Storefront of Word- a gem of a bookstore in Greenpoint

    Word: Greenpoint’s Gem Bookstore

    by Nicole on 12/10/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    WORD is one of Brooklyn’s flourishing independent neighborhood bookstores; a hub for serious and young readers alike, author events and even home to a basketball league.  Located in Greenpoint, the northernmost neighborhood of Brooklyn, the store is a mere 1000 square feet in size, but stacked with delicious reads and personable gifts in every possible […]

    The store front of the Juice Pedaler

    New Juice Bar & Bike Shop Opens

    by Nicole on 12/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    When women’s clothing boutiques in L.A. started offering juice and coffee bars to shoppers,  the idea caught on quickly. Customers stayed and hung out and it was a vibe. A new bike shop and juice bar that opened in Windsor Terrace this week works under the same premise: rent and shop for bikes or get […]

    Eagle Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint

    Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 9/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why. Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North […]

    The front of Feliz in Fort Greene

    Top of the Shop: Feliz in Fort Greene

    by Nicole on 8/27/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is the eleventh installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. A local photographer gives us her view of a Brooklyn establishment. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. This installment is by visual biographer, Isabelle Dervaux. From Isabelle about her […]


    Silhouette Artist Cuts Into Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 2/29/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Third generation silhouette artist Erik Johnson will be in New York City this month with upcoming stops in Brooklyn. He cuts children’s (and adults’!) silhouettes free-hand by looking at their profile in less than 5 minutes. The Johnson family has been cutting silhouettes for more than six decades, so it’s pretty cool to get your […]


    New Store in PLG Attracts Families From All Over

    by Nicole on 2/02/12 | 4 Comment(s)

    Parents in Prospect Lefferts Gardens have been thrilled with the addition of newcomer Play Kids to their area. Since it opened, it’s not only locals that come: parents from Ditmas Park, Prospect Heights, Park Slope and even as far away as Carroll Gardens are making the trip. What’s the draw? Their stellar lineup of unique […]

    Ahh...sharpened skates!

    Where to get used ice skates in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 11/09/11 | 2 Comment(s)

    Gliding on freshly zambonied ice, sipping hot chocolate at break time, spinning perfectly on point- well, now I am just dreaming. But what isn’t a dream is to find inexpensive ice skates in Brooklyn. Good Footing in Park Slope has new and used skates. (Used are mainly just available for children- as the store owner […]


    From Movie Set To Your Home: Cheap Design

    by Serena on 10/24/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    Do you ever wonder what happens to all of the furniture and clothes after a television show or movie has stopped filming? A lot of it is passed on to crew members (I am the proud owner of red velvet curtains and some funky lamps), but a significant portion of these items end up as […]

    The Catskill Mountain Railroad

    A Day Out in a Hip Hamlet Called Phoenicia

    by Holly on 6/08/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Just two short hours away from Booklyn by car lies the lovely town of Phoenicia, located in the Catskills.   It’s a quaint village about 20 minutes from Woodstock.  Eclectic and full of artistic types, it’s pretty laid back and is very escapist, and certainly makes for a perfect weekend trip. On our recent trip there, […]


    A new kids’ consignment shop will open in Greenpoint

    by Nicole on 4/01/11 | 0 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn is lucky enough to have 6 kids’ resale/consignment shops that offer parents relief from buying at full prices and also an outlet for their kids’ used clothing. (View the full list of Brooklyn consignment shops here). We can now increase that number of locations to 7 with the grand opening of a new kids’ […]


    Brooklyn Industries opens new store in DUMBO with sample sale

    by Nicole on 3/01/11 | 3 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn Industries is opening a new store in DUMBO and before the opening, there will be a big sample sale March 3rd -March 5th where everything will be $40 or less. Brooklyn Industries had already moved its corporate headquarters to DUMBO, but wanted to expand to include a retail location.  The store is set to […]

    Be Green Consigment Sale in Brooklyn Spring 2010

    The resale scene in Brooklyn grows with pop-up shops and online events

    by Nicole on 2/07/11 | 15 Comment(s)

    We have a great resale/consignment scene in Brooklyn with 4 resale shops for Brooklyn kids, 2 of which also sell maternity. Although I am never sure I will find exactly what I need, I seem to have great success going to each one for my specific needs. LuLu’s Then & Now has a robust collection […]

    The front of The Green Onion

    Top of the Shop: The Green Onion in Cobble Hill

    by Tuey on 12/06/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    This is the seventh installment of our new feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a biweekly look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then our favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. […]

