Archive for the ‘Eye Spy’ Category

DANCE FOR BROOKLYN

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

We’re always excited when our friends at BAM give us a heads up on powerful, inspiring performances. We can start the weekend off right with Maya Azucena‘s Dance For Brooklyn, a show presented by BAM’s Sounds Like Brooklyn Festival at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo at 16 Main Street.

Why should I go? you might ask. Well, it starts at 10 PM, which leaves just enough time for you to unwind and it’s an upbeat performance of storytelling through movement and music starring a Grammy award winner. We’re thinking its a good time. For more information and to buy tickets, click here – and hurry!

EYE SPY: COUNTY OF KINGS

Monday, October 19th, 2009

There’s a one-man show currently at the Public Theatre in Manhattan that recently received rave reviews from our fellow staffers who attended the show. The show is Lemon Anderson’s stand-up memoir produced by Brooklyn favorite Spike Lee. County of Kings tells the story of Anderson’s struggles throughout youth. Anderson, whose parents met at a methadone clinic and passed away from AIDS, served two prison sentences before he was 21 and managed to capture a Tony for the storytelling of his life by age 30. It’s more than a Brooklyn-based coming of age story; it’s a whirlwind account of love, hip hop, drugs, prison and poetry.

BKI staffer, Lenzy, couldn’t stop offering his support for the show. “It’s rhythmic reality in its raw form. It touches the core of the soul even if you can’t relate to the facts. There’s nothing sweet about Lemon except the lemonade he made on stage. He captures your attention in three seconds flat, the way he emerges from the audience at the start. Like the Himalaya [a ride at Coney Island that Lemon gives an anecdote about], it takes you back and forth on a ride of emotions, but it leaves you yearning for more because it ends so suddenly.”

Michelle, another BKI staffer who attended the performance said, “The way he endearingly personifies the characters in his life and how they’ve affected him is hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. I could have watched Lemon tell his story easily for a few more hours. We’re giving it a rave review, and we’re thinking you will too.

EYE SPY: BRIGHT NIGHTS

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Tonight Brooklyn is celebrating the 100th year of Manhattan Bridge with “Bright Nights,” a curated program of digital artwork that will be projected onto the structure. The DUMBO neighborhood will shine with the art of four internationally renowned Brooklyn-based artists – Burak Arikan, Motomichi Nakamura, Marius Watz and Lee Wells. Each artist brings the Manhattan bridge to life with their own distinctive interpretation and exploration of the space.

Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Location:
Manhattan Bridge Anchorage, Front & Adams Street side in DUMBO, Brooklyn

For more information about the event and the artists, visit randomnumber.nu.

GO LOCAL! Partner Store Spotlight: Lion In The Sun

Monday, July 13th, 2009

One of our great partners collaborating with us in the GO LOCAL! Summer Giveaway Series is Lion in the Sun of Park Slope, an exquisite paperie shop – and a Brooklyn novelty – on Seventh Avenue. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team, Melinda and David Morris, Lion in the Sun has a history of being a family business. Growing up on Long Island, Melinda worked for her parents at the original Lion in the Sun, which is still operating today after 30 years. Since Melinda’s parents sold their vacation home to start the shop, and were no longer going to be lying in the sun, they named it “Lion in the Sun.”

Melinda opened the Park Slope store in 2002, after living in Brooklyn for eight years. She noticed the sense of community in the neighborhood, as well as the need for a good quality paperie and custom invitations. As luck would have it, Melinda met David, who happened to live around the corner, in her new store. Today, Lion in the Sun still prides itself on its highly unique products and services, sustainability efforts, and personal relationships with neighbors and clients. Melinda and David have always been passionate about supporting a number of community activities that encourage buying locally. They’ve also sought out quality recycled paper goods and partnered with companies that practice green initiatives.

We got the chance to ask Melinda a few questions about the shop. Here’s what she said:

BKI: Do you plan to open a third store, specifically a second one in Brooklyn?
MM: “Actually, we run the two stores independently. Right now we don’t plan on opening another retail location, [as] we are very lucky that our clients are willing to travel to Park Slope to see us. We are hoping to expand our in-house design and printing studio space so [that] we can do more of that.”

BKI: What have customers requested lately?
MM: “Right now anything with the Brooklyn Bridge is HOT… not just from local designers but it seems to be a national design craze. I think it has become a new symbol for NY. The other thing that has been making a popular comeback [are] cards and books printed on wood, or etched into wood. It is fabulous and retro and really fun.”

BKI: Do you have any upcoming events?
MM: “We will be doing a bridal workshop with Vane Broussard from Brooklyn Bridge on Thursday, July 30 at 7PM. She will be interviewing the blogger, Thoughtful Day.”

Lion in the Sun is the perfect example of why we should shop local!


Melinda and David in their shop

Lion in the Sun is located at 232 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215

Images taken from here.

THIS WEEKEND: Kickoff of "Pool Parties" Concert Series

Friday, July 10th, 2009

In addition to the Target High Line Street Festival on Gansevoort St. this Sunday, those looking for fun stuff to do (for free!) on Sundays are in luck. Yes, the “Pool Parties” free shows are back this summer and bigger than ever. Three summers ago, the event-planning group JELLY created the groundbreaking free Pool Parties concert series in Brooklyn’s – and North America’s – largest functioning swimming pool located in McCarren Park. The next year, thousands of people traveled far and wide to experience the excitement of Pool Parties. It became one of the largest and most popular summer event series in the city, with 8,000 people attending every week. This year will be no different, and JELLY is producing eight free shows at the riverfront in Williamsburg. This Sunday will feature Mission of Burma, F***ed Up, Ponytail, and Jemina Pearl. Don’t miss it!

