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Brooklyn Streetcar Artists Group Opens in Coney Island Hospital
(Victoria Lapin, photographer, inspired by husband Shaw Lapin’s delectable fare.)

When most think of Brooklyn’s cultural communities, Williamsburg and DUMBO come to mind, those trendy, hipsterfied ‘hoods where talent is eventually engulfed in superficial chic. But as rents rise and hype surpasses creativity, artists move. In New York City, migration is southward bound. From uptown to midtown. From midtown to Greenwich and the Lower East Side. Across the bridges to DUMBO and Williamsburg and then… where?

The Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG) hopes Southern Brooklyn may be the next focal point for a new generation of artists. Branching out of the Brooklyn City Streetcar Company’s attempt to publicize its mission to bring green transportation to Brooklyn using historic trolleys in the borough, BSAG aims to create opportunities for artists and art lovers of all ages.

“The concept is to attract artists from all over, but we really want to represent the art world in the southern part of Brooklyn,” said Arthur Melnick, BSAG’s executive director.

The group opened its first ongoing show at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) last Wednesday, featuring 49 installments from 22 local artists. The gallery – the second floor hallway of the hospital – is open to the public until November 27. Continue Reading »