Sunday, October 18, 2009

Get Cozy!

Yes, it's getting cold outside and it's time to get cozy!! Did you know that Bed-Stuy offers numerous quality B & B and Brooklyn Cozy is one of them.
Our friend, Ola from the Weeksville market has created this tranquil and charming place for you to come and rest, get your mind free and snuggle up... I might just go and hide for a while! It is also a pets, kids and queer friendly place, you have no reason to stay away.

A Mini Bed & Breakfast spot for the open minded easy going traveler. Its a sunny bedroom furnished with a comfortable queen size bed, an attached room, full kitchen and brand new sky lit bathroom with claw foot classic tub. Located in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn a quick and easy 10 minute train ride to Manhattan. Rates range from $85 to $150 per night depending on services needed and length of stay. Extra services also include: * Bike rental * Childcare * Massage * Tour Advice/Trip consultation (where to go, what to see, how to get there) * Private Vinyasa Yoga sessions * Brooklyn Cozy kitchen stocked with healthy snacks, beverages and fresh fruit. * Brooklyn Cozy bathroom stocked with natural soaps and essential oils
Brooklyn Cozy is your home away from home but even better no chores :)

For more information and inquiries please email,
or follow on Twitter @brooklyncozy

Friday, August 21, 2009


Who can resist fresh baked breads? I mean, that hearty and mildly sweet smell brings me right back to my mom's house and my mom didn't even bake breads!!
What we'll have at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk Farmyards is even better, though. The man who created SCRATCH bread is a true believer in good food and good community, just a right kind of a man to have, here at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn. Here's what the man, Matthew J. Tilden says about his creation...

My intentions are basically to enhance a common set of ideals shared through food. Approachable sophistication, plain & simple. Most importantly absolutely delicious.

I’m not breakin the mold by making good food from SCRATCH… But hopefully I can throw a few logs on the fire that is to eventually wipe out all the crap the big corporations put in your food.

I am SCRATCHbread. A lifestyle, a living breathing brand that only survives because the amazingly awesome people keep feeding me. There is only one thing I can really guarantee with words about SCRATCH however… Because the whole point of SCRATCH, is that the proof is in the pudding… The guarantee is that once you've tried SCRATCH, every time you see, hear & taste something from SCRATCH, you’ll always know it was made from SCRATCH.

You need to sniff more?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Free Mags for foodies!!

Foodies go through pages and pages of various publications, websites and blogs to find the newest and freshest restaurants and beyond. Edible magazines are one of the prominent magazines dedicated to food and food cultures in New York City and they are donating a year subscription of Edible Brooklyn and Manhattan, delivered to your door!!
That should save us enough time to try out that new local food restaurant just opened up on the corner...

Taste of Summer

What's better than cold and creamy ice cream on a hot summer day? Yes, we are having ice cream at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk frmyards and we are not talking about Mr. Softy, either.
Made from local, hormone free milk, they only add things come from nature, Van Leeuwen Ice Cram is bringing 4 of their best flavors on Aug. 22nd to the Atlantic Lofts to benefit bk farmyards.

For more of their luscious flavors, go to

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A little modern Africa in Bed-Stuy

Gracing our stage as a front liner this Saturday, Aug. 22nd is Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye. She'll be performing her solo piece for us at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk farmyards. Her main focus in dance is Sabar and Kutiro, forms of Senegalese dance that consists of combinations that are less weighted to the ground than other styles, and incorporates lots of hip twisting, jumping, arm swinging and high knee lifting... super energetic to say the least. Her performance starts @ 4pm. Don't miss it...

Though she harbored a love for dance as a child, Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye began formal studying while at Wake Forest University. Her training there included modern, jazz and hip-hop, and she co-choreographed two suites for the company, “Sunday Side Up” (1993) and “The Artist Formerly Known As...” (1994). Her dance vocabulary expanded to African dance in 1995 , joining African Caribbean Dance Theater and performing as a Guest Artist with Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre. In New York, she worked with several companies, including the group from Cote D’Ivoire, Mamadou Dahoue and The Ancestral Messengers. She also worked with Bousso Dance Company with whom she was featured in a dance-drama combining dance, theater and song. She left this company to join Aminata Gueye Dance Company, specializing in Senegalese dance. Darnetha began teaching in 2002, giving open-level classes and workshops at many venues around New York City. She also teaches creative movement to elementary-aged children as a Teaching Artist for Notes In Motion Dance Company and Community Works. Darnetha also worked as a Guest Choreographer for Long Island University’s Post Concert Dance Company. She introduced the students to Sabar dance and created two original works - My Many Women (traditional African) and Teey. Dole. Fit. (African-based contemporary). When not on the stage with Roots In Revolution, Darnetha performs with Sing Sing Rhythms, a drum ensemble specializing in music from Senegal. The group has performed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, including Lincoln Center, The Apollo Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park SummerStage and Festival Nuit D’Afrique.

