Have You Seen A Better Day?

Calling all coffee fanatics far and near (though particularly in Brooklyn). NYC-Artparasites is always on the search for the best cafes, bars and restaurants with inspiring artwork and our radar this week has landed on Gimme! Coffee Brooklyn – who also happens to the roaster of the year (in 2013) as proclaimed by Roast Magazine. And what’s more, Gimme! Coffee is not just roasting coffee beans these days, but also tending to local culture by exhibiting art by NYC-based artists. We recommend the opening reception of Jon Handel’s “Seen Better Days” photography exhibition – you won’t want to miss out on this photo series that explores abandoned buildings in NYC. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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Jon Handel is a young artist of various trades with experience in photography, graphic design, sculpture and abstract painting. In particular he is known for his photography that has been shown through various channels – from NYC galleries, such as NURTUREart to magazines like Vice. Jon’s photography “derives from three simple words: Shoot, shoot, shoot. All of his photographs have been shot in Digital C format and taken in various cities in both the United States and Europe. This work focuses on New York City (its neighborhoods and inhabitants), lines/angles, vivid colors, decay and human obscurity.” So you’ll definitely be in for a treat with his series focused on abandoned buildings – beautiful and vivid in their decay.

So step out of the house on this clear and sunny winter Sunday, relax with some award-winning coffee and catch some artwork from a local, young and talented NYC artist. We guarantee you’ll get to know a little more about the various corners – inhabited and uninhabited places – of your city in the meantime! We also highly recommend checking out the free, weekly “cupping” events at Gimme! Coffee, where you can learn more about experiencing coffee through all five senses. 

  • Gimme! Coffee Brooklyn “Seen Better Days” Jon Handel Photography Exhibition. Opening reception on January 6th 2013: 4-6pm.