Bakery Rzeszowska (948 Manhattan Ave.) has closed after 34 years on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. The Polish bakery was a go to for makowiec, freshly baked bread and authentic pączki near the Greenpoint Avenue subway for decades. A note posted on the front of the bakery’s building on Thursday gives thanks to their customers: Continue reading →
The plans to transform seven acres beneath the Kosciuszko Bridge into “a public park, cultural destination, and ecological hub” were unveiled last month by the North Brooklyn Parks Alliance.
The ethos behind the design of the project draws contrast to “glamorous public spaces” like the Highline in favor of a “process-place that is firmly rooted in the local,” according to the presentation (PDF). Continue reading →
Anticipation is building as the summer moves along for fall’s anticipated reopening of the Greenpoint Library (107 Norman Ave.), which closed in July 2017 for demolition, and construction on the new library.
At the meeting, Sharon Kim, President of FOGL, introduced her new Co-President, Randy Locklair, and they generated ideas with the group for fundraising and outreach this summer. A bar night and book swap in early August is in the planning process.
The developers who whitewashed the street art at the legendary Queens graffiti hotspot 5Pointz want to paint over bad feelings and lure artists back to the site.
The owners are vying to capitalize on the Long Island City property’s colorful history — replacing the once-art bedecked warehouse complex with a luxury apartment development dubbed 5Pointz Towers.
“It’s hard when you get bashed in the papers, but we’ve always been pro-artist and we always wanted artists and we would love to have some of the artists that were at the building before to come back again,” said David Wolkoff, who co-owns the complex with his father, Gerald. “That’s up to them. I would love to speak to them.”
In November 2013, before the warehouse complex’s demolition, painters erased the work of thousands of international street artists who had decorated the ever-changing building.
That spurred some artists to file a federal lawsuit in Brooklyn. In February 2018, a judge ruled in their favor and ordered the developers to pay $6.7 million in damages. The Wolkoffs appealed the decision and are awaiting a court date.
David Wolkoff said the name of the 1,122-unit development was picked because “that was what the site has been for…years.” A promotional website is littered with renderings of people leisurely strolling in verdant open space, bordered by street-art murals.
“We really enjoyed the work they placed on the walls previously. We have always enjoyed it. If we didn’t, we would not have allowed it to happen,” Wolkoff told THE CITY. “For 20 some-odd years, longer than that, we were always planning on building a big building.” Continue reading →
The 1.7-acre greenspace opened to the public in May 2016 after being fenced off for decades. The site was an active cemetery through 1910 where more than 2,000 deceased U.S. Navy and Marine Corps servicemen were buried until being relocated to Cypress Hills National Cemetary in 1926, according to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
More details on the artist selection criteria from the Brooklyn Navy Yard:
Proposals for potential artworks cannot disturb or penetrate the ground as it is a burial site.
The concepts or subjects of the artwork must relate to the ecological, historical, or cultural context of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Works that enhance or emphasize the sacred and natural quality of the space are strongly encouraged.
Works cannot obstruct the boardwalk or access to the space in any way. If the proposed piece is a time based performance medium it must be able to occur during operating hours (10am-4pm). Any ticketed performances must be free to the public unless paid performances are approved in writing by BGI.
· A written description of proposed artwork, including: title, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), weight, installation method and anchoring procedure; and a short statement clearly articulating how artwork related to NCL’s historical, ecological and/or cultural context (not to exceed 250 words)
· If proposing existing work: photographs or slides of artwork; include reference to human scale.
· If proposing a new work: working drawings or photograph of maquette to scale.
· Artist’s statement and resume
· Proposed location for the installation within the Naval Cemetery Landscape
· Up to ten images of the artist’s previous work. All images must be clearly labeled with the name of the artist, title of the work, media and dimensions.
· Budget not to exceed $1,000
· Application due: July 15
· Finalists notified about studio visits/interviews by: August 6
· Final selection/artists notified by: August 16
· Studio visit/work-in-progress check-in: Mid-September
· Installation period: October 16 – 18
· Presentation Day: October 19
· Deinstallation period: October 20 – 29 (Exact date and deinstallation details to be finalized with artists and NCL staff).
When exhibiting at NCL, the artist assumes responsibility for funding the project, as well as for obtaining insurance and site remediation. Other artist responsibilities include:
· Propose high quality art that responds to guidelines.
· Provide funding for fabrication, installation, maintenance, insurance, and site restoration.
· Obtain necessary insurance policies naming the City of New York as additional insured.
· Some projects may require technical reports prepared by a licensed engineer.
· A security deposit, which will be returned to the exhibitor upon restoration of the site.
· Oversee installation of artwork (tools, materials and equipment not provided by BGI).
· Coordinate with BGI and BNYDC for publicity.
· Monitor and maintain the artwork during the display period.
· Oversee de-installation of artwork and site remediation.
· Grant Brooklyn Greenway Initiative / Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation the right to a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes (credit will be given to the exhibitor).
· Review, select and coordinate projects recommended by the advisory committee based on Selection Criteria.
· Prepare legal documents for signature by artist or organization.
· Grant artist sole ownership and copyright of the final design and artwork.
· Provide general coordination assistance with press, mailing, and other city agencies.
· Produce identifying signage to display at the Naval Cemetery Landscape for event. Alternative signage can be produced at cost to the exhibitor, subject to BGI approval.
A seven-story mixed-use building with 39 residential units and commercial space is slated to be developed at 171 Calyer St., NY YIMBY reports.
The site has operated as a gym and fitness center in recent years and is between Lorimer Street and Manhattan Avenue. More details from NY YIMBY:
The proposed 75-foot-tall development will yield 70,171 square feet, with 46,747 square feet designated for residential space and 10,400 square feet for commercial use. The building will have 39 residences, most likely condos based on the average unit scope of 1,198 square feet. The concrete-based structure will also have a cellar and 17 enclosed parking spaces.
Sherida Paulsen of PKSB Architects is listed as the architect of record.
Demolition permits have not been filed as of yet. An estimated completion date has not been announced.
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