Yesterday, Seth and I took a ride to Sunset Park to check out Industry City's Open Studios event. Built in the late 19th century, Industry City makes up 6,000,000 square feet (yes, 6 million) of space across 9 industrial buildings. In other words, it's a ton of industrial space in NYC. We entered the starting point at Building 2 where we were welcomed with yellow balloons, a greeting team, a site map and excitement.
Over 100 of Industry City's tenants (the makers, artists and manufacturers) opened up their work spaces for the public to get a peek. We got to visit SO many amazing businesses. Here's a photo dairy of our day:
This map was super helpful in getting us around... not that we mind getting lost.
Andrew is a designer and builder of beautifully-made furniture from premium, beautiful American wood. His pieces are clean, quality, sturdy and fairly inexpensive (IMO) for the hand-made quality you are getting!
Robert and Katherine are partners at Jonsar Studios. We met Robert while we were gazing at a wall of beautiful, gelatin-like photos that captured the chaos and destruction of Hurricane Sandy. We chatted about Mother Nature and how she will continue to keep us in check if we collectively don't start to respect and value her as we coexist.
His partner, Katherine, was busy taking portraits of any interested volunteers as a part of an "Everday People" project they are compiling. I'm betting we'll see lots of interesting faces!
I didn't get to meet Dean but, being a dog-lover, his art howled at me (yes, pun intended)! My dog back in LA, Radar, is an awesome German Shepherd, so I might have to go back to Dean Russo Art to pick this puppy up.
Lizzy is a sweetie who you can tell is passionate about The Impossible Project. She explained the project's lofty vision, which was to save and revive Polaroids from what seemed like inevitable death when the Polaroid factory shut down and liquidated all its assets in 2008. Thanks to Impossible, we can still enjoy the sheer, tangible joy of polaroids.
PS, Lizzy, we envy your sweet LegoLand camera!
Seth was really excited to learn more about The Impossible Project. Can you blame him?
Ernest has been crafting art out of glass for over 30 years. If you're looking for a custom door entrance or stained glass window, Ernest is your man! www.ernestporcelli.com/
I love urban open spaces like this that fill up with interesting people and activities. Industry City hosts a variety of events in this space. Check 'em out! http://industrycity.com/events/
While Building 2 is equipped with regular people-moving elevator, the other buildings transport you via frieght elevator. Here is Fernando hookin' us up with the ride.
We love ginger, and we love liqueurs... so why didn't we think of this concept: ginger liqueur! Josh at Barrow's Intense has three vats of this elixir that can make 200 bottles on average. For those of you that like fireball, you'll love this. He's got a tasting coming up at 67 Wine, our local wine store. Bet your arse we'll be there!
Industry City Distillery operates out of the top floor of Building 5 and these guys are serious about making high quality vodka! They use homemade yeast and fresh beet sugar to develop unique flavors, and then distill the spirits in a unique machine that distills over 100x, all of which gives the vodka a really nice flavor, almost like a mellow coffee.
Also excited about experimenting with their Technical Reserve - almost pure alcohol, this stuff will be great for experimenting with flavored liqueurs this summer!
West Elm occupies ~12,000SF of space in Building 7. According to their press release, the "studios are dedicated to conceptualizing and designing product while offering workspaces for all disciplines, from a colorist dye shop and weaving room to a carpentry workshop and 3D modeling space."
We got to see it in action. Very cool.
Wool rug samples are made here using this half-digital, half-analog weaving machine. Very cool!