As we all know, Brooklyn’s become a boomtown for creative dreamers and makers. Now, a study from the Center for an Urban Future has confirmed and quantified the artsy influx.

CUF is a think tank and master of urban stats (we’ve written about their work before) so you can look forward to hearing these figures merrily repeated by pro-art policy makers in the months to come. The report was already cited at least twice at last week’s Make It In Brooklyn Summit, though not by Bruce Ratner.

Ready to face the facts?


Before photo by VisuaLingual; after photo by Jeff Scherer

On this gorgeous Monday morning, we headed to the corner of Ocean and Flatbush Avenues to take a picture of a fading Brooklyn landmark that is finally enjoying its own spring blossoms.

The Flatbush Trees signs were originally erected in the early 70s, to welcome people to the section of Flatbush Avenue south of Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. But as there was no money set aside for their maintenance, they had become faded, dirty and rusty. Thanks to the tireless efforts of an installation artist, a local blogger and 100 middle school students from the Jackie Robinson School, the Flatbush Trees are now exploding with color.

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Enjoy free concerts every Thursday evening through October in the archway under the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo. Acts playing Live at the Archway include Nadia Ackerman and the Harold Pinter Orchestra this Thursday, June 25, and Jah Pan, pictured above, on July 9.

Other acts this month and next include an all-female worldbeat dance jam band called Paprika, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, Throw Vision and more. (more…)

The nine-year-old Bushwick Open Studios event took place this past weekend in homes, galleries, parks and other spaces all over Bushwick. More than 1,100 artists participated.

There are parties, parades, performances, screenings, and panels throughout the weekend. And, of course, open studios — which are often in homes. It’s a great way to meet the neighbors.

The all-volunteer event started in 2006 with 85 open studios and is now one of the largest open studio events in the world. We attended Community Day in Maria Hernandez Park, but there is no way to take it all in, so we have curated a few photos from Instagram and Twitter. Click through to see. (more…)

Northside Festival

As if Bushwick Open Studios weren’t enough, Williamsburg’s SXSW-style culture festival begins on Monday, June 8. The Northside Festival features a huge lineup of bands, films, panels on innovation and technology, and art walks.

The film festival begins on Monday, June 8th and runs through Wednesday, June 10. Click here for a schedule of film times and locations. (more…)

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The First Saturdays Bed Stuy Art Walk takes place this Saturday — and every first Saturday of the month. Five galleries and several other locations are participating.

Spots to visit include Welancora Gallery on Jefferson Avenue,  the Restoration Center for Art and Culture’s Skylight Gallery on Fulton Street, and the House of Art on Marcus Garvey Boulevard (pictured above). The walk includes exhibitions and short films at Vodou Bar at 95 Halsey Street.


Bushwick Open Studios

It’s that time of year again: Bushwick Open Studios, one of the largest open studio events in the country, kicks off on Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday, June 7. The event, organized by Arts in Bushwick and now in its ninth year, is a chance for anyone to visit artists in their studios, see new work and learn more about the arts community in Bushwick.

In addition to open studios, several events take place throughout the weekend. The launch party and Seeking Space exhibition — the official group show of the open studio event — begins at 8 pm on Friday, June 5 at Be Electric at 1298 Willoughby Avenue.

The family-friendly Community Day event takes place on Saturday, June 6 starting at 11 am at Maria Hernandez Park. There will be visual arts, dance, hip hop, spoken word, theater, performance art and more.


Rooftop Films

Summer is officially here, and with that comes Brooklyn’s bounty of outdoor movie options. Here’s a roundup of organizations that have published their schedules.

Rooftop Films has been showing movies atop Brooklyn buildings and in parks since 1996. This year it will screen films on top of the Old American Can Factory in Gowanus, Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts in Clinton Hill, in Industry City in Sunset Park, in MetroTech Commons and more. Click here for a full schedule of films.

SyFy Movies With a View screens films every Thursday night in July and August in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Click here for a full schedule.

SummerScreen shows free movies in Williamsburg’s McCarren Park every Wednesday in July and August. The events start at 6 pm. There are also food vendors and live music. Movies begin at sunset. Find a full schedule here.

Click through for lots more….


The line was pretty long but the people watching was fun at the Kehinde Wiley show at the Brooklyn Museum Saturday. Some seemed to have matched their outfits to the art, mostly by combining brightly colored prints.

For those of you not familiar, the Brooklyn based painter is known for his vibrant, highly patterned portraits of contemporary black men and women in compositions from well-known Old Masters paintings. New work in the show included portraits in stained glass and gold-leafed icons.

Click through for lots of photos. Did any one else go? (more…)


This little wood frame house at 1091 Madison Street in Bushwick has had a major overhaul! It now sports a Tetris mural on a stucco facade.

In March, the house was draped in scaffolding. Before that, it was covered in white vinyl siding. Click through to see lots of before and after photos.

Photos by Steve Sherman; “before” photos by Chritopher Bride for PropertyShark (more…)