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    Family Weekend Getaway at NU Hotel Brooklyn

    Never ones to miss out on a celebration NU Hotel Brooklyn and children’s boutique partner Stork are hosting a Facebook contest for the November 16 performance of Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate, performing at Barclays Center from November 12-17.

    The contest, which goes live on the Brooklyn boutique hotel’s Facebook on October 7, promises a family-friendly prize to one lucky winner, who will receive:

     

    •              An overnight stay in a NU Friends Suite

    •              Complimentary equipment rentals from Brooklyn children’s boutique Stork

    •              Two Brooklyn-themed children’s t-shirts

    •              A Disney grab bag

    •              A $50.00 gift certificate to Stork’s Brooklyn location

    •              Four tickets to the 3 p.m. November 16 performance of Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate at Barclays Center

     

    Enter today for your chance to win!

    10-08-2013 21:25,

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    Brooklyn Book Festival

    On September 22 from 10am-6pm don’t miss the Brooklyn Book Festival one of New York City’s largest free literary events.  The festival begins on September 22 (related events begin on the 16th)-  and includes a jam packed day of literary fanfare from readings by this year’s more prominent debut novelists to roundtables about the art of storytelling- there’s really an event for everyone. For the full schedule of events check out brooklynbookfestival.org .

    “Stack” © Dave Fayram used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    09-12-2013 21:13,

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    Q & A with Adam Suerte

    NU Hotel Brooklyn announces that five artists will be presenting original works, curated by Urban Folk Art© and inspired by MTV’s Video Music Awards, which are taking place in Brooklyn for the first time ever this year (airs August 25 at 9pm).  We took time to find out what makes each artist tick and how music inspires their art.

    Born and bred in South Brooklyn, the streets served as Adam Suerte’s canvas long before he was putting the streets on his canvas. A graduate of Music and Art High School, and Rhode Island School of Design, his influences stretch from Aztec art, to Psychedelic art of the 60’s, his own graffiti exploits, as well as the Dutch Masters, underground comic book art, Pop Art and Impressionism. Upon graduation, Adam founded the artist collective Urban Folk Art® Studios. In the late 90’s he apprenticed in tattooing and is now founder and co-owner of Brooklyn Tattoo® and the adjoining Urban Folk Art® Gallery, where he continues to tattoo, paint, silkscreen, illustrate, make comics, paint murals, and teach art to children.  A NU Perspectives artist as well Adam’s work currently graces the wall of one of NU’s guest rooms.

    What inspires you the most?  There are so many things that inspire me equally, music, art, my kids, all the creative people I am exposed to every day, people who are achieving similar goals to mine, where I live. The key is to be inspired by everything.

     What is your favorite thing about Brooklyn?  I always say the best thing about Brooklyn is that you don’t have to look at a 90 degree angle to see the sky. That is certainly changing in South Brooklyn and ion other parts. Also, just the creative force that is Brooklyn and the art and music it produces as the creative spirits are inspired by where they live.

     How do you incorporate music into your work?  I will sometimes illustrate music lyrics whether it’s my comic book work, silkscreen printing, a lot of my tattoo work is people getting things relating to music. There’s that feeling you get when you’re listening to a song that just puts the hair on the back of your neck up, or really get your juices flowing, I like to think that some people get that feeling when they look at pieces of my art.

     What music do you play when you’re creating your artwork?  Everything. I grew up listening to Hendrix, Kiss, Led Zepplin, in high school it was mixed in with hip-hop, punk rock, reggae, ska and metal. As a tattooer, you listen to a huge variety of music depending on what the different artists or clients want to hear, I listen to it all.

     What’s your all-time favorite musician?  I don’t think anyone’s going to be able to give you a straight one musician answer to this. I used to say Jimi Hendrix, but it really depends on how I’m feeling, what I’m doing. However, if you asked my kids, the 11 year old would say Taylor Swift, and the 13 year old is a Beleiber.

