If I had to pick one house in Greenpoint to set a horror movie in it would be the big old house set back off the street at the corner of Oak and Guernsey. The red brick facade, spooky wooden double doors, cast iron railings at the building’s entrance, as well as the iron fence and gate at lawn’s edge all are original, dating to the house’s construction in 1887.
The house has a fascinating history and it is connected to an equally fascinating man who had the presidency of the United States stolen from him in 1876: Samuel Tilden. Tilden is probably one of the people who gets the least credit for making Greenpoint great. Tilden was an absolutely brilliant corporate lawyer who knew a good investment when he saw one. He bought a huge piece of land before the Civil War in Greenpoint that covered an area from Calyer Street to Milton and east to Leonard Street including the land that St. Anthony’s church now sits on. Tilden did a lot for our state. He broke the corrupt Boss Tweed ring and helped write our state Constitution. In 1876 he really should have been elected president, but lost when his party, the Democrats, cut a dirty back room deal that ended reconstruction and sold him out.Continue reading →
Last night I wandered my way over to the newly established “Holiday Bizaar,” a wholly unique space that calls itself a “hybrid gallery, shop, event space, and studio” located on 82 Oak St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Currently it is a large room displaying curios, artworks, natural articles, cans, and clothing that is all for sale and leisurely observing.
Holiday Bizaar is quite the definition of a community space. It was the brainchild of four friends who wanted to create a kind of place that challenges the creativity not only of themselves but also of those around them. Plans are still in the works regarding organized events, but it sounds as if the Bizaar is setting out to create holiday-themed movie nights (Miracle on 34th St. and Nightmare Before Christmas were mentioned), along with Wednesday “Drink and Draw” night where fellow Greenpointers (and any one!) can bring in materials and drinks of any sort and join in a communal creation of art.
What’s cool about this new place is the how open to ideas the creators are. If you have something you would like to sell in the space, please feel free to email the Holiday Bizaar ([email protected]). They are also doing a take on the traditional holiday can drive. Having a set of cans as part of an art instillation, visitors to the space are asked buy a can coloring card (for $1) and add it next to the piece. They then plan to donate the cans to the Greenpoint Reform Church on Milton St.
It seems that the Holiday Bizaar is to be an awesome new destination spot, constantly evolving and completely accepting to your ideas. They are open to customers/visitors Wednesday – Sunday, 1 pm to 8 pm from now until December 24th. As the space plans to constantly evolve, I would recommend stopping several times from now until the 24th during their moment on Oak Street.
Just in time for the shopping season, Oak Street is going to be home to Holiday Bizaar. On Sunday they had a sneak peek but on Wednesday it’s open to everyone.
On November 17th, Holiday Bizaar: A Gentle Initiation unfurls as a hybrid gallery, shop, event space and studio at 82 Oak Street in West Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Nestled on a waterfront block, this shape-shifting space will transform daily with fine hewn goods, workshops and gatherings. The aesthetic celebrates wintry descent – an urban black forest where branch dens grow from crisp white walls. Laced clogs, marbled books, gelatin silver prints and other curiosities burrow into the timbered environs.
The fundamental concept behind Holiday Bizaar is to challenge the notion of traditional retail concepts, and to assemble artists and designers from New York and further afield.
The space, housed within Greenpoint View, will be open to customers Wednesday through Sunday from 1PM – 8PM through December 24. A selection of art presentations, film screenings and nighttime gatherings will accent the multidimensional nature of this project.
Please join us Sunday the 14th from 7pm – 11pm for a celebratory birth of the Bizaar.