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At Northside Festival, Wondering ‘What’s Next’ For Brooklyn

A golden light on Solange and her fans (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

A golden light on Solange and her fans (Photos: Joshua Kristal)

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Nice skirt! (Photo: Joshua Kristal)

Dancing to Petit Noir, opener for Solange.

Dancing to Petit Noir, opener for Solange.

Fashion students Franki Phil-Ebosie and Jackie Martell at King & Grovel.

Fashion students Franki Phil-Ebosie and Jackie Martell at King & Grovel.

Besties taking selfies.

Besties taking selfies.

At the Solange concert at McCarren.

At the Solange concert at McCarren.

The crowd at South African band Petit Noir.

The crowd at South African band Petit Noir.

The Solange rooftop pre-party had Williamsburg fronting as Miami.

The Solange rooftop pre-party had Williamsburg fronting as Miami.

The Maker Twins used wheels to create electronic dub music.

The Maker Twins used wheels to create electronic dub music.

A Red Bull team confers among mountains of electronic detritus.

A Red Bull team confers among mountains of electronic detritus.

The Red Bull team from Detroit used hose spun on drills to create music.

The Red Bull team from Detroit used hose spun on drills to create music.

The Maker Twins installation was popular with the kids.

The Maker Twins installation was popular with the kids.

The Teenagers, one of the 300 bands to play at Northside.

The Teenagers, one of the 300 bands to play at Northside.

Last week, after Petit Noir’s performance during the Northside Festival, Scott Stedman was lounging poolside at Williamsburg’s King & Grove hotel. Tanned, oiled legs circled the deck. Waiters brought menus to the white-cloth umbrella tables.

“In many ways, the essential player for our entire festival is the geography and psycho-geography of Williamsburg and Greenpoint,” he said.

By psycho-geography, he meant that Williamsburg is no longer just a place — it’s a brand. And it’s safe to say Stedman’s Northside Media Group — which owns L Magazine and Brooklyn Magazine, and produces the Northside Festival — has had a lot to do with that. “The entire goal of our company is to define and showcase Brooklyn as a national adjective for ‘what’s next’ through media and large scale events like the Northside Festival,” he said.
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Bushwick Artists: Maybe We Should All Just Buy a Building Together?

The crowd at 108 Starr Street. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

The crowd at 108 Starr Street. (Photo: Alexandra Glorioso)

Six years ago, Josefina Blanc, a former photography editor at Art & Commerce, found herself priced out of Bushwick when the rent on the 10,000 sq. ft. loft shot up from $2,500 to $8,000. Her husband, a performance artist now represented by a gallery in Chelsea, had spent years renovating the space with the understanding that, in exchange, the rent would remain stable, but efforts to appeal to their landlord were in vain. The couple decided to call it quits and moved to South Carolina that year.
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Tim Kent On Painting Nudes: ‘It’s Just Like Sex But Without All the Sexy Stuff’

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

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Tim Kent

Tim Kent

Tim Kent (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

Tim Kent's home studio (Photo: Eric Reichbaum)

“This year is a mess,” says Tim Kent as sweat drips from his head. “Nothing is done, everything is unfinished, and I’m not happy with any of it.”

It is the Friday night of Bushwick Open Studios, and there is less than half an hour until the start of a reception for friends and supporters. The artist – and former bassist for the Giraffes – is stretched out on a brown leather sofa under his loft bed. As soon as his girlfriend Charlotte, clad in black, begins cooing about the library he built for her, he makes an anxious beeline for his workspace at the far end of the apartment and continues cleaning, clearing.
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