The Deli #56 - Altopalo, NAMM 2019, Queens takes over Brooklyn

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In short, notwithstanding the enthusiasm propelling many<br />

of these operations, it <strong>takes</strong> a lot of hard work, perseverance<br />

and also good luck to keep them open; dealing<br />

with a multi-faceted art space with precarious funding<br />

and (in some cases) even less certain legal standing is a<br />

challenging and stressful task even for the most savvy of<br />

entrepreneurs.<br />


<strong>The</strong>se locales’ openings, closings and relocations are just<br />

as central to this timeline as the history of the transient<br />

music communities involved.<br />

Live Venues Invade<br />

Bushwick and Ridgewood<br />

After the “Williamsburg venue massacre” of the mid<br />

2010s, bonafide names in New York’s scene started setting<br />

up official shop in Bushwick. In 2013, forward thinking<br />

DIY entrepreneur Todd Patrick (colloquially known as<br />

Todd P.) was the first to settle in Ridgewood with all-ages<br />

venue and “community resource center” Trans-Pecos,<br />

while working on re-opening his bigger Bushwick<br />

operation Market Hotel (he co-owns both venues). <strong>The</strong><br />

PopGun Presents team — who built its reputation running<br />

now defunct, semi-DIY Williamsburg venue Glasslands<br />

— resurfaced in 2017 with the multi-room, EDM-friendly<br />

warehouse Elsewhere. Most notably, booking giant<br />

Bowery Presents, not happy with running adjacent live<br />

spots Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade,<br />

built from scratch (!!) <strong>Brooklyn</strong> Steel, an 1,800 capacity<br />

mega-venue which solidifies that area as as the current<br />

center of the New York scene.<br />

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and where there are<br />

abandoned warehouses and great swaths of the creative<br />

class, there are usually large electro/rave scenes. Avant<br />

Gardner, a massive event complex with a 6,000-person<br />

capacity, was shut down in 2016 for safety violations but<br />

recently came back as a colossal night club for deep<br />

house and techno grooves. <strong>The</strong> Myrtle-Broadway intersection,<br />

home to the legendary Market Hotel and former<br />

Palisades, serves as a jumping off point for new directions<br />

both musically and geographically. As you move into<br />

Bushwick, you’ll find an emphasis on dance and nightlife<br />

in places like the expansive House of Yes, to the intimate<br />

Bossa Nova Civic Club, to Bushwick’s bonafide<br />



astrology themed lounge Mood Ring. For those who<br />

tend to ride the electro wave, these spots are a welcome<br />

haven from the conventional nightclubs in Manhattan.<br />

Equally integral to the <strong>Brooklyn</strong> music ecosystem are the<br />

smaller, less flashy spots that provide space for emerging<br />

bands (who may not be backed by huge PR teams)<br />

to get booked and meet like-minded artists. Among them<br />

are reliable spots like Alphaville, Gold Sounds, Bushwick<br />

Public House, and Sunnyvale: Bars/venues that<br />

consistently put on good bills in low-key atmospheres. In<br />




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