Brooklyn Notebook 1989

Crossing the East River into Brooklyn on the Williamsburg Bridge, the Domino Sugar Factory stands like a fortress gate, marking home. As Brooklyn’s manufacturing days wound down, the artists’ migration from Manhattan to Brooklyn grew, flowing to its vacant, fertile creative ground. Again, at the winds of change this spring, history was noted at the factory with Kara Walker’s Marvelous Sugar Baby installation presented by Creative Time. The factory’s original nineteenth century sugar shack will be spared and re-imagined for living. Its scripted iconic, neon sign currently being disassembled for storage, awaiting renewal.

Russell Steinert, 1/30/90 8:15AM

Both my father and Russell’s had fresh starts in Brooklyn. Mine was born in the Prospect Heights Hospital next to the Brooklyn Museum. His father raised in Paris, arrived at eighteen at the Brooklyn Navy Yard aboard a troop ship at the close of World War II. A notebook of Russell’s started in 1989, marked the year he moved to Brooklyn. Looking through the pages, I could track his steps, drinking in his new surroundings. With this portable studio, pausing to observe, taking ownership of his newly planted life.

292 Manhattan Avenue (on Devoe St. next to church), Brooklyn NY


Graham Avenue L stop

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