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This Must Be the Place is a burgeoning art space for community creativity founded in the practices and spirit of the Diner Journal.
This Must Be the Place is a burgeoning art space for community creativity founded in the practices and spirit of the Diner Journal.
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This Must Be the Place

This Must Be the Place is a burgeoning art space centering around community creativity and founded in the practices and spirit of the Diner Journal. Located above Marlow and Sons in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the space is a hub for our community within the restaurants as well as the neighborhood and city at large to come together and celebrate each other's talents, stories, paintings, collaborations and imaginations. 

My name is Anna and I am Editor In Chief of the Diner Journal. Over the last four years the Journal has evolved from a venue for us at Diner, Romans and Marlow and Sons and Daughters to document our journeys understanding ethical and sustainable food ways to a platform to explore art, literature, poetry, braising, baking, fermenting and making. The Journal has become an investigation into our inspirations. We have recently begun expanding those inspirations upstairs at TMBTP

The Journal is a series of sparks. This now is a Place for classes, art, performance, performance art, dancing, eating, drinking, artist residencies and wild inspiration. We want to invite everyone to join us at the table. Uniquely, we endeavor to create and maintain a free space. This means all funds generated in the space, with the exception of art work sold, are donation only and go straight to the artist, instructor, poet, baker. All money from sold art work also goes directly to the artist but they are allowed and encouraged to price their work as they see fit. We look to fund one year, 12 art shows, many a dreamy night.

Our first exhibit was a group show that showcased work from our staff. It was simple, straightforward, exhilarating as well as diverse in its medium and scope. Man, it was fun. I was delighted to see the sheer magnitude of talent that I have to pleasure of working with each day. Since then we have had the honor of hosting a litany of brilliant makers: Marley Freeman's solo painting show, Reading Boyishly, the Nitty Gritty curated by Anni Rossi, Making Sense: A Night of Synesthesia presented by Megan Auster-Rosen as well as yoga and pilates classes, lectures by In Pursuit of Tea, performance art by Roses and Beans, and musical interludes by Ofir Ganon and more.

What the Money Does

Funds raised will recoup the restaurant for heat, electricity, wine and snacks donated, art materials, paint, lighting, etc. Funds raised here by the kickstarter community will keep TMBTP a free community space. As of right now myself and a few other volunteers are the staff. We try to run it with a really open policy and mind. The space is more about fostering creativity than curating, so it's been pretty fun so far! Basically I just get to say yes to people's ideas, which is a real pleasure. 

Future Waves

March 2nd:"Cats Like Us" - An exhibition of new work from Mel Shimkovitz

April 5th: "The Clearing" - New Drawings by Blaze Lamper

Then Hugh Crickmore and Friends, Mandolyn Wilson RosenJulia Gillard, Emily Klass, Sohpia Casas, Isabel Wilson, Dan Scinta, Andrew Rumpler, Dennis John Mcnany and Johnny Edlund.

Something to Look At

Images of Marley Freeman's solo show, Reading Boyishly, at TMBTP. Photos by Chris Austin.

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    Mix Tape (read CD) unique to your mood, whim, your fancy. Give us a word, any word and our own Managing Editor, Leah Campbell, will compose a musical (hour long) journey for you.

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    Publisher, Andrew Tarlow, will draw you a Cyclops.

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    Receive a handmade dreamcatcher woven by none other than Contributing Editor, Fallon Flaherty. (Limited to 10)

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    Handmade First Edition DnS/TMBTP Poetry Collection. Six unparalleled poems written parallel to artist Macho Mel Shimkovitz's new work, "Cats Like Us." Introduced by Anna Dunn. Cover by the artist!

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    Calling all moviegoers! New reward from Jen Marshall at Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema!!! Two tickets for a movie of your choice. Perfect first date!!!

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    The most recent Diner Journal signed with a personal love note to you, shout out on the web, postcard, cyclops and a personal email invite to all events, talks, parties and general goings on at the space.

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    Special Edition Slate Cheese Board generously donated by the awesome folks at Brooklyn Slate Co: Our special edition, narrow cheese board makes for a dramatic backdrop to your favorite cheeses, hors d'oeuvres, sushi or sashimi sampler, and more. Sourced from our family quarry in upstate New York, each board is packaged with a burlap bag alongside soapstone chalk and anti-slip padded feet.

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    Knife skills, knife skills, knife skills. The most important lesson in knife skills is how to maintain your knife. A sharp knife can turn simple foods into a beautiful presentation. No more cutting the crap out of yourself because your knife is dull. Marlow and Daughter's Butcher, Andrew Dorsey will teach a class on the simple meditation and satisfaction of cutlery care. Bring anything and he will teach you how to sharpen it.

