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You won’t see a bazaar this bizarre but in Brooklyn.

Masters of space transformation are turning a warehouse into a playground complete with wall-size video displays, an indoor soccer field, and banks of ping pong tables — for a public night market that is as much art as it is fair.

“There’s an increasingly blurred boundary of art performed as people subverting social practices and running with them,” said Ken Farmer, creative director of Nuit Blanche New York. “It’s about convening creative people for a celebration of the range of artistic things people are doing in Brooklyn and putting them all under one roof.”

The members of Nuit Blanche New York are some of a handful of artists, curators, and scene makers the Brooklyn Night Bazaar has wrangled to create a space that is a far cry from the typical holiday vendor market.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar founder Aaron Broudo has taken inspiration from the night bazaars of Asia, and brought in a group of artists and organizers to help turn the space into an ever-changing performance space that allows visitors to see something new every time at every turn.

“You don’t see many night markets in New York, but they are huge throughout Asia,” said Broudo. “Shangai and cities in Thailand and Malasia are famous for their night markets. It’s a big part of city life.”

And what better than 40,000-square-foot warehouse space for Brooklyn’s own night market, with each night of the bazaar featuring different artists or musicians, including those from Fat Cat Records, Fader, and Hype Machine.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar (45 N. Fifth St. between Wythe and Kent avenues in Williamsburg, wwww.bkbazaar.com). Fri., Sat., through Dec. 22, 6 pm–midnight.

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manhatposeur from Brokeland says:
Its too bad they werent able to hold BK Bazaar during the summer outdoors. From what I have seen from Bangkok, Manilla, Singapore, and KL, the night markets are orderly and lively affairs not drunk affairs that old school white people of Williamsburg-Green Point feared.
They need to get their heads out of the 70's and 60's.
Nov. 30, 2012, 8:35 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Someone should tell these artisanal twatwaffles that the operative word in "night market" is MARKET.

Honestly - how much art, whimsy, drunken pingpong and general peurile behavior can one city take before it collapses on itself in a "Poltergeist" style vortex?

As I've said before - Brooklyn has turned into little more than a WestWorld for hipsters - a day care center for well-off parents in the flyover states.

The problem is - the 40,000 Sq ft. space in any other settign would have been quickly leased out for commercial space. The fact that you have a 40K empty warehouse space amidst adderall addicted adult children.

Unfortunately, this is a plague that won't be addressed because most politicians don't want to do what's required: get real companies to come in, give them embarrassingly huge tax breaks and establish a tax base.

How in God's name can cities like NY - with such a high concentration of universities that award degrees for in-demand professions - force it's graduates out to the Nj and the burbs to earn a living while we have to deal with hundreds of thousands of worhtless media artist/graphic designers/part time baristas/typewrite curators?
Nov. 30, 2012, 9:49 am
ty from pps says:
Pat,
You're adorable. You should also share with us your broom shaking techniques for children that get to close to your house. Get off my lawn!
Nov. 30, 2012, 10:19 am
Pat I. from 70's brooklyn says:
I don't use a broom.

I use claymore mines - not to be confused with "Claymore Mimes", the Bushwick performance troupe currently touring Crown heights with their latest offering, "Mime Kampf.
Nov. 30, 2012, 10:35 am
ty from pps says:
Pat --
A few question. Why do you hate people enjoying themselves? Are you really that jealous? Does Brooklyn really need to be a place of "hard people" and suffering. This is 2012 is the wealthiest nation on earth. Why does Brooklyn have to resemble Mogadishu?
Nov. 30, 2012, 11:33 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Ty..Ty..Ty...

I have nothing against people enjoying themselves. But while working stiffs are holed up in tiny apartments they can barely afford, parentally funded d*8chebags are using up 40,000 SQUARE FEET of SPACE for...get ready for this...PING PONG.

This is borderline liberal racism - because as I write this
the people in my suburban neighborhood - an area with phenomenal schools, reasonable taxes and high property values are experiencing an increase in crime, property damage, graffiti, violence in schools, etc.

