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Graffiti artists (legally) take over downtown Brooklyn Friday

By Jenny Singer
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People who weren't cool enough to do graffiti in high school can get the last laugh watching professional street artists create new works in downtown Brooklyn at Grove Alley Paint Nite tomorrow. The free event is the last Grove Alley shindig of the summer, so if you want to stand in an alley drinking beer and watching talented artists work, tomorrow between 5 and 11pm is your time to (spray)paint the town red. 

Paint Nite contains the golden trifecta of free events: live music, artsy vendors, and food trucks. Local bands F. Stokes, LEGS, and Napoleon will play along with DJ Chela. Food trucks will include Coolhaus, Kimchi Taco, Mamu Thai Noodle, and (thank the sweet atheist overlord,) Morris Grilled Cheese. According to the producer of the Grove Alley event series, “Grove Alley Paint Nite will pay homage to 5 Pointz in Long Island City by featuring street artists creating a mix of permanent artwork on the alley walls and temporary live artwork on canvas."

Ignoring the irony of a local back alley and underground art form being co-opted by businesses and turned into a corporate event to celebrate a remote part of Queens, the excitingly named local street artists Praxis, brokeMC, and The Sole Rebel, and the group Stencil1will be on hand, creating live art. Their works will add to the murals created in last year's BEAT festival by See One and Don Rimx. Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, says of the event, "This has truly been a golden opportunity to bring together the Downtown Brooklyn community."

Stay golden, Brooklyn. Or at the very least, stay paint-covered and filled with mobile grilled cheese. 

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