Photographers and filmmakers, your lives are about to get a little easier. CSI Rentals is opening a new location in Bushwick where you can rent pro cameras, lenses, gels, video equipment and sound gear. Just to clarify, CSI:Miami is not coming to Bushwick, although it really should.
The Grand Opening will take place tonight from 5-7:30pm and will feature live demos of the latest from Sony HD Cinema (camera nerds, go wild), shooting and work flow samples, and as the flyer states (in caps) “FREE GIFTS FOR ALL.” What will these gifts be? We have no idea, but my best guess is a rental coupon or maybe a camera strap? CSI also promises that you will meet friends. So if you want friends, a new camera strap, and some free snacks, this could be the night that changes your life 4EVER. The new location is at 1138 Flushing Avenue, between the Morgan and Jefferson L stops.
Seriously though, it’s about time we had a place to rent equipment locally, since the hood has become home to so many professional photographers, filmmakers, and artists, as well as photo studios, sound stages, and galleries. Also it’s worth it to note that they have a delivery option, for the super lazy or super busy among us (could go either way on this one).
♦ The Shape of Control @ Java Studios Gallery (252 Java St, Suite 308) FRIDAY (11/8) 7-11 pm, FREE, Group show featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures that depict human interaction with nature, exploring the way in which reality is preserved and/or distorted through documentation and storytelling, includes work from artists Robby Rose (paintings of defaced sculptures of ancient Greek heroes)/ Nathalie Shepherd (paintings of idealized female muses) / Vriginia Ines Vergara (photographs wilderness dioramas through multiple lenses) / Divya Anantharaman (brings the animal into our environment with Black Bear Taxidermy), on view through December 6, RSVP, Catalog
WEDNESDAY 11/6 • Muchmore’s Free Poker Tournament @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7-8:30pm, FREE, ok gamblers, this one’s for you… except instead of losing money you get to play for free and potentially win a $25 bar tab (!!), RSVP
* GCEF Networking Event @ Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St) 6:30-8:30pm, FREE, network with community members who are applying for grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund ♦ Opening: John F. Moore Jr. @ The Habitat (998 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, FREE, Moore exhibits his abstract, trippy paintings, RSVP * Greenpoint Designers MEET UP @ Broken Land (105 Franklin St) 7-9pm, there’s a lot of you design-y folks around here (I see you lookin’ all cool, working on your typography), how about you meet each other and talk about it over drinks and prizes and form a community, or whatever RSVP ♦ Daniel Johnston: here @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) 7-9pm, Opening for a traveling exhibition of images taken of the iconic singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston by documentary/portrait photographer Jung Kim, capturing his life on the road and at home in Waller, TX, More Info * Everyday is Like Sunday @ Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, FREE, Catch a special screening of this Toronto film about “being young and getting older/drinking too much,” co-starring Nick Thorburn of the band Islands and formerly The Unicorms, the theme hits a little close to home, but hey, the Toronto Star called it “Scrappy but endearing,” RSVP ♫ Heliotropes / Flown / Black Lagoon / Beech Creeps @ The Acheron (57 Waterbury St, Bushwick) 8pm, $10 (I must be tired because I read Beech Creeps as “Beach Crepes” and got really excited/hungry), RSVP
To anyone who lived in Greenpoint prior to 2012, the Manhattan Furrier was a fixture along Manhattan Ave. for many years (it is now occupied by the Vietnamese restaurant Lollipop). The proprietor, Irving Feller, was also a prolific painter and used the back of his storefront as a studio where he would stretch canvases and render his various works. Greenpoint resident Jenn Nielsen has been working on a documentary film about Irving and his art and they are now in the process of completing funding for the film via kickstarter. You can also see a trailer for the film.
These doors may be shut–but there are plenty that are wide open! Photo courtesy of 3rdward.com.
3rd Ward may have had its faults (more of them than we imagined, it seems), but there was something deeply inspiring about a huge workspace and resource center designed especially for Brooklyn’s many talented creators, and we’d be lying if we told you its presence won’t be missed. However, in the wake of the spot’s closure, we’ve found ourselves reminded time and again that 3rd Ward wasn’t the only game in town–so many of our friends and neighbors have other studios, class centers, coworking quarters and event spaces with their own amazing offerings. Bushwick Daily and Greenpointers reached out to some of our favorite such institutions, and it’s with great pride that we present our readers with our official guide to ten of this borough’s greatest places to take your creativity when making is your job. Take a look through–you can thank us when you get settled in at a place that hooks it up and makes it happen!
