The Best North Brooklyn Street Art of 2011

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We decided to compile a list of some of the most notable street art from the area in 2011. This is not a comprehensive survey but a taste of some of the exciting work that has been appearing on the streets of our dear borough.

The Gallerist—It’s Always Valentine’s Day in Ridgewood

“The Pile” by Mike Ballou exhibited at Valentine Gallery, last month. Photo courtesy of Valentine Gallery

Valentine forged his curatorial program in the school of hard knocks by way of pure insight. The former co-founder of The Mustard Factory and Galapagos’ Curator, he came to Ridgewood in 1999 long before it was on the greater artworld’s mental map.

Commentary: No Jail Time for Scarano, Business as Usual

I’m not big on conspiracy theories, though you’ve got to wonder if the mere slap on the wrist architect Robert Scarano received had anything to do with politics. Was the City using Scarano to accomplish their notsohidden agenda to remake Brooklyn into high density, highrise neighborhoods? The best the City accomplished was to take away Scarano’s ability to professionally certify his filings with the Department of Buildings. The City did not go after his architect’s license, which is what was demanded by the public. So in essence, the bad get rewarded; his license (017739) to practice architecture is still active.

Eating Around: Osteria il Paiolo

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Osteria il Paiolo 106 North 6th St. (Berry & Wythe) (718) 218-7080 Open 7 days a week By Mary Yeung A white tablecloth restaurant in the heart of Williamsburg. That is so rare. But chef and owner Alex Palumbo wishes to give his customers an elegant dining experience, although he is aware that this white  More > >

Co-Op 87 Putting a Good Spin on Vinyl

Co-Op 87 co-owner Mike Catalano is something of a music maharishi. Photos by William Hereford

The sidewalk outside the entrance to Co-Op 87, covered with crates and boxes of $1 records, feels like your old college buddy’s apartment: stockpiles of stuff that live where it lands. But inside there’s a sense of cozy calm, like a warm library. That is, if libraries played loud post-punk albums.