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    The first ever Food Book Fair, a three day-long conversation and celebration of food reading and writing taking place in Brooklyn May 4-6 at the Wythe Hotel.

    Generously donated by Elizabeth T. Jones!!
    The event will highlight cookbooks, memoirs, magazines, and books about science, food systems, agriculture, urban design and food art and culture; we envision the Food Book Fair will be a meeting place for food enthusiasts from all food disciplines. The weekend will focus on furthering discussions from all aspects of food culture and will include a pop-up book and magazine fair, signings and a series of panel discussions.

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    Sarah Gaskins, Diner and Marlow & sons General manager and floral enthusiast will make you a one-of-kind wreath for your door or arrangement for your table.

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    Sophie Kamin, pastry chef of Allswell, has also donated two seasonal pies in the height of the summer! Thank you Sophie!!!!!!

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    Deanna Benor, Diner/Malrow/Romans CFO, offers a personal one hour class on the wonders of excel. Level of tutorial can be adapted according to interest: Excel can be used for personal finance, data organization, calculations of multiple scenarios, storing and manipulating addresses and contacts and much more. Whether you want to learn how create a spreadsheet or make your spreadsheets work better and faster, this lesson will help elevate your skills.

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    Homemade Odyssey coloring book by Editor, Anna Dunn, complete with crayons, Cilia and Charybdis.

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    Learn about music from Ofir Ganon! The pledge will be good for two sessions. Here is Ofir's class description: My approach will be kind of my own way of seeing the guitar as a versatile string instrument. This will be more of a class
    about sound and strings and how you can approach and use the guitar.. I strongly believe every person with a lot of passion and drive will find his way to play the guitar. There's no rules really! Just ideas.

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    Learn how to turn old wine into vinegar. White. Red. Rose. This short class, lead by DJ recipe editor Scarlett Lindeman, will teach the process of vinegar fermentation. Vinegar mother/starter included!

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    Add a handful of basil or a sprig of thyme to your meals from an herb box (4x12) potted in a cedar planter from New York Heartwoods--www.newyorkheartwoods.com.

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    The entire pdf DJ collection including the three out of print Journals and an open invitation to our weekly editorial meetings.

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    Our friend Kristen Ossmann of Pretty Streets Botanicals has generously donated a large bouquet of flowers to one lucky pledger. Kristen is a flower grower and floral designer. She has a certificate in permaculture and all of her flowers are straight from her own garden or pesticide free local farms. You may have seen her stand out front the Bedford Cheese Shop this summer or her really beautiful and striking arrangements at my wedding in October! Thank you Kristen!! -AD

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    Boost your wine knowledge with a private tasting w/the fantastic Marlow & Co. Wine Director Lee Campbell! Know all there is to know about natural wine by traversing the Diner and Marlow wine list! Thanks Lee!!

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    Homemade Marlow & Sons Bitters crafted by Bar Manager Hugh Crickmore. This set of fragrant tinctures comes with a recipe card full of philosophy and tips on how to make your own at home! 1 Bottle-Tangerine Vanilla Bitters/1 Bottle Aromatic Bolivar Bitters/1 Bottle Opaline Bitters
    1 Bottle Bergamot/Chamomile Bitters/1 Bottle Rare Lime Bitters!!!!!!!!!

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    Spruce up your abode!!! An incredible reward just came in -- a side table from local furniture maker and friend of Diner, Andrew Rumpler!

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    Marlow and Daughters Tote Grab Bag. It will include a carefully curated selection of several vintage Diner Journals, and other DJ curios, a pen, a drawing, perhaps a few of our favorite poems. A can of beer? Some wild flowers? Home made bitters? Who knows?

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    Bartending 101. Trail Anna at the Diner bar. Learn how to make martinis, pop Presidente tops, DJ, talk about natural wine and try to remain charming. Includes two shift drinks.

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    The entire DJ collection in print, including a pdf of the three out of print Journals and an open invitation to our weekly editorial meetings.

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    Private or semi private yoga class with Cass Ghiorse. A session tailor made for anyone or group that is interested in starting a yoga practice, honing they're skills, recovering from an injury, suffering from insomnia or just for some upside down yoga fun! Class includes but is not limited to meditation practice, philosophy, alignment and functionality of the body or a healthy way to unwind. All questions and inquiries welcome. Cass is happy to travel to your home or you can go to hers or you can meet at THIS MUST BE THE PLACE.

