There’s a good chance that before you’ve finished watching the video above, professional skateboarder and event promoter Joel Meinholz will have hatched five new ideas.
As we followed the Milwaukee native around on a humid Sunday, he schemed something on each block – everything from a skateboarding play based on “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” to an initiative that would turn boring blocks into obstacle courses by adding transitions to existing architecture. Keep Reading »
Nick Suarez and his Backyard stand at Iona (Photo: Natalie Rinn)
All Nick Suarez, founder of the wildly popular Food Experiments, ever wanted to do was hang out in a backyard, wear shorts and grill stuff. And now he’s living that dream every Thursday through Sunday night behind a Williamsburg pub.
Suarez has quietly launched “Backyard at Iona,” a charm-filled shanty with a tin ceiling, running water, walls that double as chalkboards and a utensil rack attached to a tree. The grill menu may change weekly depending on the chef’s mood, but he’ll always offer the basics: burgers, brats, sausages, and side salads, like potato and cucumber. Keep Reading »
There’s a Steve Jobs biopic on the way, and Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta know exactly what you’ll want to wear to the premiere. As you can see in our video, the Williamsburg-based designers have created a limited-edition line of $200 sweatshirts emblazoned with the face of the Great One. Keep Reading »
Despite speculation that the 13-year-old festival might move to Brooklyn, organizer Brendt Barbur decided to keep it local — for now, anyway. “This is where we were born,” he said of the East Village and Lower East Side. Keep Reading »
Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser at the Del Close Marathon (Photo: Francine Daveta)
This weekend marks the arrival of the 15th annual Del Close Marathon, the multi-day improv extravaganza hosted annually by the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, with over 420 shows on 7 stages. Expect to see UCB mainstays like Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Veep’s Matt Walsh, The Office’s Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods, plus a whole lot of other SNL alums, Apatow-types and familiar faces. While the main theater in Chelsea always has epic lines, there’s still plenty of fun to be had over at UCB East or on some of the smaller stages.
If you don’t feel like springing for a $30 weekend pass, tickets for some of the bigger name shows can be bought individually from the UCB website. Or, for something completely different, check out our roundup of this week’s best laugh-ins, stand-ups and make-em-ups. Keep Reading »
Above, Shaun Blonde gets suited up before taking folks for a ride on Olek’s “yarnshaw.” Check out Michael Tapp’s documentary about the yarn-swaddled rickshaw over at Time.
In light of the 12 weekends of G train closures that begin July 6, rumors have begun circulating that Citibank will partner with the MTA to place new Citi Bike stations around Greenpoint and LIC. Greenpointers documents a rep’s verbal gymnastics as he neither confirms nor denies the new stations. [Greenpointers]
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Olek's response to the prompt "Transform Today" was this crocheted mural, which read "All we need is love and money."
Brooklyn-based street artist Olek displayed three pieces on North 6th, including her recognizable crocheted bike.
Maybe the most incredible piece of the Open Canvas event was Olek's completely crocheted van.
A view from the front.
Both sides of North 6th were plastered with posters from artists such as Justin Beal, Michael Zahn and tattoo artist JK5.
A finished section of posters on the south side of North 6th Street
"Magnus Salo (The Big Surge)"
Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist ROSTARR is known for his signature calligraphic lines, which he painted in acrylic above Music Hall of Williamsburg.
"Magnus Salo (The Big Surge)"
ROSTARR's mural was undoubtedly the highest public art piece of the Open Canvas Initiative.
"Consider Yourself Warned"
Craig Damrauer's work featured barely legible stenciled phrases warning viewers about fireworks, scams and other dangers, which he was covered with layers of paint.
Williamsburg passersby look at Danish photographer Asger Carlsen's surreal vinyl photographs that he pasted on a construction fence.
Mark Nystrom used data collected about wind speed and direction to create his seemingly abstract circles. Each ring corresponds to one hour of wind data.
