Posted in NYC | music | venues on December 21, 2006

Galapagos

"Word on the street: an acquaintance heard it from a friend, who heard it from a friend who knows the owner of Galapagos - he's selling out in the next year or so to cash the space in to make way for more CONDOS going up in the hood (NOOOOOOO!!!!!)." [Flora Fling's Filings]

"...someone mentioned that Galapago, the great alternative art space which is next door, will also go down with the wrecking ball." [NY Press]

It's not clear when the club's expansion plan was last updated, but I would rather see them expand than close. The last event currently listed on their schedule is for 2/14. Northsix ( right next door) is definitely closing soon.

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Comments (39)

Good reggae show at Galapagos tonight (Thurs) - Glen Adams, the original keyboard player with the Upsetters! Onstage 10:15.

I'll be there.

Posted by joly | December 21, 2006 3:44 AM

i thought northsix was closing only to be rebuiltinto the williamsburg music hall or something like that?

Posted by wes | December 21, 2006 4:16 AM

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 6:46 AM

im not surprised at all...considering the location...2 blocks from a subway that is 1 stop from manhattan...1 block from manhattan views...if you thought the LES or East Village changed overnight...i bet the transformation of williamsburg over there will be much much faster.

Posted by sam | December 21, 2006 9:14 AM

Weren't Galapagos and Northsix going to be combined? More importantly, will the ne ibankers living in the neighbhorhood go to concerts there?

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 10:07 AM

The transformation already is much faster. I moved to Williamsburg in 2000 and the pace with which the neighborhood has changed in that timespan has been dizzying. Anyone who takes the morning commute on the L train knows this. That train was absolutely not as crowded as it is now when I first moved here. I still say 2000-01 was a glorious time to live in Williamsburg, espcially with sheer number of bands that were just starting out and playing tiny clubs--YYY, Rapture, Les Savy Fav, Liars, Animal Collective, Black Dice, etc. Ah, allow me this geriatric moment of reflection.

Posted by will | December 21, 2006 10:13 AM

Rapture just starting out in 2001, huh?

Posted by DJ Dave | December 21, 2006 10:24 AM

there was a story in the new york observer about galapagos possibly moving to berlin in the sept 11 2006 issue of the new york observer... but i believe you need a login.

A New Williamsburg! Berlin's Expats Go Bezirk
Date: September 11, 2006
Page: 2

Robert Elmes spent the month of August in Berlin. He borrowed a spare bike from a friend, one of those antique-looking, function-over-form contraptions that many Berliners ride, so he could cruise the bezirken, the boroughs.

Mr. Elmes owns Galapagos, the long-standing performance-art space in Williamsburg, and he is looking either to open an outpost in Berlin, or to entirely relocate the operation to the German capital.


He’s already scouted out an abandoned high...

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 10:25 AM

I'm O.K. with galapagos closing, though, 'cause all their shows are bad and you're not allowed to go in that wading pool by the entrance.

Posted by Alaina! | December 21, 2006 10:25 AM

That's strange the Northsix is closing soon speaking that I swore I saw a date there for the upcoming mewithoutYou, Sparta, and Aloha tour in early March.

Posted by Casey | December 21, 2006 10:50 AM

Condos eh? How long before the new residents complain about the noise coming from the people standing on the street at the new Northsix?

Posted by yeti | December 21, 2006 11:18 AM

more wading pools, less ibankers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 11:24 AM

Dear DJ Dave,
The Rapture moved to NYC in about 99. I moved in 2000. I specifically pointed out 2000-01, which means 2000 and 2001, not just 2001. So yeah, they were just starting out in NYC like me. And yes they were still playing small clubs. In the end, does it really matter?

Posted by will | December 21, 2006 11:50 AM

I suck.

Posted by DJ Dave | December 21, 2006 11:55 AM

all you cry babies.
waaa. i was here first. waaa. screw you. every
neighborhood flux displaces people. you did it to folks in Greenpoint,etc and now it's happening to your precious little rock clubs. ha.

eat it

Posted by who gives a damn? | December 21, 2006 11:58 AM

Dear Will,

Easy dude.

- DJ Dave

Posted by DJ Dave | December 21, 2006 12:27 PM

Hipsters are just fluffers in the grand scheme of things. Get things going before the big boys (ibankers) come in.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 12:33 PM

let the mass exodus to bushwick begin

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 12:33 PM

soon there will be only places to live and nowhere to go. yuck. i hate condos.

Posted by Al bo Bal | December 21, 2006 1:09 PM

I predict Nassau County will be the new Brooklyn. You read it here first.

Posted by your friendly neighborhood REALTOR® | December 21, 2006 1:57 PM

if you people had stayed in Cleveland Heights in the first place, you wouldn't have this problem

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 3:14 PM

hahaha! nassau the new Brooklyn. funniest thing ive heard since i first saw "dick in a box" on youtube this week. does anyone still care about williamsburg anyway? there is nothing left but people trying to keep up its last legs. oh and the puerto ricians selling blow via car services. i'm go glad i got out of that hell hole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2006 4:03 PM

You are a moron. Drug delivery services are one of the best things about NYC period, not just Williamsburg.

Posted by will | December 21, 2006 4:13 PM

We rent a rehearsal space above Northsix and we have been given notice to get out by early January. Things are definitely changing fast.

Posted by Mark | December 21, 2006 6:35 PM

We oldtimers know neighborhood died somewhere around '72 or '73.

Posted by Richard | December 21, 2006 7:30 PM

I feel like this isn't news to anyone, but I just think it's awful (and so ironic) that the very places that make a neighborhood so desirable are some of the first to go when the bankers start moving in.

Posted by Stephen | December 22, 2006 8:52 AM

there is a message from the owner of Galapagos on curbed.com. Seems that this is just a rumor started by some idiot- oh, i guess that idiot's name is Flora.

http://www.curbed.com/archives/2006/12/21/williamsburg_rumor_galapagos_site_to_become_condo.php

Posted by Anonymous | December 22, 2006 9:58 AM

Galapagos Art Space isn’t closing; the rumor is just a rumor, like the 'supervenue' rumor in October.

But cultural infrastructure is evaporating in our white-hot real estate market. If a pier in Red Hook, not even the one with the best view, sells for forty million dollars, and a parcel of land in Greenpoint can fetch one hundred and forty million, then it will become increasingly difficult, desperate by some accounts, for artists to maintain a meaningful presence in our city.

The real estate rumors that swirl around the arts are evidence of a community under great stress, wondering where it should go and fearful of how it will get there.

Robert Elmes
Director Galapagos Art Space

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