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Holiday Lights OFF on Manhattan Ave – Are Dirty Hipsters to Blame?

Manhattan Ave Holiday Lights 2010 © Greenpointers

A reader wrote in: “I was wondering if you knew why there aren’t any holiday lights up on Manhattan Ave this year?”

Just one of many Greenpointers saddened by the absence of those big bright beautiful snowflakes. We’re having a 20+ comment deep discussion on our Facebook page about it and as we suspected, it’s likely the fault of the dirty hipsters! Continue reading

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Greenpoint: Small Business Ventures

- Shops signs in Greenpoint. Photo by Flickr member Anna Majkowska

If you are going to open your business in Greenpoint, be ready for a red tape – city, federal and state taxes, both personal and corporate. Besides, learn about types of business that have more chances to succeed in the neighborhood.

Ed Veneziano, the owner of men’s clothing store Cato’s Army & Navy and one of the co-chairs of the Greenpoint Business Alliance, said many businesses – new and old – struggle with rent.

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Quickie: Branding Greenpoint by Magnetic State

Back in May I posted about the GBA looking for someone to help ‘brand’ them and I’m thrilled that someone living in Greenpoint was actually chosen and created the new branding of the Greenpoint Business Alliance. You can read Dan Redding of Magnetic State’s post about the project and find the new looks here.

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Greenpoint Holiday Lights 2010 Sponsors

In case you haven’t noticed, the Holiday Lights are back! I posted a quick photo the other night when I first saw them and I’d like to give a shout out to the GBA and the businesses who contributed so that we could have a festive neighborhood for the holidays. You can thank them too by shopping at the businesses who stepped up. Check out their nifty little logo that will be displayed prominently in the shops that contributed.

After a year’s absence, the Greenpoint Business Alliance has bought back the Holiday Lights to Greenpoint. Thirteen snowflakes were specially designed for the GBA and placed throughout the neighborhood. The total cost for these snowflakes was $17,000 with each snowflake costing $1,300.

Our members and sponsors made this happen and we encourage you to support them as they support their community. Look for the Holiday Lights Sponsor sign in the 85 businesses that contributed to the lights and let them know you appreciate their support. In addition to these 85 businesses, the following Sponsors contributed because Greenpoint matters to them.

Broadway Stages
Lexington Council of the Knights of Columbus
St. Stanislaus Memorial Post 1771
Greenpoint Memorial Day Parade

All generously contributed, helping to bring the holiday spirit into the neighborhood. The Steering Committee of the GBA would like to thank all the businesses and sponsors for working with us to bring the Holiday Lights back to Greenpoint!!

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