Greenpoint’s beloved Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory is a landmark, coworking space, and home to us, your trusty Greenpointers staff. But, the Faber family itself called the north shore of Staten Island home. They lived on the land that is now Faber Pool and Park.
Right now, in that park, there is a pop-up “Pencil Museum” honoring the history of pencils, manufacturing, and the Faber family, in New York City.
The instillation, sponsored by Art in the Parks features pencils, erasers and other tools of a writers’ trade that Eberhard Faber produced here in Greenpoint. The effect is a walk through history. Antique pencils, like the Blackwing 602, were favored by creative giants of the 20th century, like John Steinbeck and Leonard Bernstein; models from the 1940s, like the Columbia 465 reflect the design modifications imposed by wartime rationing. Models designed for children, or for specific industrial uses are also on display.
The Pencil Museum will be on view in Faber Park through June 30, 2019.