New York living would be way too lonely without our furry friends by our side, who provide us cuddles and kisses not only when we refuse to leave our apartments in the dead of winter, but also increasingly commonly at work. Dog friendly offices are totally on trend right now, but with crowded subways and a recent backlash on “fake” service dogs, bringing your pup to and fro around the city is becoming more of a challenge. Especially if you want your dog bag to match your personal sense of style.
Longtime North Brooklyn resident Tennille Teague was frustrated at the lack of stylish options to tote her lovable daschund Mo to and from work every day. Dogs need to be in a carrier of some type if you take them on the subway, ferry or in a cab—and most of the available doggie travel bags at big box retailers or online come in rather obnoxious colors or patterns, and don’t really fall in line with the fashion forward sensibility of hip New Yorkers. And aside from looks, there were other features Tennille wasn’t able to find in a doggie travel bag—a well-designed pocket for accessible poop bags, detachable straps, a leather bottom with metal feet, or one end open for the dog’s head to peek out, for example. And even if a bag had one of those traits, it didn’t have them all.
So after more than a year of design and production exploration, Tennille is ready to unleash Jaxx Hound onto the NYC dog scene. Jaxx Hound’s cleverly designed bags, collars and leashes will be produced nearby in Jersey, in production by the end of the year and ready to ship out in early 2018, if she meets her Kickstarter goal of $39,000. To support Jaxx Hound with a $25 pledge, you can rock the McGolrick dog run with a cute “Pup Culture” tee which features illustrations of dogs reimagined as celebs: Billdog Murray, Meryl Sheepdog and Bernese Sanders. And if you’re dying to get your hands on one of the bags, a pledge of $225 will get you one in classic black, grey, navy or olive green. And while that might seem like a lot to some, in the realm of locally-made and ultra-stylish dog fashion (with 5% of proceeds going to NYC shelter Animal Haven) the price makes sense. Your best friend and daily companion is worth whatever it costs. The Jaxx Hound Kickstarter ends in a few weeks; hook up your pup with the chic-est way to travel, before everybody else is doing it.
“We had a hint there might be an interest in this book.”
That hint was raising over $800,000 on Kickstarter to reissue the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual. But before the online support and incredible demand, this lucrative endeavor began more innocently — with buried treasure.
“We found one of the original manuals in our old office’s basement,” Jesse Reed said of the copy he and his business partner Hamish Smyth discovered and — through enormous fundraising — reissued for public consumption.
New Yorkers love griping about the subway, so it may come as a surprise that this manual elicited such fervid response, but these backers are seeking more than just a handsome coffee table book or conversation starter.
“We knew designers were into it, but once we launched the Kickstarter we found other audiences, and one was people who live in New York City,” Reed said. “They saw the manual and subway signs for the first time as designed objects, and it struck a chord with a lot of people who ride the subway every day. If you were here in the ’70s or earlier, you knew how horrible the signage was, and then you see the manual and how it’s now made.”
Limited space is a hallmark of city life, so it’s not everyday that New Yorkers ask themselves, “where should I put the hammock.” A/D/O, the creative design hub and co-working space at 29 Norman Avenue, has answered this question, and many more in its new MINI Living Urban Cabin. The Cabin is installed in A/D/O’s courtyard, and is on view for free daily between 9am and 7pm through November 22nd. The instillation seeks to “create a house within a limited footprint that is inspired by local surroundings; a cabin that blends into the landscape and illustrates New York as a vibrant city that incorporates cultural influences from around the world.” Continue reading →
Greenpoint’s unique creative and design workspsace (plus cafe) A/D/O (29 Norman Ave) is hooking up with Futureworks to offer a four month sponsored workspace membership to New York-based designers with prototyping and production opportunities, access to co-working space, and design mentorship. The winning designer or team of two will be awarded a desk membership to A/D/O’s workspace starting in mid-September. Members will have unlimited access to the Fabrication Lab, which includes rapid protoyping equipment including 3D printers, a digital loom, sewing machines, high-end printers, a vinyl cutter and a duplicator, a lighting kit and tabletop photo setups.
Applications are due on August 31, and the selection will be announced on September 8. Applicants must be based in, and manufacturing products in, New York City. The four month membership will commence any time between September 15 and October 1.
Our homes are sanctuaries from the hustle and bustle of city life. Greenpoint is an especially fun and relaxing respite from the daily grind for many of us with Transmitter Park, cozy bars, and zen coffee houses and blissful yoga and meditation spaces. But, what about your own place?
Enter Light + Ladder. This airy design studio based in Greenpoint crafts pieces that will make your home feel both relaxing and cool. Check out these 10 picks to transform your house into an oasis. Continue reading →
A green cab driver was shot in the leg early last Friday morning when he tried to speed away from two armed assailants attempting to rob him and his passenger. The incident happened at the intersection of North Eighth and Berry streets at 3:15am. Check out this article from DNAinfo for more details.
Newtown Creek will be swimmable by 2035! Actually, don’t quote me on that swimmable thing, but according to this piece from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, at last week’s Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting, the EPA announced plans for the remediation of Newtown Creek. Unfortunately, the plans wouldn’t even begin to show results until 2025 at the earliest.