For more of Darnetha, or

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Real Girl makes Archi-Creatures

When I heard about this woman who's creating working farms in Brooklyn, I was interested.
When I read that she has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Architecture, I was intrigued.
Then she sent me her artworks and bios... I am fascinated.
This woman is Stacey Murphy, the founder of bk farmyards who puts her skills and passion together to make our future a little bit greener in Brooklyn.
Here's what she has to say about her 'archi-creaturs' and a little bit more about herself.

I am infatuated with the relationship between living creatures and environment: how we organize ourselves, and what we deem 'useful'. The archi-creatures are cultural animators which enact cultural rituals and work through temporary alignments to produce new images of ourselves. Our bodies, ever-shifting, cannot be thought of as fixed or even confined within the boundaries of flesh. What do the things that we create say about us...or more to the point, TO us? How do they make us feel? Do we belong to them or them to us?

About Stacey Murphy
I grew up in a suburb of Detroit building elaborate dream houses with Legos, Capsela, Erector Sets, or sitting in my mom's garden eating snap peas. At age 8, all I wanted for Christmas was a Porsche 911 Targa. I studied Mechanical Engineering and raced cars at Ford Motor Company. Later, I went back for a Masters of Architecture. I started BK Farmyards as a way to combine all my passions: connecting to the community, building cool stuff, and eating well. I believe we are what we eat: our design diet as well as our food diet. I hope to stimulate new possibilities in our failing food system through community action and push the definition of urban to its limit until it rubs up against agriculture.

Check out bk farmyards @

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Low-tech FAB!!!

When I meet my fellow low-tech person, I just have to show my appreciation and respect. I mean, who chooses to go for low-tech, not-so-instantly gratified film photography in this fast paced, 'everything needed to be done yesterday' New York City?

David Batt travels around the world with his film cameras in his hands capturing people's lives and we'll get to peek into their lives here at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk farmyards on Aug. 22nd. He'll be auctioning some of his pieces.

David Batt graduated from Ithaca College in 1996 with a degree in Still Photography. He lives in Brooklyn and travels frequently, focusing his efforts on documentary photography and photojournalism. His next project will feature images from the streets of India, gathered while visiting Udaipur, Jaipur, Cochin, Delhi, and Mumbai. A catalog of all his photographs will be visible on, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2009.

You can contact him @ 917-583-2478 for now...

Nathan Murphy

Nathan Murphy calls himself a 'engineering consultant, photographer, audio engineer, general jack-of-all-trades...' and it makes me wonder why all of my COMPOUND friends have this specific trait. Is it because all of us are artists in some ways or is it because living in New York City forces us to do more??
We all have our theories and all of them must be valid in many ways, well, I just love to be around my super creative and socially conscious crew. They sure are inspirational, to say the least...

Drawing on experiences in the Detroit and New York music scenes, Nathan is developing unusual photographic techniques to convey the volume, sight and sound of musical performance in a still image.
Nathan lives and works in Brooklyn as a photographer and engineering consultant.

For more info, visit

Pizza on Flatbush, anyone?

The New York Magazine call their pizza 'one of the best in the city, period' and how lucky are we that they are donating their Gift Certificate to benefit bk farmyards on Aug. 22nd...?
Committed to environmentally responsible business practice, Franny's has been a supporter of bk farmyards and they are showing that support here at theCOMPOUNDbrookyln + bk farmyards. I know I'll be bidding on this one.

The two owners of franny's, FRANCINE STEPHENS and ANDREW FEINBERG, have a strong commitment to creating an environmentally responsible business. While their commitment to sustainable agriculture has been part of franny’s since it’s inception-- defined as purchasing locally grown foods and serving them in the seasons during which they are grown--their business itself has grown increasingly sustainable over the past three years. The vegetables, fruits, eggs, dairy, and fish are largely sourced from local and/or organic producers; all the meats at franny's are from sustainable sources, containing no hormones or antibiotics. Additionally, franny’s uses renewable energy, made up of 35% wind power and 65% small hydroelectric power, purchased from Con Edison Solutions; the coffee is fair-trade and sustainably produced; the cleaning and dishwashing products are earth-friendly; kitchen grease is converted into biodiesel fuel; the menu is printed on recycled paper; and the to-go containers are made from biodegradable materials.

