Freeman and Manhattan feels like the boondocks, especially for me who happens to live in the “other” Greenpoint. However, the trek was worth it.
Tucked in a nondescript building on Freeman St, lies Artifact. : Cozy from the outside, cozier on the inside. Exposed brick walls, reclaimed shelves and hand-made copper pipe racks are reminiscent of the lost art of workmanship of years past.
The ever-so-mysterious logo of an hourglass encircled by an Ouroboros, fully encapsulates the goodies that Artifact. has: timeless vintage. The store houses works of local artists and designers, novelty items and found objects, as well as hard-to-find zines and books. The owner Josephine Trzaska and her partner Timothy Aaron Huston, both designers in their respective fields, have been roomies and friends for years.
Artifact. is the product of their meticulous eye for design and fused aesthetics. It was such a pleasure to sit down with them and pick their brains over beers in their wonderful store.
GP: What was the history behind artifact? What was the concept behind it?
TAH: The history is that Jodie and I both had cool collections of weird interesting objects, books, housewares, etc. and when I moved in with her a couple years ago, we always had fun showing stuff to each other, then we started talking about creating a brand of found objects turned into furniture and functional art called Hüska (Huston+Trzaska), which is still a future idea … but then we also talked about how cool it would be to actually be able to sell vintage/new stuff that we like, sort of turning our hoarding tendencies into something productive! Fast forward a year or so, she found this space and then we sort of melded the ideas, and 155 Freeman is just Phase One of our Big Plan.
GP: I know you guys have been open for a while, but when is the official opening?
A: We are having the Grand Opening on Feb 28th. RSVP! Special thanks to Dandelion Wines for sponsoring the refreshments!
GP: What sets Artifact. apart from the other vintage stores in Greenpoint/ Williamsburg area? What’s the main focus/ outstanding feature of the store?
TAH: I think Artifact has a distinct personality and we are both VERY particular and idiosyncratic. Oh, and of course the other designers we’ve collected bring their own flavor into the mix as well. The media has picked up on the PBR lip balm as a focus, but that was actually an afterthought. Jodie had them, and I threw them in a little box and marked $5 each on it. I mean there’s not a real focus per se, it’s an amalgamation—we aren’t trying to be the “vintage” store or the “place where you get ………” Things may change with time, things come and go, but you should always get a certain feeling when you visit Artifact. We want to be a destination for the unexpected, and push the boundaries a bit. We aren’t here for “sellable” and “safe” — if we both like it, and it sends out the right vibes, we’ll jump on it. Jodie is psychic and I have a visceral reaction towards clothing & objects I like, so we have a sort of second sense that says “yes” or “no” — not sure if that answers the question. Continue reading →
Only two things could make me wake up and trek to the Upper East Side: Art and Central Park. This Sunday, I was well rewarded with both.
George Terry, a local Greenpoint artist, has masterfully orchestrated an art exhibit, salon style in a pre-war Manhattan dwelling, aptly named Classic Six, which was steps away from Central Park. “New York I Love You Sometimes” features a unique pool of converging circles of friends in the art sphere. This interesting co-mingling of seemingly disparate worlds: Brooklyn Artists/ Upper East Side Exhibit, was made possible by the generosity of Alison Chace, the owner of the space.
Background on Walls L-R: Lumin Wakoa Paintings, Max Reinhardt and Janelle Iglesias (Constellation) and Carolyn Salas (Untitled). Foreground L-R: Andy Ness (all dressed up and nowhere to go) and Brett Day Windham (Floating Harlequin)
As I walked into 1 East 62nd St., I was formally greeted by the doorman, escorted up and was ushered into this amazing apartment. Large picture windows and pristine white walls were the perfect canvas for housing the beautiful art pieces. George Terry gave me an in-depth tour of the exhibit and sat down with me for an interview. Continue reading →
Valentine’s Gift Bag From The One Well (Optional, Order Must Be Placed At Time Of Reservation) “lover’s bag” is available for only $30 added onto the cost of your prix-fixe dinner. It includes one superb vegan chocolate bar wrapped in sweet Valentine’s paper, one delicious jar of local goat’s milk caramel sauce, and one bottle of luxurious essential oil scented massage oil.
There are so many wonderful local artisans, designers and creators – all under one roof! Check out the vendors below!
· Greenpointers Tote Bag For Early Shoppers
· “Message In A Bottle”
· Lovey Dovey Photobooth (for pets and kids, too!)
· Custom Nail Art by Kelly & Fallon
· Bar with sexy drinks & delicious snacks!
· Raffle with tons of prizes – for our Writer’s Fund!
Yoga leads to a longer, happier life. There’s just one catch…you have to actually do it.
goodyoga will see to that. Like your friends and neighbors, you’ll look forward to coming to goodyoga everyday. goodyoga is therapeutic and fun. Our Everyone level classes address the needs of beginners and experienced practitioners alike, so that all students feel both challengedand rewarded.