     What is your preferred medium?  I mostly work in acrylic paint, but pen and ink, silkscreen, tattooing and the comic book medium are all mediums I greatly enjoy

     How did you become involved in art?  I have been drawing since I could remember. My mother was very supportive of this. I was exposed to so many things when I was young in the search for what would be “me”. Guitar, piano, gymnastics, and yes tap dancing.  Art was the only thing that stuck, the only thing I felt compelled to practice, or work on without being forced to.

    What advice do you have for aspiring artists?  Hard work never hurt anyone. Nothing worthwhile will ever come easy, and don’t waste time hanging around “waiting to be discovered, discover yourself.

    What is your favorite thing about NU Hotel Brooklyn?  I have been showing artwork in one way or another at NU Hotel Brooklyn from the beginning. I like the fact that NU Hotel  is very open to the community, not only with local artists and showcasing their artwork, but as a business open to mutually supporting the neighborhood with other local businesses.

    How did Urban Folk Art begin?  I founded Urban Folk Art® my senior year of college (1991). I wanted to be an artist as a part of a group of mutually supportive artists. Everyone helping the collective grow together with their different interests, and enjoying the benefits of working together. I was aiming at a combination of Milton Glaser’s Pushpin Studios and Warhol’s Factory.

    What other projects are you currently working on?  I am working on completing the epilogue of a graphic novel I finished a few years ago about my apprenticeship in tattooing. I just finished a mural for a music studio in Bushwick.  I’m working on some wallpaper designs and my ever expanding merchandise line, I curate the Urban Folk Art® Gallery, continue to paint and draw, and my favorite collaborations/works in progress of late- my 3 year old and 4 month old daughter.

    The MTV VMA’s are at the Barclay’s Center this year-do you have any nominees you’re rooting for?  No one especially, it’s usually a really fun show to watch with performances, and presenters, but there’s very little “new” music I like. I just looked at the list of nominees, I’d be happy if Taylor Swift won something, simply because my 11 year old loves her and would be really excited about it, and I dig the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s.

     

     

    08-12-2013 14:25,

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    Q & A with Artist Jason Mitchell

    NU Hotel Brooklyn announces that five artists will be presenting original works, curated by Urban Folk Art© and inspired by MTV’s Video Music Awards, which are taking place in Brooklyn for the first time ever this year (airs August 25 at 9pm).  We took time to find out what makes each artist tick and how music inspires their art. First up Jason Mitchell.

    Jason Mitchell has been a member of Urban Folk Art© for over 20 years.  Mitchell has a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design and is a print maker and musician.  Mitchell has his own T-shirt line and has made T-shirts for several high-end T shirt lines and major labels. His T-shirt line, MIDAS Images, stand for Music Inspired Drawings Are Sound. Music is a constant source of inspiration for him- to learn more check out his tumblr http://jsnmidas.tumblr.com/.

    What inspires you the most? My T-shirt line is called MIDAS IMAGES. Here’s how it breaks down Music Inspired Drawings Are Sound. So MUSIC drives me.

    What is your favorite thing about Brooklyn? One thing?! The Brooklynites, the open sky you don’t get in Manhattan, the love.

    How do you incorporate music into your work? A lot of my drawings feature lines from whatever song is on as i draw. I’ve also done portraits of several musicians for fanzines.

    What music do you play when you’re creating your artwork?  I usually listen to punk rock or reggae, in some form while I work. Those two genres are huge and my tastes vary widely. So it could be just about anything playing in my studio.

    What’s your all-time favorite musician? In which genre? How can I pick one?! Are the Bad Brains  better than Bjork? My answer is subject to change hourly…

    What is your preferred medium?  Pen & ink. That’s where it  all starts. I may paint or silkscreen an image, but it always starts with a pencil, then ink.

    How did you become involved in art? I’ve been drawing since I was in diapers. Its in my blood.

    What advice do you have for aspiring artists? GO TO BUSINESS SCHOOL

    What is your favorite thing about NU Hotel Brooklyn? I love NU Hotel Brooklyn’s positive community outlook. As shown by involving local artists in your decor.

    How did you learn about Urban Folk Art? Adam Suerte and I were at the Rhode Island School of Design together.  I was one of URBAN FOLK ART’s first interns- I got credit to live in the studio in 1991.