For location, menus and more...

Rock on...

Scott Porter from Frank says their music is 'quite eclectic... safely be called rock and roll'. I would like to add the word 'happy' to that, they are super lively and dynamic. Scott and his fellow Frank mates are coming to perform to benefit bkfarmyards on Aug.22nd at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk farmyards.

Formed in 2001, Frank is a band that rehearses in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn, New York, and plays shows wherever they are welcome, assuming all four members don’t have other plans they can’t get out of.
Frank’s music is quite eclectic, though overall it can pretty safely be called rock and roll. The band’s first two records (as a guitar/bass/drums three piece band) had somewhat disparate influences like The Replacements, The Clash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sam and Dave and The Minutemen. Frank’s current composition (guitar/bass/drums/keys-or-another-guitar) has a sound that includes most of the earlier influences, but tends to be more varied and textured, adding influences like Radiohead, Wilco, Frank Zappa, Funkadelic, Sonic Youth and Jimmy Reed into the mix.
To the extent such things impress you, Frank and its members’ previous bands have played with or shared the stage with the likes of Live, Goo Goo Dolls, They Might Be Giants, The Spin Doctors, The Band and God Street Wine. So we‘ve got that going for us.

Listen to Frank @

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Weeksville Farmers Market

I've come to realize that we have more Farmers Markets in Brooklyn than we think, a lot more, actually. This Weekville Farmers Market is one of those markets we never knew existed until a week ago.

Located on a historic Weeksville, named after James Weeks, a black freedman from Virginia who bought property around 1838 near where other freed blacks had been settling since the turn of the 19th century.

Smack in the middle of our beautiful Bed-Stuy and none of our neighbors knew we had a farmers market there? Oh, it took us not one second to invite them to our Aug 22nd event, theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk framyards to bring out their tasty and super affordable veggies and their infos.

Can't wait till the 22nd? The market is open on Sat. and Sun until November @ Bergen Street between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Farm on Adderley

TheCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk farmyards event, scheduled for Aug 22nd, will benefit and celebrate local food in Brooklyn. So, of course, we'll be offering yummy, locally-grown food! We'll also be raffling off gift certificates from local restaurants, such as The Farm on Adderley.

The Farm on Adderley, located in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, specializes in slow-cooked food. Opened by first-time restaurateurs Gary Jonas and Allison McDowell, they felt their success was a long shot. In fact, they named the restaurant after a saying Mr. Jonas’s family picked up in Cape Town, South Africa, where Mr. Jonas was born and where Adderley Street is a major thoroughfare. “If that ever happens, I’ll buy you a farm on Adderley,” the family would often say about an unlikely outcome.

But three years later, The Farm on Adderley is a neighborhood favorite and continues to receive raving reviews. It even won the Slow Food NYC's Snail of Approval which is awarded to restaurants, bars, food and beverage artisans, and retailers in recognition of their contributions to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of the food supply of the City of New York.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES…for charity!
All summer long, The Farm on Adderley will select a seasonal vegetable every week and create a special dish. Come in and order this dish and we will donate 20% to FARM SANCTUARY: A non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring humane treatment of animals. Farm Sanctuary works to end cruel factory farming practices through investigations, public education, legislation, and litigation.
This Week’s Vegetable: Spring Garlic

The Farm on Adderley is located on 1108 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, NY
718.287.3101 or

House Band...

We feel quite spiffy to tell you that we already have a house band, a band who will be here to perform and to create a musical fusion for theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn, every time. When we say spiffy, we really mean SPIFFY because the band is 'LOSE YOUR MIND' crew with Maurice Brown, Sam Barsh and Joe Blaxx!!

The band leader, Maurice Brown who has recently been touring all over the world with Laura Izibor as her band leader, along with his 'Maurice Brown Effect' band. His trumpet can move your feet and groove your soul and don't miss it next time @ theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + bk farmyards on Aug. 22nd.

