Bring to Light: NYC's First Nuit Blanche Festival of Light and Projection Art Coming to Greenpoint Oct. 2nd

DoTank: Brooklyn is bringing NYC’s First Nuit Blanche (what’s that mean?) to life next Saturday. Starting at 8pm, on October 2nd, Greenpoint sounds like it shall be illuminated into a most beautiful festival of light and projection art.

From the press release (pdf):

On October 2, from sunset to dawn, the streets of Greenpoint, Brooklyn will host Bring to Light, New York City’s first Nuit Blanche, an all-night public art festival begun in 1997 in Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg that has spread to cities across the world. The New York festival takes place on the postindustrial edges of an area reawakened in recent years by the migration of young culturistas into a mostly Polish neighborhood, and the opening of many new boutiques, bistros, bars and nightclubs. The nearby East River waterfront remains largely industrial, undeveloped, and publicly inaccessible, but for one night, the skywalks, open courtyards, alleys and adjacent streets around the Greenpoint Terminal Market will be lit up with site-specific installations, projections, interactive media, street performances, and a late-night dance party.

Bring to Light features works by over 50 international artists, performers, and musicians spread over four blocks, inhabiting street corners, galleries, shops, rooftops, vacant lots and buildings, with opening performances on Noble Street, installations and projections inside the American Playground (on Franklin and Noble), and events hosted by neighborhood businesses including furniture company From the Source, Gym Park gymnastics center, Fowler Arts Gallery, Hollywood Stunts, and film production spaces of Seret Studios. These spaces will act as sites for light, sound and unexpected installations, performances, and projections. The event will be broadcast live during a simultaneous Nuit Blanche event in Toronto.

Bring To Light NYC; h/t Animal

You're just as likely to get bed bugs from Victoria's Secret as you are from the Brooklyn Free Store

“For some people, this is like a living, breathing example of an anti-capitalist way of being,” Thadeaus said. “I was involved in a lot of the anti-globalization protests of the late nineties and earlier this decade, and that was a lot of protesting, breaking windows, saying what we’re against. And this is a demonstration of what we’re for. This is the new world that we wanna create. This is how it looks.”

You know the Brooklyn Free Store? You should. Go read (my piece) about it over at The Awl.

For Sale: 1 Record Store; Price: $250,000

James Bradley has placed his Sound Fix record store up for sale — on Craigslist — for an asking price of $250,000. He tells the Village Voice he’s just “testing the waters,” noting working two jobs is starting to take a toll. While everyone’s always chattering on and on about the death of retail records, I think 2010 might be a better year than ever to jump at an opportunity like this.

It’ll be our generation’s version of antiquing in about 10 years, and stores like this, that were around long before the mp3 robots swam through your headphone cords and impregnated your brain with Steve Jobs’ cashseed, will probably become icons in a digital landscape.

Basically, what i’m saying is, if you and your group of friends can somehow dig up the money, this might be both a fun and worthwhile investment.

Officials Still Counting Votes for Williamsburg District Leader

Nearly a week after the Democratic primaries, there is still no clear winner in the Williamsburg district leader race.  Lincoln Restler is a leader of the New Kings Democrats club, a progressive, reformist political club.  His opponent is Warren Cohn, son of long-time district leader, Steve Cohn.  The stakes are high for this unpaid, little known position in Brooklyn’s 50th assembly district.  So why the heated race? Why are these two twenty-somethings battling it out until the last vote is counted? One of the responsibilities of the district leader is helping select the county chairman, and this has become a big issue this election season.  Democrats in the County of Kings are divided over current Democratic boss,  Assemblyman Vito Lopez.  Restler has said he will vote Lopez out.  Cohn is believed to support him.  Recounts of the votes have seen each candidate gaining and losing the lead back and forth all week, leaving the outcome of the race still very unclear. From The Brooklyn Paper:

“The recount was the second change in leadership this week after Restler appeared to win the Williamsburg-Greenpoint-Fort Greene state committee seat on Primary Day by just 19 votes. First, dozens of “emergency” paper ballots were counted late in the week, and Cohn got 97 to Restler’s 46, putting Cohn up by 41 votes. But then workers made their official recanvass of their Election Day count, and suddenly Restler’s 19-vote machine lead surged to a 3,569–3,423 total, or 146. Bringing back the paper ballot score only cut Restler’s lead to 85 votes.  Tomorrow, election workers will begin counting the remaining ballots in the race — about 300, including 103 absentee ballots.”

This close vote has already brought into question New York’s new voting machines. The optical scanning machines made their debut during last week’s primary, and are generally considered more reliable and accurate than the old machines, but these fancy new toys are still getting the kinks worked out.

–Chris Boyette

Watch: Pavement reunion at the Williamsburg Waterfront

Pavement played the first of many NYC reunion shows last night on the Williamsburg Waterfront, and Big Ass Lens was there to capture and document the experience. The band played material spanning their entire career, including “Unfair”, the video above. Lots more footage, including a 4 song mega mix, and review of the show over at Big Ass Lens.

Music Video: Sleigh Bells "Infinity Guitars"

Alexis and Derek are totally the cool kids from your high school. If there was any question before, clearly their Ray Bans and jean jackets in this video for “Infinity Guitars” proves it. Plus burning guitars and fog machines and scary dogs and cheerleaders. This was what your high school years looked like, right?

Watch it over at NME. Then go smoke cigarettes in the bathroom.

Crif Dogs = Breakfast Food?

Here’s a new one: Crif Dogs, the East Village outpost responsible for countless 4:00am chili dog binges (and morning-after indigestion…) is set to open its second location this fall, at the corner of Driggs and N. 8th in Williamsburg. But in a twist that has even the foodie experts at Eater rather dumbfounded, the restaurant is set to be open at 7:00am every day – at least, if the restaurant’s Craigslist ad for new hires is to be trusted. We’re all for adding another meat-centric joint to the Williamsburg restaurant scene; given the success of Fette Sau, Commodore, and Pies & Thighs, our appetite for all things fried, tube-shaped, and bacon-wrapped seems pretty much insatiable. But will anyone really want to down a “Good Morning” (according to the Crif website, a “bacon-wrapped dog smothered with melted cheese and a fried egg”) before hopping the L?

The "Good Morning"

The "Good Morning"

Let’s hope not, if only for the sake of the poor souls crammed into the same subway car, enduring the worst morning breath since the morning we sat next to a guy who downed a liter of beer and a bratwurst at Radegast the night before and forgot to brush in the morning.

Crif Dogs, opening later this Fall at Driggs and N. 8th.

It Was a Tornado

Actually, two of them. And a macroburst:

Weather officials confirmed Friday night that two tornadoes and a macroburst touched down in New York City the previous day, as residents citywide continue to survey damage and local lawmakers build their case for FEMA funding.

The National Weather Service said that the first EF0 tornado touched down in Park Slope, Brooklyn with winds of 80 mph after 5 p.m. Thursday and traveled two miles northeast.

The second EF1 tornado touched down about 2.5 miles south of Flushing, Queens and traveled north to Bayside with winds of up to 100 mph, before lifting over the waters. Middle Village and Forest Hills, Queens were the neighborhoods hit hardest.

The macroburst, which is a sudden acceleration of wind coming out of a fast-moving storm that’s more than 2.5 miles long, created the most damage in Queens, moving through Forest Hills and Middle Village with winds up to 125 mph.

“The [macroburst’s] actual width upon touchdown was on the order of about 1.5 miles wide and the damage path that spread out made a cone of up to five miles wide,” said Gary Conte of the National Weather Service.