    Moonshot's author will read and sign (our household favorite) book at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori Book Fair

    Be prepared to blow your budget: book fairs

    by Nicole on 11/30/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have been known to blow my whole monthly budget at book fairs- which is why I am particularly concerned that 3 good ones are all coming up around holiday time. I’ll have to hold myself back…. The International School of Brooklyn’s French and Spanish Children’s Book Fair (Friday, Dec. 3rd and Saturday, Dec. 4th) […]

    Still Hip Brooklyn

    $15 haircuts, sex talk and gingerbread houses!

    by Nicole on 11/03/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    Still Hip, a resale boutique selling maternity, kids’ clothes and toys in Clinton Hill, is having so many cool activities in the next two months..I thought I better get them all in a post. I think you all are going to really dig them, like the Sex During and After Pregnancy free talk with Babeland, […]

    The shop front on Atlantic Avenue

    Top of the Shop: Mini Max Toys and Cuts

    by Tuey on 10/25/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    This is the sixth installment of our new feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a biweekly look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then our favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. […]

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    New playspace in Williamsburg opening up

    by Nicole on 10/05/10 | 3 Comment(s)

    Just in time for the onslaught of cold weather, a new playspace is opening up in the heart of Williamsburg this Halloween.  The new space is called Klub 4 Kidz and will be a monstrous 5000 square foot space with amenities that haven’t been paired together in any other playspace in Brooklyn. The central element […]

    Photo by Stefano Giovannini for The Brooklyn Paper

    My Favorite Street in Brooklyn Is Having A Party This Weekend

    by Nicole on 9/08/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    My favorite stretch of a commercial street is in Park Slope on Bergen Street between Flatbush and 5th Ave. I used to go to Pintchik Hardware all the time when I worked as an Art Coordinator on tv commercials- even when we were filming in Manhattan. It was known as the cheapest and best place […]


    Lulu’s Consignment Shop open! Stock up on fall clothes

    by Nicole on 9/02/10 | 2 Comment(s)

    We reported back in June about Lulu’s in Brooklyn opening a new consignment shop in Park Slope called Lulu’s Then & Now. Well, the good news it finally opened on Tuesday of this week. Owner Brigitte wrote me this morning to say the opening “was a huge hit.” Might be a great chance to stock […]


    Wow! Another resale shop opening! AND they pick up your stuff

    by Nicole on 6/30/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    On the heels of Lulu’s Cuts and Toys announcement this week that they are opening a new children’s resale (and some new) shop, another one announces it too is opening! That’s great news for families. There can never be enough resale shops- especially since Brooklyn is rumored to have had the most babies born in […]

    Park Delicatessen's fresh cut flowers

    Park Deli: fresh flowers, vintage toys and yes, skateboarding lessons

    by Paula on 5/14/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    Valentine Leung and Michael Sclafani are the co-owners of Brooklyn’s super cool and fantastically multi-purpose Park Delicatessen where in addition to selling skateboards and lovely flower arrangements in hand painted cans, you can also pick up a patchwork baby quilt ($275) with a matching pillow ($46) as well as bibs ($18) and baby clothing.  Valentine, […]


    New boutique opening on Dekalb this weekend

    by Nicole on 5/07/10 | 3 Comment(s)

    One of my favorite moms in the neighborhood, Genevieve Platt,  is opening a new store with her partner in Ft. Greene this weekend.  The store is called Feliz and will reside in the small shop that used to house Picnic and before that, Urban Spring. They are having friends/family soft opening this week, starting tomorrow […]

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    Top of the Shop: Green in Bklyn

    by Nicole on 4/21/10 | 2 Comment(s)

    This is the second installment of our new feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a weekly look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then my favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. […]


    Barney’s Co-Op is coming to Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 4/03/10 | 2 Comment(s)

    Cobble Hill/Downtown Brooklyn is getting a new high-end retail resident. Barneys Co-Op announced this week that they will be moving in at 194 Atlantic Ave, near Urban Outfitters and just a skip-hop from Trader Joe’s.  If you don’t know what Barney’s Co-Op is, it’s a little less expensive than the regular Barney’s. And, I mean […]

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    Two Greenmarkets are back!

    by Nicole on 4/02/10 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket returned on Thursday, April 1st. This  year, they will be accepting EBT/Food Stamps from May – December.  Three days a week you can buy from the fresh picked fruits and vegetables, beautiful plants and flowers, grass-fed meat, grass-fed dairy products, including the best goat cheese you’ll ever eat, just caught […]