TEDx comes to Gowanus.

Gowanus is NOT the next Williamsburg, DUMBO or Soho.

Gowanus is a singular and incredibly unique area that is morphing into a model for the rest of the world that wants to take what was toxic for decades and allow non-profits, artists, niche shops, film production companies and tech startups to flourish.  (Oh yeah, and one HUGE visionary publicly traded grocery store.)

It’s no surprise that TEDxGowanus is happening January 2014 and we’re happy to be a part of it.

Just don’t call it the “next” gentrified neighborhood.  Maybe Greenpoint and  Newtown Creek will be the next Gowanus.  Maybe.

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Press release below – read more about it!

December 5, 2013 – Announcing the first ever TEDxGowanus, which will be held on January 26, 2014. The day-long event will take place on the banks of the Gowanus Canal at renowned event spaces The Green Building and 501 Union.


TEDxGowanus Organizer, Sean Gannet has a long track record working with TED Conferences, having been a producer on TEDMissionBlue and the TED Talent Search as well as video director for TEDActive.


“We are passionate about bringing TEDx to Gowanus because this area is a perfect representation of the culture, innovation, and change that are dominating the new Brooklyn landscape.” –Sean Gannet, Organizer TEDxGowanus.


The theme of TEDxGowanus is INSPIRING COMMUNITY and speakers will include designers, entrepreneurs, artists, historians, and community leaders presenting Gowanus inspired ideas.  As a neighborhood that’s undergoing many changes – from the recent Superfund designation, to demographic and cultural shifts, to the physical rebuilding of the area post-Sandy – TEDxGowanus will also be an opportunity to hear visions of the area’s future.


While the inspiration for this TEDx began in Gowanus there will be a diversity of ideas to inspire and engage a broad audience.  Some of the over 20 speakers presenting:


Reggie Ossé (aka Combat Jack) – Host, The Combat Jack Show – Through storytelling, Reggie will recount Hip-Hop’s journey from counter-culture to pop-culture.


Ed Woodham – Founder, Art in Odd Places – Devoted to gently “awakening” the masses through art installations, Ed recounts how his public mission influenced a very personal journey.


Rachel Fershleiser – Tumblr – Rachel is creating “Internet Enabled Literary Communities” which are reinvigorating consumption of the written word.


Kate Orff – Partner, Scape/Landscape Architechture LLC – Following up on her TED.com talk about greening the Gowanus Canal with oyster beds, Kate will discuss her Blue Mussel Pilot Project in the Gowanus Bay.


Ate Atema – Atema Architecture – Will follow up on his previous TED talk about an innovative way to channel freshwater into the Gowanus Canal.


Leah Selim – Co-Founder, Global Kitchen – Discussing how gastro-diplomacy can bridge cultural divides.


Monica Byrne – Co-Founder ReStore Red Hook   – As a core member of Restore Red Hook, she has a new idea about how to shift the disaster relief paradigm.


Hans Hesselein – Executive Director, Gowanus Canal Conservancy –  Will be speaking about shifting the responsibility for public park maintenance to the community and residents  that use them.


Pete Raho – Owner, Gowanus Furniture – As an “Artisan Ambassador,” Pete will show how small batch industry has created a new manufacturing sector with industrial employment opportunities.


Joselin Linder – Author – Joselin shares a personal story about the history (and future) of a genetic disorder that originated in her family.


Marlene Donnely – FROGG Member, Benjamin Ellis Architect – What it will take for Gowanus to become the first Urban Industrial Site listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.


Eymund Diegel – Director, Public Lab – Eymund  will describe how he used high-resolution, aerial photography to uncover “Ghost Streams” that feed the Gowanus Canal.


Joseph Alexiou – Author /Journalist (Co-Curator of TEDxGowanus) – Will explain the importance of the Gowanus watershed in the first major conflict of the American Revolution, The Battle of Brooklyn.


T.M. Rives – Author – Using the Native American origins of the name “Gowanus” as a starting point, Rives will elaborate on the often mistaken history of Native American culture and NYC.


Plus more to be announced!


This independently organized event licensed by TED will host a live audience of over 200 and will also be broadcasted live on www.TEDxGowanus.com.  Attendees will have exclusive access to an exhibit providing an opportunity to network and interact with booths and activities provided by local businesses and organizations.


Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets starting December 5, 2013 at 12:00pm.


TEDxGowanus would not be possible without the help of our partners:

Video and Webcast Provided by Suite Spot

Design and Production Materials Provided by Film Biz Recycling

The Digital PhotoBooth by MVS Studio

Coffee provided by Crop to Cup


For more information visit tedxgowanus.com.

Follow TEDxGowanus on Facebook at facebook.com/tedxgowanus and Twitter @tedxgowanus. The official event hashtag is #gowanusinspired.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local self organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world changing  ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi OkonjoIweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TEDEd; and TEDBooks, short ebooks on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self organized TEDstyle events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDNews, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

LeNoble Lumber now carries FSC Certified lauan!

Lucky for New York City, the main supplier of lumber to the film industry is environmentally aware and has started carrying FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) lauan.  So, instead of razing rain forrest for illegally sourced lumber without care to  people or planet, we can build sets sustainably!


We’re lousy with Halloween Costumes…and prop pairings!

Part of the best thing about having slow weeks and zero customers for a week and a half is the staff gets restless and comes up with marketing schemes that involve them running around in costumes and snapping photos.

What’s even better is we also have all props for COSTUME PAIRINGS.

They found the best way to exhibit the Breaking Bad Costume, Bob Ross and a Matador.

Get Halloween done and done….and give me some candy.


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10 things about Film Biz Recycling you probably didn’t know.

1. We offer FREE stuff like crazy all the time: office supplies, used once cardboard boxes, used once bubble wrap, hangers, carpeting and more.  Call for quantities and come early in the week  – recycling goes out Thursday night!


2.  Art Cube was founded as a result of the most wasteful toothpaste commercial in history.


3. We compost all our food scraps at the shop (so send us your hero hot dog buns or ask us how using Vokashi.)


4, Our rental only items are going on line!!  One thing of particular interest here is the stuff painted in chroma key green and we hoard chroma green and blue everything and open on weekends.


5. The founder of Art Cube and FBR used to be a commercial Art Department Coordinator and the Director of Operations used to be a set dresser.  We feel your pain and understand the pressure!


6.  We have a tiny garden of live plants we rescued – ask to see when you come in.  (Some came to us almost dead in boxes!)  :(


7. We process about 10 tons a month and we get in (60%+) gets sorted sent out to our partner charities.  It’s incredibly labor and real estate intensive so that’s why we fundraise and ask all of you (and everybody else) to help grease the wheels.


8.If everyone one on Art Cube (all 1926 of them)  contributed $5/month it would ease our philanthropic mission.  We worry a lot about stupid, stupid money and we are ethical employers.  (Wal Mart take note!!!)


9. We collect e-watste, metal and textiles for recycling.


10.  Because of Film Biz Recycling, New York has been called “the easiest city to go green” by NBC Universal’s Sustainability Manager.




We offer student discounts of 25% (bring your ID)

Tight budget? You can get 10% off every time if you check in with a photo using #FilmBIzFilnds