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Tag : 2008


Surreal Estate

Wednesday, Dec. 31st – Jan. 1st | 8 PM – 6 AM | SURREAL ESTATE Presents…
Four luscious floors and a silvery rooftop of live music, DJs +
all-nite dance party, a Variety Show with break dancers, a tall
unicycle rider, jugglers, a contortionist, and more! A Polaroid photo
booth and photographer armed with all the Polaroid film left in the
country to snap your pics. All these good times and the general
pandemonium brought to you by the surrealists of Surreal Estate. Stay
awake with us ’til dawn and we’ll make you pancakes! Promise!

| | | 1st FLOOR | | | 10 pm – 2 am | | | BANDS:
The Balkan Brass Band
(Currently lives in Surreal Estate’s apartments & presents some of his
freshest rhymes at to follow up his recent performance at Sputnik in

| | | 2nd FLOOR | | | 9 – 12 pm | | | VARIETY SHOW:
Tall Unicycle Rider, Juggler, Contortionist!
Prasad the Can Man on the Harmonica
* Emcee’d by Phoenix & Quinnifer Nopez of the Freegan Bike Workshop *

2nd Fl: VIDEO Immersion! VJs bring in the New Year with artful video
projection all night.

2nd Fl: D.I.Y. FASHION SHOW | | | 12 – 12:30 am

| | | 3rd FLOOR | | | 8 – 6 AM | | | DJs + DANCE PARTY
’til the break of dawn
DJ Squarepants
DJ hypa
DJ Hotflashes

+ Pancakes for all who are up with us til 6 am!

Percentages of the proceeds from this event will benefit several community-based organizations: Make the Road NY, Gays and Lesbians of Bushwick Empowered (GLOBE), Trees Not Trash, the Anarchist Book Fair, In Our Hearts, and FIERCE: Building the Leadership and Power of LGBTQ Youth of Color. Thank you for your support!

Cover charge: $15 ($10 before 11 pm)
No outside alcohol.

Surreal Estate
13 and 15 Thames Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206

A collectively-operated, community-run living space and events venue housed in two adjacent buildings in Bushwick. They offer many kinds of events open to the community: readings, a local history group, bilingual events and readings (Spanish/English), fundraisers, parties, gallery space for exhibiting artists, a free reading library and cafe, by-donation classes, skill shares, and workshops. They hope to produce a dynamic and creative forum that embraces experimentation in many forms while maintaining a down-to-earth, friendly, welcoming environment.

Please feel free to email them with ideas and suggestions for the new space or to inquire about how you can get involved. If you’re a dancer, an artist, a promoter, a musician, a teacher, an organizer, or just want to find out more about what we’re working on over here, please email them! –

On My Radar: NYC Bridge Project & People Giving A Shit


– election reactions shared by flickr users

Hyperlocal election coverage and citizen journalism was at an all time high in the days leading up to and after this year’s historic presidential election. For many, this was an opportunity to document a part of history from their own perspective and to share it with the world through twitter feeds, blogs, and cellphone videos that were posted on the internet within minutes of the results.

Other citizen journalists had been preparing for the historic day and were anticipating the opportunity to put plans of content aggregation in action.

NYC Bridge Project co-founders Bashira Webb and Danny Peralta took their students to Harlem on November 4th to photograph local residents who were voting – many for the first time – and to record their stories for a multimedia project entitled “Election ’08: Voices of Harlem” that will soon be available to view on Current TV.

Webb and Peralta’s work culminates a year of collaborative effort between themselves, their students, and the International Center of Photography (ICP) who awarded the grant in early 2007. These Bronx residents were committed to teaching photography skills and providing mentorship opportunities to local youth who are desire to document their world, through their eyes.

Times Square Celebrates Obama Victory

It is almost midnight and Times Square is on fire. From my view on the 29th floor I can see them below like ants – there is a huge crowd (bigger than in the photo I took a few minutes ago) cheering and all the taxis are honking like crazy! I can hear the roar of the crowd, even this high up. It’s amazing.

The sounds of the crowd and the horns are growing louder and louder with each passing moment, a cacophony of joy and excitement. It’s like New Years.

When the results came in, I was in the bathroom and heard the news through the door. I was so shocked and happy I dropped my cellphone in the toilet. Since I can’t call anyone right now, I am temporarily only able to share my experience through The Lair.