Walking down Bedford Avenue recently, a happy dog loping up ahead, stopped, to my amazement, at the Dunkin’ Donuts entrance on Bedford and North 7th Street, where the 100-year-old Northside Pharmacy used to be. The dog’s owner was baffled, until he remembered his dog used to get treats from the friendly pharmacists.
It’s a disorienting time to say the least, even for the dogs, but one has to aim to grow with the neighborhood, or not.
There’s nothing like running a business to grow up fast. To challenge one. To force one to learn about self and community.
I am proud to say that I have been consistently surrounded by only intelligent people, and that publishing a newspaper is an exciting and elevating experience because of the writers, photographers, illustrators, designers, community organizers and activists, and our faithful advertisers, many of whom, over the years, have also joined our ranks as writers and photographers, to say nothing of the friendships that have been borne of the whole enterprise.
Many people still see their local newspaper as an important medium of communication. And I think there are still many ways to use this medium creatively. The issue you are now holding in your hands is the first step in that experimental new direction. For instance, here, we have morphed into a large colorful catalogue of artworks (those donated generously for our fundraising auction).
To our valued readers: the WG isn’t going away. We’re re-orienting ourselves because we don’t feel we’ve finished our work here. There are still community issues we’d like to explore and report on; we even have some books we’d like to publish.
There are many uses for the humble yet versatile newspaper that we haven’t thought of yet, but we hope that with this issue as an example, it will boomerang back to us, from you, in the form of new ideas and opportunities.
For now, we hope you’ll join take advantage of this chance to own artwork by established and recognized artists and photographers, and by new rising artist-stars.
You are invited to log on to the auction platform hosted by Paddle8 and bid on the works that you love and would like to own. The bidding starts November 24th and ends December 8th.
Please join us on December 3rd as the bidding continues at our holiday party where the artworks will be displayed. We’re very honored that the farm-to-table restaurant Cow & Clover will be providing hors d’oeuvres, and celebrated local winery BOE Wine will be providing wine.
At our holiday party, additional auction items will be available from local businesses (including a package of 5 classes from Brooklyn Crew, holding an open house the same evening). If you are an individual or a business and would like to donate something, please let us know before December 1st.
You can always keep up with our activities here on our website.
Thank you so much for being devoted readers!
—Genia Gould, Publisher
www.paddle8.com/auctions/wgnews THE ONLINE BIDDING IS OVER …. BUT
OFF LINE BIDDING CONTINUES THROUGH DECEMBER 13th. Come to 188 Broadway (at Driggs) to see impressive lots that are still available. NOON to 5pm daily through December 13th.
Closing party on Saturday, December 13th. STAY TUNED!