This holiday season, you can snag 10 percent off a Raleigh bicycle at Bespoke bicycles in Fort Greene, 20 percent off anything at the Hom Store (cozy nesting gear) in Bay Ridge, or 20 percent off all hardcovers at Bergen Street comics in Park Slope. Those are a few of the deals available around Brooklyn courtesy of the Shop Brooklyn initiative put together by borough president Marty Markowitz. The point, of course, is to get Brooklynites buying locally this year and keep those storefronts filled with something other than “for rent” signs. We love this because it’s been a bruising year for the little guys, who add so much more to our collective quality of life than those few bucks saved by shopping at Amazon. Through Christmas, you can find all the participating stores, cafés, grocers and spas on ishopbrooklyn.com (officially launching Friday, but there’s a “preview” site up now), or look for the “Shop Brooklyn” logo in store windows. If all else fails, just try haggling. You’d be surprised.
There isn’t a lot of good news these days, and this morning proved no different as beloved Cobble Hill bookstore BookCourt announced it was closing after 35 years of serving the neighborhood. But not all indie bookstores are facing extinction just yet, and one such bookstore in Bushwick refuses to let the death march of 2016 portend a four-year […]
Open hate is on the rise. Last week, a Muslim woman was attacked on the 6 train. Yesterday, a Muslim transit worker was pushed down the subway steps. These incidents stand out not merely as a reminder that everything is terrible (which it is), but as a study in contrasts: In the former, no one intervened. In the latter, a […]
Last week we rounded up some of the best holiday craft markets in Brooklyn this year; today we’re bringing you news about a market from our friends at Greenpointers that may help you shake off this winter chill. On Sunday, from 1-7pm, sleigh bells and palm trees, snowflakes and sunshine come together in the Greenpointers universe because they’re celebrating this […]