There’s currently a lot of excitement around the Brooklyn Nets. They now call the Barclays Center home, a $1 Billion arena we got to experience this past weekend for the team’s season opener. Not only did the Nets win, but they did it less than a week after one of the most devastating storms hit the region. As we were exiting, everyone was handed a copy of BrooklynKnight #1, a 32-page comic book written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Mike Deodato. Who is the BrooklynKnight, you ask? Well, according to both Marvel Entertainment and the Brooklyn Nets, the new mascot and NBA’s first super hero is the “protector of Brooklyn’s hometown team, defender of New York’s largest and most courageous borough, and ruler of Barclays Center.” Though we were lucky enough to get a copy of #1, fans at the November 11 home game against the Orlando Magic can expect a limited edition BrooklynKnight trading card courtesy of Marvel Custom Solutions and the Brooklyn Nets.
If you weren’t able to make it out to one of eight Jay-Z shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the final show from Saturday’s available via a YouTube stream. Jay-Z came out in his all-black attire featuring a goose down hooded vest, gold chains, a limited-edition Just Don Nets snapback and the newly unveiled Brooklyn Nets jersey. Check the stream below.
Seven years after first being proposed, the Brooklyn Nets are officially here and will call Barclays Center home in the heart of BK. The new logo of the team has been unveiled and seems the new team will opt for a black and white colorway rather than the gray, blue and red of the New Jersey Nets. Who came up with this, you ask? Minority owner Jay-Z had a hand in the new branding and design. The new ad campaign has launched as well to stir up ticket sales and raise awareness for the new look, with the tagline “Hello Brooklyn” being the central theme. Check out the 30-second spot below.
The Style Ledger has this new feature which takes us inside Martin Greenfield’s historic Brooklyn tailor factory. Mr. Greenfield himself talks about how he got to where he is today and gives much praise to his boss from he bought the business in the late seventies. “Quality with intrinsic value will always keep you in business.”
A move that’s long overdue, The Brothers Corsillo have finally taken their highly successful Hickoree’s online shop and opened their first brick and mortar establishment. Situated in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY, the shop is a floor under their office where brothers Sandy and Emil have run both Hickoree’s as well as The Hill-Side over the past few years. The product’s as diverse as it is online with everything from wiffle ball bats and Blue Cow soap to parkas from Owner/Operator and new packs from Epperson Mountaineering. The shop recently collaborated with Fair Ends for two wool caps, both of which are available in-store now. (via Secret Forts)
Bringing light to the storied Brooklyn cycling team, Apis drops these caps to rep the squad as well as the borough. The iconic Brooklyn Chewing Gum logo is printed on the sides and bill, while a light blue, red and white pattern runs down the middle of the front.
The Brooklyn cycling cap is available in three different colorways. Check them out after the jump. (more…)
What is usually an outdoors affair, Brooklyn Flea will be shifting to an indoors facility come January 9th. Destination: One Hanson Place, or the Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower, in Fort Green, Brooklyn. The space is a landmarked building that houses vaulted ceilings and tiled murals, as well as visual remnants of a bank, such as kiosks, teller rooms, and even a vault with three-ton doors. Only fitting it houses a well-known marketplace for trading vintage goods. “It’s a really amazing space that hasn’t been open to the public for a really long time,” says Brooklyn Flea founder Eric Demby. “I think it’s one of the most beautiful and historic interior spaces in Brooklyn.” The location allows for more than 100 vendors to operate, including food (Demby wants to have the eating area inside the vault). And the larger floor area makes it seem “more like the regular flea,” he adds, only it’s inside.
The Brooklyn Flea will be at One Hanson Place every weekend from January 9th ’til the end of March. (via The Cut)
The Takeover of Billboards in NYC has crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into Williamsburg. Along Bedford Avenue, Jordan Seiler of Public Ad Campaign spotted a couple billboards painted over by RAB. ANIMAL tells us that while one of the ads was an illegal NPA billboard, the other is just a handpainted Colosal Media spot for the unpopular “Flydealists Unite” campaign.
Part of New York Times‘ 1-in-8 Million series, “The Sneaker Connoisseur” focuses on sneaker addict Jesse Villanueva. The man’s got over 150 pairs of some of the most timeless kicks to ever (or never) see the light of day. He’s 32 and he’s admitted to hiding shoes from his wife, knowing what will happen if she sees another box enter the collection. He now serves “sneaker heads” at Alife Rivington Club and calls Park Slope, Brooklyn home. Yes, he’s everything his current 15-25 year-old regulars aspire to be.
Hear his story via an audio slideshow here.
Born in Canada in the 70s, Kevin Cyr migrated to Maine in his early childhood, then making a leap to Massachusetts College of Art, from where he received his BFA. He now calls Brooklyn his home and his takes much influence from his middle-class surroundings. He’s been featured in numerous group exhibitions on the national and international front and even received praise from New American Paintings. His illustrations look to reimagine the vehicles we see on a regular basis, giving them a more defined purpose that we so-often neglect.
More of his work after the jump. (more…)