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    Dinner for two at Allswell!! Our friends Sophie Kamin and Nate Smith have donated dinner for two at one of our favorite restaurants!! Enjoy the wild and seasonally inspired menu, the vintage wall paper and all the lovely people who work there! Thank you Allswell.

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    Brisket making class with Daniel Delaney, friend of Diner, food blogger and master smoker of meat, and the new smoker he just brought back to Brooklyn from Texas!!! Brisket included!

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    Two Hours of Music Lessons from the wildly talented curator of December's Nitty Gritty show Anni Rossi!!! Lessons will be two hours in the genre of singing, violins, viola, songwriting or piano.

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    Painting class with the amazing Marley Freeman. Marley's work was proudly featured in November as our first solo show, Reading Boyishly. Spend an hour learning and take home a one of a kind Freeman original!

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    Nick Perkins came up with this radical reward!!! Chef for Hire: Enlist the help of two Diner/Marlow & Sons sous chefs to help execute the dinner party of your dreams. $200 or more buys their services for an evening of prep and execution of a menu of your choosing.

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    We will devote an entire page of one of upcoming Diner Journals. It will be our first ever ad. Our ad for you. We will interview, edit and artistically render you. You will be at our whim but we promise to be gentle. (Limited to 8)

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    Branding Your Business!!!
    Our favorite art director, left-fullback and fellow do-gooder, Ashima Jain will design and spec business cards, letterhead + envelopes for your business (using your existing logo).

    Ashima has created corporate identities for dozens of businesses and has done extensive work for Victoria's Secret, Condé Nast, The New York Times + Harper's Bazaar.

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    Estimated value: $2,000.00
    Pledge level: 250 or above!

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    Dinner for two in our Airstream. Have the wood stove and trailer to your self for the night. (Limited to 10)

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    Amazing original painting artist by Sandra Sitron "Laser" 2011/acrylic and pastel on panel/8" x 8"
    I'm basically in love with looking at it! See updates to view!

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    This one is from Peter Lawrence at the Wythe Hotel. We're so excited about this, we have one King Room with a Manhattan view on a Monday - Thursday night!!!! Located on the west side of the building, this room has a postcard view of the Manhattan skyline and floor-to-ceiling windows. It has 1 king sized bed, sleeps 2 people, and is on floors 4-8.

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    Unisex Icelandic Wool Fisherman's Cardigan.
    Donated by Marlow Goods!!

    All of our wool goods are made from the raw fleeces of Icelandic and Dorset crossed sheep from Gansvoort Farm in Germantown, NY. We sorted the wool at shearing last Spring and then took it to a small, family run mill in Connecticut called Still River Mill. There the wool is washed, sorted, and spun into yarn. The yarn is shipped to us, and we take it to Flushing, Queens where it is hand-loomed into sweaters, and then felted for increased softness and warmth. Cyclops drawing by Andrew Tarlow, Odyssey coloring book by Anna Dunn, and unparalleled good karma included.

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    A life time subscription to the Diner Journal, and a lifetime of gratitude. This will also include current issue with love note, all back issues and pdf of those out of print, cyclops, coloring book and postcard with recipe.

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    The Original - Cow Leather Bag - Green

    Each week we receive grass-fed cows, pigs, goats, lambs, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits from allover New England, upstate New York and Pennsylvania. Everything is broken down and portioned out to the restaurants at our butcher shop. The only part of the animal that we were not using was the hide. So, after 10 years of dreaming together of a simple leather goods brand, we found a tannery in upstate New York who would custom tan the cow and pig hides of the animals that we serve in the restaurant. They are picked up from our slaughterhouse in Troy Pennsylvania and taken to Gloversville, NY. for tanning. Once the leather is tanned and colored it is taken to our bag maker in midtown, NYC. All linings are made of organic canvas, our zippers are riri, and our hardware is solid brass.

    • This cow leather is valued for its suppleness and ability to conform and mold to the wearer over time
    • Width: 19 inches / Height: 14 inches / Thickness: 4 inches
    • Canvas lining, pocket and zipper

    Reward includes two tickets to our triumphant dance party. This distinctive tote will also come stuffed with a hand drawn map of its very own creation myth/narrative and the, in comparison, decidedly ordinary Tarlow original Cyclops drawing and Dunn drawn Odyssey coloring book!

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    Two invites to our triumphant gala. Start with dinner for two in the Airstream. Drink, dance and be merry for tomorrow we make waves.

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    Original Teepee art piece that will sit atop the Diner for the month of April. Yup, a teepee.

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