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Published February 15, 2024


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Feb 15, 2024 Park Place resident Yto Barrada will transform the MoMA PS1 courtyard with a large-scale installation titled Le Grand Soir

Opening April 25, Barrada’s first major outdoor work is composed of colorful concrete blocks stacked into pyramidal towers whose lower levels visitors can sit on and explore, providing an interactive experience in the courtyard and a setting for PS1’s signature summer music series Warm Up. The sculptures’ formations draw inspiration from multiple histories of surmounting barricades and retooling architectures: the construction of human pyramids in Morocco, Moroccan Brutalism, and Barrada’s family lore.

As Barrada states, “I am thrilled to be presenting my first large-scale outdoor sculpture in the courtyard at MoMA PS1. We increasingly live in a world of walls, the ones built by the powerful to exclude or contain. As someone who has long researched strategies of resistance, I have centered this project on another form: the pyramid, which instead of walls offers steps, games, secrets, and possibilities. I wanted to combine the reliability of geometry with the precarity of body structures, celebrating forms of solidarity and escape.”

The Museum of Modern Art PS1 is located at 22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101. Learn more about the exhibition on the MoMA PS1 website, here.

2024-02-15 MoMA PS1 Yto-Barrada

May 31, 2022 Park Place resident Susie Linfield's guest essay "Should We Be Forced to See Exactly What an AR-15 Does to a 10-Year-Old?" was published in today's New York Times

You can find Susie's essay here.

Chrissy writes "I'm ending this year sincerely grateful for the flood of inspiration which resulted in my upcoming New York solo show at Massey Klein Gallery. I couldn't be happier to be working with them and to be showing this new body of work here in NYC, as it was painted specifically with my fellow New Yorkers in mind." Chrissy adds that all of the flowers painted were from the farmers market at Grand Army Plaza and were photographed on her Park Place front stoop or in the backyard - "so it's a very home grown show relevant to our dear block".

You can read Chrissy's artist statement and the gallery's exhibition announcement, as well as view images of two of Chrissy's recent works here. You can see more of Chrissy's work on her website,

Note that the show's opening was rescheduled to Jan 30, 4pm-7pm, due to inclement weather. It was attended by several PPUABA members, including Christiana Dittman, Bruce McInnes, Robin Ketchum, Den Gordon and Marc Gordon. Below is a photo of Chrissy speaking to visitors at the show's opening; at left, Chrissy's husband Mike Hanne. Neighbors in the news - Chrissy and Mike at gallery show opening
Below, Chrissy speaking with neighbor Robin Ketchum at the gallery opening (photo credit: Christiana Dittmann) Neighbors in the news - Chrissy and Robin at gallery show opening

May 1, 2021 Park Place resident Peter J. Ketchum's portrait of Foodtown co-owner Abdul Jawad selected for Arts Gowanus' 'We're Still Here...' exhibit

Arts Gowanus opens a public outdoor portraiture exhibition on May 15th featuring portraits created by and depicting local Brooklyn residents. PETER J. KETCHUM’S portrait of Foodtown’s neighborhood treasure, Abdul, has been selected for the exhibit.

After over a year of struggles during COVID, the exhibition is meant to celebrate the resilience, strength, and diversity of our amazing Brooklyn communities. The project is in collaboration with The Old Stone House and is part of the Arts Gowanus Gallery Dispersed Initiative partially funded by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

The exhibit features work from local Brooklyn artists printed on large banners which will hang on the fence surrounding J.J. Byrne Playground from May 15 - June 25. In addition to the outdoor show, this exhibition will also take place online. The original version of each work will be available for sale on Arts Gowanus online Artsy gallery.

EXHIBITION DATES: May 15th – June 25th, 2021

OPENING DAY: The opening of this outdoor exhibition is May 15th in conjunction with an Arts Gowanus produced outdoor artist market consisting of local artists with displays and booths around the park.

LOCATION: Fence surrounding J.J. Byrne Playground, 5th Ave between 3rd and 4th streets. Information here.


Mar 25, 2021 Park Place resident Gib Veconi quoted in City Hall press release about expansion of the Open Streets program

The press release announced the expansion of the popular Open Streets program in 2021. Gib is president of Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council, the community sponsor of the very successful and popular Vanderbilt Avenue Open Street. Read the full press release here.

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