A Day in Industry City

Industry City Open Studios

We had such a great time at Industry City last weekend. They keep coming up with fantastic ways to use their enormous space and open it to the community. We were there mainly to check out the Open Studios, a biannual event where over 100 artists open the doors to their studios and give the public a glimpse of their creative process. But first, picnic and mini golf, shall we?

Mini golf at Industry City

We stumbled upon The Wheelhouse, a mini golf course + bar glorious combo run by The Frying Pan. It just opened and will be around through October. The Brooklyn-themed, 9-hole mini golf course is the perfect size for young kids. Lobster rolls and cocktails are just steps away to keep parents happy — we loved the white sangría. If lobster rolls aren’t your thing, you can find all kinds of amazing bites at the food court in Building 6. EJEN Foods just set up shop there with their incredible Korean bites, and you can’t miss the instantly famous Avocaderia.

Mini-golf proved more fun (and challenging) than I remembered. The kids went around the course three times and just loved it. It was good to get some energy out before we headed upstairs to check out the artists studios!

Micol Ceramics at Industry City

Micól Ceramics was having a little housewarming at her new studio. We got to see her new Kickstarter-funded kiln in person! The kiln has already been put to good use, firing beautiful pieces for a new collection.

Another highlight was Holland & Sherry, makers of hand-painted wall coverings. Their work is just absolutely stunning. The folks there were very sweet, explaining to our kids how the process works, and letting them try a few of their tools. Now I’m daydreaming of prettying up our walls at home…

After checking out the Open Studios, we came across another surprise: this crazy cool Fort Makers installation.

Fort Makers installation in Industry City

The colorful pieces are magnetized, and you can play around with them and put your own spin to the design. Right next to the installation, there are two shuffleboard tables that saw some intense action.

It’s fun to just wander around IC. It’s so big, yet so welcoming. And sometimes, you come across a vast empty space like this, and you start thinking about the possibilities.

And then you tell yourself, stop right there girlfriend.

Thanks for a lovely Sunday Industry City, we’ll be back soon!