RE-CO BKLYN - One of NYC’s Largest Trees Lived in Prospect Park

by Ryan Salinetti

It was circa 1870 when a European Elm tree was intentionally planted in a quiet southwestern corner of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.  It was late 2015 when the tree was declared dead and cut down.

This tree is one of the few things in NYC that had remained unchanged for that century and a half.  Think about it.  When planted, dirt roads, horses and farmland surrounded it.  By the end of it’s life, it neighbored a gas station taking credit card transactions and nearly every person walking around it had a smart phone in their pocket.

“The worst thing we could be doing is just throwing this stuff in a landfill.”
Andrew Ullman, Brooklyn’s Director of Forestry

Andrew Ullman, Brooklyn’s Director of Forestry, was the one tasked with making the decision to fell the tree after it had become a danger to park visitors.  “18 and 24 inch limbs [had] been broken off in the hurricanes and tornados”, says Ullman.  Upon interviewing Andrew, I had all but forgotten that tornados had recently touched down in NYC. I recalled a few years ago when I was riding my bike down Dekalb Ave in Bed-Stuy and saw every tree in a 2 block area decimated by a twister.

It was also Andrew who encouraged the Park Service to seek out RE-CO BKLYN to mill and dry lumber from the tree instead of chipping it to be sent to a landfill.  We will then go on to build a custom conference table for the NYC Parks Prospect Park offices in Litchfield Villa with lumber from the tree.  Andrew closes the interview with, “The worst thing we could be doing is just throwing this stuff in a landfill.  One of the best things [ . . . ] we can do with it is mill it into timber and [ . . . ] build lasting products out of it.”  Hearing this type of progressive thinking come from the NYC Parks Department is a major step in the right direction.  We are passionate about keeping as many NYC trees out of the chipper as possible and especially focused on NYC Park trees because of the personal connection that the public has with the trees.

The process of felling the tree, breaking it down and transporting it to our facility took months of planning. A crane was used to help fell the tree,  then two log trucks with cranes and a large loader worked together to get the logs onto multiple trucks.  We rented a 60,000lb excavator to offload them upon arrival in our yard. When we first started RECO BKLYN, we were moving logs around with 2×4’s and milling them with a chainsaw on the sidewalk.  We could never have anticipated all this.

This business is a constant surprise, so we’ll keep moving forward, anticipating the next adventure around the corner.

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RE-CO BKLYN was previously featured on The Nice Niche in April 2014...

Valeri Larko @ Street Art NYC - With Valeri Larko at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

by Ryan Salinetti

On view through June 26 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts is Bronx Focus: Paintings by Valeri Larko, an extraordinary visual ode to a borough whose landscape is rapidly changing. Among Valeri Larko‘s paintings are many that are infused with the Bronx’s gritty graffiti. With her impeccable renderings of tags, throw-ups and pieces, the artist has immortalized our favorite art form in the borough that birthed it. On revisiting the exhibit last week, I had the opportunity to meet Valeri, who gave a tour of her exhibit.

We love the way you are keeping some of our favorite walls alive through your paintings. What spurred you to focus on this aspect of the Bronx?

I’ve always been interested in the urban landscape, and when I moved from New Jersey to New Rochelle — just a short drive from the Bronx — I discovered the just how rich the graffiti in the Bronx is. I think it is gorgeous, and I love how sites with graffiti always have great stories to tell.... —Read More

Valeri Larko was featured on The Nice Niche in February 2016....

Mica Smith - New Work

by Ryan Salinetti

Mica Smith was featured on The Nice Niche March 2015...

Joe Gitterman @ New York Spaces - Q&A with Sculptor

by Ryan Salinetti

Sculpture artist Joe Gitterman went from a 50-year career in Wall Street to a full-time professional artist.

Joe Gitterman in his studio Via New York Spaces

Joe Gitterman in his studio Via New York Spaces

NYS: How did you go from a 50-year career in Wall Street to full-time professional artist? What was the moment you knew you could turn this into a career?

Joe Gitterman: It was a fluke really. Sculpture was my hobby for very many years. My “Aha” moment came in 2011 when I was part of a group exhibit at the Washington Art Assoc. in Connecticut. A local gallery saw one of my pieces and to my great surprise, offered me a show with the talented painter Susan Monserud. I sold a few pieces and the gallery owner recommended I put up a website. I uploaded my work to several art exhibit sites, secured another gallery and two agent representations. Thus I was off and running when my hobby turned into a second career—all in less than 6 months.

Joe Gitterman was featured on The Nice Niche in March 2015...



Michael Boroniec | Portraits via Double Vision Projects

by Ryan Salinetti

Boroniec and his work recently was featured in an upcoming Documentary to be entitled "Portraits" which explores and highlights unique artists reflecting on their craft. The project, which is currently in post-production, is expected to debut Spring 2016. The series is the work of Director/Editor Mark Cantin & Producer Catherine Burt. Together, Cantin & Burt run Double Vision Projects, a full service production and post production company who specialize in telling inspiring stories and crafting compelling branded and documentary style content. You can find more of their work at

Susan Marx, An Artist Meets her Muse via The Art Marketer

by Ryan Salinetti

"They call me Mme. Monet in jest, but they are right. I feel as if I have inherited the soul of Monet.

