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Aug 24

Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Cobble Hill Meetup

Tuesday, August 28th, 7 pm

61 Local:  61 Bergen Street between Smith & Court Streets

Join us for an artist and voter meetup at 61 Local where all are invited to get questions answered and learn more about the open studio weekend that’s fast approaching. This is one of the final chances to attend a meetup, so come meet good folks and have something cold to drink at this neighborhood watering hole focused on all things community!  

61 Local will be one of our GO info spots during the open studio weekend and they are running a bike ride to nearby studios.  Photo: Groundswell Blog groundswell.wordpress.com

Aug 22
If you live in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill or Downtown Brooklyn chances are you know 61 Local, the public house on Bergen Street which functions as part community space and part bar. 61 Local has done a ton of community work…they think local at every level by serving local beer and soda, running a CSA pickup, hosting cooking classes shopped from local markets, and bringing people together for a local storytelling night.
During GO’s open studio weekend, 61 Local will function as one of our information spots (more on these info spots coming soon), but they are also going out of their way to run a bike ride.  The Red Hook Ride is something they stared earlier this summer and they’ve adapted it for GO.  If you like to bike and want to explore studios in the area near 61 Local, think about meeting them…

61 Local Rides Red Hook
Our FREE first Saturday bike ride is moving to a FREE second Saturday bike ride in honor of Go Brooklyn Art! Join us at 11am (the usual time) at 61 Local with your bike helmets, water bottles and working bicycles for a guided tour of Red Hook. Instead of our friendly food vendors we will visit a series of open artist studios. This monthly tour is peppered with talk about the history of the neighborhood and how it has become a hub for artists and artisanal food vendors alike.
This month we will wrap things up with lunch at 61 Local and an insiders tour of our neighboring studios at Invisible Dog Art Center. This is a special Saturday bike tour so don’t miss out!

The rides they’ve been doing look like a ton of fun, so don’t miss out. Also, don’t forget that Bike to Adventure is going to host a Sunday ride starting at the Museum, which is likely going to cover a lot of mileage and get to some of the studios that are really off the beaten path! 

If you live in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill or Downtown Brooklyn chances are you know 61 Local, the public house on Bergen Street which functions as part community space and part bar. 61 Local has done a ton of community work…they think local at every level by serving local beer and soda, running a CSA pickup, hosting cooking classes shopped from local markets, and bringing people together for a local storytelling night.

During GO’s open studio weekend, 61 Local will function as one of our information spots (more on these info spots coming soon), but they are also going out of their way to run a bike ride.  The Red Hook Ride is something they stared earlier this summer and they’ve adapted it for GO.  If you like to bike and want to explore studios in the area near 61 Local, think about meeting them…

61 Local Rides Red Hook

Our FREE first Saturday bike ride is moving to a FREE second Saturday bike ride in honor of Go Brooklyn Art! Join us at 11am (the usual time) at 61 Local with your bike helmets, water bottles and working bicycles for a guided tour of Red Hook. Instead of our friendly food vendors we will visit a series of open artist studios. This monthly tour is peppered with talk about the history of the neighborhood and how it has become a hub for artists and artisanal food vendors alike.

This month we will wrap things up with lunch at 61 Local and an insiders tour of our neighboring studios at Invisible Dog Art Center. This is a special Saturday bike tour so don’t miss out!


The rides they’ve been doing look like a ton of fun, so don’t miss out. Also, don’t forget that Bike to Adventure is going to host a Sunday ride starting at the Museum, which is likely going to cover a lot of mileage and get to some of the studios that are really off the beaten path! 

Aug 06

CB 6 Keeps the Arts Alive

Prominently displayed in the office of Craig Hammerman is a portrait of him which his then 9-year-old son painted as a gift.  Hammerman’s son, now 15 and in high school, continues to be involved in making art.

Since 1990, Craig has served as the District Manager of Brooklyn’s Community Board 6.  His jurisdiction spans the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens/South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Columbia Street District, Gowanus, Park Slope and Red Hook.

