Category Archives: Brooklyn

Work It Brooklyn @ 3rd Ward // February 8th

AAAAaaaand we’re BACK!

Briana, Aja, and yours truly are excited to bring you another edition of our infamous speed-networking event for creative professionals, Work it Brooklyn. We’re partnering up with 3rd Ward as they graciously host us on February 8th. Full details below, make sure to RSVP now as tickets are FLYING off the wall.

Ah. That moment, when you first see them across a crowded room. Your eyes lock. You approach with confidence. The moment is finally here. You’ve met the person you’ve been looking for all night – the WordPress developer who can finally get your website just right.

It’s true, Brooklynites, love is in the air and we at Work It Brooklyn are here to help you find a place in your heart … for networking, that is.

Join us at 3rd Ward on February 8th for one of our signature events, the first of 2012, designed to connect creatives of all stripes – graphic designers, dancers, musicians, tech gurus, painters, writers, etc… – in a fun collaborative and productive environment. Arrive by 7 to ensure your spot in our revolutionary, and much-loved, speed-networking and stick around to mingle until 10PM. We’ll have PBR and wine on hand, free, to help ease those networking nerves.

During the event, you’ll have a chance to check out 3rd Ward’s new retail shop, fully stocked with books, tools and designy goodness for every creative taste and aesthetic. In addition, the fine folks at 3rd Ward will be offering hands-on demos all evening – maybe you’ll get lucky … and have a chance to get your screenprint on. If you’re not familiar with 3rd Ward, and the amazing programming they offer for creatives of every part of the spectrum, our event will be a great way to learn more about their services.

Register today for this free networking mixer. You never know, you might just meet your next collaborator, business partner or employee.

Work It Brooklyn at 3rd Ward
February 8th, 2012
7 to 10PM

Click here to register.

3rd Ward
195 Morgan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 715-4961

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Brooklyn Night Bazaar at Dekalb Market: October 9th

I had the opportunity to co-produce this event and I’m super excited to announce the inaugural Brooklyn Night Bazaar to be held at Dekalb Market for a single night – Sunday October 9, from 5PM to 12 Midnight. The inspiration for the event comes from the night markets across Asia. On this night we will be showcasing local artists, vendors and musicians from Brooklyn and beyond. Here’s what you can expect to experience:

·      Live music with YACHT, Monogold, Trouble Andrew, and DJ Sets
·      More than 50 independent merchant and food vendors
·      Beer & wine garden featuring local breweries courtesy Sixpoint, Great Brewers and Brooklyn Winery
·      Light and sculpture installation by Jason Krugman
·      Games like Petanque and more

When: Sunday October 9th from 5:00 PM until Midnight

Where: Dekalb Market @ 138 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn – An outdoor market with retrofitted cargo containers in the heart of Brooklyn between Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Clinton Hill. The Bazaar is a stone’s throw from the B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, and F trains, numerous bus routes and bike lanes. Transportation Alternatives will be providing free valet bike parking.

Several months ago we put together a successful Kickstarter campaign and despite some initial hiccups, we are very excited to be launching the concept at Dekalb Market for a single night. The event will be free to the public, except for the performance area which will be ticketed.  The Bazaar is expected to attract thousands from the surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods and throughout New York who enjoy vibrant community gathering spaces with live music, warm ambiance and great times. Come out and enjoy!


Music: Tickets available on Ticketfly
YACHT
Monogold
Trouble Andrew


Art:
Light and sculpture installation by Jason Krugman


Food:


Crafts, Accessories, Clothing & Design:


Sponsors:

Brooklyn Based // The Village Voice // Transportation Alternatives // Sixpoint Brewery // Great Brewers // Dekalb Market // Brooklyn Winery // Rebel Angel Productions

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Rules of the Road (Suck)

A few weeks back I was riding my bike at the point where Nassau Ave becomes Berry St on N.15th Street in Williamsburg and was going against traffic ON the bike lane when I was swiftly pulled over by a nice cop lady who proceeded to lecture me about its being illegal to ride against traffic. I tried to explain the one way change over where exactly at that point Nassau and Berry switch directions and I needed to go just one block AGAINST traffic continuing ON the bike lane to turn on N.15th onto where Kent Ave turns into Franklin St (you confused yet?) She explained whether or not I was on the bike lane it’s illegal to go against traffic. I told her I felt more safe going on the bike lane than not, whether or not I’m going with traffic or not. It thus became pretty confusing because she didn’t have much details about what exactly was the law and what the ticket fine would be.

