• Save Gowanus Ballroom

    Gowanus’s well known performance venue, Gowanus Ballroom, got completely trashed by hurricane Sandy. The photos of the venues destruction have made us extremely sad not only the owners, but also for the artist that have used the space to create some of the coolest shows ever in the history of ever!

    The space in in dire need and you know who can help, You!

    Yes, YOU!

    You can totally help save one of the coolest artists meccas ever!

    For only $15 bucks the Gowanus Ballroom will be offering a badass lineup of artists, musicians, and performer this Saturday, November 24th, 6pm!

    7:00pm –  Sweet Soubrette
    8:00pm –  Amanita Nita

    9:00pm –  ON
    10:00pm –  Shayfer James and Sara Zar
    11:00pm –  Will McEvoy
    12:00am –  Apocalypse Five and Dime
    1:00am –  Pendulum Swings
    1:45am –  Matthew Silver, the Great Performer
    2:00am –  Consumata
    3:00am –  Morgan O’Kane
    with  Flambeaux Fire throughout the evening!

    More details from Gowanus Ballroom:

    Due to ongoing clean-up, we are combining the Save Gowanus Ballroom Fundraiser with  FlutuArte NY!   Both will now take place on Saturday, November 24th, 6pm. Donations of $15 per-person admission will support the Gowanus Ballroom and FlutuArte.   We will also be accepting donations of canned goods, clothing and other emergency necessities for those suffering in the wake of hurricane Sandy.
  • Eco-Expo & Mixer

    Film Biz Recycling is having one of those ‘industry’ type events with a green twist. On May 19th, Film Biz will be holding its first Eco-Expo & Mixer for those who are on the production side of the entertainment industry. The event will have a whole host of green presenters that include:

    Canal Creatures

    A sustainable production services company with the resources and connections, earned through 15 years of hands-on experience, to create the most time-efficient, cost-effective and polished films, web promos, and broadcast commercials.

    Green Product Placement

    Green Product Placement is a media product placement company that places and promotes green, sustainable, socially enterprising and/or local entrepreneurial brands in mainstream media, concentrating on television shows, feature films and web media.

    Sip N’ Go

    Make the transition away from bottled water easier on your crew.  Introducing the Sip N’ Go – reusable foldable water bottle for life on the go. Reduces landfill, BPA free, snaps shut and is pocket size when not in use. Smart hydration!


    Vokashi is a simple, easy and odorless way to ensure your food scraps stay out of landfills and get to the place they’re needed most – local farms and gardens.  Vokashi does all the dirty work by delivering the supplies you need and picking up your food waste and delivering back to the earth. Easy. Clean. Sustainable.

    Eco Set

    EcoSet implements environmentally responsible practices into commercial productions, minimizing the impact and recirculating reusable materials back into the local community.  We strive for Zero Waste and are partnering with our clients to set new standards for advertising productions.

    Soda Stream

    Save lots of money, reduce waste and recycing needs, and trips to the beverage wholesale outlet and get the fun and delicious alternative – make your own selzter and soda!  It’s a great savings in all regards and everyone will have a great time with bubbly, morale-boosting deliciousness.  

    Rock and Wrap it Up!

    Productions always have lots of food left over.  Make sure it goes to feed the hungry instead of the garbage to create pollution!  ROCK AND WRAP IT UP! is an antipoverty think tank. Founded in 1991, it was the first charity to address waste in entertainment sectors across North America: music/sports/film. Food prepared but not served was kept out of land-fill and re purposed to feed the hungry.

    Abby Kaish is the North American Director for Sports and Film recovery efforts.

    Plus, a who lot more!

    The event is meant to cultivate the re-use of materials and recycling of materials used in the entertainment industry.


    Get more details and RSVP for the event here.



  • Compost Your Face Off In Gowanus

    The community has spoken and it says: “Gowanus place to reuse waste!”

    The Preliminary Results for District 39 2012 Participatory Budgeting are in and composting near the Gowanus Canal is number 2 on ways to spend the District’s money. Lead by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy the composting program will take our food waste and process it right at the Salt Lot at 2nd Ave. and the Canal. The project will “help stop the harmful impact of transporting our food waste out-of state” (that’s truck pollution, yo!). After being processed the decomposed materials will be used on street trees, gardens, homes, window boxes, and parks. So, if you don’t already, start freezing your left overs and get ready to feed them to the team of do-gooders in Gowanus.

