Greenpoint Artist Spotlight: Ted McGrath

August, 2016

Ted McGrath is originally from the Philadelphia area but has become a Brooklyn fixture over the last decade plus.

He has exhibited works at institutions like Cinders Gallery, Calico, and Black Ball Projects and he’s performed music under the moniker The Flag in venues like Death By Audio, Silent Barn, and Shea Stadium to name a few.

Read more at Greenpointers.com

Paulie Gee & The Brotherhood of Pizza Entrepreneurs

JULY, 2016

To live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn ist o know Paulie Gee's pizzeria. Since the restaurant first opened on Greenpoint Avenue in 2010, Paulie Gee's became first a neighborhood institution, then a dining destination, and now an ethos unto itself, captained by none other than Paul Giannone himself (a.k.a. "Paulie Gee").

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A Plea For “Soft” Push Notifications in Our Sad, Scary 24/7 News Cycle

MARCH, 2016

The sad and scary truth is that terrorism is increasing.

Since March 2014, the Islamic State has carried out or inspired at least 29 deadly assaults targeting Westerners around the world, killing more than 650 people, according to a New York Times analysis of such attacks.

As a writer and news hound, I indulge in push notifications on my smart phone from a number of news outlets. I demand to know what’s happening around the world as it’s happening, and news of terror attacks is no exception. That is, until now.

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Exhibition Recaps: Greenpoint Gallery Night - Greenpointers

March, 2016

Last Friday marked the 18th Greenpoint Gallery Night, hosted by Scott Chasse (Calico) and Owen Houhoulis (Owen James Gallery) who voluntarily organized this informal directory of art spaces and organizations. It’s a night to roam the neighborhood, visiting new and familiar places, and meeting some of the talented creatives who make Greenpoint the incredible neighborhood it is.  

Here’s a short recap of the work I was able to see.

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PUTTING MUSIC TO WORDS: AUTHOR WALTER HOLLAND TALKS PHISH’S ‘A LIVE ONE’ - Jambase

MARCH, 2016

Last October, Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 imprint published A Live One, Walter Holland’s take on the Phish album of the same name. The album, as described by the publisher, is oversized, rare, perverse and precious. And the book?

Well, personally, I was thrilled to hear that someone had decided to tackle this project: to explore Phish’s first sanctioned live album, a compilation of recordings that contains some of my own early live discoveries of the band as it did, and maybe still does, for countless other fans. Walter Holland uses 30,000 words to look closely at this album, to really scrutinize its appeal, context, relevance, and in so many ways, to ask us, Phish fans and novices alike, “What is this? And why is it important?”

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Brooklyn Office Space and Coworking Provider Opens New Locations in Manhattan - Brooklyn Magazine

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February, 2016

The Yard continues to grow in New York City. Having opened its flagship Brooklyn location overlooking McCarren Park in 2011, The Yard has since expanded to the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side, and Midtown Manhattan. With nearly 100% occupancy, The Yard opened its Herald Square location just a few months ago and is now focused on pre-leasing for its upcoming Flatiron North location at 5th Avenue and 28th Street.

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How to fake your own book deal and get away with it -Quartz

April, 2015

H­ere’s the secret: It’s actually very easy for an unknown author to land a major publishing contract. You just cold-call a few publishing houses, get your manuscript read, and then work out a mutually beneficial payment. They need pages, you need money. Everyone wins, right?

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Ten Years of Music: A Williamsburg Oral History 2002-2012 - The WG News

June, 2012

Tod Seelie, 33, moved to Brooklyn in 1998 to go to Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill because it was the least expensive school that accepted him. And that says a lot considering the annual tuition was $30,000.

“People comment on that period of Pratt, the late 90s, early 2000s,” says Tod Seelie. “All these really motivated and impressive people came out of that time – Swoon, Japanther, Matt and Kim – and everyone’s like, ‘Yeah, there must have been something in the water,’ I think it was something in the financial aid office.” Tod smiles. “They brought in a lot of people who had a lot of potential and were able to realize that because they were able to go to a good art school and grow.”

And I think he’s right. I enrolled at Pratt in the fall of 2000. I had never been to New York, never visited Brooklyn and suddenly I was left to my own in this new place, this massive city. I remember that first night, after college orientation, a group of my newly found friends and I braved the subway into Manhattan to see a Pedro The Lion show at The Knitting Factory on Leonard Street.