Andrew Kuo's "Mirror, Peephole" featured many appropriated Internet cat photographs.
New York artist Andrew Kuo and team installed his selection of random images from the Internet on glass storefront windows.
By Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe
Freeman and Lowe, known for their immersive installations, based their work off of the cult 1970s sci-fi film "The Star Chamber."
"Memories, Landscapes and Other Lies."
New York-based artist Ara Dymond scraped the paint off the wall that was primed for the Open Canvas event, creating this textural mural.
This past weekend, North 6th Street exploded with energy as more than 20 artists chosen by Absolut’s Open Canvas Initiative transformed a Williamsburg block of storefronts, construction fences and bare walls into colorful, stunning murals. Prompted to “Transform Today,” the artists, who were mostly from the Brooklyn area, worked with a wide variety of materials and mediums — starting with yarn.
Click through our slideshow to see how the event unspooled.
Every day around 4:20 p.m. we stuff your pipe with Lil’ Nugs, our late afternoon link dump.
(Photo: Joe Raskin)
The East Village, Alphabet City, Midtown South – seems that no one really knows what to call the area east of Third Avenue and north of Houston anymore. But it turns out that this ontological crisis is nothing new. Flaming Pablum traces the evolving nomenclature of, uh, whatever we’re calling this neighborhood now. [Flaming Pablum]
Massey Knakal Realty is marketing a parcel along the Greenpoint East River waterfront. Check that; it’s in the East River. It is literally underwater. But the good news is that “the lot presents a unique opportunity for waterfront development,” as the listing puts it. The price? A cool $2.5 million. 
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Here’s what we’re really excited to see this week in local theaters (or, for that matter, at local bars and rooftops).
Sarah Jacobson was an independent filmmaker who believed wholeheartedly in feminism and punk rock, and fully embraced a DIY method of filmmaking. Before cancer cut her life short at age 32, she made some of the most influential underground films of the ’90s, including “I Was a Teenage Serial Killer,” “Road Movie (Or What I Learned In a Buick Station Wagon),” and a feature film, “Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore.” Keep Reading »
The Renegade Craft Fair set up camp in Williamsburg’s East River State Park this weekend, alongside regulars Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea. We withstood the sweltering heat to show you a few of our favorite things, amass a collection of business cards, and to indulge in some ice cream from the Coolhaus truck (which, unfortunately, could not withstand the heat). We may have even come away with a purchase or two – because, indeed, one can always use another bloody tote.
If you missed out on the fair, don’t worry: all of the vendors also sell their wares online, and many of them are based locally in Brooklyn. You’ll find links to their online shops with each image, and the full list of Renegade Craft vendors can be found here.
It’s the first day of summer, in case ya hadn’t heard. Make Music New York (above) is winding down over on Astor Place, but don’t get your Brooklyn Surf Shorts in a bunch: there are plenty of after-parties, and the weather’s going to be glorious all weekend. If you’re too lazy to make it to the Mermaid Parade (King Neptune = Judah Friedlander this year) here’s where to soak up some sun locally. (All events are free unless noted.)
SATURDAY Hillstock Festival Block Party
This Brooklyn-wide festival by the Never Break Down music collective features dozens of bands. Their block party on Saturday on the outskirts of Williamsburg is free and lasts all day. Afterparty at The Bishop at 8 p.m.
106 Emerson Place, nr. Myrtle Ave.
11 a.m. Keep Reading »
A golden light on Solange and her fans (Photos: Joshua Kristal)
Nice skirt! (Photo: Joshua Kristal)
Dancing to Petit Noir, opener for Solange.
Fashion students Franki Phil-Ebosie and Jackie Martell at King & Grovel.
Besties taking selfies.
At the Solange concert at McCarren.
The crowd at South African band Petit Noir.
The Solange rooftop pre-party had Williamsburg fronting as Miami.
The Maker Twins used wheels to create electronic dub music.
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 Maker Twins installation was popular with the kids.
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. Keep Reading »