Renegade Craft Fair

McCarren Park Pool Now Open Through Labor Day

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Photo via New York City Parks Department

The McCarren Park pool, which has only been up and running as a functional pool since 2012, is back in business for the summer 2016 season.

The pool was originally opened in 1936 by Robert Moses, who was curator for many of New York City’s open spaces and actually opened one pool every week during the summer of ’36, totaling 11 pools for the Works Progress Administration project, with the help of Mayor LaGuardia. At the time of its opening, it was one of the biggest public pools in the world, and is three times the size of a standard Olympic pool. It had a capacity of 6,800 swimmers. Today, officials cap it at 1,500 people. Continue reading

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Get Inspired: Our Favorite DIY Wares At The Renegade Craft Fair

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Colorful dinosaur planters by Plaid Pigeon

The Holy Grail of craft fairs took place last weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center, proving once again that Brooklyn knows how to get seriously creative. We were mesmerized by rows of homemade house wares, clothing, jewelry, and paper goods. A refreshingly unique assortment of products were on display, from metallic inlay ceramics and vintage jewels, to hysterical signs.

Couldn’t make it to the market? Never fear. We snapped the best booths so you can relive the Renegade experience–and shop some of our favorite brands online.

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Taste Talks, Renegade Craft Fair, Honey Week, – What’s happening, Greenpoint? (9/09–9/15)

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11822747_10153541208009176_8216630106074253374_nWEDNESDAY 9/09
Never Odd or Even @ The Brick Theater (579 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $18, A new original production by Title:PointRSVP
♫ East Bank Music @ Church of the Ascension (127 Kent St),8pm, $10, Chicago-based duo Sun Speak presents their new release, Sacred RubbleMore info

downloadTHURSDAY 9/10
* The First Cask Ale of Fall @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 5pm, FREE, Tapping Greenpoint Brewing’s Kentucky Common aged in Van Brunt whiskey barrels, More info
# The Bees Knees Spicy Tasting
@ Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) 6pm, $15, A night of spicy and sweet concoctions, from cocktails to snacks to dessert, More info

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Renegade Craft Fair, Collabfest, Taste Talks – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (9/10–9/16)

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WEDNESDAY 9/10
# Savory Fall Pie Class @ Pie Corps (77 Driggs) 6:45pm, $75, In this class you will make four pies: cottage pie; chicken pot pie; braised potato, onion, and bacon pan pie; and pear, blue cheese and toasted walnut galette, More info
☺Tragedy & Farce Circus Freakshow @ Bizarre Bushwick (12 Jefferson St) 8pm, $15 suggested, Part of the Bk Wildlife Summer Festival, a fringe element event that pushes the boundaries of artistic expression and caters to the non-traditional, RSVP Continue reading

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Wassabasco Circus, Renegade Craft Fair, Vegan Shop-Up – What’s Happening, Greenpoint? (5/14–5/20)

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WEDNESDAY 5/14
* “Text / Landscape / Object” @ Spectacle Theatre (124 South 3rd St) 8pm, $5, Explore the poetic and personal short films of three female filmmakers from the mid 70s to early 80s, More info
♦ The Art of Skee-Ball @ Full Circle Bar (318 Grand St) 8pm, FREE, An exhibition of paintings by Toronto-based painter J.P. Rautio that integrate the game of skee-ball into famous paintings, More info
♫ CloudSoundz
@ The Spectrum (59 Montrose Ave) 9pm, $10 suggested, A pan-traditional occult discussion on the role that silence plays in personal practices, with musical performances by Madame Deficit and Opal OnyxRSVP

THURSDAY 5/15
♦ Landscaping for Links: Closing the Generation Gap @ Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave) 1pm, FREE, An exhibition of oil paintings by senior citizens of the Diana Jones Center, RSVP
The Meat Hook Meat Book Release Party @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St), 6:30pm, $5, Tom Mylan, co-owner of The Meat Hook, will explain how this book came about and what it means to be a butcher, More info
* Graywolf Poetry Tour @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, FREE, With authors Saskia Hamilton (Corridor), Nick Lantz (How to Dance as the Roof Caves In), and Mark Wunderlich (The Earth Avails), RSVP Continue reading

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Photos: Renegade Craft Fair


The Renegade Craft Fair last weekend (June 11th & 12th) once again blew my mind! Imagine the Etsy Marketplace offline — homemade wares you can touch, smell, try. Undeterred by the rainy weather, folks from all stripes flocked to McCarren Park for a visual feast of all things cute, clever, homey, and crafty. I even found Mike and Karen’s tent, the design team behind the awesome neighborhood posters posted back in May. I, of course, picked up the delicious Greenpoint poster. Awesomesauce.

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7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair

Renegade Craft Fair, the Brooklyn McCarren Park edition, is just a few weeks away, so mark your calendars and make sure you’re staying in town June 11th & 12th to check it out. It seriously is, all that and a bag o’ chips.