WEDNESDAY 10/23 • Bear Republic Brewing Night @ The Exley (1 Jackson St) 8pm, buy a beer, keep the glass. Flights, pairings, and great company. • Poker Philanthropy Fundraiser @ t.b.d. Brooklyn (224 Franklin St) 7:30pm, FREE, 20 seat Texas Holdem tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, RSVP to pokerphilanthropy [at] gmail [dot] com for a guaranteed seat, More Info • Storytelling with Barry Gifford @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, FREE, Author of Wild at Heart celebrates his new short story collection, The Roy Stories, with a reading accompanied by jazz guitarist, Miles Okazki, RSVP ♫ New Year World Rock Festival 2013 with SKATERS / Hunters / Teen / Free Time / DJ Vapors @ Glasslands (289 Kent) 8:30pm, $12, BUY TIX, RSVP Continue reading →
It all started when we realized that our sign sucks…
We decided to get a badass NEON sign, which we can take to all of our events and markets, a sign that reflects who we are and what we believe in – local MADE IN NYC craftsmanship – and of course document the process from start to finish with the direction of the talented Miguel A. Rodriguez (my best friend in the entire world!)
Our Neon Sign Documentary will star Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon, a 2nd generation Neon Sign Maker. This guy is super talented, hilarious and has thee best NY accent ever! Not only will we film him making our sign and teaching us about the process, but we will also interview his father (in upstate NY) and Thomas Rinaldi, who wrote the amazing book New York Neon to learn about the history of Neon Sign Making and how it has created a unique visual landscape here for the past 100 years.
On Saturday, September 21, 2013 from noon-midnight @ Light Space Studios (1115 Flushing Ave) Galerie Project proudly presents its second exhibition, featuring live DJ sets, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, performance dancing, and live audio/visual performance from some of New York’s most inspiring talent. Unlike typical gallery exhibits, The Galerie Project aims to create a fully immersive experience through the use of dynamic art & technology within the confines of space, $20 – Buy Tickets, RSVP
WEDNESDAY 9/18 ♦ Renacimiento Art Show @ St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (334 S. 5th St) 7-10pm, FREE (donations benefit Girls for Gender Equity Inc), female-driven group art installation transforms the sanctuary into an immersive exploration of life, death, and rebirth, More Info ♦ Drink & Draw 2 for 1 Night @ The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway, Bushwick) 7-9pm, 2 for $10, Tonight’s weekly live drawing party is half the price so bring a friend, model, supplies provided, RSVP ♫ Kiss and Tell’s Get Schooled! @ Battery Harris (64 Frost St) 7pm-4am, FREE, Dress in your back to school best (think Clueless style plaid) and dance to Jamaican dub and raggae riddims spun by $mall ¢hange / Deadbeat / Ivy Feraco, take a breather to feast on Jamaican jerk chicken/tofu, RSVP, More Info
THURSDAY 9/19 ♦ NY Art Book Fair Preview @ MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 6-9pm, FREE, Opening Night preview of 280 exhibitors at this annual celebration of art & print, live set of underground dance music by MASKS / Terekke, RSVP, More Info * Greenpoint Film Festival @ From the Source (67 West St.) 6pm (opening reception) & 7pm (screening), The festival begins tonight with an Environmental Program, featuring films on Newton Creek’s “heart of darkness” and the East River dolphin, followed by a panel Q&A and after party at Coco66, More Info ♫ Spirit Plate / Lux Perpetua / Friend Roulette / Hippy@ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St, Bushwick) 8pm, $8, RSVP ♫ Skimast / New England Patriots / Big Ups / Alien Triology @ Death By Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7
☺The Cause B Show IV: Man’s Best Friend @ Over the Eight (594 Union Ave) 8:30pm, free beer with donation, Stand up show to benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue , featuring comedians Janine Brito / Adam Newman / Amber Nelson / Tim Dillon / Matt Marango / Shelly Hamilton, RSVP
FRIDAY 9/20 * NY Art Book Fair @ MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, LIC) 12-7pm (also Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm) FREE, the must-see annual event for artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines, featuring booths and signings from independent publishers, a conference on art-book culture, “The Classroom” (a series of artist-led workshops), and various exhibitions/releases, More Info ♫ Charles Bradley and The Menahan Street Band / The Budos Band / Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Williamsburg Park (N 12th and Kent Ave) 5:30pm, FREE ♫ Tesla Boy / Night Drive @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8pm, $12, BUY TIX ♫ Xenis Rubinos / Ava Luna / Live Footage @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 8pm, $8, BUY TIX • Dave the Spazz Movie Club presents Scarlet Street@ Videology (308 Bedford Ave) 8:30pm, $5, Fritz Lang’s 1945 noir about a Greenwich Village floozy and her pimp was orginally censored in New York state for being obsense and even sacreligious, More Info • The Dead Zone @ Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave) 12:10am, $11, Watch Christopher Walken freak out when he realizes he can see the future in this Stephen King/David Cronenberg thriller, Trailer
