New Juice Bar ‘Botica & Co.’ will Help Keep You Glowing Until Spring

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A 'Daily Green Essentials' and a 'Beauty Shot' ©Rosie de Belgeonne

It’s the time of year when every close encounter on a crowded G train threatens to land you with a dose of someone else’s snotty cold. It’s therefore probably a pretty good time to start taking extra care of our immune systems, which is where Botica & Co., a new business at 607 Manhattan Avenue, might be able to help.

Newly opened next to Awakening wellness centre, Botica and Co. is a cold-press juice bar and apothecary run by herbalist Adriana Ayales. The bar offers an array of fresh juices and herbal elixirs guaranteed to help keep your body and soul in tip-top form all year long. Continue reading

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925 Affordable Apartments Available in Long Island City in Queens

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

All along the East River, in Brooklyn and in Queens, shiny new high-rise apartment buildings are going up. These towers boast deluxe amenities and stunning views. Those New Yorkers with limited incomes would be forgiven for thinking that an apartment in one of these buildings would be out of their reach. However, thanks to various government initiatives, many of these buildings are mixed-income developments that offer affordable housing options.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They are offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. As you can imagine, the demand for these apartments is high, and qualified applicants should apply to be entered into the lottery.

You must submit your application by December 15, 2014, to be entered into the lottery system. Income restrictions apply for each unit, so make sure you read through their qualifications. The city will give a seven percent preference to mobility, hearing and/or visually impaired households, a 50 percent lottery preference to residents of Queens Community Board 2, and a five percent preference to current New York City municipal employees.

This brand-new complex offers 925 total apartments with a variety of layouts. The LEED Silver designed buildings feature public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the 2-and 3-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

You can apply through Housing Connect or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014, and you are only allowed to submit one application, which will then be entered in the lottery system. Qualified applicants will be notified of their housing lottery status in early 2015, and the first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the Hunters Point South Living website.

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The Blue Bikes Are Coming

Greenpointers, get your helmets ready. The bicycle share company, Citi Bike, is doubling in size and Greenpoint is one of the first places on the list to receive the new bikes.

6,000 bikes will be added at 375 new locations by 2017. The expansion will begin in 2015 with station installations happening in northern Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Long Island City, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. 1,000 new bikes are expected to be in service next year.

Blue bikes coming to the greenest of points.

While popular, Citi Bike hasn’t been without it’s share of problems since it’s inception in May 2013. The initial rollout was delayed a year because of software issues and damage to bikes after Hurricane Sandy. There have also been complaints of broken docks and kiosks as well as cracked seats. A lawsuit has even been filed about the bike designs. But none of this stopped 100,000 people from signing up for the ride-share program and riding 14.7 million miles in it’s first year.

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Reserve Your Bowl for This Sunday’s Soup Bowl Fundraiser! (11/23)

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We specifically host our Soup Bowl Fundraiser on the Sunday before Thanksgiving because we want to make sure that before we stuff our faces with turkey and pie that we have the opportunity to offer something to our neighbors in Greenpoint who might not be as well fed as we are during the holidays.

Our 3rd Annual Soup Bowl Fundraiser is this Sunday, November 23rd from 3-5pm at EAT (124 Meserole Ave).

Bailey Doesn't Bark

We have so many gorgeous locally and handmade bowls from potters in Brooklyn!

Object & Totem, Bailey Doesn’t Bark, Selene Likes Mugs, Rabbit & Dragon, Akiko Tsuji, Little Bear Pots, Fisheye Brooklyn, Modern Mud, ClaySpace1205 & many more!

Little Bear Pots

For $25 get a locally handmade ceramic bowl + a bowl of soup from The Splendid Spoon. Free beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

100% of Proceeds benefit Greenpoint Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen.

The Greenpoint Soup Kitchen prepares meals and offers food to hundreds of hungry folks every week. Let’s help them feed our neighbors!

*Reserve your bowl now via paypal.

First come, first serve. Come early to make sure you have top pick of all the bowls!

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Spiked Hot Chocolate and Pumpkin Agnolotti from Five Leaves Actually Make Winter Seem Bearable

Fall_dishes_five_leaves_greenpoint_rosie_de_belgeonneOur recent report that Five Leaves is soon to be expanding was quickly met with delight by the likes of  Eater and Gothamist, which goes to show just what a treasure we have on our hands here in Greenpoint.