Then Angel sent the link to this video of some dude getting a summons for riding WITH traffic NOT on a bike lane. Cop told him it’s illegal. Even though it’s not. So I presented this to twitter and facebook and have received informative feedback on what you can and cannot do. If you’re on any street with a bike lane and you’re not using it, you’ll get pulled over. If you see the bike lane, use it. EVEN THOUGH, there are cabs and people and double parked trucks, construction cones, deep potholes and the occasional hot dog cart rolling on the lane where there should be nothing but bikes riding it. As the video emphasizes, it’s ridiculous and unfair to subject bikers with summons and obnoxious ignorant behavior from the authorities when we do our best to stay away from harm including dangers faced ON the bike lane.

Reading the official rules of the road I ride my bike in full paranoia now as I still don’t have a bell on my bike, nor do I wear a helmut and keep two ear plugs in my ears for music and conversating on the phone. I do have lights installed although I forget to use it half the time and feel the blinking brightness is more distracting than what the peace of the dark night has to offer.

In the end I won’t be fighting the summons I received and this will by my lesson learned; don’t take shortcuts and always ride with traffic, even though you felt safer on that bike lane going against traffic seeing nothing was in the way to cause harm or injury.

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Work It Brooklyn returns February 23 at Public Assembly!

Last year 3 Greenpointers; Briana, Aja and I organized a social networking event for all the freelancing creatives out there called Work It Brooklyn and it was a raging success. The best part was speed networking, which as you can imagine, is a more productive and less awkward version of speed dating where you get 3 minutes to promote yourself, exchange business cards and make some new connections that’ll help your professional path take another step up.

We’re back again this year with another kickass event, to take place February 23rd at Public Assembly. We will have more speed networking than you can handle, drinks at the bar, and a slideshow of submitted business cards (which is also available on our website).

We’re capping the event at 250 and we’re nearing that end so make sure to register today on Eventbrite and email us your virtual business cards (workitbrooklyn@gmail.com). There’ll be raffles as well for a chance to win a free workday at Greenpoint Coworking and more.

Get your business cards ready and see you February 23!

WORK IT BROOKLYN

FEBRUARY 23, 2011
7 – 10PM
$5 Suggested Donation

PUBLIC ASSEMBLY
70 N. 6th ST btw Whythe & Kent Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211

http://workitbrooklyn.wordpress.com/

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Lutheran Church of the Messiah

The Lutheran Church of the Messiah holds a dear place in my heart. Pastor Griffin Thomas has opened the church’s doors to host a wide variety of art events, supporting an ever growing community of creative folks. Whether it’s a CSA, or band practice, or a food market (RIP GFM), Lutheran Church of the Messiah is a hero in Greenpoint.

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Brooklyn Based

So I’m writing about art for Brooklyn Based now. It’s an amazing and super fun opportunity, they just launched a new website whereasin before they were just a thrice a week newsletter. Their blog section discusses all things culture, art, food, etc that this crazy borough has to offer and I can only hope I provide an incisive and thoughtful and non-too-irrelevant blogessays on art in the area. All suggestions, tips, opinions and the like are welcome.

My first post was a list of favorite galleries I visit.

Second post was an interview with Gabriela, owner of Eyelvel BQE.

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THIS SATURDAY: Water Balloon Fight!: A Fundraiser for Greenpoint Open Studios

Over the last three years of living in Greenpoint I had the opportunity to meet a community of artists living and working in our neighborhood, creating works in all mediums and engaging in all sorts of public events, installations, discussions and engagements.
Last fall I organized the first Greenpoint Open Studios in an attempt to serve as a platform in which all social, creative, and collaborative interactions could take place, in the form of artists physically opening their studios doors to the public alongside exhibitions, performances, discussions and parties to continue the conversation.
Greenpoint Open Studios returns again this year and is slated to take place October 1 – 3. The weekend will highlight exhibitions in local galleries such as Greenpoint Gallery, a food-integrated roundtable discussion at Church of Messiah, an evening of outdoor festivities and installations courtesy Bring to Light, and a slew of other special events.
In order to make this happen, we need to raise funds. Part one of two fundraisers we are organizing will take place THIS SATURDAY at the site of North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition‘s India Street Mural Project, located on India Street between West Street and the East River. It will be a water balloon infused game of Dodgeball. Pay $10 for a raffle ticket which enters you in a game and one person from the winning team will have the chance to win half the money pot raised from tickets. The other half will go towards GOS.
Join our facebook group, browse through our website, and prepare to get wet!
If you’re an artist and would like to sign up to participate or have any questions shoot an email to joann@greenpointopenstudios.org

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