In addition to our monthly memberships and prepaid classes, we’ve got some great treats to encourage your loved ones to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions.
Oh! For Greenpointers readers only: Give goodyoga to get goodyoga. Give $150 worth of goodyoga this season, and you’ll get the month of January FREE! Give a goodintro to 10 of your friends, and you’ll get January’s yoga for free!
Perfect for any student who has never been to goodyoga before. Starts the day of their first class. Must be used within 3 months of purchase. We’ll even throw in a goodyoga t-shirt so you’ve got more than an envelope to put under the tree.
Because we know how much Greenpointers love their microbrews and charcuterie, we’ve developed the perfect withdrawal week. The 7 day goodcleanse is a practical, accessible way to kickstart a lifestyle change, even if you’re just trying to cut back on sugar or caffeine. We’ll even have your juice ready to pick up at the studio if you’d like!
Begin 2013 with an OM. Spend the first weekend of the year immersed in the philosophy and practice of yoga. Each of the 8 Limbs of Yoga and the 7 chakras will be thoroughly introduced over the course of two days and 8 hours of discussion and practical techniques.
Available at our studios is a singular selection of vintage malas sourced by our founders from sacred Hindu Temples & rare incenses carried on their backs all over Asia. After all, incenseis the most traditional Christmas gift there is…
For those of us who move to New York to start our adult lives, it’s a great moment when we find ourselves in a living situation stable enough to invite our parents in to sample the recipes we’ve so enthusiastically tweeted about.
Once we start cooking and have hours to think while waiting for the turkey to hit 165, the temptation places ourselves in the historically questionable narrative of the “First Thanksgiving” – helpful natives sharing a bench with buckle-hatted outcasts for a feast of local game and new world grains – becomes borderline irresistible. We are, after all, both the pilgrims fleeing lack-of-religion persecution and the natives gathering exotically Kickstarted jams to supplement traditional fare.
My own narrative begins many moons back. A chance encounter on the street helping an older Polish neighbor to get her groceries upstairs led to regularly assisting her with everyday tasks. The experience has provided a great lens through which I can more accurately view the impact of my own life on this neighborhood.
Give Holiday Thanks to Local Farmers with Local Roots NYC’s Thanksgiving CSA
Local Roots NYC is offering a Pop Up Thanksgiving CSA, curated for the Turkey-Day needs of non-members and members alike.
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, allows members to have access to fresh produce grown by regional farmers.
Select from whole turkeys, fresh vegetables, fruit, homemade bread, ciders, cheeses, desserts and more, which you can cater specifically to your own Thanksgiving menu. Local Roots NYC even provides some of its favorite recipes since Thanksgiving is a time of sharing. Participants of the CSA will also receive a specially made tote bag.
Pick-up locations in Brooklyn include 61 Local in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain in Carroll Gardens, and Diamond Bar in Greenpoint.
Local Roots NYC is accepting orders up through Friday, October 26. Orders are submitted via an online form. Payment is conveniently accepted online via Google Wallet or by check. Checks should be written and sent out to: Local Roots NYC, 101 Warren Street, #A3e, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
Half shares are available for feeding 4-6 people while full shares feed 7-10 guests.
The rain returns, the beach is closed, and it’s dark by the time you’re home from work; Fall has a lot to apologize for. Luckily, like all the best apologies, this one involves lots of food: a lot of seasonal products come into their best times around now. While many of us don’t necessarily think of cheese as having a distinct seasonality, many of the incredible farms surrounding the city are currently putting out their best products at this time of year. Courtesy of Beth Lewand, Cheesemonger and owner of Eastern District, here are two great examples of Fall’s best.
The first is a firm sheep’s milk cheese from Vermont Shepherd in Putney, Vermont. Sheep’s milk is the hardest of the main three (sheep, goat, and cow) to procure in volume because sheep have the shortest productive season and simply produce less than other animals during this time. They generally give birth in the late winter or early spring and produce milk to feed their lambs during the spring and summer months when pastures overflow with the grasses and herbs that contribute rich flavors to the resulting cheeses. The wheel we tasted was originally made on May 14th of this year and has aged for exactly 141 days as of this writing, and the farmers tell us that the pastures at that time had lots of plantain and dandelion contributing to the sheep’s diet. The resulting cheese was exceptionally mild and smooth, buttery in a pleasant, clean way, and complex without being weird. A perfect offering for a mixed group that might not be into the funky stuff, and Beth suggested pairing it with one of the many regional ciders being produced in the French farmhouse style – crisp, not too sweet, and with a light, champagne-like carbonation. She extended this to suggest any product in the apple abnd pear family, fresh or cooked, served alongside this universally loveable cheese. Continue reading →
The best kind of shopping you can do for fall is local shopping. Greenpointers Fall Outerwear Guide will help you stay cozy on brisk walks to the Farmers Market or breezy rides on the East River Ferry.