Exciting the ears of bebop enthusiasts and hip-hoppers alike, Maurice’s passionate and improvisational rhythms have been electrifying the music industry. Innovation is the key to Maurice’s soulful melodies, which have graced both legend Aretha Franklin and urban legend Talib Kweli’s versatile recordings. The response from both old and new schoolers pushed Maurice’s 2004 debut album, Hip to Bop, onto top ten charts across the country.

Maurice is an unpretentious, cultured soul with a strong musical backbone. Raised in south Chicago, Maurice was awarded a full music scholarship to Northern Illinois University upon graduating from Hillcrest High School. After winning first place in the esteemed National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition, Maurice found new flavor in the heart of Louisiana, where he continued his studies at Southern University—and captivated audiences weekly, headlining at New Orleans’ premiere jazz club, Snug Harbor.

Maurice currently resides in New York where he is getting ready to release his sophomore album, Cycle of Love, while immersed in a grittier urban setting. Expectations are high for the release, which will showcase Maurice’s talents as a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader as well as the fierce, down-home melodies we love him for. Like legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry said, "Brownie is the young trumpeter to watch for sure. I see young cats all over the world and Maurice has it.” And we want it.

For more info, go to

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

bk farmyards

Did you notice these photos are taken at the same spot, only 1 months apart? This is the miracle bk farmyards can bring to your own backyard.

Ok, I know that some of you don't have backyard of your own and bk farmyards knows that, too. That's why they are aiming to 'borrow' idle development sites in your neighborhood to turn them into working farms!!

On Aug. 22nd, theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn will be working (and partying) very hard to raise start-up money for one of these sites.

BK Farmyards is an urban farming network in Brooklyn whose mission is to promote sustainable living through the introduction of farmyards in the city. We are seeking partnerships with developers to temporarily transform idle land developments into farmyards.

Check out how you can get involved,

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Bryan Collins

Some people just got it like that and that's the case of Bryan Collins.
His sensibility carries through from the conversations we have about current issues, his clothing, his approach to parenting and of course, his artworks. That didn't come from years of training in art schools, rather years of training through defining perceptions and re-inventing his natural born talent to bring beauty to manifest.
Current resident artist here at the Atlantic Lofts, we'll be exhibiting some of his art in theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + Rural Haiti Project silent art auction.

For more of his stuff, you can visit

Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Baked Goods by Melissa

Mmmmmmm... cupcakes! Besides all the wonderful food, drinks, entertainment and art, we'll have mouth-watering desserts at the Compoundbkny event tomorrow too!

Baked by Melissa is a local bake shop located in Manhattan that puts a special twist on the dessert experience as we know it -- owner Melissa Bushell creates mini, stuffed cupcakes so dessert lovers can taste more flavors without the post dessert guilt trip! Brilliant!

So don't forget to leave room for dessert!

Afro Mosaic Soul

Check out who will be offering a kids' dance workshop tomorrow at the Compoundbkny event to benefit the Rural Haiti Project!

Established in 2005, Mosaic Soul is the dance style, Afro Mosaic Soul is the collective. As each movement has a parent in jazz, gospel, disco and R&B, it left us the offspring of house music. When the love of dancing to soulful house music expanded, this formation occurred. The boundary of how one typically dances to soul was broken. We freed our rhythmic instincts, creating a style we coined Mosaic Soul. The style, like water, can conform to the shape of any rhythm while retaining its essential properties. We dance to music of all genres, extracting the soul that is inherent in the rhythm. We use our body as a musical instrument and create the balance between freestyle, improv and choreography. The music is a blank canvas and the movements are strokes of a brush. When the music stops, a masterpiece is formed ... Afro Mosaic Soul Dance Collective.

Mosaic Soul is the next evolution of dance. It carries the genetic traits of its forbears: African dance, Latin dance, tap, modern, popping & locking, break dancing(b-boying), hip hop, house dance, lofting and capoiera. It's all about being free and letting yourself go. It is the expression of our innermost thoughts. It is what we feel and how we live. It is the combination of many songs, many dances and many stories told and untold. It is our past, present and future. It is our way of life. Mosaic in style, Mosaic in rhythm, Mosaic in presence.

The Afro Mosaic Soul Dance Collective kids' workshop starts around 5pm.

Locks of Nu Hair Spa

The Compoundbkny event to benefit the Rural Haiti Project is tomorrow! Join us for a great time and also to get acquainted with some of the top-notch, award-winning services available to us here in Brooklyn, such as Locks of Nu, a natural hair spa!

