Plans are moving forward for a 583,000 square-foot commercial and manufacturing development at the site of Acme Smoked Fish at 30 Gem St.
A scoping meeting for the development will be held in Greenpoint in on August 27th, at the Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St.) at 4 p.m.
A special land use framework will have to be negotiated for 30 Gem St. to be rezoned from manufacturing to commercial use.
Pennsylvania-based developers Rubenstein Partners are seeking to include an 80,000 square-foot Acme manufacturing in the proposed development. Acme’s current facility is approximately 65,000 square feet, the Wall Street Journal reported last winter. Continue reading →
“If people are ready to buy a blazer in July, I want to have it here,” says Breanne DiDomenico about the inventory of her vintage shop on the corner of Metropolitan Avenue and Havemeyer Street.
At almost any clothing reseller in Williamsburg, passersby can find pieces from the 70s or 80s that have made a comeback. But not all have achieved quite the combination of vintage curation, retailing of new independent brands, and Instagram influencer following that Horizons Vintage (381 Metropolitan Ave.) has.
When DiDomenico opened up shop in 2007 — in a space right next door to where her current store sits — she already had some years of vintage-hunting under her belt.
She was always interested in fashion, but from elementary school into her high school years, the Virginia native held onto dreams of becoming an animator. Around age 15, however, her parents started taking her and her friends to thrift stores on the weekends in the outskirts of DC. Continue reading →
Carri Skoczek has enjoyed a decades-spanning career, in which time she has shown from everywhere from the Coney Island Mermaid Parade to Clem’s Bar. Now, she’s enjoying the dedication and regiment of #DrawingADay, using social media as a vehicle to exhibit (and often sell) her works. She also has a show now at Figureworks (168 North 6th Street) where her interest in dolls of all shapes and sizes is on full display. Get to know this local artist and her versatile craft in today’s Thursday Spotlight!
Greenpointers: You’ve had a number of shows in Brooklyn and have lived here for a bit. Can you briefly describe your trajectory and how you came to live in the borough?
Carri Skoczek: I moved to Brooklyn when i was 40 in 1997, a year after meeting my New York-born and bred partner in crime, David Hurd, in New Orleans at Jazz Fest. It was magical. We discovered we had the same friends.
Kerry Smith from the Right Bank Cafe insisted I run his gallery, which I did from 1997 to 2001. It was the perfect way to meet local artists and gallerists in the heyday of the Williamsburg art scene.
My first solo show in Brooklyn was at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society in 1997. I curated an annual mermaid show celebrating the Coney Island Mermaid Parade for 10 years. I was also an award-winning participant in the parade. (I was a costume designer in Milwaukee for 12 years and that satisfied my urge to play dress up and design costumes for my friends.) I’ve shown at Holland Tunnel Gallery since the beginning. Participated in every annual epic group show Ritchie Timperio put on at sideshow gallery. I also had a solo show there in 2016. I was represented by Causey Contemporary from 1999 until she closed the gallery doors in 2015.
I’ve been in funky group shows in the local bars. I did a drunk girl show at Clem’s Bar in the late 90s. Two drunk girl chalkboard drawings are still in the window.
Punk power clothing brand Molly Monroe is hosting a gothy, rocky, punky makers market at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) on June 10th from 12pm-6pm. Fascination Street Market is a punk rock flea market happening four times a year and featuring more than 25 NYC based artists, vendors and live music. Each artist will be selling one of a kind handcrafted clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, artwork and odds and ends. Check it out!
Now that the hellscape known as winter is officially over, it’s time to freshen up your spring looks. If you’re thinking of shopping local and investing in some key pieces, browse some of these killer selections from our beloved neighborhood boutique, In God We Trust. We heard that mechanic-style jumpsuits are all the rage. You can thank us later.
Did you know about the ultra-sleek and stylish sneaker shop, Circle3.nyc on West Street? Well, we’re letting you in on a little secret. This boutique (67 West Street) is a must-shop for all sneakerheads. With metropolitan-ready styles, these sneakers are ready to pound the pavement or take a leisurely, city stroll. Plus, some of the line is made-to-order right in New York. The rest of the line is manufactured in Spain.
Style lovers, we just found a hidden gem for you to shop in. Either And (67 West Street) is a retail store meets media agency. With these two elements colliding, it creates an aesthetic wonderland. Think cool lines, structured silhouettes, pops of color, some vintage, and pieces that make you look like the tough protagonist in a modern art film. Sign us up.
Want some new-but-once loved pieces? Browse our picks from Either And for some seriously editorial-worthy looks. Continue reading →