Picture this: an eight-foot tall dinosaur, constructed of reclaimed wood, the final design dictated by the community members doing the building – and it all takes place in a dead-end alley in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn.
Such will be the centerpiece of the upcoming Grove Alley Makers Nite taking place Friday, June 27th from 5pm to 11pm. Once deemed “a candidate for the worst street in Brooklyn, if not the five boroughs” by Forgotten New York, Grove Alley is now a hidden gem both gritty and artistic – be sure to check out the 80-foot-wide “Follow the BEAT” mural lining the south wall – and part of a long-term effort by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to transform the underutilized alley into a unique destination.
Last year, this 250-foot-deep alley played host to more than 2,000 attendees for our Grove Alley Nite Market and Game Nite, which brought activities such as bocce ball, live concerts, and Atari game stations to the area.
The upcoming Grove Alley Makers Nite will extend the fun and give it a decidedly “now” twist, given the tech, innovation, and maker community taking root in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle. Local artisans will host various DIY workshops, like The Brooklyn Garage, a shop based in Gowanus dedicated to fixing and building projects, which will oversee the dinosaur build (a big thank you to Film Biz Recycling and Build It Green! NYC for donating materials) and also host a booth that teaches participants how to make bottle openers from scraps of wood. And Fort Greene-based jewelry design shop, Mynlyn, which will work with attendees to create 3D-printed word blocks that reflect the Brooklyn spirit.
A DJ will be spinning tunes all night, and there will be beer for purchase from Brooklyn Brewery and a line-up of food trucks from Coolhaus, Mexicue, and Snowday. The vision of Makers Nite comes from its event producers, Gowanus Nite Market, who have hosted pop-up markets throughout New York City. Based in Brooklyn, the planners behind Gowanus Nite Market are all about eclectic experiences in unique spaces (read: vendors, live music, food, and beer in alleys and industrial warehouses).
To register for this free event, please visit: http://bit.ly/grovealleymakersnite