Friday, February 28, 2014

Royal Palms Gowanus Shuffleboard Club

Its been a pretty sad winter, lots if snow for New York which means a lot less exploring. This weekend nature gave us a reprieve and we had lovely weather with dry sidewalks and warm temperatures. Since warm weather lifts the spirits my friends and I decided that a little neighborhood excursion to the new Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in the Gowanus was in order. It was opening weekend so there was already a line when we got there around 8:30pm. The owner came up to apologize for the wait they unfortunately had to follow fire safety codes and keep capacity at 300. The space itself is enormous but laws are laws, so we waited about half an hour. We got it and decided to divide and conquer, two of us would scavenge for seats and the rest hit the food truck. Yeah that's right, a food truck, the club owners were clever enough to have a perfect drive in spot for a different food truck to serve their delightful snacks each week. This weekend was the Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck. My friend and I were lucky to score seats for the 5 of us. Beers and food in hand we watched all the newbie shuffleboard players. Just an FYI, shuffleboard is usually played by folks over 70 in Florida, so its interesting that the youngsters are diggin' it, I think the kitch value is attractive. The space is wonderful, they need to work on their beer selection, this is Brooklyn there's no excuse for a poor selection, its a fun atmosphere.
Getting there:
514 Union Street, Brooklyn
R train to Union St

Friday, February 7, 2014

Brooklyn Zine Fest

Good News I will be at the Brooklyn Zinefest again this year. This time its being held at the Brooklyn Historical Society which is a beautiful landmarked building in Brooklyn Heights. The Zinefest is both Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, but I will be there on the Saturday. More details to come as we get near the actual date. I will be debuting two new zines, another Japan photo zine and a collection of vintage ephemera that can be used much like the Japanese design books with jpgs and pngs a DVD will be included.

Style of Girl- Japanese Design Elements Book

I have a small collection of Japanese Design books and recently I picked up this little gem at Kinokuniya bookstore, "Collections of Yarn and Cloth, Style of Girl". The book has jpgs and pngs of images of sew patches, embroidery, stamps, lots of sweet pictures on a DVD. I'm an Adobe Suite user so that's how will use it but you can also use it in Word if you don't have a design program.

Speaking of design books, my Vintage Ephemera Zine will be out hopefully in March and will also come with a DVD with pngs and jpgs.

Also GREAT NEWS, I will be a vendor in the Brooklyn Zinefest this year on Saturday, April 26th at the Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn Heights which is a beautiful space in a wonderful neighborhood. If you are in town please stop by I'd love to meet you.  More details coming soon.

Here's "Style of Girl":