Date: Sundays between July 12 and August 30, 2009 from 2PM-8PM

Location: Williamsburg at 90 Kent Avenue between N 8th and N 9th Streets Admission: Free!

Webpage: www.thepoolparties.com

HIGH LINE STREET FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND!

Friday, July 10th, 2009

This Sunday afternoon, grab your friends and join the free, family-friendly party celebrating the opening of the High Line park on Manhattan’s West Side. The festival will include internationally-acclaimed artists, inflatable sculptures, a special greenmarket, live music, and fun, hands-on activities – and you definitely won’t miss the world’s largest lemonade stand, served from an NYC water tank, which will also be featured. Sunday’s festival will celebrate the opening of 10 years of advocacy, planning, and construction to restore the elevated railway into a beautiful public park for everyone in the city – and around the world – to enjoy. The celebration will also commemorate the 10th anniversary of Friends of the High Line and the 75th anniversary of the High Line itself. It’s the perfect place to spend a relaxing and fun afternoon in the city. Also on display will be Brooklyn Industries High Line t-shirt, sold in BKI stores and online. Half of all proceeds from sales of this shirt go to the High Line. We are so excited to support this amazing park! Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 12PM-5PM (rain or shine!)

Location: On Gansevoort Street between Ninth Avenue and Washington Street

Admission: Free!

Event Webpage: http://www.thehighline.org/events/all/2009/7/target-high-line-street-festival

I LOVE FACTORY BK: Another Brand Grows in Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009



When he’s not helping to run our SoHo store, Chris Garbushian is still living, working, and especially, creating. Last July, Chris and Laurel St. Romain launched I Love Factory BK in Brooklyn, and used their many creative and artistic talents to begin designing brooches for men and headbands for women. In just twelve months, I Love Factory has expanded into an exquisite collection of hand-made headpieces, including hand-sewn clips, headbands, and boutonnieres. It hasn’t taken long for people to notice the uniqueness of the signature pieces made of black taffeta, satin, silks, guinea hen feathers, bows, vintage buttons, pearls, and Swarovski crystals. With features on Gossip Girl and in Teen Vogue and Daily Candy, it’s hard to believe they’ve only been in business for a year. We’re complete admirers.

The Parklife Society collection (think posh, sophisticated pieces) will be available at exclusive retailers. The custom couture pieces are available by appointment only, through e-mail: ask_us@ilovefactorybk.com.

images courtesy of nymag.com

RAIN OR SHINE: Mermaid Parade on Coney Island

Friday, June 19th, 2009



When: Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 2PM
Where: West 21st Street and Surf Avenue
Subway: D, F, N, or Q to Stillwell Avenue

For the past 26 years, the annual Mermaid Parade on Coney Island has celebrated the sand, the sea, the salt air, and the beginning of summer in New York City. This year will be no different. Nothing to do this weekend? Head down to Coney Island where you will find queues of participants dressed in hand-made costumes as mermaids, neptunes, and other sea creatures, along with antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and nautical-themed floats. The entire day is filled with Coney Island pride and artistic self-expression, honoring the history and mythology of the Island. Come on out – mermaids are cool!

Image taken from Metro New York

EYE SPY: Safari 7 and more

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Looking for something to do this weekend? Why not use your metro card and ride the 7 train? The New York City subway line, which runs from Manhattan to diverse Queens neighborhoods such as Sunnyside, Jackson Heights and Flushing is hosting Safari 7, a downloadable self-guided tour that explores ecosystems along the 7 train.

If you’re interested in urban animal life you can download 12 current podcasts as mp3’s here and then print out this pamphlet to read along. At 42nd Street Times Square you can learn about germs and be clued in that “from Flushing station to 42nd Street more germs ride the #7 line each day than people do in a year.” At Junction Blvd., Safari 7 puts the spotlight on pigeons, which for years New Yorkers have unsuccessfully tried to eliminate from the streets. We initially thought this was great for children, but subway stations such as 40th St – Lowery Street will win adults over with facts on dogs. Supposedly, “from 5th Avenue to Times Square, the price of real estate is directly related to what size dog you keep.” Hilarious.

The project was developed by the Urban Landscape Lab at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. So why not download it, get out onto the subway and experience Safari 7? Maybe it’ll make us feel slightly better about increased subway fares.

We do suggest you get out and experience Queens Art Express, which ends June 14th. It’s a 7-mile route on the 7 train from Times Square to Flushing that links you to a “spring arts festival packed with arts exhibitions, festive events, and live performances in public spaces throughout neighborhoods clustered along the train route.” We love art and the city.

photo by WNYC

HIT THE STREETS

Friday, May 15th, 2009

The 5th Avenue Street Fair in Park Slope is this Sunday, May 17th. The fair starts on Sterling and runs to 12th street. Brooklyn Industries’ booth location will be on 5th Avenue at Union Street. We’re bringing deep discounts with prices as low as $5. Visit us between 12 and 6 pm.

Photo taken from Flickr