Stella’s Obsessions: Making it a Night in Brooklyn this Weekend

Stella’s Obsessions: Making it a Night in Brooklyn this Weekend

Brooklyn is far from the Upper East Side, but sometimes, it’s worth the trip to visit Factory 55 by Adidas.

Brooklyn is far from the Upper East Side, but sometimes, it’s worth the trip to visit Factory 55 by Adidas.

Text: Stella Pak

I don’t brunch in Brooklyn for the unexceptional eggs. I go every once in a while to check out my “Brooklyn” friends. I live on the Upper East Side so making it to Brooklyn has become a destination trip for me over the years. But the time between “the once in a while’s” keep getting longer and longer.

My core group of friends from my 20’s all lived within a 4-block radius in the Lower East Side. If we were hungry, we just walked up to each other’s building, and yell to let them know our name was down for a table at the Meatball Shop on Stanton St. We’d just hang on each other’s sofas, rooftops, and kitchens. We were a mix of Reality Bites and Friends in the Lower East Side. Now it’s hard to find the time to hang together these days. We’ve all dispersed out to different parts of Brooklyn, Upper East Side and Detroit. We try to stay connected with a group text on Instagram, sending each other meme’s for the occasional LOL’s. We can’t lose our sense of humor with one another, but it’s harder to connect in real life.

Adidas Originals celebrated the opening of Factory 55 on 55 Wythe in Brooklyn, so I figured to invite my Brooklyn friend with me to join. Open to the public from today to August 5th, we walked through Beyond the Streets, a collection of murals and street art photographed by a range of artists curated by Roger Gastman. Kerwin from the Spaghetti Boys performed a DJ set while video panels of the documentary on the podular sole construction and design process of the P.O.D system played in the background. There was a “Merch Lab” where we could customize our own Factory 55 branded shirts and another station to make zines and posters, giving me flashbacks of art school before I learned how to use Photoshop. It was refreshing to revisit a design process that involved tearing paper, glue sticks and silkscreens. Factory 55 is a temporary space designed to bring local creatives together with photography, design, and music workshops and Q&A discussions with Joe Freshgoods and Man Repeller through this weekend.

At the end of the day, Brooklyn is only a bridge away. Hit up your Brooklyn friends if you live in the city. You might feel great alone in the city, but you’re probably better together this weekend in Brooklyn. Check out the experience and make it a day. Consider Reynard for Brunch or Dinner at the Wythe Hotel across the street and finish the night at Output to dance the night away.

Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF ADIDAS

UP NEXT

Bop Refresh: 8/3