCA Online Auction: Bid For Good!

Thursday is the last day of the McBurney YMCA’s Online Auction and there are still deals to be had on several Greenpoint area spots. I am SO grateful for the businesses who were kind enough to donate to the auction and help out the Strong Kids Campaign.

Auction Ends: Thursday Dec 16, 2010 at 11:30 PM EST – BID NOW! 

S.L.A.M. (STREB LABORATORY for ACTION MECHANICS)Trampoline Class, Pop Action Technique Class and Flying Trapeze Class

Fanaberie$50 Gift Certificate

Cato’s Army & Navy$25 Gift Certificate

GrowNYC Greenpoint GreenmarketGreenpoint Greenmarket Tour and Market Produce

2K PlayDora Saves the Crystal Kingdom Wii Game, Dora’s Big Birthday Adventure Nintendo DS Game, New Carnival Games Nintendo DS Game and New Carnival Games Wii Game

Anella Restaurant$50 Gift Certificate

The Gym Park$100 Gift Certificate

3rd Ward$30 Gift Certificate

These are great businesses and great GIFTS! For yourself or someone on your list. Click here to see all the items in our auction.

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