    What other projects are you currently working on?   This fall I’m showing a collection of Jamaican musician themed pieces at Urban Folk Art Gallery. This will be in conjunction with the release of Anne Galvin’s book Sounds of the Citizens: Dancehall and Community in Jamaica.

    The MTV VMA’s are at the Barclay’s Center this year-do you have any nominees you’re rooting for? Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay Z is an unstoppable hook.

    Graffiti has many ties and roots to Brooklyn, urban culture and music. For you how does graffiti art intertwine with music and culture? Lettering. I love fonts. Handwriting styles are super important in my work, as they are in graffiti and music packaging. What’s the best way to get your message across? Speak clearly. And like Terminator X, I speak with my hands.

     

    08-01-2013 13:52,

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    Citi Bike in NYC

    Bike sharing has arrived in New York courtesy of Citi Bikes.  A Citi Bikes station is conveniently located near NU hotel and is located at Smith & State Street.  To learn more visit http://citibikenyc.com/how-it-works.

    “Citibikes” ©Omar Rawlings used under a Creative Commons Attribution license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

    06-26-2013 21:23,

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    NU Music Wednesdays

    Twin brothers John & Michael Fatum have one goal in mind each time they pick up their instruments: to foster a community with joy, through the power of music. In a short time period, their honest and exciting approach to music has led them to headlining performances all over the world, including performances as band leaders at the Blue Note NYC and Milan, Chicago Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and in Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston, and more!

    “Viscerally Exciting!” – Chicago Tribune

    “The Fatum Brothers perform in a way that inspires curiosity, attentiveness, and participation!” – Blue Note Jazz Club

    “Dynamic, young, New York musicians that wear their enthusiasm on their sleeves.” – San Jose Mercury

    “Jazz for the joy of it! Joyousness is a reoccurring theme in the Fatum Brothers’ musical language.” – South Bend Tribune

     

    See the Fatum Brothers’ in a special series of Wednesday night performances with their Trio and special guests! Performances are from 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M at NU Hotel Brooklyn (85 Smith St.), for inquiries please call 718.852.8585

    06-26-2013 21:11,

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    Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Brooklyn Bridge Park offers a host of options for those looking for the best in outdoor activities that Brooklyn has to offer. From Saturday kayaking and a range of free public events it’s a great way to spend a Saturday in the city. One of our favorite activities?  The “ Pop-up” pool at Pier 2.  The Brooklyn Bridge pop-up pool is open daily from 10:00 AM until 11:00 P.M.  For a list of their upcoming events and activities visit http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org

    06-26-2013 21:05,

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    NU Hotel Brooklyn Toasts NU Perspectives artist Magdalena Marcenaro

    On Thursday June 6 from 7:00 P.M. -8:30 P.M.  join NU Perspectives artist Magdalena Marcenaro as she celebrates the unveiling of her murals commissioned by the Pacific Street Association.  Her inspirational visual message helps to revitalize the community. Be the first to see her new works, meet the artist and view her mural room that is part of the NU Perspectives mural project at NU Hotel Brooklyn.

    7:30 P.M. Walking tour of murals

    8:30 P.M. Q&A and NU Hotel mural tour with Magdalena

    R.S.V.P. to  Events@independentcollection.com

    05-31-2013 13:06,

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    Vote for Stevie and Lion!

    We know our associates are shining stars and it’s time the world does too! Vote for NU Hotel Brooklyn’s very own Dan Testa  and his band “Stevie and the Lion” as they compete for a chance to perform in front of industry executives in an upcoming musical showcase. To cast your vote visit  http://www.budandroach.com/live.html and on the right hand side of the page select Stevie and the Lion.

    02-25-2013 16:32,

    CATEGORIES: BROOKLYN, NYC, Music, NU Hotel


    Run with the GM

    There is no better way to wake up and catch the sunrise! If you are at NU Hotel, be sure to start your Tuesday with a run!

    01-20-2013 01:17,

    CATEGORIES: BROOKLYN, NYC, Special Offers