The return of Grove Alley
They came to make bracelets out of recycled bicycle parts and bottle openers out of scrap wood. They came to try their hand at textile weaving and 3D-printed art, or contribute to the construction of the 8-foot-tall wooden dinosaur that would, inexplicably, get christened with the name “Hodor” by the end of the night. They came to drink beer and dance and eat food truck food, and they did it in record numbers – over 2,600 people by the end of Friday’s Grove Alley Makers Nite – well over the attendance of last summer’s Nite Market and Game Nite combined.
Among those who attended was Nathaniel Soria, a writer/director who lives in Downtown Brooklyn, works at educational hip-hop video company, Flocubulary, and heard about Makers Nite from a friend. He said he loved the “nit-n-grit” of the event, juxtaposed with the colorful artwork and people, and in keeping with the night’s DIY theme, made this video to capture the highlights:
Other artistic highlights included a chalk art wall created by Mimi Yang and Adrienne Noel and an art canopy designed by Roberto Dell’ Orco and Angela Lee.
Friday’s event was a gratifying pinnacle to the revitalization effort of the formerly underutilized space spearheaded by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership over the past year.
“Grove Alley shows us the impact of events and short-term interventions in reclaiming and revitalizing underutilized spaces,” said Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. “By bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds for this outdoor party, we not only showcase the assets we have in abundance here, but we help enliven our streets at night – making this a true 24/7 destination.”
The Partnership, working with the visionary founder of the Gowanus Nite Market and Masai Marketing, plans to put on one more Grove Alley event this summer. Follow @DowntownBklyn on Twitter to get all the latest updates.