WHEN THE GROUND BREAKS by ELAINE ANGELOPOULOS at Soapbox Gallery

WHEN THE GROUND BREAKS by ELAINE ANGELOPOULOS

In part of The Kickin’ It group exhibition curated by Suzan Shutan

EXHIBITION:
Sunday, MAY 29 – Wednesday, JUNE 8, 2011

Reception: 
Saturday June 4, 2011 4:00-7:30pm

A giant window map with arranged artifacts and ephemera loaned from residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the Atlantic Yards Project pays homage to the local community conscious of and dedicated to challenge big business and government dealings surrounding the Atlantic Yards Project.  With a flyer titled “Loan Me Your Stuff”, Angelopoulos asked residents to loan her anything that reflected their experience of living in Brooklyn pre and post Nets invasion.

The perception she envisioned for her artwork was to translate the Soapbox piece into a public, live, and thriving material archive, reliquary, and or shrine. The array of objects and ephemera combined allow an openly fragmented narrative of the several neighborhoods directly affected by the changes that bind them together.

Angelopoulos extends a big thank you those who donated items to the installation, who donated funds on Kickstarter, to Jimmy Greenfield, Director of Soapbox Gallery, and to Suzan Shutan, Curator of the Kickin’ It Exhibition.

STORY COLLECTION:
Saturday June 4th, 2011 2:00 – 4:00pm (and through opening)
Sunday   June 5th, 2011 4:00 – 6:00pm

Angelopoulos will be recording locals and visitors who wish to recollect their thoughts on urban change and development.

Contact info:  Apoulet@earthlink.net

To view the video shown on the installation monitor:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1399894388/when-the-ground-breaks?ref=live

Artist seeks materials for Soapbox Gallery exhibit

CALLING ALL BROOKLYN CITIZENS … I NEED YOUR HELP!!

KINDLY LOAN ME … for 10 days ( from May 28 to June 8 ) … an artifact, piece of furniture, photograph, poem, story, sign, or any product that reflects your experience pre and post NETS neighborhood construction …. for the window of Soapbox Gallery, Brooklyn.

I am an artist who was invited to exhibit in “Kickin It”, a six-week series of community engagement events starting April 30 and running every Saturday & Sunday (mid day-eve) through June 23. The success of my work depends upon collecting objects, which will get incorporated into a new artwork for the window.

I want the Soapbox space to be perceived as a public, live, and thriving material archive, reliquary, and or shrine. At the end of my exhibition, all loaned items will be returned to their rightful owners. Your work will be documented and you will be credited in an online archive.

If you are interested, please contact ASAP Elaine Angelopoulos:  Apoulet@earthlink.net

Soapbox Gallery is located at 636 Dean Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Visit on the web at http://soapboxgallery.org/

Invitation letters to DOT Commissioner Sadik-Khan & Atlantic Yards Director Hankin

The following letters were sent on May 3, 2011 by the DSBA and the Carlton Avenue Association to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Atlantic Yards Project Director Arana Hankin.

Both officials were invited to a public meeting hosted by the associations to answer the community’s questions and address concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation related to the Atlantic Yards project.

PDF versions:
DOT Sadik-Khan letter
AY Hankin Letter

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May 3, 2011

Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
Department of Transportation
40 Worth Street New York, NY 10013

Dear Commissioner Sadik-Khan,

Our immediate area will be affected significantly and in unique ways by the operation of the Barclays Center and the implementation of the Atlantic Yards Project. We are dependent on the effectiveness of the Project’s mitigations and roadway improvements.

The Carlton Avenue Association and the Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt would like to extend an invitation to an informed representative of the Department of Transportation to attend a public meeting hosted by our associations to directly answer our community’s questions and address our concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation on our streets. We believe because of the unique way we are impacted by the project, a meeting focused on our concerns is appropriate and necessary.

Because of the importance and timeliness of this meeting, our associations have set aside our regular calendared May meetings in order to accommodate the schedule of your representative. We have also invited Atlantic Yards Project Director Arana Hankin.

Thank you,

Richard Goldstein, President
Carlton Avenue Association

Peter Krashes, President
Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt

Cc.  Councilmember Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Eric Adams, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Borough President Marty Markowitz, CB8 Chairperson Nijzoni Granville, CB8 District Manager Michelle George, Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Coordinator Chris Hrones, Ombudsman Forrest Taylor, Brooklyn Borough Director Sam Pierre

____________________

May 3, 2011

Arana J. Hankin
Director, Atlantic Yards Project
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Dear Director Hankin,

Our immediate area will be affected significantly and in unique ways by the operation of the Barclays Center and the implementation of the Atlantic Yards Project. We are dependent on the effectiveness of the Project’s mitigations and roadway improvements.

The Carlton Avenue Association and the Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt would like to extend an invitation to you to attend a public meeting hosted by our associations to directly answer our community’s questions and address our concerns about traffic and pedestrian circulation on our streets. We believe because of the unique way we are impacted by the project, a meeting focused on our concerns is appropriate and necessary.

Because of the importance of this meeting, our associations have set aside our regular calendared May meetings in order to accommodate your schedule. We have also invited a representative from the Department of Transportation. We look forward to your prompt reply.

Thank you,

Richard Goldstein, President
Carlton Avenue Association

Peter Krashes, President
Dean Street Block Association, 6th Avenue to Vanderbilt

Cc.  Councilmember Letitia James, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, State Senator Eric Adams, State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Borough President Marty Markowitz, CB8 Chairperson Nijzoni Granville, CB8 District Manager Michelle George, Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Downtown Brooklyn Transportation Coordinator Chris Hrones, Ombudsman Forrest Taylor, Brooklyn Borough Director Sam Pierre

Monthly Meeting – May 23, 2011 – 7:30PM

Held every 3rd Monday of the month except holidays

TIME: 

Monday, May 23rd  7:30 – 9:00 pm

PLACE: 

545 Dean Street #1, between Carlton and 6th

AGENDA:

  • Block Party: SAVE THE DATE: June 25th!

Block Party preparation

  • Our Neighborhood Streets:

How our streets will be affected by the new Barclays Center traffic mitigation and roadway improvement plan.

YOUR INPUT IS ESSENTIAL – EVERYONE IS WELCOME

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This Thursday, May 19th, the traffic mitigation and roadway improvement plan for the Barclay’s Center’s opening will be presented publicly for the first time.  It is our understanding an additional ESDC conducted public forum and/or presentation will be made in June.

The changes they are likely to announce are described in the Project’s FEIS. As outlined there, the largest single change is the elimination of northbound traffic on 4th Avenue from Pacific Street to Atlantic. The plans also include the widening of 6th Avenue so that it can be turned into four lanes, and the widening and creation of two of lanes of traffic on Pacific Street between 6th and Carlton. The widening of 6th Avenue has apparently been set aside for the time being.

What will be implemented will affect traffic and pedestrian circulation in significant ways in our immediate area.  We believe representatives from ESDC and NYC DOT should come directly to our community to answer our questions and address our concerns. Together with the Carlton Avenue Association, we have invited them to attend a joint meeting ASAP. If such a meeting occurs, it will now be in June.

In the meantime, we are proceeding with our May meeting one week late. Our focus will be preparations for our block party and the traffic mitigations/roadway improvement plan.

Thanks,

Peter Krashes
President