Get on the list! These businesses get our seal of approval - Brooklyn Paper

Get on the list! These businesses get our seal of approval

Cheers: Brooklyn Brewery has been spreading the word about Brooklyn since 1989, and we think it deserves a nod for all the tasty, brand-bearing brew it’s sent all over the world.
Brooklyn Brewery

The new “Brooklyn Made” certification is just getting off the ground, and it is up to individual companies to apply for it. Still, the inaugural crop of certified-made-in-Brooklyn products had some glaring oversights. Here is a list of companies so Brooklyn we can’t believe they didn’t make the cut.

Brooklyn Brewery

This was the biggest Brooklyn brand missing from the list. We understand that most of the beer is made upstate, but Steve Hindy and his crew bet on Brooklyn before everyone else knew how cool we are.

Bare club for men: The New York Shaving Company sells high-end shaving implements and hand-blended soaps and colognes, and it makes it all right here.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

And it is not like all its beer come from Utica — some tasty brews are straight outta Williamsburg.

New York Shaving Company

This Bensonhurst mom-and-pop makes hand–blended shaving soaps, colognes, and shaving accessories that appeal to old-school Brooklynites and hipsters alike, with oldsters looking to recapture the smoothness that only a straight razor can produce, and newbies impressed by shears used to trim their 19th-century mustaches.

Bottling Brooklyn: Brooklyn Brine pickles all sorts of stuff in its Gowanus brinery, including some with wierd flavors such as whiskey sour. Pickle-back anyone?
Photo by Jason Speakman

Brooklyn Brine

Pickles made in Gowanus — that’s pretty darn Brooklyn. Not only do they have the gall to make an edible product so near to a toxic waterway, but their flavors include whiskey sour and fennel beets. This funky take on classic fare is definitely stamp-worthy.

Mark Jupiter

Whittled in Brooklyn: This Mark Jupiter creation was handmade in his Dumbo studio using wood from a Park Slope elm that Hurricane Irene knocked down in 2011.
Mark Jupiter

This guy is a custom furniture maker in Dumbo who uses reclaimed material to create sweet-looking places to plop your keister and stow your stuff. It is the perfect mix of art and handiwork that we have come to expect from designers working under the Brooklyn Bridge. And some of the wood he uses has roots running deep into the veins of borough history — such as redwood taken from old water towers and heart pine salvaged from a defunct Brooklyn sugar refinery.

Coney Island

Okay, so maybe this would not be eligible for the seal of approval offered by the Chamber of Commerce. But we think that’s wrong. The thrills, chills, and weird memories produced by a trip to the People’s Playground can only be made in Brooklyn. It gets our Brooklyn Made stamp, without question.

How sweet it is: The Sweet-n-Low plant is just across the street from the Navy Yard, meaning those adorable pink packs our grandmothers use to sweeten their decaf coffee can be traced right back here to Brooklyn.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini


This ubiquitous sweetener is made on Cumberland Street near the Navy Yard. The family operation first started packaging the sweetener in 1957. We think it would awesome if every one of those tiny pink packs were to bear the “Brooklyn Made” logo. It would remind everyone who uses the sugar substitute how sweet Brooklyn is.

People’s Playground: Coney Island amusement parks have been giving people thrills and chills for over a century, and we think it is a feeling that can only be made in Brooklyn.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperl‌man@c‌ngloc‌al.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.

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