Designer James Victore created this fascinating video tour of typography in Brooklyn and Queens, with a particular focus on signs in Williamsburg. He praises font choices at a few well-known ‘Burg restaurants, critiques the J.Crew mural painted by graffiti artist Greg LaMarche, and talks about why we use Helvetica. The video was made to promote three events for designers and font lovers at Makeshift Society in Brooklyn. The “Working Late” events will happen from 7 to 9 pm on October 2 and 14 and November 11 at 55 Hope Street.
Photoville kicks off tomorrow evening in Brooklyn Bridge Park with 60 shipping container exhibits, photography workshops, artist talks and an exhibition showcasing 30 years of Brooklyn street photography curated by photographer Jamel Shabazz. United Photo Industries collaborated with Shabazz, a Red Hook and Flatbush native who’s been documenting the city’s street life for 30 years, to create a powerful collection of images depicting life in Brooklyn from the 1980s through today. (The photo above, by Nema Etebar, is part of the installation.)
The installation, “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby,” will open tomorrow at 7:30 during Photoville’s opening celebration. There will also be seven days worth of workshops and talks on topics ranging from how photographers can market themselves to photographing war zones. You can check out all the Photoville exhibits and events at the Pier 5 uplands at Brooklyn Bridge Park through September 28.
Tour some Brooklyn apiaries and learn how to infuse your own honey in honor of NYC Honey Week, which has a whole host of programs on nature’s great pollinators. The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hosting a free lecture tonight at 6:30 on the role bees play in urban areas, in FIND Home Furnishings at 43 9th Street. It’s also giving a tour of its apiary on Sunday, September 14 at 11:30 am. For more details, you can RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are classes in beekeeping and honey infusion at the Brooklyn Grange‘s Navy Yard rooftop farm, pictured above, this Sunday afternoon. And, although technically it’s after Honey Week officially ends, Brooklyn Queen beekeeper Margot Dorn is offering a tour of her Brownsville bee hives on September 27 at noon. You can RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
Several leaders of historic black churches throughout Brooklyn will gather at the Brooklyn Historical Society next week to discuss how they used their pulpits to shape the civil rights movement. Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Organizations and cochair of Mayor de Blasio’s transition team, will lead a discussion inspired by her father, the late Reverend William A. Jones, who worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and led Bed Stuy’s Bethany Baptist Church.
The panelists include pastors who played a vital role in the fight for civil rights: Reverend Dr. Herbert Daughtry of House of the Lord, Reverend David B. Cousin, Sr., of Bridge Street AMWE, above, and Reverend Dr. John L. Scott of St. John’s Baptist Church. The free event will happen at 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 18.
The shoreline area of East River State Park in Williamsburg reopened today. The deteriorating waterfront has been spruced up with more beach sand, a new kayak launch and a wall of reclaimed granite blocks around the edge of the lawn. The state spent $526,000 restoring the park, which was flooded during Hurricane Sandy and has lost several feet of beach to erosion in recent years.
The state also added new plantings, removed invasive plant species, installed dry wells to collect storm runoff, and created channels in the waterside rocks to prevent fish from getting trapped on the beach during low tide. Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Council Member Steve Levin joined State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey (pictured), Regional Director Leslie Wright and several other individuals who have played a critical role in the park’s creation and continued development to celebrate today’s reopening of the shoreline area of the park to the public. Check it out at Smorgasburg tomorrow!
Creative Time — the arts organization that produced Kara Walker’s Domino installation – and Weeksville Heritage Center have partnered to create four month-long exhibits exploring black history, politics and jazz at sites throughout Crown Heights and Bed Stuy. “Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn” launches September 20 at Weeksville Heritage Center in Weeksville, pictured above, one of America’s oldest free black communities and now part of Crown Heights.
For “funk,” artist Xenobia Bailey worked with students at Boys & Girls High School in Bed Stuy to design upcycled furniture “created in the African American aesthetic of funk,” which will be on display at Weeksville’s Hunterfly Road Homes. Then cinematographer Bradford Young is exploring the concept of “god” with a video installation paying tribute to the “pioneering Black women, men, and children who embarked on countless journeys in search of refuge” at the former site of the Bethel Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Crown Heights.
Also, an exhibit at Stuyvesant Mansion will examine the history of black female nurses and doctors, including the United Order of Tents, New York’s first black woman OB-GYN, and the Black Panthers’ community healthcare efforts. Finally, artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates will broadcast live jazz from a temporary radio station in the back of a 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville at Fulton and Malcolm X. For more info on the exhibits and the opening party, head over to Creative Time.
If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening. (more…)
Pratt is kicking off the launch of its new MFA writing program with performances and readings from local artists tomorrow. Performers include Jacques Servin, cofounder of the Yes Men; LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, interdisciplinary poet and sound artist; Celina Su, author and Associate Professor of Political Science at CUNY; Mendi Obadike, poet and a member of Pratt’s writing faculty; and Keith Obadike, composer and sound designer teaching at William Patterson University. The event will take place tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 pm at the auditorium in Pratt’s Higgins Hall at 61 St James Place (pictured).
After forty years of abandonment, the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush will re-open in January 2015 with newly restored interiors and 3,000 seats, according to a press release spotted by Gothamist. The theater will host more than 200 performances a year across a variety of genres, including comedy, theater, dance, and popular music. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the theater opened in 1929 and featured high curved ceilings, ornate plater walls, gold-leaf ornament and crystal chandeliers, all of which have been restored or faithfully recreated.
Martinez+Johnson Architecture, who have restored historic theaters across the country, are leading the two-year-long restoration project. The theater closed its doors in 1977, was acquired by the city in 1983, and sat collecting dust at 1027 Flatbush Avenue until restoration work began last year. GMAP
Young artists from Brownsville teamed up with local muralist Esteban del Valle to paint a mural about the “prison industrial complex” on the side of a supermarket on Junius Street. The all-male crew of teen artists spent three weeks in July developing the mural’s themes and designing it, and then another three weeks painting the wall with del Valle’s help.
Arts non-profit Groundswell organized the project as part of its Summer Leadership Institute, which brings together young artist and professional muralists to create powerful murals in neighborhoods across the city. This mural “aims to inspire a sense of self-empowerment and agency by engaging youth as agents of social change and active community contributors,” according to Groundswell. The young artists and del Valle will gather to dedicate the mural on August 28 at 2 pm at 417 Junius Street.
Brooklyn Bridge Park and Green-Wood Cemetery are both holding re-enactments and activities to commemorate the 238th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution. On Saturday afternoon, reenactors from Glover’s Marblehead Regiment will show how sailors saved George Washington’s army during the battle. You can watch them from 12 to 2 pm on Pebble Beach in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (more…)
Developer Caerus Group is in contract to buy one of the landmarked Eberhard Pencil Factory buildings at 74 Kent Street in Greenpoint for “close to” $8,000,000, according to a company spokesperson. They plan to restore the vacant building and convert it to office space, much like the Kickstarter HQ next door at 58 Kent.