Olek is the prolific crochet artist known best for disrupting public spaces by swathing dull stone, concrete, and brick with enormous, sometimes intricate yarn hoods. While she’s spent the last 15 years living in Brooklyn, her reach as an international artist seems to be expanding ever outward from the city where she started her art career.
This weekend Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers is hosting a sale at its Williamsburg warehouse, soon to be replaced by a new facility on Montrose Avenue.
“We are just clearing out old stuff we don’t want to take with us to the new warehouse,” co-owner Jonas Kyle told us over the phone. The “hodgepodge of stuff” includes art books, poetry, and literature.
Last night the mask-wielding artists of the Bruce High Quality Foundation opened up the doors of their epic new studio space in Sunset Park. The excuses were a party and an exhibition featuring work inspired by French Baroque painter Nicholas Poussin’s landscapes, while the reason was fundraising for the Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHFQU), an experimental, non-profit art school that offers free classes and an alternative to the MFA by separating art from careerism. Come January, BHQFU, which has had a home base in the East Village since 2013, will move its operations here to Sunset Park.
Ryan McGinley’s seventh opening at Team Gallery was just like all the others: at any given moment, there were just as many people on Grand Street as in the gallery – a fact that did not go unnoticed by the uniformed and undercover cops who rolled by to tell the mob of downtown scenesters to clear the sidewalk and bike lane.
I’m not gonna lie, when I heard Wild Torus— the aggressively psychedelic Bushwick performance art duo– would be hosting their “most ambitious event yet” this weekend, I imagined a sweaty, gyrating orgy of disembodied tentacles coated in globs of indecipherable goo, or “Torus Juice” as it’s known (it’s actually corn syrup). Not exactly gallery material. When I first encountered Wild Torus’ cult-like “digital spirituality” rituals at their Bushwick home base, Torus Portus, I had never seen anything like it– and I haven’t seen anything to match it since.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, city contractors uncovered two tombs filled with human skeletons in Washington Square Park. [NY Post]
Renderings and a $24.5 million listing price (for the retail space) were released for the Ben Shaoul-owned building at 100 Avenue A. [EV Grieve]
A proposal has been submitted for a 155-room hotel on West Street in Greenpoint, part of the former Greenpoint Terminal Market. [Brooklyn Paper]
Trash and Vaudeville is going, St. Marks Sounds is gone, and a Caffe Bene is on the way. But, as noted in a new history, St. Marks Place “will probably always elude true respectability.” Indeed, the block between Second and Third Avenues just got a new sex shop.
Erik Zajaceskowski and Rachel Nelson, the husband and wife behind art/music space Secret Project Robot and hoppin’ Bushwick bar Happyfun Hideaway, are putting the finishing touches on their latest project, a tavern, cafe, and gallery on Dekalb Avenue, in that blurry area between Bushwick and Bed-Stuy. With the grand opening of Flowers For All Occasions set for Thursday evening, the smell of fresh wood still lingers in the air and there’s a bare back room of sorts where a “zine vending machine and cabinet of curiosities” will eventually stand.
As I’m checking things out, Erik comes in, gleefully brandishing a small sparkly object.
“Look!” he says with a grin. “Pink pepper spray!”
“These are the things you get excited about after five months of construction,” Rachel says.
Turns out El Beit isn’t the only Bedford Avenue spot that recently bit the dust. After replacing Ella Cafe with Korean gastropub Sujo and then briefly bringing Ella back, the owners of both have decided to call it quits at 177 Bedford. A legal notice dated Oct. 21 indicates they didn’t leave on good terms: Edward Jakubek, their landlord, is trying to evict them and demanding a sum of $121,572.
If you happened to be a Sujo fan, some of the restaurant’s menu items are being served at its sister spot, Brooklyn Seoul.
With shops like Kai D., Feltraiger, and Robert James, Williamsburg is increasingly becoming a destination for discerning dudes seeking dashing duds. The latest local designer to open a store of its own is The Hill-Side, a six-year-old brand with roots in both NYC and Japan.
The official blowback in response to the Halloween-Superfund-rave-that-almost-was has begun. As promised, Assembly Member Joseph R. Lentol wrote a letter to the State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on behalf of his district strongly suggesting he “investigate the pop-up party industry in New York City.” Lentol asks that Schneiderman take a close look at CityFox, the party promoters responsible for the would-be rave, which the Assembly Member refers to as “a corporation extremely difficult to track.” More details about the rave have emerged, including a social media response from CityFox.
Makeshift Society, the San Francisco co-working space that came to Williamsburg a year and a half ago, has closed its Hope Street outpost. According to a sign posted by the owners, its clientele was “not quite numerous enough to make the business pencil out the way we planned.” But that isn’t stopping its neighbor across the street, 66 Hope, from picking up Makeshift’s business model and running with it. As of last week, 66 Hope is no longer a coffee shop and is now the neighborhood’s newest co-working space.