Greenpoint Instameet This Friday At Transmitter Park!

Transmitter Park
Transmitter Park

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed that this week we have Greenpointer Edoardo Monti taking over our account. He’s also co-sponsoring the Greenpoint Instameet (part of Instagram’s Worldwide Instameet 13) with us at 6:30pm this Friday, April 22 at Greenpoint’s scenic Transmitter Park. Continue reading

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#INSTANTARTIST Asks If Our Instagram Photos Are Art

#INSTANTARTIST gallery at 644 Lorimer Street

Maybe you’ve noticed the pop-up gallery with an inflatable dancing man on the corner at 644 Lorimer Street.

Three Brooklyn-based creative agencies (The BOSCO, Bobby Redd and AGW Group) have taken over the storefront to present #INSTANTARTIST, described as “a user-generated art experience that gives anyone an opportunity to showcase their photography, sourced from Instagram, in a gallery setting.”

Using The Bosco’s on-demand printing technology, the exhibition invites anyone to participate by tagging Instagram photos with the hashtag #INSTANTARTIST, at which time a 6”x6” print of the tagged photograph will be printed and hung at the gallery.

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Upon writing this, #INSTANTARTIST already has over 8,400 posts, which begs the question I think this exhibition is asking: Of all these Instagram pictures, how many are gallery-quality, artful photographs? How many can make the leap from URL to IRL?

With over 400 million users on Instagram, how many are true photographers and how many are simply, perhaps compulsively, shooting and sharing and shooting and sharing? How many are taking a practiced, thoughtful approach to photography and how many are posting narcissistic selfies? In this instant-gratification age of digital photography and social networks, do we still have photography as art?

Maybe this exhibition can help answer that question, using white gallery walls as a litmus test. Are you an artist or are you just taking pictures?

I imagine someone should invite Richard Prince, yeah?

Check out the #INSTANTARTIST opening reception at 644 Lorimer St. on Saturday, March 26th from 6-9pm.

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Beef & Guinness Stew for St. Patrick’s Day

Beef and Guinness stew, plated with mashed potatoes
Hearty beef & Guinness stew with carrots and mushrooms, over mashed potatoes

My mother is born-and-raised solid country stock from County Westmeath, Ireland. She remembers St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as chiefly religious, with the country going to mass with freshly-picked clovers pinned to buttonholes to honor their patron saint. Then there would be a shared family meal with special-occasion ingredients like beef or lamb, usually presented in roasts or stews.

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or whether you want to avoid all related shenanigans entirely), this traditional Irish dish is straight-forward, nourishing, rich, and perfect for spooning out among any group of friends and family (though with all due respect to my grandmother and her preferred method of just dumping everything in a big pot and leaving it, I’ve added and tweaked some steps to improve texture and flavor).

Recipe after the jump!

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Thursday Spotlight: 8 North Brooklyn Painters to Follow on Instagram

North Brooklyn offers a cozy mecca of studio spaces for artists to work, live in, and Instagram. While the app has earned a reputation for promoting endless boredom check-ins and vanity selfies – plenty of artists are taking advantage of the platform to promote events and shows, document their work in various stages, and link with other like-minded creatives.

I scoured the ‘gram to find my top 8 pick of talented painters in the neighborhood with impressive archives, all for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading

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Take Over Greenpointers Instagram This Year!

Photos by: @plusbien @thatshannon @jengphoto @ognimod @dylanandrewlappin @_gusponce @roblomblad @emilybonserj

We had such a great time inviting locals to take over our Instagram in 2014, that we decided to continue in 2015. Each week a new photographer will get the password to our Instagram account and show us their unique view of the hood.

If you want to participate – it’s super easy – just fill out this form and we will contact you to take over for one week coming up.

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Greenpoint is in the World’s First Instagram Photobook

"This just happened," Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Taken on 10 January 2014 by @benlowy. © Benjamin Lowy/Out Of The Phone

Yes, Greenpoint! The world’s first book of Instagram photographs, Out of the Phone, includes a snap taken in our neighborhood earlier this year by American photojournalist Benjamin Lowy.

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Scenes from the US Air Guitar 2014 Qualifier at St. Vitus

© @itsjustataste

Air Guitar is a serious sport! So serious, in fact, that it has its own regulatory body and season. St. Vitus Bar hosted the Brooklyn qualifier for the U.S. Air Guitar Championships this past Thursday, and it was a not-so-Quiet-Riot. Fifteen contenders came out for the qualifier. Five moved on to the second round. Of those, the top three were invited to the Northeast Semifinals. Here are some of our favorite images and videos from the event. Thanks to all those who uploaded the photos/videos with #usairguitar!

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Sunday Snaps: Carnival Celebration in (The Other) Greenpoint

@citybubu - Carnival in Greenpoint, Cape Town South Africa

The “other side of McGuinness” #OSOM sure feels like “the other Greenpoint” but there is an entirely OTHER Greenpoint on the other side of the world in Cape Town, South Africa. I spend a lot of time lurking on Instagram and wishing we had such warm days and a gorgeous mountain landscape. This weekend they are celebrating Carnival. Enjoy… Continue reading

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Instagram Take Over @gittlebass

Instagram Takeover @gittlebass

This week’s Instagram Takeover is by @Gittlebass and we absolutely love this remarkable photo of the power plant across the East River, with barren winter trees and the old cobblestone street. Bryan told us: Continue reading

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