Bushwick is known for its epic “Girls-revered” party scene, so it’s not a surprise that a 420-friendly shop has made its way into the neighborhood. Nestled on the corner of Wilson and Melrose (near to some of our neighborhood faves Storefront Gallery and Bushwick Coffee House) a new smoke shop, Sunflower Glass Company, has made a home. The shop is spacious, clean, well-decorated, and houses a gallery of gorgeous smoking accessories, jewelery, clothing and other goodies.
Alright ladies. Here we are with our second edition of Urban Outfitters or Jimmy Jazz? I know y’all hit up Rainbow immediately after the last installment and are rocking those loud prints in this new ever-evading warm weather.
In this sequence, I’m gonna bring up the nail fad. Gals have been getting cray cray with their at home manicures and accent nails or what have you and you know I’m telling the truth. I’m also telling the truth about how flippin’ expensive some of these damn polishes can. Yes, I’m talking about Essie and OPI over here. And as much as I love their colors I’m not pretending to be something I’m not when I bring that ish to the register at the local pharmacy and am told I owe a whopping 9-something dollars, and then have to say nevermind Imma bring it back to where I found it cause I’d rather spend the money on some chilaquiles at Carrera’s or something. Nope. I have since learned to spare everyone some time. Instead we’re gonna do this the right way a.k.a. the cash tight way.
Ridgewood, Bushwick’s favorite sister neighborhood, has been quite busy with many friendly events lately. It is currently getting ready for Ridgewood Market to be held this Sunday, April 14, 2013 at Gottscheer Hall. And that’s not all - upcoming events also include Ridgewood Bar Crawl in May, Short Story Book Club and Eat’n’Sketch in the park. All these events are organized by Ridgewood Social, a brilliant effort of Sarah Feldman, a Ridgewood resident of 1.5 years. As you can imagine, we were pretty curious about everything this girl has been up to, so we sat down with Sarah in Spolem Cafe on Fresh Pond and asked her approximately one million questions.
Bushwick Art & Shipping Inc. just moved into town. Sure, there are already a few stores that sell art supplies in the neighborhood, such as SoHo Art Materials on Gardner (which operates only during short weekday hours), Better Than Jam at the Loom , and Low Brow Artique on Central. But this addition to the wide array of small businesses popping up in the ‘hood is one that was sorely needed. Bushwick Art & Shipping Inc. brings together all of the art supplies that previously were spread out, scarce, or just plain inaccessible all under one roof. With a very convenient location (on Flushing, just steps from the Morgan L stop), this diverse store houses art supplies, a shipping center which is FedEx, USPS, and Postal Service certified, and a vintage boutique, making it a one-stop-shop for many locals. (Fun fact: well-known gallery Factory Fresh was here before closing in 2012.)
So in this FIRST EVER edition of Urban Outfitters or Jimmy Jazz?, we’re gonna tackle this spring’s current fashion, and just how cheap we can get it from my absolute favorite Knickerbocker and Broadway chain store, Rainbow. And while we explore it, I know y’all are going to forgive my cheesy smile and otherwise ridiculous faces in these photos cause you know modeling in any capacity is hard, especially when you’re already an awkward human being who feels weird about life in general, and then on top of it my boyfriend took these photos of me at 9AM after an altercation with some dudes in a Frito-Lay shipment truck who thought hootin’ and hollerin’ was a good idea. So yeah, shit was real strange that morning, before yours truly even had her coffee. But enough with the disclaimers, yo. Let’s do this!
Spring is around the corner, and if that isn’t enough to make you excited to get outside again then learning about a new custom bicycle studio in Bushwick should. AJ Nichols opened Harvest Cyclery & Salvage last September and has been providing the neighborhood with awesome custom-made bikes ever since.
Welcome to Knickerbocker Ave – a Bushwick staple for mass quantities of toilet paper and late night Red Bulls from various bodegas!!! Did you know that Knickerbocker has practical and fashionable finds that won’t damage your wallet? Aside from the designer stores, proximity to Central Park and Trump Towers, it’s basically the 5th Ave of Bushwick. (Bogart obviously being Madison). Check out the top 10 finds under $10, and feel free to add your favorite Knickerbocker find in the comments section.