Start

Sat

,

Oct 2

1:00 pm

End

Sat

,

Oct 2

8:00 pm

How

In-Person

Type

Special Event

Location

Sackett Street and Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11231

Oct

2

Van Alen Block Party

Start

Sat

,

Oct 2

1:00 pm

End

Sat

,

Oct 2

8:00 pm

How

In-Person

Type

Special Event

Location

Sackett Street and Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11231

Corner of Bond Street and Sackett Street Free and open to the public Join Van Alen Institute to celebrate our new Gowanus community at our first ever Block Party! We’ll transform a stretch of Sackett Street into a joyful party bringing together Gowanus residents, local organizations, and our network of designers and urbanists. It’ll be a day full of musical performances, live DJs, family-friendly activities, locally-sourced food and drinks, and more. Scroll down to see the lineup, with more performances and activities to be announced! PERFORMERS DJ Scribe Native New Yorker DJ Scribe has been deejaying and throwing parties for decades, with his legendary I Love Vinyl dance parties held at venues all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Gowanus. Playing a far-ranging all-vinyl set, DJ Scribe aims to represent as much of Gowanus’ diversity and history as possible, pulling from his many years of crate digging to bring a range of Soul, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Disco, House and beyond. Fogo Azul The all-women drumline, Fogo Azul (Blue Fire), can be heard and felt from blocks away. Dressed in vibrant blue, their powerful polyrhythmic layers with Brazilian-Samba-Reggae roots are played with infectious joy and energy. The group started in 2016 at a studio on Gowanus’ Douglas Street with just 15 members, and has since swelled to a corp of 80+ members, becoming on of the city’s most powerful women and gender non-conforming community musical groups. The Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team This multigenerational, all-star, all-female drill team started in the Gowanus Houses in 1970 and has since become a cherished New York institution. The Wildcats are led by instructor Renee “Juice” Flowers, who has been at their helm since age 14 and has written many raps and marching songs for the group. For 51 year, they’ve captivated audiences at Apollo Theater and Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, and earned recognition by City Lore, an organization that supports urban folk culture. La Cumbiamba eNeYé The powerfully rhythmic Afro-Colombian music of La Cumbiamba eNeYé is the heart of the traditional open-air gatherings known as cumbiambas, the ensemble’s namesake. With traditional instruments from the African Diaspora in Colombia, the group has established itself as one of the finest Cumbia ensembles in the US, playing at Lincoln Center and SummerStage. To this day, the band has its roots in Gowanus.

At the corner of Bond Street and Sackett Street

Free and open to the public!

Join Van Alen Institute to celebrate our new Gowanus community at our first ever Block Party! We’ll transform a stretch of Sackett Street into a joyful party bringing together Gowanus residents, local organizations, and our network of designers and urbanists. It’ll be a day full of musical performances, live DJs, family-friendly activities, locally-sourced food and drinks, and more. Scroll down to see the lineup, with more performances and activities to be announced!

PERFORMERS

DJ Scribe
Native New Yorker DJ Scribe has been deejaying and throwing parties for decades, with his legendary I Love Vinyl dance parties held at venues all over Manhattan and Brooklyn, including Gowanus. Playing a far-ranging all-vinyl set, DJ Scribe aims to represent as much of Gowanus’ diversity and history as possible, pulling from his many years of crate digging to bring a range of Soul, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Salsa, Disco, House and beyond.

Fogo Azul

The all-women drumline, Fogo Azul (Blue Fire), can be heard and felt from blocks away. Dressed in vibrant blue, their powerful polyrhythmic layers with Brazilian-Samba-Reggae roots are played with infectious joy and energy. The group started in 2016 at a studio on Gowanus’ Douglas Street with just 15 members, and has since swelled to a corp of 80+ members, becoming on of the city’s most powerful women and gender non-conforming community musical groups.

The Gowanus Wildcats Drill Team

This multigenerational, all-star, all-female drill team started in the Gowanus Houses in 1970 and has since become a cherished New York institution. The Wildcats are led by instructor Renee “Juice” Flowers, who has been at their helm since age 14 and has written many raps and marching songs for the group. For 51 year, they’ve captivated audiences at Apollo Theater and Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, and earned recognition by City Lore, an organization that supports urban folk culture.

La Cumbiamba eNeYé

The powerfully rhythmic Afro-Colombian music of La Cumbiamba eNeYé is the heart of the traditional open-air gatherings known as cumbiambas, the ensemble’s namesake. With traditional instruments from the African Diaspora in Colombia, the group has established itself as one of the finest Cumbia ensembles in the US, playing at Lincoln Center and SummerStage. To this day, the band has its roots in Gowanus.

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