Locks of Nu natural hair spa, is a body and spirit beautification temple celebrating one of our greatest assets: our natural beauty. Founded by dancer, certified locktician and natural hair styling savant Ebony Kuyateh in June 2003, our mission is clear: to provide exceptional service enhancing the beauty and self-image of African people.

Hair locking and sculpting is a tradition having roots in the ancient African culture. Our ancestors understood that healthy hair reflects a healthy inner well being. An unhealthy condition may indicate a physical/spiritual/emotional imbalance. We understand at Locks of Nu that a body temple consistently under a multidimensional toxic assault requires a deep commitment to a time proven method.

It is our responsibility to make sure that our clients leave our establishment more informed about their hair and hair care. We offer free consultations and all hair products contain only natural ingredients. Jojoba based shampoos; herbal rinsing, scalp massages and steaming ensure a chemical free hair care experience.

Be sure to stop by the Locks of Nu table tomorrow to say hi!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

One man jam

Denmark born, Markus Schwartz might call NYC home for now but part of his heart belongs to Haiti. One of the leading Haitian Vodou Drummer and the favorite of the Rural Haiti Project crew, Markus is coming to theCOMPOUNDbroklyn + Rural Haiti Project to perform his 'One Man Jam' session. Using a looping pedal, he creates live samples and overdubs of his drums and vocals, building it into a full set music, all done by Markus himself.
Oh, I can't wait for this one for sure.

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and raised in a house full of jazz music in the United States, Markus Schwartz has spent the past 20 years deeply immersed in the world of traditional Haitian drum music.

Beginning his studies of African/Caribbean hand-drum technique while attending U-Mass/Amherst, after graduating, Markus moved to the S.F. Bay area, where he quickly apprenticed himself to an Afro-Haitian dance ensemble, began performing and working as a much in-demand accompanist for dancers. During this period Markus first visited Haiti, beginning his ongoing involvement with traditional Haitian Vodou drum music and culture. In 1992, at the invitation of master percussionist and bandleader Jean Raymond Giglio, one of the pioneers of the Haitian Rasin (roots) musical movement and a founding member of the seminal Vodou Jazz group Foula, Markus embarked upon his first trip to Haiti.

Spending a month travelling the countryside, he was immersed in the beauty and richness of traditional Haitian Vodou music. Markus has since made numerous such journeys to Haiti, most recently with the groundbreaking Haitian jazz ensemble MOZAYIK in November, 2006 and March, 2007. Joined by special guest master drummers AZOR & Daniel Brevil, Markus and MOZAYIK dazzled the crowd of 1,500. Mozayik's debut Haiti performance was broadcast on national television and covered by "Le Nouvelliste" (Haiti's largest newspaper).

Get to know about his music and classes,

Lose Your Mind!

Upcoming at "theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn" event to benefit the Rural Haiti Project, scheduled for this Saturday, July 11 from 3-midnight, we will bring all kinds of great folks together to party and enjoy mouth-watering food and drinks, world-class art, handmade gifts, and thrilling live performances by dancers, singers, poets and none other than Lose Your Mind!

Lose Your Mind! is a musical collaboration between trumpeter Maurice "Mobetta" Brown and keyboardist Sam Barsh, two long-time friends who are also gifted jazz improvisation pros. They're both in high-demand and rarely in town at the same time, so Lose Your Mind! shows are a special opportunity to jam, dance and just vibe to good music. The one and only Joe Blaxx will join them on drums. Needless to say, it'll be a funky good time!

Lose Your Mind! will be headlining the event this Saturday. Show starts at 7:45PM.

Cafe Select

Another restaurant to come all the way to BED-STUY this weekend is Cafe Select, offering modern Swiss menu at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + Rural Haiti Project.
Here's something about their rather unusual wine selection...

New York's first Alpine wine list, to complement chef Jo Herde's modern Swiss menu. ” That translates into a refreshingly offbeat cellar that's 20 percent Swiss and 90 percent biodynamic or organically produced, with selections from Austria, Germany, France's Savoie and Rhône, and Italy's Alto Adige, Valle d'Aosta, and Piemonte. The house wine is Côtes du Rhône in a box, and goes for $7 a glass, $14 a carafe. Bates describes his personal favorite, a Luc Massy Dezaley Chemin de Fer Chasselas, as "mineral, bright, and fresh"—the sort of quaff that won't overpower Herde's sweet and savory pies, wurst salad with hard-boiled egg, and beef bouillon with strips of crêpe.

