• Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus


    Needs some amazing gifts for the holiday… Join Proteus Gowanus and Morbid Anatomy Library for an array of curious and protean items.

    When: Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

    Where: 543 Union Street, #1C, Brooklyn, NY 11215


  • 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.

  • Crafted at the Canal Holiday Market Dec 6 & 7

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    “Friday, December 6th’s market will be held from 5pm to 9pm with DJ’s spinning holiday tunes and local vendors selling their clever crafts. Plus attendees who are 21+ will receive a complimentary beverage thanks to Coney Island Brewing Co.

    The craft fair continues on Saturday, December 7th during Build It Green!NYC’s regular store hours, 10am to 5pm. Free coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters will keep visitors to the market roasty toasty, while vendors will continue to offer a wide variety of reuse inspired gifts.

    Products at Crafted at the Canal range from soy candles in recycled vessels, framed photographs in reclaimed lumber frames, upcycled art pieces, reuseable holiday cards, pet-friendly toys/clothes/dishes, recycled bicycle parts turned into jewelry, hand painted wooden objects, bike accessories, DIY bottle lamp kits, hand-crafted custom home decor and furniture, New York sea glass jewelry, handwoven recycled plastic bags, repurposed maps turned wallets, glazed lamps, and more! Plus a local vendor will be selling fresh made crepes and warm apple cider.

    JUST ADDED: The NYC Compost Project, hosted at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be joining the fair on Saturday, showcasing worms and hosting family friendly composting activities!

        Friday, December 6th from 5-9pm &

    Saturday, December 7th from 10am-5pm 

    Confirmed Vendors for Crafted at the Canal 2013:

    La crepe
    Planet ert
    RK Designs
    I like that Lamp
    Weldbilt Studio
    Original Women
    Painting Pamala
    Recycled Granny
    New York Clocks
    WoodKnot Design
    Long Play Coasters
    Pasqualina Azzarello
    Cards Worth Framing
    tara.PATRICE Designs
    Woodshed Woodworks
    Lucie & Lacie Soy Candles
    Sea Glass Jewelry by Pamela
    ARF ARF: Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness

    *info from BIG website

  • Halloween + Gowanus = Halloweenus Party This Saturday!

    Halloweenus 2013

    With October 31st falling in the middle of the week this year the party schedule has been difficult to keep up with — parties the weekend before, parties the night of, parties the weekend after. parties everywhere! Lots of chances for dudes to dress up as <insert currently trendy TV character here> and ladies to dress up as slutty _____ and for everyone to get down and dirty.

    And so: this Saturday, November 2nd the annual Halloweenus event returns to the Gowanus Studio Space. The action promises to kick off at 9:00pm and teases a closing time of 8:00am. Yowza! DJ Chewrocks and DJ Scribe will be spinning, you’ll be dancing, and everyone will be taking silly pictures in the photobooth and drinking beer from event sponsor Kelso.

    Advance tickets are only $10 here and $15 at the door. More info about the event here. The Gowanus Studio Space is loctaed at 166 7th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave.

  • Curious Jane is hosting DIY fun for girls on MLK Day

    Curious Jane the group behind area summer camps and Gowanus Girls craft market are hosting a DIY fun day for girls on MLK Day. The event called Make It / Take It: A roving hackerspace for cool, creative girls will be held in their secret (not really secret) Gowanus layer on January 21, 2013 from 11am-5pm.


    Monday, January 21 (MLK Day)

    11am-5pm, come anytime!
    Gowanus Loft

    [hackerspace: a space where girls can come tinker, create + meet like-minded girls]
    61 9th St #C8 (2nd/3rd Aves)

    Girls ages 6-9 and 10-12
    $10 or $8 with a friend

  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy Winter Festival

    The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is have its’ second annual Winter Festival on Saturday, January 12th from 6pm-12am at Ray Smith Studio (261 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY). Three stellar live bands, a DJ, kids activities, and food from the best of tasty peeps and places! Tickets start at $25.

    Grab your tickets here: gccwinterfestival2013.brownpapertickets.com

    Why go to this event? you mean the bands, DJ, stuff for kids to do, and food isn’t enough. Fine, you should know that the Gowanus Canal Conservancy is one of the best things for Gowanus and South Brooklyn ever. Did you see that garden that just appeared magically at 3rd Ave and 3rd St? That’s total Gowanus Canal Conservancy! They make our industrial (former wasteland) into a beautiful area with nature things like: plants and trees… wait a plant is a tree… they do great stuff damn it. Check out this video about them made by the Canal Creatures:

    Gowanus Canal Conservancy – Winterfest This Saturday from Canal Creatures on Vimeo.

