Arts Happening Series: Friday Sept. 24th

Northside Town Hall's Arts Happening Series Presents:

Projected: Engine 212

Installation by Aslihan Demirtas & Nandini Bagchee

Friday Sept. 24th, 2010 8pm-11pm

Engine 212 Firehouse: 134 Wythe Ave. Williamsburg B’klyn

WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN: starting at 8pm on Friday, community, activism and artists will come together to breathe life into the vacant Engine 212 Firehouse, creating an evening in the spirit of the ad-hoc events/exhibition of Williamsburg in decades past.

The interior of the firehouse, despite its shambolic state, is a charged environment. One that rallied a community to mobilize and unite, and generated the momentum that will ultimately allow for Engine 212 to become a publicly-owned community center. The exhibition will focus on the interior as a repository of the past, when the cavernous space housed operating fire engines. Using the ephemeral medium of projected light, Aslihan Demirtas and Nandini Bagchee will ruminate on the latent possibilities of this vacant interior. The installation will speculate on the context, surroundings and history of the building, while alluding to its future as a place to experiment, and create a new arena for debate and discussion.

Crispus Attucks Ensemble & Alper Yilmaz Electroacoustic Trio will perform and engage the audience by inviting them to read selected texts from community and activism related literature. Featuring music composed and performed by: Crispus Attucks Ensemble: Kevin Russell, music/direction & Alper Yilmaz Electroacoustic Trio with Nick Kadajski, Rick Parker, and Alper Yilmaz.

The exhibition is free and takes place from 8pm to 11pm at 134 Wythe Ave. btw. N. 8thand N. 9th streets in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Upcoming Events!

Dear friends, neighbors and supporters:

We wanted to be sure that you know about all of the exciting events coming up this month in connection with the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. We’re making a lot of progress towards our goal of converting Fire Company 212 into a vibrant and active Community Center that will serve the diverse populations of North Williamsburg and Greenpoint. Please note these upcoming events; we hope we can see you at all of them!

  • September 13, 2010, 3 pm, 134 Wythe Avenue. Our Borough President, Marty Markowitz will announce his Capital Budget allocation of $742,000 towards the reconstruction of the Firehouse. If you are able to come during the day, please join us at the Firehouse to thank him, salute his support, and let him know how much these funds mean to us.
  • September 15, 2010, 6 to 8 pm, The Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, New School of Design 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York. The Firehouse is the subject of an exhibition at Parsons, organized and designed by Aslihan Demirtas, an architect and adjunct faculty at Parsons, School of Constructed Environments ( and a local resident). The exhibition materials as well as the exhibition itself are produced by AAS Interior Design students. We hope to see you at this festive exhibition and experience first-hand the enormous support given to our cause by this prestigious institution.

  • September 2010, Community Board 1, Land Use Committee meeting (Date, time and venue to be announced.) The disposition and transfer of the Firehouse from the City to us, is being reviewed by the Land Use Committee of Community Board 1, as part of the New York City Uniform Land Use Review Process. This meeting will be an opportunity for our supporters to comment and assist us in this process.
  • September 24, 2010, 8 to 10 pm, 134 Wythe Avenue. This will be the final arts event of 2010 that will be staged in the Firehouse, and will feature the creative work of Aslihan Demirtas and Nandini Bagchee, architects and designers from the neighborhood of the Firehouse. In addition to their visual work, the event will host two bands who will be performing and engaging the audience.

Please join us when you can to celebrate our past, present and future as the Northside Town Hall becomes a reality.