    Here’s someone explaining the program more eloquently then we can write it:

    Brooklyn Neighbors Composting from Arts & Democracy Project on Vimeo.

    Also, check out the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s video time-lapse of composting here mixed with theme of Benny Hill!

    Bonus Your Face Off

    Here’s a list of all the winners in the Participatory Budget for District 39.

    • Renovation of two dysfunctional bathrooms at PS 124 ($150,000, 958 votes)
    • Innovative community composting system near Gowanus Canal to turn 1 ton/day of food waste into soil ($165,000, 919 votes)
    • Planting 100 new trees on blocks throughout the district with few or no trees ($100,000, 767 votes)
    • New technology for PS 130 and PS 154 ($140,000, 758 votes)
    • Repairing Prospect Park pedestrian paths to prevent flooding, and adding trash cans in the park ($205,000, 648 votes)
    • Repairs and safety improvements at the dangerous Prospect Expressway/Church Avenue pedestrian crossing ($200,000, 606 votes)
    • New books and equipment for the Kensington public library to enhance the branch’s use for meetings, storytelling, rehearsals, and small performances promoting Kensington’s cultural diversity ($80,000, 582 votes)
  • Here Comes the Neighborhood – Art Uplifts the Urban City Scape

    HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is a series that shows what the power of art can do to revitalize an urban environment. The series takes place all over the world in: New York City, Miami, Germany, San Paulo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Coachella, Texas, Baltimore, Mexico City, Kiev, Athens, Baltimore, and Mexico City. Check out the trailer:

    HCTN TRAILER from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.

    Bonus Your Face Off

    Here’s the first episode of the series.

    HCTN EPISODE 1 : INTRODUCING THE WALLS from Here Comes the Neighborhood on Vimeo.

    In the first episode of HERE COMES THE NEIGHBORHOOD the stage is set for the Wynwood Arts District. Parking lots, loading docks and factory walls are transformed into “The Wynwood Walls”. Founder Tony Goldman explains his vision for a town center, while Jeffrey Deitch, Arts Manager Meghan Coleman and Co-Curator Medvin Sobio offer their insight into the project’s significance, taking us into the present day expansion. In addition, Photographer Martha Cooper and Miami based Mural Project Primary Flight weigh in.

    Participating artists: Kenny Scharf, Shepherd Fairey, Kunle Martins (Earsnot), Gaia, Shie Moreno, and Patrick McNeil from the artist collective Faile. 

    Featuring Original Music from: Hanni El Khatib, Ducky, Tommy Mas and Clams Casino.

    For More Information visit : HCTN.tv and vimeo.com/herecomestheneighborhood

  • Plant A Tree In Gowanus

    This past August Gowanus Alliance put together a petition not only to clean and promote Ennis Park, but to replace trees that had been damaged and removed by the Parks Department after a storm last year. It’s only been a few months, but with the help of Gowanus Conservancy they are ready to plant some brand spanking new trees in the park. Help them this Sunday, October 23rd with the planting of these new trees and be a part of the team that makes Ennis Park a neighborhood resource for Gowanus, Park Slope, and Carroll Garden Residence.

    Here’s the tentative schedule for this Sunday, October 23rd: ‘planting day’

    9:00 Meet Paul at Salt Lot (2 Second Ave)

    move perennials, tools and compost to Ennis Park

    10:00 Perform plant layout

    Locate trees and perennials around Ennis Park where they will be  installed by volunteers

    11:00 Volunteers arrive and work day begins

    3 tree teams (3 volunteers, 1 coordinator) Volunteers will install the trees according to Parks standards, amend tree pit soils with compost, backfill and water trees, install tree stakes and guys 1 garden team (up to 10 volunteers, 2 coordinators) Volunteers will install perennials and shrubs in garden beds according to approved layout

    2 Mulch Crews (up to 6 volunteers) Mulch crews will shuttle mulch  around Ennis Park to the gardeners and tree planters who need mulch. When not busy mulching, the crews will also pick up trash and pull weeds.

    3:00 Volunteer event concludes, tools and materials are moved back to the Salt Lot.



Gowanus, Brooklyn

The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

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