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Jun 06
Meet Eleanor Whitney, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Sunset Park.  Eleanor is a writer, musician and a Program Officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts where she supports artists’ fundraising. She loves to cook and bike and lives in Sunset Park with her cat. She’s also a former Brooklyn Museum educator! In her own words…
I’ve lived in Sunset Park for ten years.
You’ll most often find me hanging out at the Tacos El Bronco truck on 37th and 5th ave in the evening or on my fire escape, looking out on the park that gives the neighborhood its name.
I’ll never move from Sunset Park because I love the diversity, the architecture, and the vibrant, yet low-key vibe. And it is full of great, cheap food. 

Meet Eleanor Whitney, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Sunset Park.  Eleanor is a writer, musician and a Program Officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts where she supports artists’ fundraising. She loves to cook and bike and lives in Sunset Park with her cat. She’s also a former Brooklyn Museum educator! In her own words…

I’ve lived in Sunset Park for ten years.

You’ll most often find me hanging out at the Tacos El Bronco truck on 37th and 5th ave in the evening or on my fire escape, looking out on the park that gives the neighborhood its name.

I’ll never move from Sunset Park because I love the diversity, the architecture, and the vibrant, yet low-key vibe. And it is full of great, cheap food. 

Meet Gisela Insuaste, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and the Navy Yard.  Gisela is an artist and educator.  She is also the Manager of Nature and Art Programs at Wave Hill where she oversees nature, art and wellness public programs (think: photography, painting, writing, birding walks, bat walks, yoga, tai chi). Gisela lives in the Clinton Hill/Ft Greene and likes to bike, rock climb, and make empanadas.  In her own words…
I’ve lived in Clinton Hill/Ft Greene for 3 years.
You’ll most often find me hanging out at Maggie Brown’s.
I’ll never move from  Clinton Hill/Ft Greene because of the tree-lined streets, parks, and my studio down the street!

Meet Gisela Insuaste, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and the Navy Yard.  Gisela is an artist and educator.  She is also the Manager of Nature and Art Programs at Wave Hill where she oversees nature, art and wellness public programs (think: photography, painting, writing, birding walks, bat walks, yoga, tai chi). Gisela lives in the Clinton Hill/Ft Greene and likes to bike, rock climb, and make empanadas.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Clinton Hill/Ft Greene for 3 years.

You’ll most often find me hanging out at Maggie Brown’s.

I’ll never move from  Clinton Hill/Ft Greene because of the tree-lined streets, parks, and my studio down the street!

Jun 07

Meet Matt Allison, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Gowanus. There are some people who come into an interview and just knock your socks off and Matt is just one of those people. Matt came in with such enthusiasm for his neighborhood and GO that he inspired us. He’s an artist who has a Gowanus studio and you may find him walking his pug, Jaxon, around the neighborhood, just as I did when biking home through the Gowanus one evening on my way home to Red Hook from the Museum.  In his own words…

I’ve lived in Gowanus for a little over 2 years.

You’ll most often find me hanging out at either a quiet spot along the Canal or sharing a meal and drinks with friends.

I’ll never move from Gowanus because its potential seems limitless and it will take me a lifetime to explore all of its nooks and crannies.

Meet Julia Sinelnikova, GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bushwick.  It’s hard to explain the awesome that is Julia, but if you went to Bushwick Open Studios this year you may have some idea.  She’s the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick and blew us away in her interview, which happened the morning after that massive 500+ studio event.  She came in prepared and ready to go with tons of good ideas right on the heels of that weekend and, needless to say, we were impressed.  Julia is also an artist who works in painting and photomontage. In her own words…
I’ve lived in Bushwick for 4 years.
You’ll find me hanging out at Wyckoff Starr cafe, House of Yes, 1717 Troutman studios, rooftops
I’ll never move from Bushwick because you’d never find such a diverse, collaborative environment in such a radical landscape.

Meet Julia Sinelnikova, GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bushwick.  It’s hard to explain the awesome that is Julia, but if you went to Bushwick Open Studios this year you may have some idea.  She’s the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick and blew us away in her interview, which happened the morning after that massive 500+ studio event.  She came in prepared and ready to go with tons of good ideas right on the heels of that weekend and, needless to say, we were impressed.  Julia is also an artist who works in painting and photomontage. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for 4 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Wyckoff Starr cafe, House of Yes, 1717 Troutman studios, rooftops

I’ll never move from Bushwick because you’d never find such a diverse, collaborative environment in such a radical landscape.

Meet Larissa Belcic, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Coney Island, Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach. Larissa is not only an artist with a studio in Greenpoint, but she’s done a ton of community organizing for a social service agency largely based out of the Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach areas. In her interview, we were really struck by how many great ideas she had for reaching constiutents in these areas - she had a plan of action from the get go.  In her own words…
I’ve worked in Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach for two years.
You’ll find me hanging out at Tatiana’s on the Brighton Beach boardwalk, and of course, the Mermaid Parade!
I’ll never stray from the neighborhood because being near the beach is priceless.