One of the reasons Five Leaves (18 Bedford Ave.) is so loved is that it always feels inviting no matter what the season. Spring and summer means packed tables of attractive sun worshippers lining the pavements outside, but in colder months there’s nothing better that holing up inside for an evening of great food and delicious cocktails. Last Friday was one of those such nights and we took great delight in ducking out of the chill night air into a cozy candle-lit corner to try some new seasonal additions to the dinner menu. Continue reading

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Gallery Roundup: Greenpoint Terminal Gallery

Brian Willmont of Greenpoint Terminal Gallery ©Brian Willmont

Greenpointers are going places this autumn—all of the gallery places, and we’re taking you with us. Who are the people behind the lively GP art scene? How do they like their coffee? Where do they hang out? We’ve got the scoop right here. This week, we went on another journey through the historic Greenpoint Terminal Building at 67 West Street to Brian Willmont’s gallery space on the 3rd floor, called Greenpoint Terminal Gallery. Continue reading

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Witchy Vibes Please: Erica Weiner Sample Sale


Brace yourself, kids. Erica Weiner launches a sample sale today that goes all through the long weekend. Polar vortex, say what? Warm your little heart with some serious jewels that range from mystical and witchy to geometric and even vintage stock.

The sample sale is located at 50 Dobbins St and online all weekend long. Click through for some of my favorite picks and sale hours.
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Brooklyn Meat Club Comes to Greenpoint – Pre-Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey!

(sponsored)Brooklyn Meat Club is a neighborhood butcher shop, without the shop. Targeting home chefs, the newest addition to the Brooklyn business scene provides restaurant quality meat at below market prices.

“We work directly with suppliers, plus we cut out almost all of the overhead, so our products are priced to let our customers cook incredible meals 7 days a week,” founder Jorge Viscarra Jr., was quoted as saying. Viscarra has been in the meat supply business for over 15 years, working alongside his father, Jorge Viscarra Sr., the founder of GV Food Service, a thriving family business that has been serving New York for over 25 years.

Brooklyn Meat Club’s website, www.brooklynmeatclub.com, lets customers choose not just the meat they would like, but also how thick they would like their pork and beef cut. The orders are then hand trimmed to insure tenderness. In addition, they carry organic poultry and seasonings, as well as lamb and game. Customers that place their orders by Wednesdays at 4pm can pick them up that Saturday between 12 and 6 at Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St) in Greenpoint.  Fresh, organic Thanksgiving turkeys are available for pick up both Saturday the 22nd and Tuesday the 25th of November.

“We want to provide not just a great product, but also a great experience for our patrons,” said co-founder Shannon Clare. “Everything will be nicely cut, wrapped and boxed for you when you get to the Safehouse. If you want to grab a beer or two, we’ll keep it cool for you until you are ready to head out.”

Clare also developed the line of seasonings, made with organic herbs, for Brooklyn Meat Club.  Iníon’s Seasons has 4 different rubs that were made specifically to bring out the flavor of the meats the pair sell. Iníon is Gaelic for daughter, and Izzy’s Herb Rub, one of the spices in the line, is named for Clare’s 1 year old.

The logo for both Iníon’s Seasons and Brooklyn Meat Club, as well as all of the art on the site, were created by Brooklyn artist Nathan Chase.  Chase, Viscarra, and Clare are all friends and residents of Greenpoint, making Brooklyn Meat Club a true neighborhood endeavor.

Sponsored post courtesy of Brooklyn Meat Club.

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New Homeless Shelter Could be Coming to Greenpoint

66 Clay Street - possible site of new homeless shelter.

New York City just hit a milestone you might not have heard about. The amount of homeless people living in shelters is 57,665 people – a new record. According to a report released in October, New York’s homeless population grew last year, with almost 68,000 people without a permanent residence–all this while the number of luxury apartments for sale in Manhattan doubled in the last year. Meanwhile, homelessness is down across the country.

In the wake of this new reality, New York City’s Department of Homeless Services (DHS) announced a new homeless shelter will open in Greenpoint at 58-66 Clay Street. The shelter will be operated by Home Life Services, Inc. and will shelter 91 homeless adult families. A timeline for opening has not been set.

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