It was bitter sweet to hear that Deborah Brown will be closing the little space on Wilson Avenue that has been a home to Storefront Bushwick for over three years. The gallery is, without a doubt, a staple in artsy Bushwick. It has become so popular that its openings have been so packed that the crowd would pour out from the space to the street, resembling a neighborhood block party. Long story short: The party is moving to 324 Ten Eyck because Deborah Brown just bought a huge building and has announced her epic plans for Storefront Ten Eyck - and gave us a tour!
Twin Sister has been making waves around Brooklyn for some time, but caught our ears when their debut LP, In Heaven, popped up on best of 2011 lists. Ever since, we’ve been crushing hard on their sound, an eclectic blend of dance-rock grooves, twangy guitars and dreamy synths that swirl around the quirky, shape-shifting voice of singer Andrea Estella. Although the album generated lots of positive attention, the band remains rather elusive, especially for an age in which it’s not unusual to see what a band ate for lunch on Instagram. They kicked off a mini spring tour at Bushwick’s very own Silent Barn the night of Saturday the 11th, so naturally we jumped at the chance to catch a glimpse of this mysterious band and finally see them perform live.
By Samuel Hernandez
He mops and sweeps the floor and the time passes. His thoughts are initially for getting through the morning.
Classroom 1A is empty so he goes in there and starts stacking chairs on top of the tables. They tell the students to do this job. After class, the teachers stand up front and tell the students to put their chairs on top of their tables. Depending on the grade, these children lug heavy chairs above their heads, always in danger of concussion and heavy fracture, and they slide them on top of the chairs.
Mr. Martinez slips his head in while he cracks his neck and wipes his head from the accumulating sweat. It’s a year where spring lasts three days and then moves on, overcrowded by zealous winter and threatening summer. There is heat from the laughing sun, and from the tiny bodies of so many children packed into a school. “Do your fucking job,” Martinez says. (more…)
♫ Music & (Outdoor) Parties
Can we all agree that these warmly fresh days are the best time of the year? Let’s enjoy it out in the open air with friends, beer, and good literature and music. Check out our 10 suggested activities to enhance the joy and perception of SPRING!
Illustration by Jeremy Nguyen
The hunt for a good brunch spot gets a bit more eclectic the further you travel into Brooklyn - the varying cuisines of the surrounding population is often reflected in each spot putting their own special cultural spin on this popular meal. Whether that means eggs at a popular Mexican spot or a Filipino-American version of waffles, you’re sure to find something new to taste when you venture one stop further on our “trusty” L train. (more…)
Crispy sashimi rolls made of rice as light as a heavenly cloud, savory ramen soup that restore your faith in humanity, shrimp rolls that make you want to leave for Hanoi and never come back – yes, dear Asian food lovers, Bushwick has just the stuff for you. Close your eyes and let us lead you on a food trip to Asia. You won’t even need a plane ticket…
Last week we mentioned we are doing a music showcase. Now, we can unveil all the details! We are joining forces with the best local promoter, BirdDog Promotions, to bring live music to your ears. Our showcase will take place next Friday, May 17th, and features a slew of local rock bands, including Turnip King, pow wow!, Las Rosas, The Teen Age, and Cosmonaut. The whole shebang with go down at Living Bread Deli near the Morgan L stop.
If you haven’t been to Living Bread, fear not: what could be more unique (and more Bushwick) than seeing some kick ass bands in a bodega? It’s gonna be awesome. RSVP on Facebook and we’ll see you there!
This Saturday from 6-10PM you have another chance to achieve the impossible – to see (almost) all Bushwick and Ridgewood galleries in one night. As a complement to Frieze Art Fair happening on Randall’s Island this weekend, 47 Bushwick and Ridgewood galleries will stay open late and participate in the general art festivities. RSVP on Facebook and check out the participating spaces here, and to make your travels through the neighborhood easier, check out also beta version of a long-awaited galleries map!
Oh, and don’t forget! On Saturday we travel between the galleries like this….