Neumann Fundraiser: July 23rd

7/16/2009:

Neumann Leathers may have passed a giant hurdle this year – but more work still on the horizon!

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Summer Group Show at Eureka Gallery (7/23)

“Having dodged Trammell Crow’s wrecking ball in a unanimous Zoning Board decision on March 6, the Neumann Leathers Tenants Association is turning its focus to the future. The group has hired noted nonprofit industrial developer Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center, based in Brooklyn, to perform a feasibility study on developing the Neumann Leathers buildings as a permanent center for arts and industry in Hoboken.

To help raise funds for the project, and defray the costs of the legal battle to block Trammell Crow’s zoning application, NLTA is holding a fundraiser on Thursday, July 23, from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Eureka Gallery Theater (258 Newark St., Hoboken.)

Kicking off a summer group show of artists from the Neumann complex, the opening reception will feature live music by local and Neumann musicians. Refreshments and a complimentary drink are included with the $20 admission.

The entire city is invited to help kick off this new phase in Neumann’s proud history as a haven for artists, artisans and professionals. Information about many of the professional and artist tenants will be on display on placards that were used to gain the support of the zoning board members. The exhibit will be on view through Labor Day at the historic Eureka Gallery Theater, which recently reopened to host art shows and performances in a space that was built in 1907 as one of the first purpose-built movie theaters in America.”

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(Neumann Fundraiser, continued…)

Originally screening German-language silent movies, the Eureka Theater most likely catered to the workers at the former leather factory, according to co-owner Steve Kilnisan, owner of the Traders of Babylon shop on First Street. Today, the sturdy Neumann Leathers industrial complex at the foot of Willow Ave. continues to provide employment as a haven for new-economy businesses that rely on proximity to New York. Architects, furniture and piano craftsmen, building-model and recording-studio designers, artists, musicians and more have set up shop there, one of the last bastions against the tide of residential development that has all but engulfed this former blue-collar town.

The building is fully occupied, according to tenant Tom Newman, because it’s getting hard to find truly functional industrial space – with freight elevators and loading docks, high ceilings, and thick concrete floors and walls – so close to urban centers.

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The building hums with the creative energy of people with national and international reputations: Newman’s tables grace celebrities’ homes; Radii builds architectural models for some of the most famous buildings in the world, including the proposed “Freedom Tower” for New York’s World Trade Center site; The Systems Group designs and builds custom broadcast systems for audio and video studios; Chapeau Antiques crafted the ornate inlays and carvings for their re-creation of the Alma-Tadema, the most expensive piano ever made, for Steinway’s Legendary Collection.

Other famous tenants include the band Yo La Tengo; Andy Burton, composer and pianist who has played with world-class musicians including Robert Plant, and who recently appeared in the film “Revolutionary Road,” and industrial landscape artist Tim Daly.

With the assistance of GMDC, whose 17-year track record in transforming old factories into thriving centers for new jobs and economic development in Brooklyn has earned it honors from Brooklyn’s Chamber of Commerce and the National Development Council, NLTA will make the case for an alternative development approach that preserves the most historic buildings on the site for their continued industrial and arts use. For more information, visit the website: www.neumanntenants.org. For more information on GMDC, visit www.GMDConline.org.

After July 23, the Eureka Gallery Theater is accessible through the storefront at 259 First St., and is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday by appointment.
Stop by, or visit www.eurekamarkets.com, for more information.

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This was big fun. Lots of good people, terrific art, and excellent t-shirts! (It was a school night, so I didn’t stay for the live music.)

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