OY-YO Says it All in Brooklyn

Nov 15, 15 OY-YO Says it All in Brooklyn

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A new sculpture now graces the grass in Brooklyn Bridge Park, expressing itself in a quite Brooklynistic manner. Created by artist Deborah Kass, the sculpture is a painted aluminum giant, loudly declaring the emphatic declaratives Oy and Yo, depending on if you are gazing at the sculpture from Brooklyn or Manhattan. This is the first time Ms. Kass, who calls herself a ““total, absolute, 100 percent provincial New Yorker,” has created a piece of these dimensions, 17 feet long and 8 feet high. “The fact that this particular work resonates so beautifully in so many languages to so many communities is why I wanted to make it monumental,” Ms. Kass said. The work was commissioned by the Brooklyn developer Two Trees Management Company, and was installed on the renovated Main Street Lawn in the park last week. It will remain in the park until August next year. Although the sculpture seems like a perfect fit in the culturally diverse New York environment, Ms. Kass points out that any city in America with a diverse population could be home for Yo/Oy. Wherever blacks, Latinos and Jews live together would make a great backdrop for this artwork. However, Brooklyn seems somehow like the best place of any: “This is New York, baby. We’ve got it all. And the sculpture covers it all,” she...

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Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

Nov 01, 15 Phoenix Ancient Art Teams with Helly Nahmad Gallery- Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity

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Admirers of modern art and Greek classic art will be pleased to hear that Phoenix Ancient Art and the Helly Nahmad Gallery are joining together to exhibit for the first time the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico with original Greek and Roman antiquities. Under the leadership of brothers Ali and Hicham Aboutam, Phoenix Ancient Art will present classic Greek and Roman antiquities, all sourced from private collections, at the Helly Nahmad Gallery. This prominent New York gallery specializes in major twentieth century artists such as Picasso, Calder, Kandinsky and de Chirico, whose work is the focal point of this upcoming show. The goal of the exhibit is to elucidate the enormous impact classical Greek and Roman art has had on the styles and statements of modern art and artists. Greek-born Italian master Giorgio de Chirico is most famous for his connection with the Surrealists of the early twentieth century, but he made a shift in style during the 1920s. The paintings from that period of change include a series which was frequently misunderstood, depicting deserted valleys with scattered classical ruins; majestic horses in windblown landscapes; figurative representations of Greek gods and philosophers; and gladiators in full armor suits. Juxtaposing these paintings with the genuine Greek ancient art is a brilliant way to see the incredible influence this body of art has had on the artists of modernity. Apropos to this theme, the exhibit, which is opening on November 4th and running until December 23rd, is called Mnemosyne: de Chirico and Antiquity, referring to the Greek goddess who was the mother to the Muses, and the embodiment of memory personified. The myth of Mnemosyne tells us that without her there would be no memory, no history, and therefore mankind would be void of the motivation and inspiration to create works of art, or to be creative at all. In addition the exhibit hopes to inspire us to understand and take seriously the unique and crucial role the past has played in the world of today,...

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Mets Make Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live from Brooklyn

Oct 26, 15 Mets Make Appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live from Brooklyn

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Several members of the National League Baseball champions, the New York Mets, appeared on the late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” David Wright, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Wilmer Flores, were guests on the popular show’s Friday night segment, which had been previously recorded. The show aired only moments after the Kansas City Royals won the American League pennant, making them the team the Mets will need to beat to win the World Series. During Kimmel’s opening monologue he joked about the high prices of the tickets to the World Series at Citi Field, saying that “The only people who can afford to go to a Mets game are Derek Jeter and A-Rod right now.” Kimmel discussed several topics with the players including the proposed trade of Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers and the anger New Yorkers have towards Chase Utley of the Los Angeles Dodgers for fracturing the Mets’ Ruben Tejanda’s leg while he was going for a slide at Dodger Stadium during the National League Championship Series. Kimmel also pulled out a Halloween costume which is supposed to remind people of deGrom’s flowing long hair, but Kimmel pointed out that the costume does double duty also as “The brunette...

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March Over Brooklyn Bridge Showcases Plight of Groups Losing Space in Schools

Oct 19, 15 March Over Brooklyn Bridge Showcases Plight of Groups Losing Space in Schools

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As many as 500 students participated in a protest march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday in support of additional and safer places to engage in athletics in the New York City. The march was led by the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and was joined by coaches, parents and representatives from lots of sports teams across the City. Adams said he would be happy to see the city’s Department of Education allow sports teams and other athletic programs given more time on school grounds during off hours. “We’re talking about one of the most important aspects of a child’s development and we’re not giving it the support it deserves,” said Adams. Adams added that the city’s schools are too often unavailable for athletic groups and teams. In addition, Adams said, when space is available the schools charge a lot for it, as much as hundreds of dollars per hour. He believes that approved groups and teams should have the high fees waved. “Then we’re asking why are our children are so stationary,” said Adams. One example mentioned by Adams is the case of the Soul Tigers Marching Band. A program based in East New York, Brooklyn, the band lost its practice space in a city public school. The group, which has in the past led the iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade, was only given back its space after a long, arduous fight in which the borough president and other elected officials had to step in. “DOE property is an extension of community resources, but a lot of these decisions are being done in a vacuum,” he...

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Black Tree Blooming in Brooklyn

Sep 21, 15 Black Tree Blooming in Brooklyn

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Black Tree Orchard Street is sending out a branch to grow a new tree in Brooklyn. Residents can expect to see the sapling, Black Tree Brooklyn, open on September 30 at 261 Metropolitan Avenue in Crown Heights. The restaurant specializes in locally sourced ingredients in their healthful, theme-based menus. Black Tree boasts foods which come from no further than a 300-mile radius around New York, with weekly menus which break down an entire animal or particular idea each week. Partners Sandy Dee Hall and Macnair Sillick will also introduce a chef’s table for eight diners and a tasting menu. The restaurant will have 1,600 square-feet, big enough to include in-house curing and fermenting, plus barrel-aged cocktails. The dining room will have room for 80 with an additional 16 at a large, wood-stained...

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Brooklyn Celebrates Books: 2015

Sep 16, 15 Brooklyn Celebrates Books: 2015

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It has been ten years since Brooklyn launched its week-long festival of books, books and more books, with this year’s installment commencing on Sunday, September 20 at 10am. However, a week is simply not enough to get in all the great activities, so there will be unofficial events taking place all this week as a lead up to the actual festival itself. Wednesday, September 16: Saul Williams, CNN’s “poet laureate of hip-hop” is having a book launch at the Powerhouse Arena, 37 Main Street; 7pm-9pm. Thursday, September 17: “Big Bang Theory’s” adorable doctor of astrophysics, has written a book in real life. Kunal Nayyar will talk about his new book “Yes My Accent is Real: and Some Other Things I Haven’t Told You” at Barns & Noble at Union Square, 33 East 17th Street, Manhattan, at 7pm. Friday, September 18: Brooklyn Indie Party, a place to rub elbows and share a toast with some of Brooklyn’s most literary residents. Johnny Temple will be the DJ at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street at 7:30pm. Saturday, September 19: The Brooklyn Public Library at 10 Grand Army Plaza will play host to an interpretive reading of “Alice in Wonderland” on the 150th anniversary of this classic children’s book. The Lewis Carroll Society of North America will be in costume to take on the beloved characters who attended the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. 11am. On Sunday the real Brooklyn Book Festival begins. For more information go to the Festival’s official web...

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