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Artists And Art Friends Unite: Loft Law Rally Tomorrow Night!

Rally for a Better Loft Law | Thursday May 25 | 7-9pm
@ San Damiano Mission | 85 N 15th St

If you know any North Brooklyn artists in live/work spaces, you probably know someone who is affected by the Loft Law. Artists and creatives are being pushed out of many NYC neighborhoods, including our own Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and luckily you can support the local art community to help artists stay put. On Thursday evening, all are welcome to join tenants, artists, elected officials and housing advocates to show support for the 2017 Loft Law “Clean-Up” Bill. Speakers will include state and local elected officials, loft lawyers, artists and tenant advocates.

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Light + Ladder: Transform Your Palace With These Home Products

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.
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Norman, a New Nordic (Almost 24-hour) Dining Destination

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Norman (29 Norman Ave) is now officially open as an all-day café, restaurant, and bar serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though there were a few months of delay, it seems that spring is the perfect time to welcome this sustainable restaurant to the neighborhood. Norman shares a beautiful sun-drenched location with creative space A/D/O, and the cuisine benefits from the bounty of the season. This large and airy cafe is a great casual dining destination in this warehouse sprawled area of Greenpoint. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios Is Next Weekend! (June 3-4)

If you haven’t been before, Greenpoint Open Studios is an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 3-4), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators. Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 400 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events: Continue reading

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Macha Jewelry: Rebel With Fine Jewelry this Spring

Macha Jewelry is a witty, brazen little jewelry line that some Greenpointers might not know about. Bernice Kelly started the brand in 2009 and opened her design studio on West Street. Naturally, I had to share these sparkly gems with you. The pieces are certainly pretty but also carry a rebellious edge – it’s fine jewelry with a twist. And, what’s not to love?

If you’re thinking of making a shiny or glittery splurge this season, check out these ten new arrivals at Macha for your oh-so-cool spring aesthetic. You can also get a peek inside Bernice’s craft at her studio during Greenpoint Open Studios (June 3-4) in a couple of weeks.

1. Ragged Diamond Slice Ring in Red, $2,300 (above)
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Showdown: BBQ, Takedowns & Cooking In Greenpoint With Jenn de la Vega

Jenn de la Vega, photo by Collin Clark

Baste it, taste it and tweak it again. Showdown is a cookbook about feeding the conversation along with the person.

This week, we sat down with Greenpointer and self-described “meat-head” Jenn de la Vega to talk about how competing (and winning) local competitions sparked Showdown, the cookbook.

GP: Hey Jenn! Tell us about Showdown.

De la Vega: Showdown is a compilation of 100 recipes I’ve entered into competitions. It’s not only about the ones that won. I think the big part of the story is the failure and journey along the way, building a strange cooking career out of competition, creativity and personal challenges.

GP: Did you always want to be a chef?

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Greenpoint Open Studios 2017: Artist Collectives and Group Projects

Greenpoint Open Studios is June 3 & 4, 2017!

With over 400 artists participating in GOS 2017, we’d like to highlight some of the groups and artist collectives who will be opening their studios and hosting interactive performances throughout the weekend!

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

Dark Matters Collective
87 Richardson Street
300H

Dark Matters is a NYC based art collective which creates visual art works in multiple fields of context through multimedia installations and performance.

Dark Matters Collective explores the intangible aspects of the natural world creating interactive sites for contemplating the unseen energies that permeate the universe and connect the dynamic to the inert. They perform under the aliases of Sophia, Ahambra and Aurora.

Members include Aimée Burg, Frank De Leon Jones, Anna Ritsch.

GOS Profile
@DarkMattersCollective

Ea1t
87 Richardson Street
Studio #300 D

Ea1t was founded by sisters and food lovers – Karolina & Kasia Gumpert.

Karolina and Kasia were born in Poland. Nowadays, they live and work in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from the Silesian University with MA in Psychology and Food Studies, Karolina was traveling throughout Spain, France and Morocco to finally settle down in Brooklyn. Kasia lives in Brooklyn and holds MFA in Photography from International Center of Photography and Bard College, New York.

The sisters appreciate the art of eating and hospitality thanks to their Grandma Maria. They have taken inspiration from her culinary tradition and combined it with their passion for seasonal ingredients, flavor combinations to put their tasting experience on the international culinary map.

In addition to food styling and managing culinary workshops, Karolina is available for the recipe development, menu tastings and private events. Besides photography, Kasia offers her expertise in art curating and publishing.

GOS Profile
@ea1tclean

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Thursday Spotlight: Ken Butler—One Man’s Trash Is An Artist’s Musical Legacy

Ken Butler jamming on a shovel guitar in his studio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Ken Butler jamming on a shovel guitar in his studio. Photo: Megan Penmann

Ken Butler’s artwork is playful. Often, literally. He designs, builds and plays unconventional musical instruments, crafting them out of everyday household objects or discarded junk on Brooklyn sidewalks. Through his eyes, an old printer cartridge plus a zip tie is a drum. A golf club is a guitar/sitar combo. His art is sculptural yet not purely sculpture; it’s captivating, conceptual and just pure fun. We were able to tour his studio, hang out and have a jam session with him this past Sunday, on a New York Adventure Club excursion. And you can do the same in a few weeks when he opens his doors again for Greenpoint Open Studios (on June 3rd and 4th, from 12-6pm each day).

Instruments in Ken Butler's studio. Photo: Megan Penmann
Instruments/sculptures in Ken Butler’s studio. Photo: Megan Penmann

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Greenpoint Open Studios — Artists to Watch! (Vol. 5)

Greenpoint Open Studios is June 3 & 4, 2017!
RSVP on Facebook for the open studios, happening from 12pm-6pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

You are also invited to attend our bangin’ launch party at Java Studios and Wrap Party at Magick City.

Here’s just a few of the 400 artists participating in GOS for our latest “Artists to Watch!” installment.

Be sure to check out the roster of exhibiting artists as well as the calendar of events!

See you June 3 & 4 for GOS 2017!

RACHAEL SENCHOWAY, Painting
Brooklyn Art Studios 276 Greenpoint Ave Building 1 Studio #1305

Psychedelic, Surreal, Space, Narratives

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How A Greenpoint Statue Became A Target of Anti-Americanism

Many Greenpointers know that Ferdinand De Lesseps famous Iwo Jima memorial was cast locally at Bedi Rassy Art foundry on India Street; however many people do not know the story of another sculpture cast there, which has become one of the most attacked statues in the world and a focal point of anti-American violence.

In 1963 De Lesseps cast a twelve-foot high bronze statue of Harry Truman. The statue is one of only eight statues of American presidents that stand outside of the United. States. The piece was commissioned by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, a Greek-American group, to honor the Truman Doctrine, which gave $2 billion in economic and military aid to the Greek government to defeat communist guerrillas during the country’s civil war between 1946 and 1949. Continue reading

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