At Triskelion, A Feminist Dance Piece by Denisa Musilova

Dancer-choreographer Denisa Musilova has put a modern twist on the classic love triangle. Yes, there are one man and two women in her dance piece, Fitting Rooms, but a Marius-Cosette-Eponine reimagining this is not. Instead it’s more like if Handmaid’s Tale were set to dance — but with a more theatrical and less grim tone.

Fitting Rooms at Triskelion Arts

The lithely and talented Massimiliano Balduzzi, Giulia Carotenuto, and Musilova herself perform in this feminist and individualist piece, which concludes at Triskelion Arts (106 Cayler Street) this evening at 8 PM after its three-day run. Continue reading

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Get Elevated to a New Universe with DJ The Josh Craig at Our Spring Market (4/22)

Photo via The Josh Craig

When you stop by our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market this Sunday (4/22), you’re going to be surrounded by some celestial music. Meet our master DJ, The Josh Craig, who will be guiding your Sunday afternoon with some galactic beats and blissed out vibes.

Josh Craig is an artist of many talents. The audio and visual artist, explores narratives in art with music, photography, video game design, and more. His latest project is an interactive album, Closed Doors, pairs with a video game, Doors To The City.

Adding this into the mix, you can expect a futurist DJ performance that’s out of this world. Browse our amazing local vendors, relax at a yoga class, drink some rose, but most importantly, get down with some galactic sounds and positive vibrations from Josh Craig’s turntable mastery.

If you’re digging the star-studded beats our market, head over to Magick City afterwards to continue the dance party where The Josh Craig will take over the venue.

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Greenpoint’s Tiniest Building Will House a New Mexican Restaurant

128 Greenpoint Ave
image: via Google Maps

If you’ve ever wondered what’s up with that dwarfishly charming building sitting empty on Greenpoint Avenue for quite some time, the former plumbing store will soon give birth to its new life as a Mexican restaurant, Oxomoco (pronounced oh-shoh-moh-coh). With 30 outdoor seats, they’ll be taking full advantage of the fact that the quirky little building is set back into the street. Chef Justin Bazdarich is at the helm, and his other (Italian) restaurant Speedy Romeo is known for its wood-fired ‘za. So the restaurant will put an emphasis on the fire concept, with two wood-fired ovens reportedly as the restaurant’s centerpiece. Oxomoco is an Aztec deity, goddess of the night, astrology and the calendar. She is also the “first woman,” the Aztec equivalent to Eve. No word on an opening date, but they are hiring—and we predict they’ll be open by summer for outdoor drinking/margarita season! Continue reading

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Punch and Pepper-Spray, Hardware and High School — The Hook-up (4/20)

Good morning, Greenpoint! It’s Friday, and time for the Hook-up. Sometimes, I think we should just rename this column “Another Week, the Same MTA,” since it seems that most of the things that get a line here are subway-related. That’s true as ever this week. Punch, Pepper-Spray, Hardware and High School are all, in their myriad and sundry ways, subway stories. So, step in, stand clear of the closing doors.  Continue reading

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How to Celebrate Earth Day in North Brooklyn

The verdant pleasures of Transmitter Park await

Last weekend’s warm spell was a tease, and though it hardly feels like spring has settled in, Earth Day is upon us. We celebrate our blue marble this Sunday, April 22, with plenty to do around the nabe to help tidy, decorate, and love our fragile planet. Check out these (free!) events below. Continue reading

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Calling All Greenpoint Artists! Sign Up for Open Studios 2018! (June 2 & 3)!

Hey Greenpoint artists, designers, crafters, fabricators, performers, and anyone who has work or work-in-progress to show! Now is the time to sign up for Greenpoint Open Studios and connect directly to thousands of art lovers, who will swarm to our neighborhood to celebrate creativity in Greenpoint!

Sign up to participate and open up your studio space!

The festivities start with an epic launch party followed by a weekend when local art studios, galleries, and pop-up spaces, open to the public. Every sign-up gets added to a map and gets a profile on the GOS online gallery.

GOS 2017, Photo by Korey Knecht

Greenpoint Open Studios reveals that we have a vibrant creative community here with over 400 participating artists in 2017 and 350 in 2016! Let’s keep this going strong Greenpoint!