I had been painting a long while before I spent that decisive summer in Monet’s garden. That was when Monet spoke to me. I think his spirit was always with me, but that is where he made himself known to me.  And it was an epiphany.  My paintings took on a new life.

I walked on his Japanese bridge and painted on his Japanese bridge and then, I went beyond it. I have always liked impressionism, but now it has become part of me. It is an expression of my soul. Late Monet carried forward with my emotional brushwork and my heart.

This presence is always with me. I love color. I see color everywhere. I am drawn to a specific spot for some indefinable reason. I set up my canvas and paints. And look and look and look. Something catches my eye. I load up my palette. Pick up a brush, holding it as a conductor would hold his baton, and begin.

At that point, I don’t speak to the canvas; instead the canvas speaks to me. Whose voice is that telling me what to put where?  Has Monet’s psyche merged with mine? My feet are barefoot feeling the grass; I smell the flowers in front of me. I am transported. I paint but lose the concept of time. Fast, faster, passionately painting, furiously painting. I cannot get the colors down fast enough. Then suddenly I need air.  I stop and stand back. The séance is over. I have returned to the present. I think Monet is looking down from above, smiling."—Susan Marx

Susan Marx wrote this passage on a painting trip to Giverny. Her first experience there was so transformational for her, she has returned several times since, each time being more transformational than the next.

Her most recent trip this past May was perhaps her most inspirational and prolific.. affecting her in ways mere words cannot express. She painted on Monet's bridge, but her work traveled beyond it.

On her first trips, Susan used a smaller format for her work. This time, her canvases are larger, 30" x 24", so the forms have more room to move and her brush is larger. She paints in acrylics, so that she can paint color against color quickly, not needing to wait for the paint to dry.... Read More from The Art Marketer...

Susan Marx was featured on The Nice Niche in 2014...

Georgia Nassikas + Encaustic Painting

by Ryan Salinetti

Artist Georgia Nassikas describes the technique of encaustic painting in this video using wax from her own hives at her studio in McLean, Virginia. The ancient process of heating, mixing, scraping and layering is extremely labor and time intensive. You can see more of Georgia's art on her website at

Georgia Nassikas was featured on The Nice Niche in November 2014...

Five Questions for LINDA ADATO | Artspan's Blog

by Ryan Salinetti

Mention"...I often start an image from a photograph that I have taken, but also work directly from sketches from my immediate surroundings. I begin, of course, with the composition and ideas come to mind in the development of the image. The light and colors are no less important and involve much trial and error to achieve the right relationships between that and the geometry of the composition. I don’t intend any mood you speak of, which may nevertheless result from the aesthetics I try to achieve...."—Claire, Artspan's Blog

Skylight by Linda Adato

Skylight by Linda Adato

Theneeds - New York Creatives Take Shantell Martin’s Bicycle for a Spin

by Ryan Salinetti

Mention: "You’ve probably seen Shantell Martin’s distinctive drawings before — on clothes, on walls, on Converse — as befits her “draw on everything” style. And now, thanks to a collaboration with the bicycle company Martone, Martin’s work has taken to the New York City streets anew with nine custom, hand-decorated bicycles, which were then handed off to nine New York–based creatives and cultural influencers, from Guggenheim associate digital marketing director Jia Jia Fei to Wythe Hotel curator Kimia Ferdowsi Kline to skate shop artist Ty Lyons. In conjunction with Artspace, we asked each participant to take us to a place in the city that inspires them — and, once there, asked a few questions about the specifics of their spot and creative life in New York overall. Check out their answers, below — and of course, to see even more of each rider’s two-wheeled journey, follow the #shantellmartincycle tag on Instagram!..."— Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport) with reporting by Kiron Heriot-Darragh; Photo: Kiron Heriot-Darragh.

Shantell Martin, Artist

Featured August 2013 


Hamptons Aristocrat Offers Sustainable, Organic Fine Dining for Those on the Go | The Sag Harbor Express

by Ryan Salinetti

Mention: "...That natural progression from South Fork and Spoon has become Hamptons Aristocrat, “a sustainable and organic, fine-dining, family-style delivery service revolutionizing Hamptons weekending,” according to its menu.

Created by Ms. Stolz and her business partner, chef Louisa Young, Hamptons Aristocrat works with purveyors and suppliers including Green Thumb, Margin’s Farm, the Seafood Shop, Browder’s Birds, and Carissa’s Breads. A member of the Amagansett Food Institute, Hamptons Aristocrat is completely local and prepares the food it serves from the kitchen at Stony Brook Southampton..."— Kathryn Menu

Louisa Young & Lexi Stolz, by Rachel Toy

Louisa Young & Lexi Stolz, by Rachel Toy

South Fork & Spoon was featured on The Nice Niche in May 2014...