Monday, May 11, 2009

The Dumbo Sideshow -- What Was Happening Outside of Bklyn Designs

While crowds thronged to Bklyn Designs this past weekend, what passes for normal in Dumbo continued outside the boundaries of St. Ann's Warehouse.

The night before the exhibit, someone decided it would be nice to "replant nature into the urban facade" by adding birds, trees and other natural shapes to the scaffolding on Water Street (above). The artist called it the "De-fence Project." Lovely, but officials decided they had better pick the low-hanging fruit (er, birds), before someone conked themselves on the head and sued somebody.

Around the corner closer to Front Street, people against the Two Trees Dock Street project ("a super-size development situated too close to the Brooklyn Bridge") engaged in a postcard writing campaign. The final step in the ULURP process for Dock Street DUMBO is upcoming this month with hearings at City Council May 21st, 10 a.m., at City Hall.

The Brooklyn Flea was packed. We never found the hidden three-panel cowhide and leather satchel, which we really wanted, but we did get some great fried bananas at the Red Hook Vendors stand.

These bible guys had a table parked down near the entrance to the Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park. Their sign asked the question: "Who really rules the world?" The only answers allowed were: A. God; B. Jesus; C. Satan; D. Man.

The young men sitting behind the posters kept their eyes glued to their bibles. Why? It might have had something to do with the beautiful but scantily-clad beauty not ten feet away, practicing for her upcoming role in the West Indian American Day Parade.

Related topics:
- Great Weekend At Bklyn Designs
- Brooklyn's West Indian American Day Parade Wrap Up
- Dumbo Dock Street Public Hearing Tonight
- Feral Art in Dumbo
- Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival -- Neither Wind Nor Rain

Photos by MK Metz

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Unknown said...

Thanks for the link on the Dock Street story, but it was actually the DUMBO Neighborhood Association manning the table, not FFLA.

mcbrooklyn said...

Thanks for the comment -- we've updated the link.