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Public Art Installation Unveiled July 24 in North Brooklyn

First of its Kind Oral History Project Celebrating Local Community Residents, by Artist Nick Yulman, Launching
at McCarren Park Pool and Construction Sites in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

July 13, 2011 – On Sunday July 24, the North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (nbART) presents No Bills: Stories
of North Brooklyn, a sound installation by Brooklyn-based artist Nick Yulman. The project features dozens of
oral histories of North Brooklyn residents, business owners, and community leaders that will be streamed from
“listening stations” installed at sites across Williamsburg and Greenpoint through September 2011. On July 24
at 1:30 PM, Yulman will host a tour of the sites that begins at McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer & Bayard
Streets); a second tour will begin at 2:30 PM, and a reception will follow.

“No Bills invites listeners to engage with personal accounts of North Brooklyn’s past while standing at sites that
represent its changing future,” says Yulman, who began his project in fall 2010. Interviewees described their
efforts to save North Brooklyn neighborhoods during the 1970s and 80s, discussed the role of local street
corners as social hubs, and touched upon many other neighborhood-related topics. “By presenting these stories
as a public sound installation, we hope to create serendipitous encounters for people on the street that will pique
their curiosity about the neighborhood and encourage them to ask questions of those around them.”

Visitors can experience No Bills at the following locations:
● McCarren Park Pool (Lorimer & Bayard): Opened by city planner Robert Moses in 1936, the pool
closed in 1984 and sat unused until summer 2005, when the empty basin opened as a popular event
venue. Construction began in December 2009 to transform the site into a year-round recreation center.
● Triangle Court (Borinquen Place at Keap and Grand): This former theater became a “contaminated
triangle of dirt” when it was converted into a gas station site. It is now the pilot site for a new city clean-
up and development program called Brownfield Cleanup.
● Ventana244 Art Space (244 North 6th): This gallery presents experimental artwork of all disciplines,
and specializes in art made in Williamsburg during the 1980s.

nbART is using the online fund-raising platform Kickstarter to raise $2,000 to expand No Bills to additional sites;
more details can be found at

No Bills is presented by nbART and is sponsored in part by funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
and New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council. The NYC Department of
Parks and Recreation and the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn provided additional support. For more
information visit

About the Artist
Nick Yulman works with sound in a variety of contexts, including mechanical musical instrument installations,
interviews, field recordings, and pop songs. He has shown and performed his work at venues in New York and
beyond–including the ISE Cultural foundation, Smack Mellon, Flux Factory, and the Museum of the Moving
Image–and spent five years working with the national oral history project StoryCorps. He received a BA in
Studio Art and English from Wesleyan University and is currently a student at NYU’s Interactive
Telecommunication Program.

About nbArt
Formed in 2009 by a group of artists, arts administrators and community members, the North Brooklyn Public
Art Coalition (nbART) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to collaborating with artists and community
stakeholders in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick to produce, present, and support public art. nbART
believes that public art plays a vital role in activating space and engaging our neighborhoods, and aims to
promote dialogue concerning urban spaces; support artists through local commissions and the provision of
resources; and use our voice to advocate on behalf of the North Brooklyn arts community. It is a sponsored
project of the arts service nonprofit Fractured Atlas. For more information, visit

Sample Stories

To listen to some sample clips of oral histories, click here:

“This is a great neighborhood. We didn’t even know Manhattan existed–we thought Brooklyn was the best place
to be. If somebody had a dollar then, you know, we all kind of shared it–maybe the next time you’d have a
dollar. That’s how it was. We used to follow the older guys around all the time. Once they started singing, we’d
just sit there and shut up and listen…through osmosis, maybe we’d learn something. I was about 12 years old
when I started singing doo-wops. Never had a voice lesson. They taught me how to do it and I did it from there. ”
–Resident Fred DeLuca, on growing up in Greenpoint

“I was 11 years old at the time–you remember certain things very vividly…[The city] was going to close the
firehouse: they were coming down to remove the truck and shutter the building. They were trying to sneak it out
on Thanksgiving night when everybody was home sleeping, you know, stuffed with a turkey dinner. We basically
got on the bullhorn and started walking through the neighborhood, telling them what was happening. We
occupied the building. Everybody came down to the firehouse. We had senior citizens standing in front of the
truck with baby carriages–they stood down the riot squad. The battalion chief said, ‘I can’t get rid of these
people. This is now the People’s Firehouse.’ The reason why we succeeded? We had a lot of strong-willed
people. They loved the neighborhood and they were fed-up.” –Resident Paul Veneski, on occupying Engine
Company 212 in Williamsburg with his father, Adam

“I grew up in an apartment building, and my mother’s sister and parents all lived there. There was a park next to
our house, so there was always a million kids on the street. What my grandmother used to do–she lived on the
fourth floor–if she wanted something at the grocery store, she’d look out the window and whichever one of the
five of us grandchildren she saw, she’d call us. And she’d have a rope tied onto a shopping bag, and she’d let it
down, and inside was the money and a note. And we’d just read it, take the money, go across the street, and
get [what she wanted], put it in [the bag], put the change in, and she’d tow it in.” –Resident Geri Pacheco, on
growing up in South Williamsburg


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