The Greenpoint Library & Environmental Education Center was built using funds from a state settlement with ExxonMobil for its devastating oil spill in the neighborhood.
A new field guide takes listeners on a walk along one of the country’s most polluted waterways, where unexpected nature mingles with relics of industry.
On June 3 and 4, visit and talk with artists working in every corner of the North Brooklyn neighborhood.
Greenpoint Gallery Night returns to North Brooklyn this Friday. The neighborhood galleries will be open late on September 18, from 7 to 10pm.
Eight artists spent time in psychic sessions with a medium before evoking their experiences in paintings dripping with texture, a video of a morphing eye, and a curious dollhouse.
The warehouse still smoldering on the Williamsburg waterfront may draw new attention to this East River–aligned stretch of Brooklyn, where city officials have long planned for an extensive park and small museum.
Last month a new gallery opened in Greenpoint, far from the picturesque industrial buildings on the East River waterfront that have long housed the inner circle of the neighborhood’s gallery scene.
The first Greenpoint Gallery Night offers a chance to catch your breath during the art fairs. From what we can tell, there will be lots of good stuff on view. Here’s a short guide to help you navigate.
Archie Lee Coates III is one of seven curators of Beginnings-, a new gallery that launched Thursday night on a side street in Greenpoint. He met with me a few hours before the opening of their inaugural exhibition to discuss the challenges or the lack thereof to running a space with seven pairs of hands in the kitchen.
From the Pencil Factory to the Fowler Arts Collective to tons of individual artist studios, the Northside Art Festival’s Open Spaces proved that Greenpoint remains a calmer, more meditative home for artists in comparison with the bustling hipster streets of Williamsburg. While wandering around, I didn’t get the sense that I was taking in the most edgy, avant-garde art being made in New York, but I was still able to locate studios where amusing, wacky and beautiful art is created.
Janet Kurnatowski has run her gallery out of the ground floor of 205 Norman Ave. for the last seven years. There is something both welcoming and powerful about her modest space. The finished plywood and low ceiling are a welcome environment; a spacious hobbit hole for art. The owner’s earthy dedication to her craft seems to radiate throughout the space. The current exhibition Idiot’s Delight was curated by Craig Olson, one of the gallery’s artists. The exhibition is a love poem of sorts, an ode to those who spend their days in the studio. Old skool Brooklyn artists like Jim Clark and Chris Martin hang their work proudly next to young up-and-comers like Elisa Soliven. The resulting installation is less about a unified aesthetic than a kind of rugged independence.
Next year, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods will have a new community center with the worst acronym known to humanity, North Brooklyn’s Town Hall and Community and Cultural Center (NTHCCC). The center will rise in the place of Engine 212, known as the “People’s Firehouse,” which was shuttered in 2002 because of the city’s money woes.