For location and menu, go to

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sun Haven

We'll be bringing many more venders this time to the Atlantic Lofts and one of the amazing people we are having is Altivese.
Being a licensed esthetician in Brooklyn, she's starting her own line of skincare products and we get to experience her first product, Sun Haven.
Here's what she has to say about her product...

We love the warmth of the sun. Sufficient exposure to the sun synthesizes Vitamin D in our bodies, making us feel an overall sense of well being.
Although the sun has many benefits, there is no way around this simple fact, that constant exposure to the sun accelerates the aging process. Ultra violet rays, extreme temperatures and elements from the environment are forms of stress the skin endures daily. The maker of My Ultimate Dream® presents a solution...

* Contains minerals and extracts that deflect, scatter, and absorb UV rays.
* Contains vitamins and extracts that brighten the skin and inhibit discoloration.
* Contains vitamins that renew the skin and stimulate protein production, increasing skin elasticity and strengthening capillary walls.
* Smoothes the appearance of fine lines and pores making SunHaven™ excellent for use as a make-up primer.
* Creates a conditioning veil over the skin that seals in moisture and fortifies the skin’s acid mantle.
* Includes ingredients that are anti-inflammatory and healing for oily skin types that are prone to acne breakouts.
* Contains powerful antioxidants that neutralize age accelerating free radicals.
* Formulated for all skin types.
* No use of parabens or animal testing

Food for thought

It's difficult to be a successful business person and even harder to be a socially conscious and environmentally aware business person. With the new trend of 'bring your own bag' and 'refill your own water bottles' blazing through hipster crowd, that might change in a near future but this person started in ec0 business long ago.
True trend-setter and businessman, Sean Meenan is staying true to his roots by bringing us their super yummy Cuban food to theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + Rural Haiti Project to benefit the RHP cause.
Now you have one more reason to come to the Atlantic Lofts this Saturday.

Created by artist and restaurateur Sean Meenan, Café Habana and the Habana Outpost eateries were built on the principles of great food, great fun, and social responsibility. Our mission is to show respect for the community, the environment, and the arts in a setting that is always fun and accessible. With forward-thinking design and business practices we have created a space where neighbors can gather around a great meal, learn, and create.

Our first eco-eatery, Habana Outpost in Fort Greene Brooklyn, was created with the mission to provide quality food in an atmosphere that is welcoming to people of all ages and backgrounds while setting an example of responsible business practices. for more info and locations

Friday, July 3, 2009

Abigail Ramos

Borrowing sugar from your neighbor seems like a tale from far off land of nostalgia to you? Well, spending a weekend at the Atlantic Lofts might prove you wrong; we have bunch of very nice people with conscious mind, making communal living easy and fun.
Abi has been an integral part of our COMPOUND communal living crew, super communicative, socially conscious and not to mention fun-loving. When you see her hand-made jewelry, you can see all the goodness in them. They are culturally evolved, beautiful and full of nature's gifts.
She'll be at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + Rural Haiti Project on July 11th, showing you what she has been working on. Here's her brief bio...

I grew up in San Diego, then lived in San Francisco, Oakland, and then New Orleans before moving to Brooklyn in fall 2005. As a jewelry designer, I'm inspired by nature, fashion, the places I've lived, music and the people I'm so blessed to have around me. I'm also passionate about progressive movements, especially in education. I work as a director of educational programs, creating and writing curriculum for k-12 students, in areas such as oral health, physical activity, nutrition, relationship abuse, alcohol awareness, dropout prevention and community involvement.

For more info... or


Most people are art admirers, some are artists, few are master artists and
rarely, we have visionaries.
A former New Orleans residents, Paul DEO now calls Harlem his home and this month, he'll be joining us in Bed-Stuy to enlighten us with his neo-spiritual art.

Paul DEO's visionary artwork has been featured nationwide in venues including the Museum of Natural History, galleries, motion pictures, film festivals, private collections, and on college lecture circuits. Branching into new fields, DEO is producing Art Concerts where the audience is uplifted with his art, animations and music producing a healing aura for all to share. DEO is also inventing and registering patents for innovative breakthroughs in "pervasive computing" and cyberkinetics. He has worked on over 80 films, music videos and commercials as a conceptual visual designer, producer, and director. He is new art, films, animations and graphic novels seek to push the boundaries of spiritual art and healing. A New Orleans evacuee, DEO and his family are currently rebuilding in Harlem, NYC.

