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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…)

Green wood memorial day

Green-Wood Cemetery is hosting a history-filled Memorial Day celebration this year. Musicians and reenactors will march in a parade through Green-Wood Cemetery to its Civil War Soldier’s Lot for a ceremony that will include an artillery salute and names read by descendents of Civil War veterans.

Then the ISO Symphonic Band will play. The band was founded in 1995 to sponsor talented New York City students. Local food and drink vendors will be on site all day. (more…)

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Visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park will find a new feature starting Sunday: a set of whimsical art installations designed for public interaction.

“Please Touch the Art,” by the celebrated Danish artist Jeppe Hein, includes 18 sculptures that represent three separate bodies of work. On the Bridge View Lawn near Pier 1 will be the water sculpture “Appearing Rooms,” which shoots up seven-foot walls of water that abruptly appear and disappear, forming a series of virtual rooms that visitors can move among. (Check out a photo below.)

At the Pier 3 Greenway Terrace is the “Mirror Labyrinth,” featuring mirror panels of polished stainless steel that “multiply the surrounding landscape through myriad reflections.” (A rendering appears above.) (more…)

5th Avenue street fair

There will be live music, a vintage car show, crafts, rides and more at Park Slope’s Annual 5th Avenue street fair this Sunday. An art walk between 1st and 2nd streets will feature local artists, and was curated by artist Jonathan Blum.

The Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair will take over the length of the avenue between Sterling Place and 12th Street. Restaurants and bars on the stretch will offer outdoor sidewalk seating, and boutiques will set up outdoor racks. (more…)

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Seattle-based arts production company Forward Flux Productions is presenting a night of performance and art about gentrification. Called YOUR [____] NEIGHBORHOOD, the event will mark the completion of a 21-day artists residency called collaborate:create, which brings artists together across many disciples to create new works on socially relevant themes.

There will be a range of works ranging from dance performances to multimedia installations that all explore the theme of gentrification. A related show by the same name took place last week in Seattle.

The exhibition will be held at contemporary performing arts nonprofit Center for Performance Research at 361 Manhattan Ave in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 17, from 6 pm to 9 pm. RSVP here. Tickets are $15 and must be paid for at the door, but organizers also recommend an RSVP.

Image by Forward Flux via Center for Performance Research

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Tired of the usual Mother’s Day celebration options? The Brooklyn Museum has something a little different. Yes, there will be brunch — and also Mother’s Day-themed tours.

Brunch with pastry baskets, quiches, yogurt and granola parfaits, roasted salmon salad and seasonal champagne drinks will be served in the museum’s Beaux-Arts Court, pictured above. After, choose one of a number of tours that take a Mothers Day-themed look at the museum’s collections. The museum will also provide a complimentary shuttle to the WantedDesign and Bklyn Designs fairs. The brunch ticket includes free admission to both events and a gift bag. (more…)

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This is not your average flip for sale in Bushwick. Instead of ripping out all the historic detail, the seller added it back in. He replaced some missing five-panel doors and installed two antique mantels and some vintage chandeliers. He also exposed some brick and, working with the sales team at Elliman, commissioned a local artist to cover the basement level in graffiti and transform it into an art studio.

The house went on the market last week with a party and art exhibit on the second floor, curated by artist Sam Bornstein, who also creates floor plans for Elliman. We have to say, it was one of the better exhibits we have seen in Bushwick, and we’ve seen quite a few. (The other artists were Joshua Johnson, Rachel Youens, James Brittingham and Kevin Swenson.)

The last recorded sale of the house was for $1,125,000 in 2013, which already puts it at the price of most renovated properties in the area. This one, on busy Bushwick Avenue, is wider than most at 25 feet by 55 feet, and is on a corner, so it’s light and spacious. It also has a garage.

It’s in move-in condition, and is 3,800 square feet with two units (one of which is currently occupied). An open house is set for Wednesday, May 13 — and will be followed by another art exhibit, Elliman agent Helen Chee told us.

The new ask is $1,980,000, the highest we can remember seeing in Bushwick. Do you think it will fly?

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First six photos by Cate Corcoran; other photos by Elliman (more…)

367 7th Avenue

Since the 1970s, the storefront at 367 7th Avenue in Park Slope has been shuttered. In January of 2014, the whole building was on the market, asking $3,499,000.

It turns out the building belonged to a reclusive artist, Leo J. Bates, who used the retail space as his studio, a story in The New York Times over the weekend revealed. The neighborhood changed dramatically over the decades, but still the space remained locked.  (more…)

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For years now, an anonymous Brooklyn Heights resident has been taking his frustration with the U.S. Postal Service to the streets. Graffitied mailboxes outside his front door remained tagged, even after he submitted unfulfilled requests to the department for refurbishment.

All of this led the sort-of street artist to take matters into his own hands and personally restore them. He estimates he’s repainted about 20 pieces of public property in recent years, including mailboxes, lampposts, call boxes, tree guards, and bike racks.

He’s been profiled in local media and is well-known in the Heights for his efforts, which are technically illegal. Here’s a peek at some of his best work, and what some of it looked like before he “tricked out” chosen objects. (more…)

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We witnessed a group of about 10 activists for safer streets wheatpasting a public art installation on the construction fence at Domino Site E at 325 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg Saturday afternoon.

Incredibly, after we left, a truck crashed into the very same fence, according to an article in the Daily News — an ironic turn of events that sounds like it might be a prank, April Fool’s Joke, or Onion article. (more…)