• Ted x Gowanus!

    Hang onto your nerd hats Gowanus peeps, it’s about to go all Ted Talks in Brooklyn’s Superfunest area!

    Ted, the global spreader of ideas via epic presentations, is coming to Gowanus January 26th, 2014 at The Green Building and 501 Union.

    According to the website the theme seems to be “Inspiring Community”, which is clearly Gowanus! (Suck it everywhere else!)

    TEDxGowanus is an event featuring TED-style talks inspired by the unique ideas, stories and arts that have incubated in or are related to the Gowanus area.  This event will involve a cross section of attendees and speakers, from original Gowanus residents and business owners to recent entrepreneurs, developers, and thinkers. The TEDxGowanus agenda will include a full spectrum of topics: from performances and presentations by local artists to stories and ideas that explore the neighborhood’s history, industry, ecology, and evolution.  During breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with an exhibit area featuring displays and booths by local businesses, speakers’ projects, and artists of Gowanus.

    So, it’s like an epic nerd lecture Gowanustastic mix!


    Speakers so far include:

    Ate Atema – (who did this great talk already about bitches street creeks, which we assume he will talk more about at this event). He is the Managing Principal of Atema Architecture, ‘an award-winning New York-based architectural practice, and Flow Collaborative, an international team he formed to work on large-scale projects integrating architecture, ecology and infrastructure.’

    Eymund Diegel – (aka Professor Gowanus) ‘is the chair of Public Laboratory, a fun citizen science group partnered with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Grassroots Aerial Photography program, where local citizen’s Eymund Diegel is the chair of Public Laboratory, a fun citizen science group partnered with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s Grassroots Aerial Photography program, where local citizen’s insights help improve Google Earth and City mapping of our neighborhood. As a Gowanus resident, he also helps out at the Hall of the Gowanus, a community historic research resource. ‘

    Andrew Gustafson - a geographer, historical researcher, and New York City tour guide. He develops and leads tours for the Brooklyn-based company Turnstile Tours, and his projects have included the research and development of tours at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Brooklyn Army Terminal, as well as about Brooklyn’s rich baseball history.

    Hans Hesselein – (aka the Green Planter) Hans joined the Gowanus Canal Conservancy as the Director of Special Projects in December, 2010 and was asked to serve as Executive Director in 2013. Throughout his time at the Conservancy, Hans has been responsible for developing and managing green infrastructure projects, watershed planning initiatives and volunteer stewardship programs. Hans comes to the Conservancy with a strong background in horticulture, construction technology, community engagement and landscape architecture.

    Plus a whole lot more see here!

    *code names from GYFO; speaker details from TedxGowanus website

    Grab your tickets early for $25 bucks today here

    Shout out to both the Team over at TedxGowanus for setting this bad boy up. Special big luv to Sean Gannet who’s organizing stuff and Joseph Alexiou (Gowanus history buff) who’s co-curating.

  • Sneak Peek: Royal Palms Shuffleboard

    Well then, here’s something fantastic!

    What you’re seeing ladies and gentlemen is the inside of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Gowanus. Since its just images, let us explain how it feels inside the soon to open establishment. It feels… wondrous! It’s like being a kid and seeing Santa for the first time!

    Sign up for the latest details over at RoyalPalmsShuffle.com

    Check out more photos of the space on the Royal Palm’s facebook page and friend them too here.

  • See Some Local Art This Weekend: Gowanus Open Studios!

    What are you still doing in front of your computer or wasting time on your phone reading this? Go outside and see some art created by the people who live near you.

    All afternoon on Saturday and Sunday it’s Gowanus Open Studios 2013. Over 200 artist studios throughout the Gowanus neighborhood will be open from noon until 6pm. Click here to see a list of the artists participating — and their work — and look at a printable and downloadable map of all the studios.

    There is an opening gala tonight, Friday, the 18th, at the Gowanus Ballroom at 8pm. Details here.

  • Gowanus Open Studio Tours

    It’s that time of year again! Artist all around Gowanus (and apparently a little outside of G-town) are totally going to open their doors to the public. Now in its 17th year (we think), the Gowanus Open Studio Tour has helped build one of the most unique art scenes in NYC. There are 200 artists participating in this epic event, which is being presented this year by a group called Arts Gowanus. Plus, this year they are adding a few special events:
    OCt 18, 2013 – GOS 2013 Opening Gala featuring HONK NYC at Gowanus Ballroom
    Oct 19, 2013 – Collecting Art 101: A Panel Discussion at Halyards
    OCt 19, 2013 Walking Tour of Gowanus Murals by Groundswell
    Oct 19, 2013 Art From the Heart 2013 Opening Party at Gowanus Loft
    Oct 20, 2013 Closing Gathering for GOS 2013 at Gowanus Studio Space

    Gowanus Open Studios take place from October 18, 2013 to October 20, 2013. Go here to see the artist participating and the location of their batcaves. Go out and get your art on!!!!

  • L Train Vintage rolls into Gowanus

    Gowanus once again finds itself at the corner of hip and cool with the opening of L Train Vintage on Sackett btw 4th Ave & 3rd Ave in Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY.

    What is L Train Vintage you ask? Well, it’s a vintage and thrift store that started in Williamsburg… then transplanted to Bushwick. The following video talks about Urban Jungle, which is apparently one of the stores in a series of stores under the L Train Vintage brand. It explains a little bit more of the brands backstory…

    So, what will you see when you stop by L Train Vintage’s new Gowanus location?

    Well, for one lots and lots of space that’s filled with hip things:

    Like Shoes…

    womenswear (they have Menswear too)… Read more ›

  • Water_Works Competition Exhibit Opens TONIGHT!

    The Old American Can Factory Gallery at 232 Third Street (at Third Avenue) is hosting an opening tonight in which the winning entries from Gowanus by Design’s Water_Works competition will be on display. The competition’s goal was to field proposals for the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) retention facility that will occupy the current site of the Douglas Degraw pool; the pool will likely have to be razed during the EPA’s cleanup of canal contamination, although it will eventually be rebuilt with the CSO retention facility underneath it.

    The opening runs from 6:30-9pm tonight. Over 250 people entered, and the nine winning proposals will be on display. More info here.

  • Brooklyn Museum’s Raw/Cooked Series by Marela Zacarias

    Gowanus-based artist Marela Zacarias sculptures melt into the inside architecture at the Brooklyn Museum. Four site-specific works that were inspired by the Williamsburg Murals (art that was commissioned for public housing), explore the concept of bouncing back from adversity.

    Raw/Cooked: Marela Zacarias
    February 1–April 28, 2013

  • Sometimes you just got to dance

    We found this somewhere on the interwebs… it’s a video called Under One: Amanda. 2nd Avenue. Brooklyn, NY which, shows a woman (who we believe is Amanda Hinchey or one of her crew) performing a lovely modern dance in front of an industrial building on 2nd Avenue. Although we don’t know the context of this piece, it made us smile. And after Friday’s event, we all deserve a smile.


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