NU Hotel Brooklyn Celebrates the Publication of Miska Draskoczy’s Photo Series “Gowanus Wild”

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The Brooklyn boutique hotel is showcasing the series’ prints and will celebrate the exhibit and corresponding book publication with an event on November 3, 2016.

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“When I saw the ‘Gowanus Wild’ photographs I saw a unique perspective that visitors to Brooklyn don’t get if they only go to the more touristy New York spots. This experience ... is uniquely Brooklyn," said Director of Rooms Natalie Fisk.

The lobby of NU Hotel Brooklyn always features art by local artists but, for the current exhibit, the artist as well as the art’s subject is hyperlocal. The subject: nature’s resilience within the Gowanus neighborhood, a nearby Brooklyn mixed-use neighborhood. These stunning photographs are part of “Gowanus Wild” by Miska Draskoczy, a lauded photo series which is being published as a book in mid-November. To celebrate the exhibit and book publication, NU Hotel Brooklyn is hosting an exhibition and party with the artist who will be on-hand to sign books and toast to the display.

“NU Hotel is committed to fostering Brooklyn art. We’re thrilled to showcase this series,” said Natalie Fisk, director of rooms at NU Hotel Brooklyn, herself a Brooklyn artist and the curator of the art program at the hotel. “When I saw the ‘Gowanus Wild’ photographs I saw a unique perspective that visitors to Brooklyn don’t get if they only go to the more touristy New York spots. This exhibition, like that the experience of staying at NU Hotel, is uniquely Brooklyn.”

On November 3, 2016, NU Hotel Brooklyn is hosting a celebration of the exhibit and a book signing with the artist from 6-8 PM. Wine and snacks will be served. NU Hotel will also be selling items from Misdemeanor Bar & Lounge’s newly revised menu, composed of delicious treats from local vendors along with old-fashioned cocktails made from local libations. The event is open to the public, but RSVP is required. RSVPs can be sent to RSVP at independentcollection.com.

Miska Draskoczy’s “Gowanus Wild” has been praised by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic and Time Out New York, among others. The exhibit consists of photographs of the Gowanus Canal neighborhood of Brooklyn, a neighborhood which was recently identified as a Superfund cleanup site by the US government, after 150 years of continuous industrial use. The series focuses on the resilience of nature in a contaminated industrial environment and was inspired during late night walks through the neighborhood, where the artist has lived since 2008. All of the images are set at night to portray a mood of stillness, reflection, and discovery.

For more information about NU Hotel, please visit http://www.nuhotelbrooklyn.com.

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