Meet Larissa Belcic, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Coney Island, Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach. Larissa is not only an artist with a studio in Greenpoint, but she’s done a ton of community organizing for a social service agency largely based out of the Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach areas. In her interview, we were really struck by how many great ideas she had for reaching constiutents in these areas - she had a plan of action from the get go.  In her own words…

I’ve worked in Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach for two years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Tatiana’s on the Brighton Beach boardwalk, and of course, the Mermaid Parade!

I’ll never stray from the neighborhood because being near the beach is priceless.


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!

Meet Niki Singleton, our Neighborhood Coordinator for Williamsburg. Niki is an artist and during her interview almost didn’t take the job because she was so torn about not being able to open her studio for GO if she was working on the project. In the end, she decided to come on board with us to help galvanize the neighborhood and we couldn’t be more happy about it!  In her words…
I’ve lived in Williamsburg for 3 years.
You’ll find me hanging out at galleries in Williamsburg, on the streets and in the cafes.
I’ll never move from Williamsburg because it’s the best I’ve ever come across after travelling the world for ten years!

Meet Niki Singleton, our Neighborhood Coordinator for Williamsburg. Niki is an artist and during her interview almost didn’t take the job because she was so torn about not being able to open her studio for GO if she was working on the project. In the end, she decided to come on board with us to help galvanize the neighborhood and we couldn’t be more happy about it!  In her words…

I’ve lived in Williamsburg for 3 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at galleries in Williamsburg, on the streets and in the cafes.

I’ll never move from Williamsburg because it’s the best I’ve ever come across after travelling the world for ten years!

Jun 11

Meet Scott Pfaffman, the Neighborhood Coordinator for Red Hook.  Scott’s interview happened while we were sitting at Baked, the local Red Hook bakery/coffee shop.  One morning I was sitting there and in walks Scott, we get to chatting and, turns out, he had just sent in his application.  Scott’s understanding of the art scene in Red Hook is unparalleled; an artist himself, he’s lived in Red Hook for 22 years - long before Ikea, Fairway, cruise ships, and ball field food vendors.  He’s a neighborhood institution, the real Red Hook deal, and he had me at hello. When I asked him for a short bio his response was, “Sculptor, teacher, curator, fabricator.” In his own words:

I’ve lived in Red Hook since ‘87.

You’ll find me hanging out at my studio in Screwball Spaces, picking up kids at the bus top and Sunny’s on Wednesday nights.

I’ll never move from Red Hook because I can’t afford to.

Meet Morgan Shockley, GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bushwick.  Morgan is a recent NYU grad and while she’s a relative new-comer to her neighborhood, we were totally impressed that she totally knows the territory.  During Bushwick Open Studios, I’ll never forget - Morgan was part of the team on the ground trying to paper Bushwick and we were all texting each other as we got each area covered.  We are psyched to have her on board!  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for just 6 months.

You’ll find me hanging out at Anchored Inn or Miles or Little Skips.

I’ll never move from Bushwick because it presents the perfect blend of arts, food and vibrancy that I seek in a neighborhood.

Meet Maril Ortiz, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Park Slope.  She is one of the founders of and the co-Director of the Create Collective. She’s lived in the neighborhood for over a decade and as she puts it, “PKS residents might be famous for their love of strollers, bikes, apple products and dogs (I have 3 out of 4), but there is also a vibrant community of artists which I an looking forward to introducing you to.”  We are psyched.  In her own words…
I’ve lived in Park Slope for 12 years. 
You’ll most often find me hanging out at Bogota Latin Bistro or strolling up and down Fifth Ave or at JJ Byrne Park.
I’ll never move from Park Slope because I love how everything you really need is just a short stroll away. I constantly bump into friends both new and old. Here you can live the village life and still be part of the excitement of NYC.

Meet Maril Ortiz, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Park Slope.  She is one of the founders of and the co-Director of the Create Collective. She’s lived in the neighborhood for over a decade and as she puts it, “PKS residents might be famous for their love of strollers, bikes, apple products and dogs (I have 3 out of 4), but there is also a vibrant community of artists which I an looking forward to introducing you to.”  We are psyched.  In her own words…

I’ve lived in Park Slope for 12 years.

You’ll most often find me hanging out at Bogota Latin Bistro or strolling up and down Fifth Ave or at JJ Byrne Park.

I’ll never move from Park Slope because I love how everything you really need is just a short stroll away. I constantly bump into friends both new and old. Here you can live the village life and still be part of the excitement of NYC.

Jun 12

Meet Sofy Yuditskaya, the GO Neighborhood Coordinator for Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, and Bay Ridge. During her interview, Sharon and I were completely impressed by Sofy’s awareness of the artists in these areas - particularly her grasp of what’s going on in the Russian and Jewish communities.  She grew up in these neighborhoods and when asked if this was a lot of ground for one person to cover, her response was she used to roller blade through the streets and she extremely excited to get back to her old stomping ground.  Sofy is a media artist and designer with an impressive resume (she’s worked on projects at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, the ARS Electronica Center, the Netherlands Institute voor Media Kunst, and the Games for Learning Institute).  In her own words…

I’ve lived in the area for 7-10 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at the beach!