According to this article from the Wall Street Journal, sculptor Barry X Ball will be moving his studio from Williamsburg to Greenpoint in the Spring. The space, at 193 Banker St., is currently being renovated specifically for him, and according to Mr. Ball, once it’s finished will be “the only comprehensive stone fabrication facility in the world.”
Local Greenpointer Kim Brown, who is the owner of Greenpoint Hill (100 Freeman St.) got some press this week in this lovely piece from Bedford + Bowery. Brown is a ceramicist herself and her gallery features work from mostly Greenpoint-based artists.
Greenpoint has been dubbed “the new home design capital of the world” according to this recent article from Vogue.
Some of last weekend’s Greenpoint Halloween festivities, including the Town Square Spooktacular and P.S. 110’s annual fall festival, were captured in this piece from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Some of the photos are especially great!
Guys dressed up as construction workers for Halloween will be preventing anyone from passing under the BQE this weekend. Actually, they are real construction workers, but seriously, traveling from one side of the BQE to the other will be difficult this weekend. Three out of six avenues that travel under the highway in Greenpoint will be closed. Check out this piece from The Williamsburg Patch for more info.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale (formerly Dirck The Norseman) is celebrating their new design, branding and renaming this Sunday from 1-3pm. If you’re stopping by there, you might as well swing by our Spring market down the street, where they’ll be pouring more of their awesome beer.
Owner Ed Raven has three decades of experience in the craft beer market, and is also the mind behind Brouwerij Lane. Which, if you’re a beer fan in the neighborhood and for some crazy reason you haven’t been there, you need kick your butt out the door and go pick up a growler RIGHT NOW. Greenpoint Beer & Ale’s re-name came about because they wanted to really make it clear that the focus was on the beer. “We wanted to make it easier for people to find us. Look up ‘Greenpoint Beer’ and you know exactly who we are and what we are,” says Raven.
GBA’s rebranding is part of a new look created by their in-house graphic designer Joshua Whitehead. New menus, outdoor signage, t-shirts, glassware, stickers and more will be on display.
From rare, signed books to autographed photos and fine art prints, you’ll get it all at Brooklyn Books, Art, Photos and Design Expo (BrooklynBAPD) held at The Brooklyn Expo Center (9/19-20). BrooklynBAPD is a two-day ‘feast’ for anyone who loves vintage books, art, collectible autographs, and vintage photographs. The art and design row also features dealers of mid-century and vintage jewelry. You’ll have the chance to find out details about your favorite artists, discover new ones, and better yet – you can actually buy the stuff on display. It’ll be like entering a mini museum and walking home with your favorite piece! Continue reading →
BKLYN DESIGNS – the internationally renowned, juried exhibition of contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and art from Brooklyn – is coming to the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint, May 8-10. This is BKLYN DESIGNS first event in Greenpoint, a neighborhood popular with artists and craftspeople and home to the event’s primary sponsor, Broadway Stages. It will be the first design show kicking off NYCxDESIGN, the city’s weeklong design festival.
BKLYN DESIGNS features exhibitors from design and manufacturing vendors across Brooklyn. Show producers have tapped industry leaders to develop a robust program of events and installations that celebrate design collaboration.
Exhibitions include handcrafted furniture from Robert Sukrachand and Noble Goods; multifunctional furniture from Think Fabricate; contemporary fabrics from Bolé Road Textiles and Au Retour; children’s furniture from Casa Kids; outdoor furniture solutions from Raunjiba and From the Source; sustainable wood furnishings from Phil Gautreau; innovative light fixtures from Urban Chandy and Robert Debbane Studio; and vinyl record solutions from Wax Rax.
The conference program covers topics as varied as architecture and development, interiors and product design, technology and fashion, food and film. Demonstrating the collaborative spirit of design, the show features numerous pop-up lounges, site-specific installations, and a play area featuring the Imagination Playground, designed by Rockwell Group.
Attendees can enjoy food trucks, organized by FoodToEat, bars presented by Brooklyn Winery and Threes Brewing, and a Tattly Parlor where they can model temporary tattoos in front of a feature wall designed by Trove. The BKLYN BUYS marketplace will feature Brooklyn-made accessories and design objects.
Shuttles will run throughout the weekend between BKLYN DESIGNS, the WantedDesign NYC event at Industry City, and the Brooklyn Museum. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit bklyndesigns.com.
BKLYN DESIGNS is sponsored by Broadway Stages, host partner Brooklyn Expo Center, Aptsandlofts.com, Forest City Ratner, TerraCRG, FLANK and Heritage Equity Partners. Premier partners include Dwell and Metropolis.
Jessica Matson believes in flowers. She’s the driving force behind Ruusu, a floral design and ceramics company in Greenpoint. Picture handmade ceramics, dreamy wreaths with folklore connections, and vivid flowers in delicate-but-not-dainty bunches. You can have that little piece of beauty in your own home, with florals and ceramics starting at $20. In conversation with Jessica, I discovered the beauty of florals and her creative process all while being inspired by this entrepreneur taking North Brooklyn by storm. Continue reading →