• A Drawing For Your Help

    Orange You Glad, Brooklyn’s creativist, well, creatives, have a really unique kind of fundraiser coming up. They are going to draw-o-thon to benefit the NYC Food Bank on November 11, 2012.

    Say what?

    Yeah, it’s an all day drawing done by some of the best artist out there. The donation site says:

    It’s pretty interesting right! But what food do you want them to draw? The cupcake featured is nice, but maybe a pumpkin pie to go with the fall season or broccoli cause it’s sexy (it’s not really sexy) or maybe a good old fashion burger!

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  • Film Biz’s Auction Concoction

    After last weeks storm the team from Film Biz Recycling open the doors to their basement shop on President St. in Gowanus, Brooklyn and discovered they were untouched by Sandy. The team didn’t even take a second to celebrate their luck, since they already knew they had more important things to do. The team at Film Biz began feverishly compiling materials and checking in with local businesses and various organization accessing what needed to be done. The group kicked off doing what they do best, taking materials they acquire from Film and Television shoots, which normally would end up at the bottom of landfills, and reuse them for something new and good. They moved quickly in the days after the storm providing appropriate clothing for those in need, taking donations (which you can still drop off!), while notify their network of people about volunteering opportunities, and requesting all hands on deck to help out neighboring businesses. They even took in Canal Creature whose space was damaged because of flooding. It’s been a busy week, but nothing outside of what Film Biz Recycling tries to do every single day. They are a group that really takes the waste made by Hollywood and turns it into something that changes people lives.

    For months prior to the hurricane, Film Biz Recycling has been planning its yearly auction fundraiser to help continue its mission of:

    preventing pollution, creating green jobs and aiding our community via the reuse and distribution of film set materials.

    Hurricane Sandy proved that they mean their mission statement.

    The fundraising event, curated by celebrities, is called Lights, Camera, Auction and is taking place Friday, November 9th, at Gowanus’s popular music venue, the Bell House! (No need to read just buy right now here!) Curated auction collection item were chosen by a wealth of celebrities including: Morgan Spulock, known for his ground breaking documentary Super Size Me…

    Jimmy Diresta, of DIY Network’s series Against the Grain; Jessi Arrington owner of Workshop and TED speaker; Kurt Braunohler of the local variety show Hot Tub and host for IFC’s comedy game show Bunk; Buffi Jashanmal of Project Runway; Rena D’Angelo, Emmy winning set decorator for Mad Men. These celebrities have come up with some freaking cool collections that include items like: a painted image of Petro from Napoleon Dynamite original Evilesque type cape,  something with unicorns, a Sienfeld boardgame, an originally amoir, and more awesome stuff. Not only do they have the celebrity collections they also have silent auction collections items like: Disco stuff, Star Trek items, weird stuff from the Twilight movies, Packers fans gear, Brooklyn stuff, Canal Creature items, a baby doll signed by Paul Rudd, and even items with Naughty pictures. It’s insane. Like really seriously insane. The amount of cool stuff will blow your mind!

    The event will be hosted by local celebrity Dale of Dale Radio. Plus, the toe tapping musical stylings of The Allen Oldies Band

    To top it all off the event has tacos from Oaxaca and sliders for the soon to be open Root Hill Burger… and of course beer from Brooklyn’s own Brooklyn Brewery!

    Film Biz Recycling needs your help and they are going to entertain the f*ck out of you to get you to bid for some items you’d want anyway!

    Tickets are $40 bucks, but we got the hook up for you GYFO readers! That’s right… you peeps get a discount if you buy tickets now and enter the code “Gowanus”. It’s $25 bucks for you!


  • Gowanus Studio Space still taking good

    Gowanus Studio Space, 166 7th Street  Brooklyn, NY 11215, is still taking a ton of stuff to deliver to the Rockaways, Red Hook, Broad Channel, and Staten Island. Get your donation to them today and throughout the week.

    Here’s what they still need:

    kids clothes

    clorox wipes



    children’s cough medication








    non-perishable food (Cans)

    Dry Goods (Food)

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  • J & M Special Effects Underwater

    J & M Special Effects is usually known for making unbelievable things happen at events and on the big screen. But this week they themselves faced an unbelievable flood that rose up from the Gowanus Canal and ripped through their warehouse in Brooklyn. By now everyone has seen the videos of the Superfunded Canal breaching its banks and running across various roadways. The Canal water wasn’t just cruising down these streets, it was filling basements and for J & M Special Effects (and for other businesses nearby) it was filling their space with 3 plus feet of water.

    The damage is bad! Many of their items will most likely never be used again, included some of their firing equipment and confetti equipment that their known for. A group of employees and volunteers spent the day attempting to salvage items that were below the water line. Their was literally tons of equipment being sprayed down by the J & M team in the hopes that it would work once it was cleaned. They have tons of electrical cable to test and retest. They have tried to restart their forklift, but as of this afternoon it was still not working. It not known exactly how much they have lost, but it is know that their office Read more ›

  • Images of Relief At Gowanus Houses

    To the surprise of many South Brooklynites 5 buildings in the Gowanus Houses had been without power since Sandy flooded the city. The group Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) reached out to the community asking for volunteers to help Saturday with delivery of food and water to residents living in buildings without power.  They also asked volunteers to help refill prescriptions for those who were unable to leave the housing due to elevators being unavailable. At the same time as FUREE was requesting support from the community, the National Guard rolled into Gowanus Houses to provide assistance. The National Guard and all volunteers worked together to provide for those in need.



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