Just a year later, not long after 9-11, living in Bed-Stuy and collaborating with all these incredible creative people at Pratt… it felt like something bigger than the “college experience” I had expected or learned about from the movies.

Read more at TheWGNews.com

 

Bjork Is The Single Most Heartbroken Woman On The Planet - TREMR

APRIL, 2015

Here's the thing: I've heard a number of folks, music critics, podcasters refer to Björk's new album Vulnecuria as a "heart-break album" after her split with the artist Matthew Barney.

Ok, cool, I thought. I like a good heartbreak album… 808 and Heartbreaks is the first that comes to mind, an awesome album. Joni Mitchell's Blue is up there. Frank Ocean's Orange is a doozey. Beck's Sea Change? Forgetaboutit!

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Urban Wellness Retreat at The Wythe - Free Williamsburg

January, 2016

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.”

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5 ways we can save ourselves from the horror that is the L train - Free williamsburg

may, 2015

Right now, with no service on weeknights or weekends, the L train is running only 55% of the time… you need at least 65% on a test to get a D. But it’s not how little the train is running that concerns me. It’ll come back. It’ll come back more crowded than ever… ridiculously, absurdly, painfully crowded.

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Brooklyn will get 6,073 new apartments in 2016 - Free Williamsburg

June, 2015

Brooklyn is crowded as hell and only getting worse. Oh, you think it’s bad now? Here’s to 2016!

Brooklyn is now officially the fastest growing apartment submarket in the country, according to Forbes. Last year, 969 new apartment units came to market. And this year Brooklyn will gain an unfathomable 6,073 apartments.

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Zablozki’s: A Classic Bar in the MakinG - The WG NEWS

MARCH, 2012

 

Zablozki’s has been a neighborhood fixture since 2004, before the Williamsburg gold rush, back when its neighbor, Sweetwater Restaurant, was still the punk dive Sweetwater Tavern...

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Taste-Maker Mark Mangan on the Relaunch of Flavorpill

September, 2012

 

“Culture is a broad, broad word,” says Mark Mangan, 40, co-founder and Product Chief of Flavorpill, the hugely popular events listings website. “Some early definitions of culture refer to the evolution of the self.  ‘Culture,’ by one definition, is the shared understandings and learning of a people… the ability to learn and evolve the self, whether it be through books or films or performances.”

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I’m spending $4,768 dollars to see the Grateful Dead this weekend - QUARTZ

JUly, 2015

I’ve just spent what for some Americans is three-month’s salary to see the Grateful Dead, and I’m feeling a little guilty. It’s hard to explain why I’d take time off work and spend nearly $5,000 to see a 50-year-old band whose lead singer passed away 20 years ago. Not to mention it’s an 800-mile trip.

And I’m going with my dad.

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5 Things No One Tells You About Coworking Spaces - Tremr

may, 2015

I've been in the coworking game for over three years now. I currently work as Director of The Yard, a coworking space in NYC with 4 locations. But this isn't a plug! I hope for the sake of this article you'll consider my role at The Yard as simply a means to an end.

I've learned a lot while running a coworking space. And I'd like to share some of those lessons with you. Really, my goal here is to help you chose a coworking space that will increase your productivity, grow your business, and, ideally, inspire and motivate you.

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Front Line: Jim Wagner's Terrorism Survival Course - COLORS Magazine

December, 2008

Jim Wagner, a former soldier, SWAT officer, diplomatic bodyguard, and counterterrorist agent for the US government has made a living for t he last decade teaching “Reality-Based Survival” classes to civilians and soldiers all over the world.

About a dozen students, all adult men, mill about the gymnasium as the TERRORISM SURVIVAL lesson begins...

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Welcome to the land of cannibalistic horses - puberty press

APril, 2005

I wrote the book Welcome to the Land of Cannibalistic Horses during the 2004 Presidential campaigns while criss-crossing the USA in a bright green RV. Illustrated and designed by Mike Force, Cannibalistic Horses is a nearly 600-page tomb of personal narrative, comics, profiles, political reportage, and cultural criticism.

The book tells the story of visiting Orlando, Florida in search of Freedom and instead finding myself drug-addled in the Happiest Place on Earth… While contemplating who has the best job in America, I interviewed the organ player at Wrigley Field. And, on a whim, I snuck into the BET awards and the Democratic National Convention.

The book also features interviews with Wesley Willis, David LaChapelle, Bernardine Dohrn, Dan Savage, Jim Coch, Gloria Feldt and more.

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