Craig makes sure that his constituents have easy access to the rich cultural and artistic resources of the neighborhoods by providing an impressive directory of Art & Culture organizations.  

Thanks, Craig, for all you do to support the arts.  And thanks for all you’ve done to spread the word about GO!

Jun 20

GO Information Session this Saturday 6/23 in Carroll Gardens

Come on over this Saturday, June 23rd at Brooklyn Workshop Gallery from 4 – 7 pm for a GO Meet and Greet Information Session hosted by the Workshop Gallery Artists Foundation. As the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Coordinator for GO, I’ll be there to answer questions about the project.

Brooklyn Workshop Gallery
393 Hoyt Street (between 2nd and 3rd Streets)

RSVP to at martinebisagni@gmail.com or 718.797.9427

Jun 18

The Parks and the Arts

Meet Kathleen Henderson, who has been running the playground at Carroll Park for 17 years.  This woman really knows how to hold down the fort:  she makes sure things are in smooth working order for the adults and young people who look to this spot for both rest and recreation.

"My job is to play all day long," shared Kathleen.

Kathleen was kind enough to help put up several GO posters this week.

The arts and the parks:  we need them both!

Jun 13

Becoming the GO BoCoCa Coordinator: A Horoscope Comes True

True confession:  I like to read my horoscope, and I read it in multiple places.  Not long ago, one of my horoscopes read like this:

Scorpio: You’ve grown a greater awareness of what you love and where you’re going.  A phase of renewal in community partnership opens for the next five months.  Blaze ahead.”

Soon after reading this post in a daily newspaper, I saw a tweet about the job opening for Neighborhood Coordinators for the Brooklyn Museum’s GO project.   Seemed too good to be true - an opportunity to bring together my love for the arts and my passion for community-building.

But it was true, and I am delighted to be the BoCoCa Coordinator.

So far, I have met some truly committed community leaders, starting with John Heyer (pictured left in photo).  John, who is a 6th generation Brooklynite, knows EVERYTHING about the history of this borough.  I found out that my neck of the woods used to be referred to as South Brooklyn.

John, who ran for city council several years ago, starting working in politics at the age of 14.  He is currently bringing to completion a public mural which brought together the older Italians of the area with the new artists, to create a historic reminder of the history of the Columbia Waterfront.

I’m beyond psyched to be bringing together the folks of BoCoCa through the arts, and to carry out the prophecy of my horoscope by blazing ahead with the amazing artists and community leaders in these parts.

GO!  GO!  GO!

Jun 08
Meet Eleanor Traubman, the Neighborhood Coordinator joining us in BoCoCa (that’s Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens).  Eleanor runs the blog Creative Times and I couldn’t have been happier to see her application come in for GO.  She was the co-organizer of the Brooklyn Blogfest and Brooklyn Blogade and has done a terrific job growing a community of incredibly strong bloggers in the borough. In her own words…
I’ve lived in Carroll Gardens for seven years.
You’ll find me hanging out at Treats Truck Truck Stop, Bagels on the Park, Maimonide of Brooklyn, Carroll Park, Court Street Books, any place that sells flowers or stationery!
I’ll never move from Carroll Gardens because I love the gardens, the peace and quiet, and proximity to great shops and hang-out spots. Also, we have kick-a** block parties and stoop sales!

Meet Eleanor Traubman, the Neighborhood Coordinator joining us in BoCoCa (that’s Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens).  Eleanor runs the blog Creative Times and I couldn’t have been happier to see her application come in for GO.  She was the co-organizer of the Brooklyn Blogfest and Brooklyn Blogade and has done a terrific job growing a community of incredibly strong bloggers in the borough. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Carroll Gardens for seven years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Treats Truck Truck Stop, Bagels on the Park, Maimonide of Brooklyn, Carroll Park, Court Street Books, any place that sells flowers or stationery!

I’ll never move from Carroll Gardens because I love the gardens, the peace and quiet, and proximity to great shops and hang-out spots. Also, we have kick-a** block parties and stoop sales!