Take a bike tour of Brooklyn’s cultural underground

Look at that big beautiful Brooklyn sky (pic by Maximus Comissar)
Pioneer Works’ amazing backyard. Photo by Maximus Comissar

I’ve always found it strange that most neighborhood tours are marketed to tourists. Doesn’t everyone want to get to know what’s in their own backyard? As your humble Events Editor here on Brokelyn, I do my best to highlight all the cool and crazy goings-on in this marvelous borough of ours, but there’s (obviously) more to life in Brooklyn than comedy shows and burlesque extravaganzas.

If you’re interested in the artists behind the art and the craftspeople behind the craft fairs, I’d like to invite you to the first-ever Brooklyn Spaces bike tour this Sunday, November 8. 

The tour will cover a half-dozen terrific spots, with private talks at each one by its founder or curator. We’ll begin at Twig Terrariums, a delightful little verdant venture run by two lady craftsfolk; moving on to Hotwood Arts, a massive art collective; then over to The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (exactly what it sounds like).


High ceilings and good feelings, at the Gowanus Ballroom. via Instagram
High ceiling and hip-feeling, at the Gowanus Ballroom. via Instagram

Next, we’ll check out a metalsmithing workshop at The Gowanus Ballroom, and browse everyone’s favorite museum for the dark and macabre, Morbid Anatomy. Four hours later, we’ll end things off at the amazing Pioneer Works, a center for art, performance, and experimentation in a gargantuan 19th century factory. If you’ve still got some energy left, stick around for Pioneer Works’ Second Sunday programming, with open studios, live music, and other art happenings.

Tickets are $32.50, and they include talks, demos, discounts and deals at every stop along the tour. We’ll even have a snack break on the waterfront provided by Trough Catering, as well as plenty of time for selfies and schmoozing along the way.

You’ll be in pretty good hands, too—I know an awful lot about spaces in Brooklyn, having sort of written the book on ’em. And I’ll be co-leading with Jonah Levy, a born-and-raised Brooklynite from a family of tour guides. In short, this is going to be pretty awesome.

Grab those tix, and I’ll see you Sunday!

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