This website is an open call for our community to establish a media cooperative for independent, DIY, artists, makers, creatives, writers, teachers, and inventors in our borough. It is a call to create a profile, add your events to a central calendar, discover and make friends and build an audience across similar interests, industries, or fields. When we know each other, we can support each other, have genuine conversations, connect over mutual interests and have a rigorous and multifaceted debate about what should happen in our community.
BrooklynTheBorough.com has been an endeavor. I had no idea what I was getting myself into starting this project, and that’s probably a good thing. Five years later, I’ve come to view this place as a community – a free speech network for local artists to connect across mediums and interests without sponsors or advertising or an obvious motive outside of building community and real social connection as antidotes to an age of avatars and isolationism.
I’m just going to say it. What happened at 3rd Ward is a symptom of the capitalist corporate structure’s imposition upon the creative arts economy in Brooklyn over the last decade and change. My perch is unique in this arts economy – which includes entrepreneurial journalistic endeavors such as this site, which I own independently – as sites like mine have all popped up to cover what we see before us, but not all have remained completely advertiser free.
Do you happen to remember, or are you current aware, of how obnoxious, angsty or sad everyone is between the ages of 27 and 30ish? Could it be their Saturn returns phase? It seems like, well, if 70 is the new 50, then surely 29 is the new 16 – like an adult stage puberty.
Eric Austin is the punk rock proprietor of Williamsburg establishments The Grand Bar and Grill, Second Chance Saloon and the venue The Acheron. If there’s something that Eric loves, it’s telling stories, and he’s got a lot of great ones – many of them not fit to print here, though we tried.
Performance art is happening all around us. Engage your life with this art by attending some of this month’s performances as part of the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival. This is a non-corporate, totally DIY, one time festival, which does not run any concurrent events, so you may actually catch them all. Most of the presentations are free or by donation.
I’d like to take a minute to reply to the Wall Street Journal article “Brooklyn Before the Hipsters” on July 4th, 2013 – Independence Day. It was Gilbert Gottfried grade business propaganda.