The deadline to enroll as a participating artist for Greenpoint Open Studios is Monday, April 30th. Sign up here! Continue reading

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The DOT’s Traffic Study is Out

Study Area via The DOT

Two years ago, the NYC Department of Transportation began conducting a Traffic Study to assess street safety conditions in North Brooklyn. The study focused on issues like street design, traffic flow, public safety and environmental impact, and was funded by Councilman Stephen Levin’s office. To complete their findings,  the DOT solicited community input, and received over 400 unique comments and suggestions from North Brooklyn residents. Now, the DOT is back in our part of town with suggestions gleaned from the study. The agency presented its findings to BK Community Board 1 on April 10th.  Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Danielle Orchard, Embodying the Feminine

Danielle Orchard in her Greenpoint studio, photo by Ian Hartsoe

Danielle Orchard greets me with a big smile in her Greenpoint studio. We just met two months prior at her solo exhibition, “A Little Louder, Love,” at Jack Hanley Gallery. Danielle and I immediately connect over our shared Midwestern roots, having both spent four idyllic years in Bloomington, Indiana for college. While in her studio, I am drawn to a painting of a woman bathing with her head laid back on the edge of a tub. In some areas, a color change designates a volumetric form, and in another moment, it will depict a flattened shape. The clarity she has in her vision is insurmountable, and echoes in the candor of her paintings.

Orchard’s figures exist in their own reality; they are neither staged nor stumbled upon, yet seek both attention and solitude. She invokes figuration of the past and present. Inspired by how the nude woman has been portrayed throughout Western art history, she uniquely explores the familiar yet overlooked shapes of the female figure. Orchard reveals how a woman’s body flattens in a bathtub while breasts buoy to the surface, how her arms tangle overhead while taking off a shirt, and how her curves contour the ground while laying nude in grass. Repeating tulip and cigarette motifs are reflected in her figures’ pubic and elegant fingers, signaling impermanence, or a momentary recess. Danielle explains to me that those activities we visualize ourselves doing we can biologically benefit from as if we were physically doing them. While viewing her paintings, we are all in some way benefiting from their requiescence.

Painting in Danielle Orchard’s studio, courtesy of Ian Hartsoe

Greenpointers: When were you first exposed to art growing up?

Danielle Orchard: I was born in Michigan City, IN and grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. Both of my brothers and a lot of my family are into skateboarding. I was never a skateboarder, but creativity was always around me. There was always this sense of making art which shaped the community, like building the skate park which was fairly engrossing while I was growing up. I drew as a kid, and remember always asking for art supplies for holidays. Both of my parents are design minded, my dad a really good draftsman and my mom a flower hobbyist. I think once you’re recognized as being talented as a kid, you sort of decide that is the thing you’re going to pursue. I had an art teacher in high school who was really supportive. There was always that sense that art was serious, but not to say that that was never mutable. It has always been subject to various pressures and even taste throughout college and graduate school.

Orchard’s wall of drawings and reference material, courtesy of Ian Hartsoe

GP: In your interview with MaakeMagazine in October 2017, you mentioned you would like your drawings to be standalone pieces. How is that process going?

DO: Not well! I’m always so impatient to get painting. I do keep a pretty steady sketching practice and I also take a lot of written notes. I think it’s interesting when painters take color notes to plan for future paintings. Drawing is so much a part of the way I paint that I feel that the urge is satisfied there. The early stages of my paintings are typically linear. I don’t see much of a division between drawing and painting in my process, so I guess that’s why I’m okay with drawing not being a distinct thing where I show the work independently. I do think a lot about Nicole Eisenman’s decision to stop painting for a year and what that means to fully shift focus to a different medium. In the future it’s something that I’m interested in to turn off oil paint for a while and see what happens.

Girl Drawing Pears, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches, courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

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Art Roundup 4/19-23: Earth Day and Greenpoint Gallery Night!

Greenpoint Gallery Night is celebrated this Friday, all over the neighborhood

Spring is here, at long last, and Earth Day is just around the corner. Art kicks into high gear this season — there’s Greenpoint Gallery Night (with a guide to the fun here), our Gardens of the Galaxy Spring Market, then Greenpoint Open Studios June 2 and 3, and more. Check out some highlights for the upcoming, biannual Greenpoint Gallery Night (taking place all over the neighborhood on April 20 from 6–9 PM), and explore the latest artistic (and terrestrial) happenings this Earth Day week!
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Live in a One-Bedroom on Manhattan Avenue for $1020/month

977 Manhattan Avenue
977 Manhattan Avenue via 6sqft

While many Greenpointers find it difficult to cheer constant “luxury” real estate development in the neighborhood, the situation may yield one perk: the housing lottery. The newest spot with apts on offer is 977 Manhattan Avenue, between India and Huron. The entire 14-unit building is going for a cool $14.25 Million, but New Yorkers earning 60% of the area median income can apply for 3 1-bedroom apartments, each asking $1,020/month, including utilities.

The environmentally conscious among us might be excited to know that the building is Green Certified, and sports energy-efficient elements, including solar panels. Other perks include a bike room, central air, and in-ceiling speakers.  Continue reading

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