Last Friday night we were so excited to light our Greenpointers Neon Sign. Ain’t she a beaut? Thanks to everyone who donated and made this beautifully crafted piece of art a reality. And thanks to Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon for doing such a badass job. The sign will be on display at our Holiday Market on 12/8/13! Come by a check it out.
Vinyl is alive and well. Besides a smorgasbord of little and medium-sized record stores throughout north Brooklyn, today marks the opening of Rough Trade, a 10,000 square foot monster of a music store with all the bells & whistles. (NY Times)
Speaking of big buildings, the Pencil factory building next door to where Kickstarter has opened for business on Greenpoint Avenue is for sale. “The three-story structure includes 17,485 square feet of space and is zoned for hotel, retail or office use” As long as it doesn’t become a Duane Reade I’m good. (DNA Info)
The push to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan continues locally with the help of the owners of Dalaga who are asking for much needed supplies, including: energy bars, tents clean blankets, towels, batteries, soap and medications. They will also be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the store’s own line of jewelry, greeting cards and tote bags to the cause. Awesome. (Greenpoint Gazette)
Adam Krause is a photographer who shot these incredibly intense, and if you’re local, horrifying, photos of “Greenpoint Brooklyn Nazi Skinheads.” from 2009 that was featured on Slate.com last week. I heard Krause being interviewed on the radio this week, also. I wonder how many people in Greenpoint know of these guys.
Gothamist’s “7 Best Donuts in NYC” obviously began their article with Peter Pan’s Red Velvet/Glazed Sour Cream Donut. Personally, I would say all seven best donuts come from Peter Pan Bakery.. remember when Tina Fey said the same thing?
Brownstoner tells us that Kickstarter’s move to Greenpoint is complete and their business at the Pencil Factory building at 58 Kent Street will open sometime this month. We love Kickstarter and we are thrilled that our first project got fully funded last week for our Neon Sign Documentary.
A local man tried to steal an apple from Rachel’s Garden on Nassau Avenue. When he was told that he’d have to pay for it, he tried to choke one of their employees, bit his left ear, drawing blood and then pushed him to the ground. (DNA Info)
And finally, while some people were running New York’s marathon last week, another marathon was happening right here at Greenpoint’s Sunshine Laundry on Manhattan Avenue. They were having a pinball machine marathon. Really! (Brokelyn)
Greenpointers sought music from a local band to be used in the promo video for our Neon Kickstarter Project – since the documentary itself is ALL ABOUT local talent.
If you haven’t watched the video, you should do that here. Besides hopefully convincing you to chip in, you can also hear an absolutely fantastic song called “Be Where You Are” by the duo Astra Via. Members Olivia Mancini and Jarrett Nicolay live in Brooklyn and DC, respectively. The band started in the same place when Olivia reached out to Jarrett after hearing his solo record about three years ago. Astra Via, which means road to the stars, has since become a creative project over a distance once Olivia moved to New York. Despite that, they have kept working and just put out a new EP called Echo Birds. Check it out here.
Olivia and Jarrett were gracious enough to answer a few questions about the song, neon signs, and Greenpoint.
Good morning! While out last night celebrating Director Miguel’s birthday at Manhattan Inn, I got an alert on my phone announcing that our Kickstarter Fundraiser for our Neon Sign Documentary was 100% funded! It was such a proud and exhilarating and relieving moment and wonderful that Miguel and I could toast the success on his birthday!
I want to thank everyone who supported by donating and sharing the project. We obviously could not have done it without you all – our awesome friends, family and readers! It’s not just Miguel and I making this documentary – it’s all 74 backers who are making it happen. The crowd support is so motivating. We will work on a more formal thank you in video form – so stay tuned for that next week.
What’s next? Well now we are getting the Greenpointers Neon Sign and making a great documentary about it. Oh and we will be sending you your rewards, too! We can’t forget the goodies…
Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to work hard on creating the documentary.
If you want to make a donation, there are 2 days left to donate, and we could certainly use any funding over our goal as things keep coming up, like the need for more hard drive space and costs associated with travel to do pick-up shots.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
As we approach the final days of our fundraising campaign for our Neon Sign Documentary, it feels like it’s all coming together. The more footage we get, the more interviews we do and the more friends we make along the way not only help us hone in on what the point of this documentary is, but how meaningful of an experience it has already been and we are just at the beginning stages.
First off I am so honored to work on this project with my best friend and brother from another Chilean mother Miguel. Today is his birthday! We have been through a lot in the past 6 years we have known each other, and I am so lucky to have him in my life and be able to collaborate on such a fun documentary. I think this is just the beginning for us. Continue reading →
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.
Below are updates to our project. We have begun filming, which has been a blast and once completed there will be a lot of editing to do, which is time consuming and costly. If we reach our funding goal, our plan is to hire a professional film editor to work on the film. After working so hard to film this perfectly we want to make sure the final product is edited just as beautifully.
Remember, if we don’t reach the funding goal – we get zero dollars. That would be so sad.
This past week we filmed Fabio, the owner of Ear Wax Records, who recently moved locations from the mini-mall on Bedford Ave to a new shop on No. 9th St in Williamsburg. He hired Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon to make a neon sign for his shop. The purpose of this interview was to get a perspective from a local businesses owner who chose to get a neon sign for his business and to get it done locally. Fabio was great on camera and had a lot of feedback for us. Plus his neon sign rules! Continue reading →
When we began learning about the Neon Sign Making process from Robbie Ingui at Artistic Neon for our Neon Sign Making Documentary, he showed us how he draws out the sign first, then lay the neon glass over it as he forms the letters. Since the glass is hot when he lays it over the paper it creates burn marks that make the drawing its own unique piece of artwork. Don’t you agree? Continue reading →
Here is a little teaser we made to give you an idea of how AWESOME our Greenpointers Neon Sign documentary will be! If you want to see the full documentary then please make a donation in any amount to our fundraiser – so you can be a part of this awesome project. We will be forever grateful – thanks in advance… NEON!
We have less than 2 weeks left and are halfway there! Learn more about our project on Kickstarter.