January Meet-up: Brooklyn Chinatown!

For years, I’ve wanted to do a photowalk through Brooklyn’s Chinatown ever since I read Robert Sietsema wax poetic about it here. I did go visit a few years back, but went camera-less and have regretted it ever since. Plus, there aren’t nearly enough great photos of Sunset Park in our Flickr pool! Though I LOVE Ed Brydon’s shot below…

Anyway — who’s in? Let’s meet at the N Train at 8th Avenue at the south end of Chinatown. We’ll walk up 8th Avenue and hopefully sample a few of the local delicacies like hand-pulled noodles, banh mi, and dumplings to ward off the cold. Please feel free to invite friends!

Date: Saturday, January 21st
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm (or later!)
Location: Meet outside the N train at 8th Avenue!

Bring a tripod if you want to continue shooting after dark! And if you just want to come along for the food — I don’t blame you.

Sunset Park Crossing

because i love face-melting guitar solos

Tonight, I’m taking a break from the crazy travel-and-work schedule to head to Terminal 5 and see the Smashing Pumpkins, which just so happens to be my favorite band of all time (and the reason I started blogging years and years ago). It’s been a long time since I had the opportunity to see one of their live shows and take photographs – and I can’t wait for the face-melting guitar solos.

If you’re headed to the show, send me a tweet @loveofbrooklyn or @hipstersunited – would love to see you there!

Billy Corgan shreds the guitar

Jeff Schroeder, The Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan

the dumbo arts festival, in pictures

This past weekend, DUMBO once again played host to one of the most fun and interactive art festivals I’ve ever visited — and there were plenty of surprises. Galleries in old dumpsters and shipping containers, crazy light shows on the Manhattan Bridge, and fascinating exhibits with subjects as diverse as Brooklyn’s own residents. I met up with Barry and Ed Friday night to check it out, and though some of the exhibits were closed (or hadn’t yet opened? I still can’t figure that aspect of the scheduling out) we had a fun time trekking around the ‘hood.

Check out some great shots of the festival that are already cropping up in our Flickr group! What were your favorite exhibits?

“Uni Glow,” by Josh Derr:
Uni Glow

“DUMBO Arts Festival,” by Jane Kratochvil:
DUMBO Arts Festival

“love love love love love love love love love,” by Joel Zimmer:
1105 love love love love love love love love love

“The Fighter,” and Untitled by Josh Derr:
The FighterIMG_5280.jpg

“DUMBO Arts Festival,” by Jane Kratochvil:
DUMBO Arts Festival

“Love Me,” by Joel Zimmer:
Love Me

“Projection Mapping,” by Josh Derr:
Projection Mapping

“Horsing Around,” by Deana Setzke and “The Dumpster Project,” by Joel Zimmer:
horsing aroundThe Dumpster Project

“Crate Gallery,” by Joel Zimmer:
Crate Gallery

stephen wilkes shares nyc, day to night

Thanks to a great tip from Tricia Vita over at Amusing the Zillion, I learned of a recently-opened exhibit at the CLAMPART gallery in Chelsea featuring the work of photographer Stephen Wilkes, whose masterpiece of Coney Island is below.

This photograph is part of Wilkes’ collection called “Day to Night,” and the pieces are impressive: huge composite photographs of iconic New York landscapes capturing the ebb and flow of the human masses — and the ever-changing light. In an interview with the Village Voice, he describes his process:

It dawned on me, I’m studying New York as an emergent life form, and the way you can see the city flow, it’s a form of emergent behavior. You realize that the pedestrians are communicating, the cabs, all these elements are coming together and creating a complex life form. In a way that’s how the city works. And, in a strange way, photographically, it’s almost an emergent form, the concept of a single photo is being changed in this way.

I can’t wait to go check the gallery out and see his large format pieces up close and personal — the exhibition at CLAMPART runs through October 29th.