  • The Greatest Craft Fair You’ll Ever Go To

    There’s all sorts of places to shop during the holiday season, but only one is filled with two weekends of pure awesome …

    Brooklyn Craft Central (Sat. and Sun, Dec 15+16 & Dec 22+23) takes normal craft fairs and punches in the face! Ok, not really. But metaphorically it totally does. Why you ask? Cause it’s like fight club and…. No wait it’s not really like fight club… Sorry, not sure where the focus on fisticuffs is coming from. Oh wait, yes we do. It’s cause this event is badass and here’s 5 solid reasons why you are going…

    1) It’s at Littlefield

    You of course know Littlefield the 6200-square foot warehouse venue with shows like Kurt Braunohler and Kristin Schaal Hot Tub and former Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac comedy show Night Train. (If you didn’t go to either of these, know we are totally giving you the stink eye). Aside from the celebratah’ that perfumes the joint, Littlefield is super close to where you live. It’s in a little neighborhood that we love called, Gowanus! Which is conveniently located in between your laziness and the fact that you need holiday gifts.

    2) The Media is telling you to!

    The following places have said you are going and you wouldn’t want to disappoint them: CBS Local NYC , GadlingTime Out New York,  New York MagazineGreenpointersHey MishkaPark Slope StoopBKLYNOTBKB,  Krrb.com,  Industry MagazineBrooklyn Exposed,  The Voice, and GowanusYourFaceOff. Note that New York Mag is specifically telling you to “[t]ake advantage of the full bar serving up holiday cocktails while you pick up…local crafts and edibles.” Don’t make New York Mag cry by not going! Read more ›

  • Craft Fair & Holiday Party, Oh My

    It’s been just a little over two weeks since Build It Green (BIG) store in Gowanus re-opened after taking a major beating from hurricane Sandy (We hate you Sandy!). And while most places would try to lay low and take it easy after such a dramatic event, BIGs pushing forward with a craftastic holiday infused event. On Friday, December 7th from 6-10PM BIG having a Craft Fair & Holiday party all at the same time and a day long craft fair on Saturday, December 8th 10am-5PM. The event called Crafted at the Canal is meant  to help BIG recover after jerkface Sandy, support fabulous local artist, and help YOU, Joe Shopper, find that perfect holiday gift. Plus, under the holiday party part of the invite theirs the greatest four words in the English language…

    “Get A Complimentary Beer!”


    That’s right craft fair, party, and a complimentary beer (while supplies last we assume)! Sounds like a nice Friday and Saturday to us. And check out the list of vendors…

    Llaves DesignsNew York ClocksWild Edge DesignsRecycle-A-Bicycle JewelryWonder Lee 123 Designs Inc, Surname Cycling GoodsLa’ Elle Chalkboards and DesignsOllieluluBexbuckles coTri-LoxPlanet ErtAncora BagsFilm Biz RecyclingWoodknot DesignrubberpiecesShea YeleenMatthew Lusk’s Bright IdeasCoil + Drift… Plus handmade ceramics & more!

    All these peeps are awesome and have the perfect gives for mom, dad, John Q Nephew and Jane Q Sister! See you there!

  • Made In Gowanus Tours

    Take a stroll around Gowanus, the Superest Superfunded neighborhood, to see who’s reigniting the American maker movement with Made In Brooklyn Tours. The tour will take you around the industrial neighborhood so you can learn about this neighborhoods fascinating and unmatched history. (How fascinating you may ask? try 1st American Revolution  and industrial revolution fascinating!)

    Check out the detail of the tour:

    Made in GOWANUS Tour <–click for tickets
    Visit the heart of Brooklyn’s “maker movement” via its main artery and historic industrial waterway, the Gowanus Canal. See who’s makin’ it in Gowanus!

    Made in Brooklyn Tours are guided walking tours with a Made in Brooklyn theme. They tell the story of Brooklyn’s rich manufacturing heritage and today’s thriving “maker movement”. On Made in Brooklyn Tours the stars of the show make works of glass, metal and wood. They’re makin’ wine, chocolate, ravioli and more. All designed and Made in Brooklyn. Celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of Brooklynites past and present. Don’t just come to see Brooklyn. Get to know the captains of industry who made it here and the aspiring entrepreneurs who are makin’ it in Brooklyn today!


    Additional Details
    Made in Brooklyn Tours are designed for adults in small to mid-sized groups for an especially good time together. No two tours – even of the same neighborhood – are alike. Tours last about three hours and each is a unique experience. We’ll make a number of stops moving at a leisurely pace. You’re encouraged to return to your favorites after the tour to shop, eat or drink. Please arrive a little early and use the restroom before we start. We’ll be outside much of the time so dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a bottle of water, and don’t forget your camera!

    Get your tickets HERE

    Learn about other maker tours in Brooklyn at: www.MadeInBrooklynTours.com


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