I’ll never move from the area because the all night fruit stands are epic and the perogies are as good as they get!

Meet Lucia Rollow, who rounds out our team of Neighborhood Coordinators in Bushwick.  Like Julia, Lucia is one of the co-lead organizers of Bushwick Open Studios and you may also know her as the Director of the Bushwick Community Darkroom.  Lucia impressed us in her interview with her passion for Bushwick and its arts community. She has a deep thoughts on community and arts accessibility and works diligently within in the neighborhood on projects rooted in these ideals. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Bushwick for almost 3 years now!

You’ll find me hanging out at Cafe Ghia, Pine Box Rock Shop, Brooklyn Fireproof or any of the other amazing spots within 3 blocks of my house!

I’ll never move from Bushwick because it’s the best :) Everything I want for work or play is within a 10 minute walk of my front door. There’s so much amazing food and art everywhere and everyone in the neighborhood is doing such amazing things!

Jun 13

Whenever Sharon and I were talking to artists about GO, if they lived in Greenpoint their reaction was, “Do you know Joann Kim?”  For Greenpoint artists, it’s probably a rare thing if you don’t know her already, but, if you don’t, meet Joann Kim Nunez, our Neighborhood Coordinator for Greenpoint.  Joann is an event curator, a writer, and an event producer.  She produces the Greenpoint Open Studios every year and Northside Art.  You will likely see her this weekend in Williamsburg as Northside is underway.  We couldn’t be happier that she is on board for GO. In her own words…

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for 4 years and have helped build the art and food community in the neighborhood thru events such as Greenpoint Food Market and Greenpoint Open Studios, working with local businesses and press to support the initiative to create a collaborative platform for emerging artists and artisans alike.

You’ll find me hanging out at Cafe Grumpy (my coffice) and Le Gamin (my other coffice).

I’ll never move from Greenpoint because… I’ve moved out of Greenpoint under the fortunate circumstance of not paying rent in our LES shoebox. My zoo-themed Greenpoint based wedding would attest to that. Otherwise I would never move out of Greenpoint because having grown up in NY it was the first time I felt at home.

Going Local with a Distributed Network

You’ve probably heard that if Brooklyn were its own city, we’d be the fourth largest in the United States. With a land mass of 73 square miles, 2 and half million people and 67 neighborhoods, you can imagine what a challenge it is to manage a borough-wide project like GO. Each one of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods are different—constituencies are unique, the urban fabric varies widely—simply put, what works in one area may not work in another, so a big part of what makes GO work is a distributed network of local neighborhood coordinators; our 22 coordinators are working locally within their neighborhoods to reach artists and their communities.

Team GO

When interviewing applicants for these positions, we were looking for individuals who had a deep understanding of their neighborhoods, an enthusiasm for the project, and a good handle on outreach methods they thought would work for their areas.  For all the social media out there, Brooklyn is still very much a bulletin-board-borough and more often than not these candidates came in with a healthy dose of reality when it came to how far online communications could go; most of them talked about the need for on the ground communication, cafe-to-cafe flyering and person-to-person outreach. We were seeking those individuals who had a spark and if we found we were inspired by what they had to say, we wanted them working on GO.

As it turns out, many of the coordinators are artist themselves who, because they are working on GO, cannot open their own studios during our open studio weekend; all of them felt the project was so important that they wanted to support other artists by working on it rather than showing in it.  Sharon and I have been blown away by this commitment to their local communities.

The neighborhood coordinators are at the very heart of this project. They know their local landscape extremely well and we are learning from them as we move forward.  They will be helping us spread the word to artists during this month’s registration process and, later, will help to rally their community around the artists who have decided to open their studio doors.  You may see them in your area talking about GO, putting up a flyer or running meet points during the open studio weekend, so say hello.  In the meantime, I’ve been introducing everyone on our Tumblr feed, so please meet these great people who are helping us GO

Meet David Michael Perez, he’s a Neighborhood Coordinator for GO in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. You may know David already because for the past three years, he’s been the co-founder and director of FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), a public dinner/arts grant program in Brooklyn. To hear David talk about FEAST is incredibly inspiring - he’s been thinking outside the box about how to bring artists and community together for a long time and been incredibly successful at doing so.  We are psyched he’s working on GO and you are likely to see him in Williamsburg for Northside Arts this weekend. In his own words…

I’ve lived in Greenpoint for almost three years and the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area for 8 years.

You’ll find me hanging out at Diner, Marlow & Sons, The Richardson, Pencil Factory, Gowanus Studio Space, & McCarren Park.

I’ll never move from Greenpoint because my street is so lovely and the neighborhood is just my speed.