Why? Because the wizards who run our state felt that it wasn't fair that honest, hardworking people shouldn't have lowered property vaues, higher taxes, watered down educational curriculums, unsafe schools and vandalism.

And what was the reason behind this change? A nearby golf course sold a chunk of it's property to build
houses and a few limousine liberals found a loophole and strong armed the county to build low income rental (not for ownership) housing.

Because they felt that folks in the inner city deserved to have the amenities of those who earned them through hard work.

So let me ask you this - why not improve the schools in the city? Couldn't the millions spent to build low income suburban housing be used to reduce crime in the local city and fix up their building? Of course not. But the f**cking city got a minor league ballpark, an aquarium , a concert arena that seats 25,000 and a WW2
battleship.

And at dusk, everyone clears out like rats leaving a sinking ship.

So - in a roundabout way what I'm trying to say is this: every time I read about warehouses and factories in east Billybushburg it's always for a mixed media, art collective something or other, shuffleboard (SHUFFLEBOARD?!?!) facility or some playground for deulsional out of touch calebs and Mollys. Why doesn't the city refurbish those places and move in poor families?After all if brooklyn is such a cultural mecca, why not be true to their liberal, dviersity lovin' kumbaya liberal arts degree ideology and welcome low income families into the fold? Bueller? Bueller?

I'll tell you why it will never happen. because it's all a crock of sh*t. Hipsters are the biggest racists of all. they add race to every person they know. they collect token non-whites like Pokemon cards to show how enlightened they are: my black friend (who's the same black friend of all hipsters. he rents himself out) my asian girlfriend, my indian 99 cent store owner, etc.

Truth be told hipsters could never handle true diversity. True diversity not only include people of other cultures or races but also those of various economic levels and unfortunately those who engage in varying levels of illict activity.

True diversity would mean turning in their hipster badges because with economic diversity in place there would be a discount supermarket next to a whole foods and a locksmith next to the vintage penny farthing repair shop. It would mean their little Liam and Propecia would have to sit in a classroom with real live hispanics and black people who's parents work two jobs each to survive.

Read the articles on this site: f**ckin' transplants move into a long established ethnic neighborhood for urban cred and they can't handle church bells ringing, latin music coming from record store and religious processions because it wakes them up before 10AM.

But of course it's OK to be public nuisances by holding shopping cart races, marching band parades, demonstrations, pillow fight day and loud music from bars that used to be hardware stores and obnoxious Zacks and Marnis screaming their asses off at 2AM in the morning.

No. The truth is, Hipsters are scared sh*tless of real diversity. they embrace the trappings but truth be told they really don't want ethnic people around unless they're artists or indiemusicians. The difference between a hipster and a real Brooklynite is the latter won't cross the street when a black person is walking toward him.

As much as I despised steve Jobs as a human being he was a true genius - not just in the technical department but in the PT barnum sense. I think he knew that to sell boatloads of his product had little to do with technology and more with the slavish "I drank the the kool aid" lemming mindset of hipsters. he knew they had the common sense of a deer tick and the key to untold riches was selling replacements to these bozos because they'd get mugged every week.
Nov. 30, 2012, 9:50 pm
ty from pps says:
Oh lordy...
Dec. 1, 2012, 1:50 am
miumiugirl from wburg says:
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says,

Amazing comment, sir. hits the nail on the head. Too bad you spelled "it's wrong", I was starting to have a crush on you. It should be "its graduates."

But your thoughts are great:

"As I've said before - Brooklyn has turned into little more than a WestWorld for hipsters - a day care center for well-off parents in the flyover states.

The problem is - the 40,000 Sq ft. space in any other settign would have been quickly leased out for commercial space. The fact that you have a 40K empty warehouse space amidst adderall addicted adult children."
Dec. 1, 2012, 7:11 pm
Pat I from 70's Brooklyn says:
Don't know if I should say thanks, Miu Miu girl (I'm assuming your handle is a tribute to the fashion designer of the same name).

I'm a lousy typist and I have a nasty habit of not proofreadingmy posts.

My apologies.
Dec. 2, 2012, 11:36 am

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