Last Friday a couple dozen people gathered in to a ground floor loft at 56 Bogart in Bushwick for an opening of a new exhibit at fuchs projects.
LandLords, as the exhibit is aptly named, is original work done by the gallery owner, Rafael Fuchs, and the pieces were inspired by the difficulties he has had renting both apartments and studio space in North Brooklyn. Fuchs started this project a few years ago, but decided he needed to finish it after the recent death and tabloid exposure of Hasidic landlord, Menachem Stark. (more…)
Exit Room is a unique gallery and cultural space in Bushwick, Brooklyn that showcases visual art, film productions, poetry and musical performances. Located at 270 Meserole Street, (two blocks from the L train’s Montrose Ave. stop), Exit Room occupies a portion of a former brewery which was built in 1856. It sits adjacent to The Well, a 16,000 square foot beer hall and garden. There is also a large outdoor area in the back. We spotted some great original architectural details on our stroll around the block. We also had a chance to chat with the Exit Room NY founders Dariel Mtz and Daniela Zoe about the gallery and the Exodus exhibition.
Harbor Gallery in Bushwick is one of many private studios and galleries at 17-17 Troutman Street, an address that is technically in Queens. In its new exhibition entitled Economy Candy, open until February 16, the works of Maria Britton, April Childers, Justin Cooper, Jeff Degolier, Alicia Gibson, Ross Moreno and Ben Vida will be on display. Their pieces are a mixture of paintings, sculpture, and sound installations in the white-walled space of the gallery. The exhibition takes its name from a 1937 New York shop, which opened in the wake of the Great Depression; the utilitarian name does not give away the joys that existed inside, candy being only one of them. (more…)
In a city that prizes space so rapaciously, it’s really a shame how many establishments waste the real estate of the bathroom. So many people visit it, every day! Shouldn’t we aspire to something better than that generic “ambience” with the awful watery pink soap and scratchy toilet paper?
Here are seven of the quirkiest places that made more—a lot more—out of their commodes. Turns out that from Long Island City to Midtown to Prospect Heights, creative lavatories abound in NYC!
We previously compiled a list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan for design buffs and now we’re tackling Brooklyn. The following is by no means a complete list of coffee shops in Brooklyn, but after checking out many, many coffee shops, we decided to highlight some of our favorites.
Naturally, we were intrigued when we heard about this flower shop/coffee shop that opened recently in Greenpoint. Spina, which means “thorn” in Italian, started as a floral design company. Owners Vanessa Chinga-Haven and Paul Diaz hope to lure people in the door with Blue Bottle coffee and donuts by Dough, then keep them hanging around for floral arrangements and gift items. There’s not a lot of space to sit, but the pint-sized shop is a nice place to stop for a coffee and flower bouquet to go. (more…)
With our recent foray into the retro game store 8 Bit and Up in the East Village, we’re on a video game kick. This awesome hand painted map by Art by Ken reimagines Bushwick as the’90s era Mario Brothers. Ken writes, “Subway stops become green pipes, bodegas become Toad’s Houses, and Mario becomes…well…Hipster Mario! Start on Bogart, and see how many beer cans you can collect, how many paint palettes you can visit, and whether Yoshi will give you a hit from his joint!”