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Survey: How do you feel about the transportation here in the hood?

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Few things unite New Yorkers quicker than transportation. Whether complaining about the MTA, giving someone directions, or debating the best possible route to get where you’re going, New Yorkers love talking about how we get around the city. For those of us in Greenpoint, who only have access to one subway, transportation can be an especially touchy subject.

Now you have the opportunity to share your thoughts on your transit situation with someone who can actually do something about. The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) are working on their first advocacy campaign centered on transportation. They are conducting a survey on transportation issues in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The results will be shared with representatives and city officials next week.

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Immerse Yourself in Crystal Jukebox Hymn – Tonight Thru Sunday (10/2-10/5)

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Photo : Virginia Rupert

“escaping into the who goes there? & now’s not the time to act silly, so wear your big boots & jump on the garbage clowns, the hourly rate & the enema men &…”

Crystal Jukebox Hymn, composed of text from Bob Dylan’s experimental poetry prose collection Tarantula, is an immersive experience for the audience who are beckoned to follow an eclectically eccentric group of characters which have been ripped from the confines of a social hierarchy and woven together in a multi-media performance traversing through a crime scene, a bar, a forest, an asylum, a cave and everywhere in between, always with an inherent call for the road and noise on the street. Their every move is captured and splayed against the back wall by the watchful eye of The Narrator, who likes to disguise himself as the Chief of Police. Issues of prejudice, minority, propaganda, corruption, war and privacy that exist within are all unravelled through the rhythmic stream of conscious flow of Bob Dylan’s imaginative words. Continue reading

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ARTCRANK—Bike Art Party at Brooklyn Brewery

Having a good time at the Brooklyn Brewery ©ARTCRANK

After a pair of packed-to-the-rafters SoHo openings in the past two years, ARTCRANK— an international pop-up show of bicycle-inspired posters—headed across the East River to Brooklyn Brewery for its biggest NYC show yet this past Thursday, September 4.  Continue reading

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A Poster A Day with Alex Proba

Designer, illustrator & art director Alex Proba ©Evan B.

A few weeks ago, Kickstarter Art Director Alex Proba exhibited her year-long project, “A Poster A Day,” at Space Ninety 8 in Williamsburg. Originally from Lüdenscheid, Germany, the ambitious young designer, illustrator, and art director worked in architecture and product design before making the leap to the start-up world several years ago. We stopped by the exhibit to take some photos and chat with Alex about her project.

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Closing Event: SAFETY IN NEBULOUS at REVERSE (8/1)

Last chance to play "Problem Attic" at REVERSE gallery ©J. Ambia

 “The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.”― William Gibson, Neuromancer

This FRIDAY, August 1st, 6-8PM—check ‘em out, check ‘em out at REVERSE gallery: 1. Michael Cook will explain how his ANGELINA project works and why he thinks A.I. will create games that people can’t, and 2. Liz Ryerson will discuss her obtuse and often counter-intuitive designs in ‘Problem Attic.’ Continue reading

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Review: Crystal Jukebox Hymn at Glasshouse

"Crystal Jukebox Hymn" at Glasshouse ArtLifeLab ©Anthony Farina

“I consider myself a poet first and a musician second,” said Bob Dylan, “I’ll live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet.” Through a captivating performance of Crystal Jukebox Hymn, which was devised from Dylan’s book of experimental prose and poetry Tarantula (1966), his words found new life this past weekend at Glasshouse in Williamsburg. Continue reading

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Happening Now: I Fell in Love With “Summer Love” at The Front Room Gallery

"Summer Love" on view now at The Front Room Gallery ©The Front Room

It all started with Frida and Diego, Burton and Taylor, Lee Miller and Man Ray. Artists influence each other, destroy each other, love passionately. Out of all this, creating is born. Partners in crime. Partners in life. Dali signed his paintings with his and his beloved’s name. It is said that she saved him from his own misery, “it is mostly with your blood, Gala, that I paint my pictures.” That’s what immediately came to mind when I saw the The Front Room Gallery group show “Summer Love”—a sudden, sensual, and very intimate feeling. Butterflies or maybe cramps, soft knees and sweaty lips, blurred vision & intoxication. Continue reading

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New Must-Try Spot: Cherry Izakaya Opens in Williamsburg

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Cherry Izakaya Bar

A new Japanese restaurant opened in Williamsburg on Friday. And pay attention because it’s most likely going to be one of the hottest dining spots of the summer.

Cherry Izakaya, (138 N 8th) is the hip younger sibling of the swanky Cherry at Dream Downtown. The ‘Izakaya’ part of the name comes from the term for a Japanese bar serving small plates of food usually meant for sharing. Continue reading

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A Sidewalk Sale to Benefit Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue – Tomorrow (7/19)

Local dog rescue, Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue, is hosting a fundraising sidewalk sale this Saturday, July 19th from 11am to 4pm outside of the Shoe Market at N. 6th St and Bedford Ave. Badass Couture will feature a curated selection of vintage and gently-used clothing, Badass merchandise, and of course adorable and adoptable doggies. All proceeds go towards the rescue, who rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the southern U.S. and get them adopted into loving, New York homes.

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Happening Now: “Automonuments” at Simon/Neuman² Gallery

Untitled (close up), 2010, Digital C print, 30 x 45 © Niv Rozenberg

Writing of Manhattan at the end of the 20th century, the architect Rem Koolhaas described a new kind of monument, one “available for meaning as a billboard is for advertisement:” Continue reading

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