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Somehow Vintage? This Raucous Outdoor Concert in the East Village Wasn’t That Long Ago

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Somehow Vintage? This Raucous Outdoor Concert in the East Village Wasn’t That Long Ago

Our Brooklyn Navy Yard neighbors at Head Hi capture our collective longing for concerts and live events in the exhibition, “Peripheral,” with photographs by Adam Bernstein.

The destination coffee shop, known for its curated art shows and publications, is showing a selection of photos taken at a concert in NYC’s Tompkins Square Park. The images are classic, nostalgic…and only from 2016??

“Being at a concert with a crowd of people right on top of each other feels like something from the past,” Head Hi wrote in a press release. “Most of us are longing to be at a show, in the presence of energy, spontaneously responding to live music, friends and other humans around us.”

At a time when concerts are mostly cancelled, Bernstein’s recollection of the free outdoor summer concert in the East Village is uplifting and hopeful:

“The atmosphere was positive and upbeat and the fans were having an amazing time. Unity was in the air. The crowd was one giant family supporting each other and feeding off of each other’s collective energy. It was the summer of 2016 and as always in our country there was an anti-government sentiment which was mentioned on stage a few times. Despite the anti-government sentiment, the crowd was mindful of each other and took caution to keep the event’s positive atmosphere peaceful and safe.” 

Duggal Visual Solutions sponsored the exhibition, with associate Jeff Frankle coordinating a 5′ x 7 1/2′ centerpiece on magic canvas, a unique, self-installable wall covering that is removable and reusable. The surrounding 16” x 24” photo prints are for sale for $75. Learn more at and visit the coffee shop at 14 Clermont Avenue in Fort Greene, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard off of Flushing Avenue.