This Saturday, in conjunction with the first Project Jams, we’ll be hosting meetups in 5 different cities. If you’re free Saturday Night (5/18), we’d love for you to join us!
Come on over.
Hey NYC! Ever had an inkling of a Kickstarter idea, but no one to talk to about it? Now’s your chance to bounce around any half-baked or fully-fledged Kickstarter project ideas with some cool local creators and Kickstarter staff. Come hang with us—we’re friendly, we promise!
America’s first ramen tasting menu.
Like a culinary nomad, chef Yuji Haraguchi has been slinging his delicious ramen all over NYC. After honing his craft in the back of a bar and at street-side stalls, this soup wizard is ready to kick it up a notch. Yuji is creating a pop-up “omakase” ramen restaurant, where his seasonal and experimental takes on the Japanese staple will be offered as a tasting menu for the first time in the States.
Co-director of Doin’ It in the Park (and legendary hip-hop DJ) Bobbito Garcia schools a kid on the court. The doc explores the history and cultural impact of New York City’s street basketball scene.
A mash note to the subway, designer Jody Williams is creating high quality silkscreened art prints that depict New York City’s public transit system.
Each print is screen-printed in 13 colors by hand, a process that produces beautiful results and takes even longer than a New York commute. It’s an underground tribute and our Project of the Day.
Artist Kelsey Wailes’ plush critter, Stompadon, is one ugly cutie. Her Kickstarter project just launched to bring the little blue creeper into the world.
Stompadon in NYC! He’s so excited about Christmas!
His Christmas would be wonderful if you help make him a reality.
Retrospective now in print.
Seminal New York City photographer Harold Feinstein is a living legend — but until now there was no single monograph of his classic black-and-white images.
A recent Kickstarter project changed all that. Now the book is finished, and it launches a week from Monday. If you are in New York, and want a glimpse into the bygone Big Apple, Feinstein’s work is a great place to start.
Celebrate the work of photographer Harold Feinstein on Monday, December 17, 2012 from 6-9PM at Aperture Gallery for a book signing and lecture on his life and career in photography. For more information and to RSVP go here.
Butterflies over New York.
The Butterflies of Memory aims to become one of the largest public art projects in New York City.
A site-specific installation on little known Roosevelt Island in the East River, the artist’s giant butterfly sculptures are rigged to skinny metal poles, extending from the roof of the ruined smallpox hospital on the tip of the island.
Serving as physical manifestations of inspiration, these golden-winged creatures will be visible to millions of New Yorkers every day.
Hey NYC! Stephen Elliott is hosting a shindig in Brooklyn for his Kickstarter backers and he really wants you to come. Back his new film, Happy Baby, for as little as a buck and enjoy this evening of literary hijinxs, oddball jams, and Eugene Mirman at his hilarious best.
I am humbled to be somehow (impossibly!) sharing the stage this Thursday evening with: Mike Doughty, Starlee Kine, Eugene Mirman, Jami Attenberg, Kflay, Stephen Elliott and Melissa Febos, whom I’ll be interviewing for a live edition of my Rumpus column, “Conversations With Writers Braver Than Me.”
It’s a fundraiser for Stephen Elliott’s indie film endeavor, turning his novel Happy Baby into a movie. Contribute as little as $1 to his Kickstarter, and you can attend! (Although the suggested donation is $20. But no pressure…) It’s at 8 at Public Assembly, in Williamsburg.
It’s going to be a great event, and an even greater movie. Please come! And bring friends!
Full moon over Manhattan.
“Beware!” warns the project description for The Werewolf of NYC. ”A werewolf lurks terrorizing the citizens of New York City in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen.”
Halloween may be over, but we’re still getting a kick out of this delightfully weird comic book — the first in a four-part series, printed on classic newsprint in full color, and featuring cool extras like a page of pinup tattoo flash art. Backers also stand to get a limited edition handmade book that unfolds like an accordion to reveal a epic montage of wacky characters in action. Aroooooo!
Wondering Around Wandering
Artist Mike Perry used his recent Kickstarter project to raise funds and generate interest in a free exhibition and community art space.
For three months, Perry and his crew are hosting workshops, screenings, discussions, and shindigs — all free and open to the public.
Perry just created a new Tumblr to document the process of transforming an empty Brooklyn warehouse into Wondering Around Wandering. Consider yourself reblogged!
Art invades Times Square
Times Square Art Square is an ambitious attempt to replace the advertising that covers the Crossroads of the World with new public art commissions.
Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal will create the first installation next year if the project’s Kickstarter drive is successfully funded. His work, “Into Time w/ Mirrors,” is pictured above.
In the news: Donuts.
Look, we all want donuts. If you say you don’t want donuts, you’re either lying or you haven’t spent time with the Giant Donuts NYC project, wherein we have been promised delicious miniature donuts made from The Donut Robot. (It is a real thing, check it out.)
Anyhow, just one of the many awesome Kickstarter projects to be featured in the news this week! You can (and should) see more at our news round-up on the blog today.
Everyone knows about The High Line, New York City’s experiment with an elevated park. It’s awesome, and a great example of reclaiming public spaces. The LowLine is quite similar. Beneath Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, there is a long forgotten about train depot. It’s massive and has been neglected for decades. Now, a team of designers are gearing up to try and transform the derelict depot into a stunning, underground park for all to enjoy. Consider the LowLine the ying to the High Lines’ yang. We like that, and so it is Project of the Day!