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.
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.
We have stickers, magnet, tote bags and tee shirts with this cool neon logo… (Dog not included). We are also sending out Thank You postcards with an original photo from the film, signed by the creators of the documentary – Miguel A. Rodriguez and myself.
We are excited to host exclusive screenings of the documentary and are having a “Lighting Party” at Robbie Ingui’s Neon Shop in Ridgewood. That will be a crazy party and I am making rice balls…
The BEST prize, with only 2 spots left is a 3 Hour Neon Sign Making Workshop with Robbie at his shop!
Thanks in advance for all the support. We cannot wait to make this documentary!
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.
WEDNESDAY 8/30 ♫ Action Bronson Live + Signing @ Rough Trade NYC (64 N 9th St), 6:30pm, Album Pre-order, Action Bronson plays a Rough Trade in-store with signing after in support of his new album Blue Chips 7000, More info ♫ Lime Rickey International / Sana Nagano @ TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave), 8pm, FREE, More info
THURSDAY 8/31 # Exclusive Beer Launch: Rye Score! @ Barcade (388 Union Ave), 4pm, FREE, Celebrate the release of our Victory Brewing collaboration, Rye Score!, a German style Hefeweizen brewed with rye malt, More info ♫ Cory Wade, Sateen @ Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave), 7pm, $15, Cory Wade from America’s Next Top Model releases the first single off of his debut pop driven with a soul influence album, Buy tix # A Persian-Inspired Evening with Soli Zardosht @ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St), 7pm, $125, Soli’s Persian-inspired menu will showcase modern flavors from the Middle East and beyond, Buy tix Continue reading →
It’s true everybody is talking about Queens these days…
What does Greenpoint have to do with Queens!? Aside from bordering one another on the world’s most wonderfully polluted waterway, this amazing community came together to help produce a neon sign documentary called Gasper & Son. The film’s Directors and Editor and Director of Photography, Hannah Jayanti and Miguel Rodriguez, respectively both work and live in Greenpoint. Plus, the story of neon sign shop owner Robbie Ingui was shot in Queens, the film’s Director & Producer (and former Greenpointers owner) Jen G Pywell is from Queens and its NYC premier is this Friday at the Queens World Film Festival.
And it’s about so much more than Queens! It’s about family, the struggle of being a small business in NYC, the challenges of keeping a hand craft alive – and did we mention neon!?
Side note: I am flying from Oregon to NYC for the weekend and aside from the half hour I will be in Queens, I will be spending the rest of my time eating my way through Greenpoint. Can’t wait to see you wonderful people!
This Sunday, December 8th, 2013 from 1-7pm, we cannot wait to see you at our Annual Holiday Market which is taking place at 67 West St, 5th Fl – a 6,000 sq. ft. skylit loft on the Greenpoint waterfront with 70+ talented local vendors selling unique handmade holiday gifts! RSVP!
Give the gift of terrariums! Two terrarium workshops with Claire will be offered in the loft at 1:30pm & 4pm. (Pre-registration required.) In this woodland plants terrarium class, learn how to make a gorgeous green tiny plant kingdom. Take home two mason jar terrariums. Gift one to a friend and keep for yourself! $45, Includes all materials plus complimentary beer! Reserve now (Space is limited.)1:30pm Workshop / 4pm Workshop Continue reading →
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 →