SATURDAY 9/21 • Touch a Truck @ St. Nick’s Alliance (Maspeth Avenue & Olive St) 10am-4pm, $5, Bring the kids to see real trucks up close (including some from NYPD & FDNY), special guest Ms. Frizzle will bring her Magic School Bus ♦ The Galerie Project @ Lightspace Studios (1115 Flushing Ave, Bushwick) 12pm-12am, $20, immersive art experience featuring audio-visual installations, live watercolor and digital painting, dance performances, and DJs Francis Harris / Archie Pelago / Multiple Mono, More Info * Lobstah Palooza @ The Well (272 Meserole St) 3-10pm, $35 online/ $40 door, Get full on a Maine LOBSTAH dinner (the menu has us positively drooling) while listening to DJ’d tunes in the Well’s beer garden backyard, More Info, BUY TIX * ♫ DIIV / Guards / Fletcher C. Johnson @ Havemeyer Park (S.4th St & Kent Ave) 6pm, FREE, RSVP ♫ Rock the Pulaski Benefit Concert @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (49 Ash St) 6:30pm, $5 (proceeds benefit the Boat Club), end Summer right with what will surely be the best superfund site dance party of the season, with live performances by Noise & Rythm / STARINA / Silent Rider / Brandi & the Alexanders / Amerigogo, RSVP ♫ Savoir Adore / The Suzan / Ski Lodge @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (66 N 6th St) 8pm, $12, BUY TIX ♫ Alex Winston / Echo Friendly @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8pm, $12.50, BUY TIX
SUNDAY 9/22 * Fall Solstice Pop Up Market @ Dusty Rose Vintage Warehouse (233 Norman Ave) 12-6pm, FREE, Celebrate new beginnings and celestial ritual with artisan wares for the Autumn equinox, like Navajo-inspired bags, dream catchers, candles, and vintage clothing, with free tarot readings and nail art, RSVP # TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint @ East River State Park (90 Kent Ave) 1-6pm, $24-$45, Outdoor food fest featuring over 40 of North Brooklyn’s favorite restaurants & bars (think Adelina’s, Gwynnett St, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, & many more), with DJ sets from Queen Majesty and Jonathan Toubin, More Info ♫Lady Lamb The Beekeeper / Cassandra Jenkins @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $12, BUY TIX
MONDAY 9/23 ♫ The Henry Millers / Johnny Stimson / Sunflares @ Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St) 8pm, $8, BUY TIX ♫ The Denzels / Cool Serbia / The Teen Age / El Sportivo @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, BUY TIX
TUESDAY 9/24 # The Masters of Social Gastronomy: BBQ Edition @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6:30-8:30pm, $5, Curious about the variety of slow-cooked meat techinques from Spanish barbacoa to Austin brisket ? Brooklyn Brainery has the sweet and smoky history, RSVP ♥ Witches of Bushwick @ Tandem Bar (236 Troutman St) 10pm, FREE, Queer lady dance party with DJ Ayn Rand (amazing), tarot readings, and general debauchery, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick ♫ Music ♥ Pheremones likely ♦ Art Event ☺Comedy Event # Foodie Event
All screenings will take place at From The Source – 69 West St (the same place where we have our Greenpointers Markets!)
From the over 200 submissions in the following categories: Narrative, Documentary, Experimental and Animation, a panel of 8 judges curate this four day long program of shorts and feature length films.
A highlight of the festival includes “At the Corner of 3rd and 3rd,” a film directed by Max Kutner about the landmark and abandoned Coignet Stone Company Building in Gowanus – its exterior only feet away from the impending Whole Foods.
On Saturday at 8pm, Greenpointers Contributor Matt Glasson will present a selection of microbudget features and short films which he curated for this year’s Greenpoint Film Festival – including the outrageous CHICKEN – a crude microscopic-budgeted comedy about an Asian food delivery man living in Greenpoint who harbors dreams of becoming an ace streetballer.
One time a friend and I drank a bit of wine and decided we were going to dress up in 1930s attire and stroll onto the set of Boardwalk Empire. We could see the production lights from her kitchen window and thought it was totally awesome that such a successful HBO show was filming right downstairs in McGolrick Park. We also thought our plan was genius. We never actually went through with it, but that’s a story for another day.
According to local news outlets, some Greenpoint residents don’t share our same sense of excitement. CBS New York and Fox 5 News recently reported that many Greenpoint residents are fed up with the abundance of TV and film production in the neighborhood. The complaints stem from constant street closures that can last several days and leave car owners with nowhere to park. Continue reading →