RIP Leonora Russo, “The Queen of Williamsburg”

Leonora Russo circa 2011, Photo: Anna Gianfrate

Leonora Russo circa 2011, Photo: Anna Gianfrate

My personal interactions and friendship with Leonora was limited to brief chats on Bedford Avenue as she made her rounds through the neighborhood, although I truly cherished those conversations. Sitting on a bench among the quickly changing storefronts of Williamsburg, Leonora Russo always helped me feel rooted and connected to the neighborhood, despite sometimes feeling like I moved without going anywhere.

She was a stalwart citizen, an accomplished actress, singer, and storyteller. Always dressed up, always smiling, always sharing, Leonora was an inspiration to many. Long Live The Queen.

Posted today by Leonora Russo’s friend William Basinski:

It is with great sadness that I report that my dear friend, Mrs. Leonora Russo, The Queen of Williamsburg, has died. Leonora lived in Williamsburg for over 60 years and was known for her incredible style and fashion sense as well as being an activist and stalwart supporter of The People’s Firehouse.

Never venturing out of her 3rd floor walk up on North 11th Street without being completely turned out, her glamour and outgoing, friendly personality attracted people to her like moths to a flame. People from around the world came to visit her on Bedford Avenue on her daily walks to do her shopping.

She was photographed and videotaped daily and featured in articles in numerous magazines around the world. A short documentary film about her was featured a few years ago at the Brooklyn Film Festival. She was a natural entertainer, an incredible singer with perfect pitch and could easily be encouraged to give advice or break out into one of her hilarious vaudeville era songs. She always wanted to go to Hollywood, but Hollywood came to her in her later years. God broke the mold when he created Leonora and a few Cadillacs were destroyed as well when she would walk down the street in her younger days.

There will be a memorial service and viewing at Arthur’s Funeral Chapel, 207 Nassau Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222, on Monday November 21, 2016 from 6-9pm. Please come and help us celebrate the life of this extraordinary woman. The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen of Williamsburg.

Best dressed exhibitors at this year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn

IMG_9486

This year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn festival, presented by Desert Island, brought together the best comic artists in the world with the best locals-only vibe you could ever ask for. Sure, there were a ton of awesome comics, and prints, and shirts, and patches and buttons and all sorts of special happenings and mingles. And I’m sure someone is blogging about all that.

But not me! I went solely as a Fashion Blogger. Why shouldn’t the CAB Fest have it’s own red carpet? I think it should!

Until then, here’s just a quick look at the best dressed exhibitors from this year’s Comic Arts Brooklyn. Enjoy!

[Read more…]

Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics

psychedelicart

It’s hard to deny the recent surge in clinical and educational interest in psychedelics. With shows like Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, conferences like Psychedelic Science in California, and local groups like The Psychedelic Society of Brooklyn, the study and research of the benefits (and risks) of psychedelics has grown leaps and bounds in recent years. [Read more…]

Greenpoint Avenue pins from BK Buttons

Die cast street sign pins

Die cast street sign pins

Last month the guys at BK Buttons released their first Brooklyn street sign pin, Greenpoint Avenue, and today they announced that anyone ordering a button can swing by the Pencil Factory Thursday evening to pick up their order:

For those of you working/living in Greenpoint, we will be hosting a “pin pick-up” at the Pencil Factory at 142 Franklin St at Greenpoint Ave, on Thursday (7/14) evening 6:30 – 8:30pm – please do swing by and pick up your order!

They’re still taking orders now through BKButtons.com but when we asked if we could pay cash for a pin tomorrow evening at the Pencil Factory pick up, they replied saying just “Maybe?”

Not a bad way to rep Greenpoint, I suppose! What’s next, a “West St.” pin?

Dobbin St + Wedding Crashers open house Tuesday 7/12

Dobbin St

Dobbin St
 is a new tailored event space and wedding venue just steps away from McCarren Park, and next Tuesday they’re hosting an open house for the local community. Partnered with Wedding Crashers, Brooklyn’s wedding fair and event series, this open house event will include preferred vendors Magnolia BakerySilkstone CateringIl Buco VitaJove Meyer EventsDesigns by Ahn, Scratch DJ Academy, and Broadway Party Rentals. [Read more…]

Open House New York invites you to Field Guide: North Brooklyn

13323622_1010505572377912_7006019998821320262_o

Dobbin St., a new events venue and participating Field Guide space

artist: Christine Gedeon, Splits & Skylines, site-specific tape installation, 2016.

This Saturday, June 11th, Open House New York hosts Field Guide: North Brooklyn, a self-guided walking tour of individual sites offering tours, talks, and demonstrations. [Read more…]

Urban Wellness Retreat at The Wythe

Aerie_Collective
This weekend The Aerie Collective premiers in New York City with the first of two events at The Wythe hotel. “We want to treat our guests to an experience,” says The Aerie Collective co-founder Laura Sniderman. “One which leaves them convinced that their everyday can be beautiful, inspired and healthy.”

Together with co-founders and twin sisters Elle and Claire Bourgeois, Sniderman aims to reverse the concept of a retreat. “The need is closer to home,” she says. “People often feel as if they must step outside of their lives to feel empowered, connected and alive. But why? This question acted as the spark that ignited our initial Urban Retreat.”

[Read more…]

Tonight: New Paintings by Rachel Ritchford

Rachel_Ritchford_1_webContinuing a rotating series of exhibitions, The Yard presents “New Paintings” by Rachel Ritchford.

“It was odd, she thought, how if one was alone, one leant to inanimate things; trees, streams, flowers; felt they expressed one; felt they became one; felt they knew one, in a sense were one; felt an irrational tenderness thus (she looked at that long steady light) as for oneself.” ― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Rachel Ritchford was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Reception Thursday, Jan 14th, 6-8pm at The Yard
33 Nassau Ave. 2nd Floor (Above Spritzenhaus)
RSVP and more info