Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Links: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick

I should have gone hiking on the Appalachian trail this weekend instead of staying in to watch UConn Football (24-21 L to Pittsburgh), the Red Sox (7-6 L to the Angels) and The Patriots (20-17 in Overtime, L to The Broncos). Yeesh. At least I didn't enter any pools.

Instead let's take a look at a few overlooked and underreported stories from the past week before we go to photos of the weekend. Not necessarily favorites, just trends and storylines everyone should be aware about.

1. Arts in Bushwick is one month away from launching BETA Spaces, the curator-driven festival. I have a lot more to say about it (and I may be running an event in it), but let's take a look at two pieces in the Times that touch why this festival is occurring. There's the curator Style feature that looks at the changing use of the word and the phenomenon of the pop-up gallery which have occurred in Bushwick, Williamsburg and DUMBO unsurprisingly. Also, the Greenpoint Gazette's Juliet Linderman has a longer site-specific piece about Castle Braid and the use of condo rentals for art space.

Jay Bakker, son of the televangelist first couple Jimmy Bakker and Tammy Faye, is on the cover of the WGNews+Arts. He's on there for a reason.

Finally, (more on this tomorrow), Custom Wine Bar is back in the news, as Brooklyn Paper's Will Yakowicz reports from the Public Safety committee meeting. It's coming back to CB 1 on Wednesday most likely, which hasn't seen this kind of passion since June's Broadway Triangle presentation. Can we work on getting a liquor license for 211 Ainslie Street (the Swinging Sixties Senior Center) by then?

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