Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York
Over the weekend, we went to the Northside Festival, an eight-day conglomeration of "what's next" in music, arts, film, and, for the first time, entrepreneurship and business. We'll tell you more stories from the goings-on shortly, but for now, a few highlights from our wanderings.
1. Mobile Festival: While on the way to the Fowler Arts Collective show (featuring the work of Artsicle's Kate Nielsen!) we were passed by a gang of dudes on what appeared to a be a tour of the festival via skateboard. Skate on, dudes.
2. Northside Hospitality: We were invited to a post-festival cookout at an artist's studio in Greenpoint.
3. History Lesson: Beth Goldowitz, a resident of Williamsburg since 1984, gave us an impromptu oral history of the Williamsburg and Greenpoint artist communities at Oak Street Gallery.
4. Polish Trail: The forces of the universe connected us with a pair of Polish tourists, who wandered the open studios (through this historically Polish neighborhood) on our exact route.
5. Curatorial State of Mind: The interaction between the art in studios and the art on the street, from the work of Williamsburg fixtures Faile to the murals on warehouse walls all over Greenpoint, underscored north Brooklyn's burgeoning art scene and reinforced the festival's focus on artistic support and exchange.
For our full thoughts on these things and more, check out Reflections on Northside Art Festival.
The artist at work in the photo above is Keighty Alexander.