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How deep do you want to sink into the Bushwick Open Studios scene this weekend? Don’t even know where to start? Enter our Super Bushwick World. We’ve created a handy quiz to help you assess a plan of action for BOS, and pick which one of the three walking tours is the right one for you.
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Princess Peach Tour
“Oh my!” You’ve just come above ground at the Bogart exit at the Morgan L stop. Take a deep breath and stretch out. You’re in Bushwick, Princess Peach! Okay, so you’re really in East Williamsburg, Bushwick officially begins south of Flushing Ave but who cares about cartography when you can still experience the proper Bushwick art and fun! Head straight to the big yellow building right across the street – you’ve arrived at 56 Bogart. It’s a home to 12 galleries and numerous artist studios. But be careful, Princess, because 56 Bogart is a real time and space sucker, and you don’t want to spend your whole day at one location, right? So go see Fuchs Projects for some cool photography, check out books at Mellow Pages library, and climb to the fourth floor for IRL: internet <-> real life, a group show featuring six artists connected through social medial.
After your 56 Bogart building visit, you will need to refresh yourself, darling! Powder your nose in the collage boudoir of Pine Box Rock Shop; drink a delicious craft ale from their abundant beer menu, and grab a bite from one of the food/art trucks parked right in front of the bar.
If you haven’t worn yourself out yet, head to 257 Varet St for the best rooftop party on Saturday from 7PM to 2AM. We get it, Princess, you can use another cup of coffee or maybe even a delicious meal by now before any serious action. Head to Tutu’s () for your energy fix, and, on your way back to the subway station, do yourself a favor and stop by at McKibbin Lofts for a dose of investigation of sexuality, eroticism, and nudity, and party in the Brooklyn Wildlife style.
“This world truly is the best!” You are right, Yoshi! Welcome to the world off Jefferson L stop. We understand that as an agile young dinosaur, you need a full tank before you jump on a mushroom and eat those bad guys. Head to the French bistro Mominette for some escargots, if you dare, and bocce ball in their newly opened backyard. Cross the borough border over to Queens (mama mia!), and walk up to the huge warehouse at 17-17 Troutman Street. Mingle with international artists at Parallel Art Space - but for Christ sake don’t eat any of them! Make sure to check out some of the numerous artists studios in the building and the three other galleries (Harbor, Regina Rex, and Bull and Ram).
You are on a roll, Yoshi! Just down the street from 1717 Troutman, the Bushwick Collective, previously known as Bushwick 5Pointz, brings the coolest street artists of the world to Troutman and St. Nicholas triangle. They are having a huge Block Party on Sunday at 2PM with live street art making and music! Double Win!
Stroll down Wyckoff and get extra points by making friends with Fern, the famous dog, whose portraits will be hanging all over Norte Maar, the intimate apartment gallery of Jason Andrews. Next stop is Pickthorn, a high end hair colorist salon. Rather than requesting a newly coifed bleached blond look, check out some fabulous art and exciting live music!
Do you suddenly feel like your green dino-coat could be greener, maybe? It sounds like something a kale & apple juice could fix… Head to Owl Juice Pub some a fresh juice and a pastry.
Super Mario Tour
“Here we go!” The most advanced of the Bushwick explorers. You are super, after all! No hanging around the established L train will do it for you. You explore the hidden gems under the JMZ tracks and beyond, and your knowledge of your neighborhood is truly star-worthy. Begin at Myrtle/Broadway, Mario and jump right into the Living Gallery because Bushwick’s legendary Meryl Meisler has a photography show, juxtaposing images of the Bushwick of the 1980′s and of today. On Sunday at 2PM join Bushwick’s premiere historians, John Dereszewski and Adam Schwartz for an exclusive walking tour that will make you learn even more about your beloved neighborhood! Rather than walking, if you prefer racing the wind on your bike, join the Bike Tour of Bushwick Agriculture instead, which meets up on Sunday at 2PM. Locavores will visit the Bushwick Campus Farm, stop by at Momo Sushi Shack for free food, and finish the tour at a super exclusive BBQ Party. Put some coins aside for a donation to this awesome local cooperative, Mario!
There are some sweet new spots nestled under the JMZ train, like Bossa Nova Civic Club that will surprise you with its electronic music vibe and delicious yet affordable mixed drinks- check out the Electronic Music Showcase there Saturday Night. Nearby collaborative art and music space Fort Useless will be hosting laid-back bands, art, and fun throughout the entire weekend. And now, Mario, “you’re a-gonna-win!” as you venture to the mobile exhibition on wheels, The Deconsumptionists parked off of Bushwick Avenue. Artist and gallerist Andrea Monti, who is usually behind the scenes running Microscope Gallery, steps out of his usual role with a solo show, featured in the show on wheels. Go check out how this interesting artist assembling an IKEA ‘base corner cabinet’ and ponders the cyclical nature of time on Saturday at 6PM. Whenever needed, go collect some rewards in the shape of sandwiches and coffee at the cutest coffee shop, Little Skips.
Mario’s adventure is over! Reconnect with your friends, Princess Peach and Yoshi, and go relax and enjoy a well deserved cocktail at Bizarre.
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