As more venues close in the borough, a different space seeks to reclaim some of its creative spirit.
The former owners of Brooklyn venue Glasslands, which closed in late 2014, are set to open a new multi-functional art space in the borough in fall this year. The news was revealed in an interview with The FADER published earlier this week.
Titled Elsewhere, the 24,000 sqft space will be located on Jefferson Ave near the L subway stop. According to the owners, Rami Haykal, Jake Rosenthal, and Dhruv Chopra, the new space will be open both during the day and at night and feature two performance areas, a rooftop, an art gallery, and a full bar.
Plans for Elsewhere began in 2013 and according to Rosenthal it will be more than just another venue. Rather, it will seek to be “something that could function more as a community space where people could spend their time at and think of as a home.”
Elsewhere’s owners have plenty of experience with Brooklyn nightlife and its creative world. Alongside Glasslands, they’re also behind the events production company PopGun Presents.
The news of Elsewhere’s opening comes just weeks after Palisades was put up for rent after being shut down due to building code violations in June. In recent years, the small Brooklyn space had hosted a string of live shows by electronic acts and DJs in a similar DIY spirit as 285 Kent, which shut down in 2014.
New York City’s live venue woes echo those of London, which in recent years has seen a string of spaces shut down for various reasons. Most recently, Fabric was forced to temporarily shutdown following the drug-related deaths of two club goers in the past months. Artists and fans have come out in support of the venue, raising thousands of signatures to ask London mayor Sadiq Khan to ensure the venue stays open.
— carl craig (@carlcraignet) August 25, 2016