The Renegade Craft Fair returns for its 7th Annual Brooklyn Fair on June 11 + 12, held outdoors in McCarren Park – between Bedford and Bayard Avenues, from N. 12th to Lorimer Street. This FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design and DIY spectacular will run from 11am – 7pm each day, and feature over 300 of today’s finest indie-craft talents from all over the nation.

Expect to find a wide variety of incredible handmade goods at the Fair – ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics and stationery, to bath products, posters, housewares, comics, plush objects and more. Browse this year’s artist line-up online: renegadecraft.com/brooklyn-artists

Food will be available for purchase from Hecho en Casa, Urban Rustic, and a coffee bar will be provided by Joyride.

Renegade Craft Fair
Saturday & Sunday June 11th & 12th – 11am-7pm
McCarren Park
between Bedford and Bayard Avenues, from N. 12th to Lorimer Street

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Applications Open! Renegade Craft Fair 2011

One of the must do things every Greenpoint summer is the Renegade Craft Fair. This year it’s set for June 11th & 12th – but applications open this Friday Feb 4th for any businesses, artists, designers and what have you to join the talented group of vendors.

Brooklyn’s 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair will take place June 11 + 12, 2011, from 11am – 7pm at at McCarren Park – on the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, NY. Booths will be placed along the tree-lined pathways surrounding the track + field area of the park, trailing across Driggs Ave to the walkways of the softball field towards the intersection of Bedford Avenue and N. 12th Street!

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Renegade Craft Fair

Renegade Craft Fair was this weekend and if you didn’t get to check out the 300+ vendors set up around the track at McCarren then here’s a look into what you missed:

Dolan Geiman uses found materials to create these collage works tinted with nostalgia and rustic beauty. He’s got an overwhelming archive of prints, paintings and sculptures available on the website.

The curly haired dude manning this table was absolutely hysterical, a perfect pitched salesman resembling Jack Black. On my second round around the track he was sitting on a cheap lawn chair and rrrrrrrip it went along with his ass struggling to kiss the floor. He gave me a sticker for laughing my ass off. Their jewlery takes animals and weapons and keeps you adorned for your next camping trip.

I’ve seen these guys around in many craft fairs and love the sad and pathetic element to their small and rugged looks.

I first saw these drawings at last year’s fair and have been following him since. The bittersweet humor and sincerity in the message and illustration is heartwarming.

I didn’t see many clock makers at the fair and even if there were these guys would’ve out-cooled them all.

Funky hats by a funky crew of women behind the booth, I actually bought a straw hat from them studded with small gold balls. High rollin’.

These elephant-octopus morphed candle holders would go perfectly with every other marine themed household accessory in the fair such as the custom painted suitcase.

Jewelers shared the quirk in design selling ornaments that you just wouldn’t find in a conventional accessory store such as domestic kitchen tools, razor blades,
and swords. The rustic metallic finish seems to be popular amongst them all

The mustache has become a ubiquitous tool for the hip and cool and many at the fair took advantage of its ability to awe and aw.

Can’t possibly enter a craft fair and not be bombarded by cute crafts, dolls, stationary and the like.

Screenprinted, silkscreened, handdrawn stationary varied from sweet to vulgar to pure decorative.

There were many prints and posters available as well, many of them announcing shows, and others depicting the mysterious and romantic creatures of the sea.

Pottery and ceramic goods also ranged from elegant and regal to cartoonish cuteness.

There were t-shirts that taught arabic and condoned crude dog habits.

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Renegade Craft Fair and Crest Fest

I haven’t seen much publicity announcing the Renegade Craft Fair this year. I’ve attended each fair the last few years which took place at the pool but will be at the actual park this time around. I usually strap on a compulsive buying prevention belt and refrain from buying everything in sight: drawings, pottery ware, knitted wear, stickers, design accesories, notebooks, and an assortment of useless but irresistibly cute tchotchkes. I might let my splurge this year. It’s happening this weekend from 11-7pm so don’t miss out.

More importantly, the annual Crest Hardware Show have expanded with a day long celebration and opening party at Macri Park, the small dinky square at Lorimer and Metropolitan. Crest Fest will be collaborating with Artists & Fleas to present a day of art, food, music, live performance and merchandise bringing artists and designers together into a wild roucous community event. The party will benefit a much neeeded refurbishment of the park. As you may know, the annual show merges hardware and art and they are still looking for vendors who’s style may fit this category. A perfect example would be a jewlery designer making rockin’ designs with chains, bolts, and nuts. If you’re one of these fellas and would like to participate contact Ronen at [email protected].

I’m also proud to announce I will have my own table selling my scrumptious baked goods at Crest Fest so make sure to show your face. I need to come up with a clever name for this sprouting business, suggestions?

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