NY Daily News
Zany tenants of a Brooklyn apartment building that resembles Pee Wee's Playhouse is inviting all of New York to their mega house party Saturday celebrating creativity and culture during a 14-hour bash.
Renters at the Castle Braid, an artist-filled six-story luxury building at 114 Troutman Street in Bushwick, are preparing for thousands of passersby to walk through their chalk paint covered lobby.
Residents are helping their landlord Mayer Schwartz celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim so guests are asked to flock to Bushwick wearing wacky colorful outfits.
"Purim is about embracing everyone and creating harmony with all," Schwartz said.
The kick-off starts at 2 p.m. today when the building's movie theater, Wii game room, and the other gadget-filled spots will open to the public. At midnight there will be a dance party with no end time. In between there will be film screenings, a classical music concert, a fashion show, and a long list of other performances - all starring the tenants.
"It's an artistic free for all. It's a hyper, super sensory playground of art," said filmmaker Jason Madera, 39, screening his films "The Little Man Series" at 5 p.m. Madera lives on the fifth floor with his wife Helena and their 18-month old son Diego.
Madera's neighbor Daymon Green, 35, is hosting the 9: 30 p.m. fashion show using clothes from his Lower East Side hip-hop vintage boutique Coat of Arms. Green said he doesn't understand why anyone would not come to Troutman Street on Saturday.
"How many parties can you see a classical music concert, a comedy show, and a Purim dance party with free booze?" said Green. "This is a grown up dorm."
Artist Helmut Kohl, 48, is planning to light 1,500 candles throughout the building's courtyard and will ignite an array of six story high torches to light up the neighborhood.
"Bushwick will burn again," said Kohl who lives on the first floor. "But as a renaissance. As a contrast to the 70's when this neighborhood was rough."
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