Paul DEO

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Brett Erickson

Sometimes, life brings you something so unexpected. That was the case with meeting Brett.

She and her family moved in across from us in the Atlantic Lofts in February. This charming mother of two and I, came to find out, lived in the same city, went to same parties and went to the same college... at the same time. How I never met her then is a mystery but her sweet (slight) Southern mannerism and urban-fem sensibility is such a joy to have, especially in this hard-core Brooklyn life.

Brett Erickson was born in Connecticut, grew up in
Albuquerque, then Atlanta, and relocated to New York
after completing her BFA in Graphic Design in 2000.

Seeking creative growth, New York answered the call.
Over the past eight years, Brett has worked extensively in many branches of fashion, design, and textiles. She has collaborated with fashion designers to develop custom prints, and designed several groups of graphic T-shirts. Her experience working with Martha Stewart and in high end fashion production, deepened her knowledge of the market trends and production. Her design experience extends to three dimensional design for cd and record packaging, and printed lookbooks.

Equally inspired by nature, screenprinting, and the fine lines of Scandinavian modern design, Brett utilizes a complex color palette, and organic elements while maintaining a clean look and feel.

Get in touch:

Anita Rundles

Anita Rundles is a multi-talented visual artist, performer and
musician living in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. She loves both photography and drawing, and most recently has been working on illustration projects. She regularly collaborates on film and theater projects, including productions of Othello, Faust, Nosferatu and The Tell Tale Heart as an actress, puppeteer and makeup designer. She also plays guitar and writes songs.

For more info for Anita...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Good things coming from a distant land of...

Some people have a hard enough time getting artwork from local artists but this month theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn has the pleasure of a bright energetic body of artwork coming all the way from Atlanta GA.

Ernest Hood has been an artist and entrepreneur since childhood. A native of Gary Indiana, Ernest was born with the gifts of drawing, painting and business. In early childhood he sharpened his skills working with his father, a reknown sign painter and muralist. He launched his art career in middle school where he sold sketches of students' school pictures for a small fee. ChaCHING... Then he applied his precision skills with another set of tools, the clippers. By the age of 15, Ernest was one of the top barbers Denver. There was such a demand for his original hair designs, he was invited to work in a shop to regain their clientele. Mr. Hood moved to Atlanta 10 years ago and has been a centripetal force in the grooming, arts and culture movement of the city. From lecturing young men at Morehouse on grooming and entrepreneurhisp to orchestrating some of the hottest live jazz & art shows in ATL, successful multiple business owner and veteran artist Ernest Hood is bringing the heat from Hot-lanta.

On July 11th, Ernest will be gracing us with his artwork, as well as his presence here at the Atlantic Lofts for theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + Rural Haiti Project. You cannot miss this.

You can contact him via e-mail, or find him on Facebook, 'Ernest Hood'.

Our LOGO!!!

We have been calling ourselves theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn for a while now but to see it so concrete is something else. Our idea has been 'compounded' to be solid! This brand new logo was designed by a fellow COMPOUNDer Brett Erickson.

Check out what she has been doing at

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Opie Snow Heyerman, our resident artist

One of our resident artists, Opie Snow Heyerman is fairly new to the Atlantic Lofts but with her sweet laid-back disposition and an amazing talent she possesses, we were her devotees soon enough. You'll be able to see her and her amazing works yourself on July 11th at theCOMPOUNDbrooklyn + Rural Haiti Project.

Opie Snow Heyerman was born in Ashland, Oregon. She studied fine arts at Lewis and Clark College in Portland and University of Oregon in Eugene. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a painting emphasis from the University of Oregon in 1998, Opie traveled to Europe to research master painter techniques. On her return, she spent a year studying classical drawing and painting with Russian Artist Semyon Bilmes of the Academy of Fine Arts.
In 2000, she co-founded Nuwandart Gallery in Ashland, Oregon, continuing to curate and exhibit there until 2003. Opie has created costume design, installation work and performance art/dance with El Circo, a San Francisco based Art/Performance Collective, since 2001. During that time, she started including texture and multi-media in her paintings. Opie is now living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Her current works include Ikebana inspired, figurative florals on textured, sewn canvas which are stretched onto brushed metal frames, as well as a series about dreams, ancient-future myth, and the exploration of beauty and darkness.

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