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August 2, 2021 Rae Baker

Did you know that August is National Black-Owned Business Month? Join us in celebrating by supporting these local Black-owned businesses located near NYC Ferry landings.


Whipped Urban Dessert Lab
?Corlears Hook

Whipped Urban Dessert Lab is a Black women-owned company founded by Courtney Blagrove and Zan B.R. This health-conscience dessert shop serves dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, soy-free, and gluten-free ice cream and claims to be the first company to solely feature oat-milk-based soft serve.

Get creative by building your own flavor mixture, or choose from one of the hand-selected fusions. Try the Coffee Waffle Crunch consisting of vanilla with bits of waffle cone and coffee sauce or the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel made with vanilla, pretzels, chocolate, and peanut butter sauce.

Urban Dessert Lab – 95 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002


?N. Williamsburg

Inspired by the rich and exotic culture of the Caribbean, Ria and Kevol Graham opened KOKOMO in North Williamsburg in July of 2020. This new neighborhood spot serves flatbreads, comfort foods, and decadent desserts presented perfectly with vibrant plating.

Sail to KOKOMO’s on the weekend to experience the upbeat atmosphere with live DJ music and a bottomless brunch.


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KOKOMO – 65 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11249


Stuart Cinema
?N. Williamsburg

After renting expensive film venues all over New York City for years, Emelyn Stuart transformed a Brooklyn warehouse into a cozy screening room and café in August of 2018. The cinema space is geared toward independent filmmakers, allowing them to control the distribution and marketing while also offering state-of-the-art technology, affordable resources, and friendly staff.

Whether you’re into independent or feature films, Stuart Cinema is a great date night spot to catch a movie and enjoy a delicious, homemade sweet treat.


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Stuart Cinema – 79 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222


Paint ‘N Pour
?Corlears Hook

Tinesha Sharpe and Tyson Belgrave aren’t the first people to throw a paint party, but they’re the first to do it like this. This dynamic couple decided to give the average Paint ‘N Sip class a serious upgrade with food, fun, and an all-you-can-drink open bar. Sip on one of Paint ‘N Pour’s artistically designed cocktails, like the Picasso Punch and Mona Lisa Margarita, as you create your masterpiece.

The first outpost, Paint ‘N Pour Harlem, was a major success and the couple has since expanded to a second location on the Lower East Side.


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Paint ‘N Pour – 53 Delancey St. New York, NY 10002


Scarr’s Pizza
?Corlears Hook

Native New Yorker Scarr Pimentel had a mission to bring the magic back into NYC pizza. In 2016, he opened Scarr’s Pizza — a retro-style pizzeria with modern flair, vegan offerings, and organic wines. Scarr sources the freshest ingredients to create his one hundred percent organic pies.

Sail with NYC Ferry to give Scarr’s Pizza a try!


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Scarr’s Pizza – 22 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002


Cheeky Sandwiches
?Corlears Hook

Din Yates originally opened Cheeky Sandwiches as a hangout for friends on the Lower East Side, but the shop quickly gained popularity and a loyal following amongst locals. The friendly spot features a New Orleans-inspired spread of sandwiches from fried chicken to shrimp po’boys.

Din likes to refer to his food as “sandwiches with passion and love and greatness. It’s basically dinner on a plate.”


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Cheeky Sandwiches – 35 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002


The Food Sermon
?Brooklyn Navy Yard

Born on the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and raised in Brooklyn, Chef Rawlston Williams’ innovative approach features creative takes on traditional Caribbean standards. His cooking is inspired by an array of cultures, cuisines, and techniques.

At The Food Sermon, you’ll be able to customize your own meal. Choose from the tender braised lamb, chicken, fish, or vegetarian, served over a rice base with red beans or chickpeas. Select your favorite savory sauce, including options like coconut-ginger or spicy tomato.

The Food Sermon – 141 Flushing Ave Building 77, Brooklyn, NY 11205


Pig & Butter
?Corlears Hook

Pig & Butter on the Lower East Side serves all-day brunch every day of the week. With a firm belief that breakfast makes everything better, the restaurant serves up delicious dishes like bacon and banana topped waffles, fried chicken on cornbread, and a mouthwatering goat cheese omelet with Colombian aji.


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Pig & Butter – 134 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002


Blaze Jamaican Restaurant
?St. George (Coming Soon!)

Blaze Jamaican Restaurant is a Staten Island spot serving up authentic Jamaican cuisine. The restaurant serves flavorful dishes with fan favorites including the jerk chicken and the Rasta Pasta. This hidden gem is located nearby the St. George landing which is launching later this summer.

Blaze Jamaican Restaurant – 3 Corson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301

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