The Gowanus Print Lab is a community screen printing studio established in October of 2010 in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn. Their goal is to create a nurturing artist community by providing exhibition space for emerging artists, affordable access to tools and a workspace, and education through design and screenprinting labs.
In the screenprinting labs, the teachers demonstrate how to make single- and multi-color prints before helping students customize T-shirts, totes, and even shoes with personal designs. Sometime they have group exhibitions and additional art classes. In the nearby Mac computer lab, they help students master complex software ranging from Photoshop to the sound-editing program Pro Tools.
Sometimes, the staff tailors their programs to youths with interactive summer workshops, or caters to a more adult crowd with monotype sessions featuring live models and beer. A week-long DIY wedding workshop even helps betrothed couples create all the paper goods for their big day. For the truly dedicated artist, they offer memberships with unlimited facilities access and private studio and individual equipment rentals.
With his purple Mad Hatter top hat, charming red nose, and effortless grin, Binx The Clown seems to step straight out of children's circus dreams. The disarming entertainer twists balloons into non-balloon shapes and shares comedic stories with youngsters during interactive private parties as well as shindigs for IKEA, Health Plus, and Ronald McDonald House. Binx also partners with magicians to create awe-inspiring shows that can include add-ons such as cotton candy, face-painting, and glitter tattoos.
Havin’ A Party owner Larry Scott is the life of the party—whether he attends it or not. Larry loves to delight crowds as a magician, a role he’s played for the Brooklyn Arts Council, and he’s also happy to be the DJ. But as Havin’ A Party owner, Larry can also answer the needs of every party, from balloons to piñatas to special effects entertainment.
For the past 29 years, Havin’ A Party has furnished party goers with full-body costumes, ranging from a laughing bunny to Abe Lincoln. Larry also honors his own interest in magic with an extensive supply of tricks and gags—you can fool your friends with a clock that runs backwards, or shock your parents with a fake-arm trick. And the store also supplies more-practical supplies, such as rental chairs, tables, and paper goods.
"This is a candy shop for creativity," Make Meaning's CEO, Dan Nissanoff, told New York Family. The crafting hotspot, named the Best Crafting Hub by New York Magazine, boasts a dizzying range of activities. Inside the brightly lit confines, youngsters and adults can make candles, jewelry, and soap. They can also paint ceramic pieces, create paintings on canvas, and decorate cakes.
The inspiration behind the business? The connections that Nissanoff made with his family when they worked on craft projects together. In order to offer that up to other families, he created Make Meaning, where he and his staff lead guests through craft projects, organize special events from corporate gatherings to birthday parties, and encourage inventiveness and fun.
The WL2P in WL2P Entertainment stands for "We Like To Party," but the team also likes other things—such as laser shows, speaking foreign languages, and doling out wigs. The party experts specialize in festive light shows, which can feature lasers or "intelligent lighting" that shifts to suit each song's mood. The team's emcees, meanwhile, are all multilingual, chatting fluently in English, Italian, and Spanish; in a similarly multicultural vein, their DJ has spent more than 15 years spinning tracks ranging from Top 40 numbers to Greek tunes and Latin hits. Clients can even add a live element to the entertainment by including a professional percussionist, saxophonist, or singer. Their touch-screen photo booths come with an attendant to troubleshoot, as well as wacky wigs that help subjects legally add "Hair Color: Pink" to their driver's licenses.