In 2006, artist and educator Brooke Borg was a recent college graduate with a one-way ticket to Barcelona. In 2012, she finally came back to the United States, MFA in hand and fluent in Catalan, ready to continue teaching and creating art in Brooklyn. Her work has been influenced by her travels, her own family and religious background, and the experiences of others that she’s collected and adroitly examined by using drawing, sculpture, and electronic media. Last week, Borg invited Greenpointers to her Calyer Street studio for a preview of her newest works-in-progress about modern love relationships. Continue reading
Twenty-something stars and creators of the PSYCHODRAMA web series, Liza Renzulli, Kimmy Foskett, and Luisa Fidalgo, have just launched three more hilarious episodes about life in Brooklyn at this sometimes awkward stage of our lives. Shot around the neighborhood (you’ll recognize Triskelion, the Waterfront, Shayz, Black Rabbit, Milk & Roses), the series is based entirely on true stories from the real lives of Liza, Kimmy, & Luisa. Catch all the episodes here. Read a GPers interview with the women here.
What do you think of our new illustrated series of famous Greenpointers?
Our first is the one and only Pat Benatar! This Greenpointer’s real name is Patricia Mae Andrzejewski. Born in Greenpoint on January 10, 1953, she married young, took her husband’s last name, moved to Virginia, then ditched him and moved back to NYC for the glory of rock stardom after domestic life down south was too … domestic. The iconic 80s pop-star has 10 platinum albums, eight No. 1 singles, and four Grammy awards. According to Wiki, she was the first woman to play on MTV, performing “You Better Run.” Pat Benatar is a major badass and we are proud to have her as a “native” Greenpointer!
It’s Friday! Why not kick off your weekend with some great music and good people? Come on down to Matchless tonight at 8:00 for our CMJ Showcase, which we present along with Carabella and Supercrush Studios. Continue reading
English playwright Sarah Kane died at 28, the same age that I am today, writing this review of her last play, 4.48 Psychosis. Her words have followed me since this past weekend, when I went to St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO to see a production of Psychosis, as adapted and directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna and co-produced by TR Warszawa and Teatr Polski in Poznan. Continue reading
CMJ music marathon is upon us again, and before your head starts spinning trying to figure how, what, when and where to see the best music (and who that best music even is), we have crafted a special guide for North Brooklyn residents. You don’t have to hop all over the city to see the best new music- you can stay right here in Greenpoint and Williamsburg (and maybe venture into Bushwick). Continue reading
How long have you been here? And, how has the neighborhood changed since then? We all have our stories about the undulating Greenpoint streetscape—people moving in, people moving out, condos and developments covering up the sky, and coffee shops springing up faster than organic dry cleaners. Is it good? Is it bad? Tony Wolf chimes into the discussion with his labor of love: the Greenpoint of View comic. Continue reading
CMJ Showcase – The Suzan // Friend Roulette // Lazyeyes // Winstons // Shark Week – This Friday (10/24)
The line-up: Continue reading
320 artist studios and arts venues will be open to the public on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19, from noon to 6pm. Get a sneak preview on the Directory of Artists. Additional special events take place during the weekend.
Rick Gomes and Brian Merlis are going back, way back, to the time when rope factories and lumber yards lined the East River in Greenpoint. And maybe even further back to the time when Greenpoint’s population was entirely five related families…Gomes and Merlis are diligently working on their third Brooklyn local history book, titled Brooklyn’s Historic Greenpoint, and are looking for your photos of the neighborhood. Continue reading