Stefano Giovannini's photojournals and archives

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Greenpoint, Polish people and storefronts

March 25, Brooklyn NY

Greenpoint is rapidly changing.

For years it was possible to eat very inexpensive dishes like pierogis and borscht at many Polish restaurants. Or get delicious Polish donuts with rose or plum filling at one of the many bakeries.

The neighborhood is getting rapidly developed and new high rise luxury buildings are on their way, possibly transforming the quaint neighborhood in a similar way nearby Long Island City has.

New coffee shops like Budin or Grumpy charger $3 for a regular drip coffee and $5 - $10 for a cappuccino. I wonder when the leases of the old Polish business will be up if the business owners will be able to afford to stay. At Polonia restaurant $5 could get me a whole lunch, not just a cup of coffee. 

I ran into a Polish lady at the Salvation Army store on Manhattan ave. She was wearing leopard print and brown. She told me she always wear no more than 2 colors only.

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NYC’s mayor De Blasio announces expansion of paid sick leave.

Bushwick, Brooklyn NY, Jan 17 2014

New York City business with more than five employees will have to provide sick leave.  The announcement on Myrtle avenue in Bushwick was one of the first initiatives that De Blasio took since becoming mayor.

The crowd included many council members, the council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and public advocate Letitia James and many cheering Spanish speaking supporters.

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Warehouse burned down in Greenpoint

March 18-19 2014 Brooklyn NY

A huge fire destroyed a recycling paper warehouse in Greenpoint.

The fire started in the early evening of Tuesday March 18 and was put under control more than 12 hours later, 

It happened on Humboldt street at the corner of Greenpoint ave.

There were no casualties. The air felt toxic hours later and the building has to be demolished

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Club in the shadow.  part 2

West Village, Manhattan, NY 2002

Club In The Shadow, a collaboration between artists Kim Gordon Jutta Koether, at Kenny Schachter’s Contemporary Gallery in New York City, U.S. In 2003. Cameras got so much better since then, I became a better and more consistent photographer. The shows were free, a gathering of friends and minds. 10 years and change have gone by. The building that housed the gallery designed by Vito Acconci has been demolished and now some luxury residential glass buildings stand where the old cobblestoned block used to be. Some people pictured died, other moved, we all aged. Sometimes I miss that spirit, but i am happy of the experiences lived and learned. If I could go back and shoot with my current DSLR and confidence it would be ideal.

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Club in the shadow. part 1.

West Village, Manhattan, NY 2002

Club In The Shadow, a collaboration between artists Kim Gordon Jutta Koether, at Kenny Schachter’s Contemporary Gallery in New York City, U.S. In 2003. Cameras got so much better since then, I became a better and more consistent photographer. The shows were free, a gathering of friends and minds. 10 years and change have gone by. The building that housed the gallery designed by Vito Acconci has been demolished and now some luxury residential glass buildings stand where the old cobblestoned block used to be. Some people pictured died, other moved, we all aged. Sometimes I miss that spirit, but i am happy of the experiences lived and learned. If I could go back and shoot with my current DSLR and confidence it would be ideal.

http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/18542/1/kim-gordon-jutta-koether

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New mural at East Houston street New York City. February 2014

Muralist, artist Maya Hayuk working on a mural on a very cold winter day at East Houston street at the corner with Bowery, Downtown Manhattan, New York NY © stefano giovannini 2014

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Arts+Feminism.

Project Continua’s Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

at the Brooklyn Museum. February 1, 2014

from 

http://www.public-engagement.org/take-part-in-project-continuas-wikipedia-edit-a-thon-21/

Associate Professor of Women’s Studies Gina Luria Walker is initiating Project Continua, an online multimedia resource that documents and preserves women’s intellectual history. Much like Wikipedia, the Project Continua site will be widely accessible and collaboratively edited—collating and building upon recent feminist empirical research on historical women.

The idea for Project Continua developed from Female Biography Project, a working group of scholars Walker created as editor of the Chawton House Library Edition of Mary Hays’s six volume Female Biography (1803). Project Continua makes new and existing data about female thinkers throughout world history available online in a “female biography” archive with searchable content entries.

http://www.projectcontinua.org/

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(best viewed in HD directly  on Vimeo) 5 minutes in Quintana Roo Mexico Some footage I shot in the villages of Tulum, Akumal Francisco Uh Mai and the city of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, in Quintana Roo state of Mexico. I mostly took still photos, video was just a bit of an after thought. — in Quintana Roo, Mexico. 

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Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY, September 2011

Maya Hayuk paint pour over Monster Island.

artist Maya Hayuk organized a paint pour over the Monster Island building that housed artist studios, galleries and performance spaces.

The landlord did not renew the lease after 7 years.

The exterior walls of the building were covered with layers of art.

Maya a muralist artist  over the years decided that covering the whole building with paint would be a good way to draw the curtain on the lost space.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/12/arts/music/monster-island-to-close-and-underground-clubs-lose-a-haven.html?_r=0

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Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY Feb 2014

Cygnus olor, an Eurasian swan was introduced in North America in the mid 19th century.  New York State is proposing to exterminate all these swans by 2025 as they are an invasive species affecting the environment. 

I wonder if human development in the past 100 years has affected less the wetlands of the area than these swans. 

Recently the Canada Geese have been culled.

http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/02/new-york-has-plan-wipe-out-swans-all-them/357677/

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7076.html

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