Posted in music | venues on February 21, 2008

Magnetic Field

After five-plus years of rocking Atlantic Avenue and entertaining thousands of customers and welcoming hundreds of great bands, Magnetic Field in Brooklyn will be closing its doors on March 31st. Co-owners Lee Greenfeld and William Crane would like to personally thank all of Magnetic Field's staff and patrons for their loyalty over the past few years, as well as all the numerous bands who have brought some truly tremendous and memorable performances to our stage, such as The A-Bones, Black Hollies, Black Lips, the Brought Low, Cynics, Dansettes, Detachment Kit, Mitch Easter, The Figgs, The Fleshtones, Gabby Glaser, Insomniacs, Lenny Kaye, Lilys, Klimpter, Lyres, Glen Mercer, Mugs, Nashville Ramblers, Nouvellas, The Plimsouls, Ponys, Reigning Sound, Real Kids, Shaw Nuff, Steve Wynn And The Miracle 3, Voxtrot, Woggles, and so many more!

We are currently working on a blow-out last week of shows to run March 24th through the 31st. Check our website ( or our MySpace ( for details about these shows when they are announced.


Lee Greenfeld will continue to book and promote shows -- as well as manage bands -- through his Dead Flowers Productions ( He can be reached going forward at

William Crane will work towards expanding his ever-growing gameshow empire via his Dick Swizzle alter-ego ( He can be reached going forward at


Thanks again for making it a great five years!

Magnetic Field
97 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Takka Takka play there tonight (Feb 21, 2008)

Goes Cube play there on Friday.

Voxtrot @ Magnetic Field, Aug 11, 2005 (MORE)
Voxtrot @ Magnetic Field

Detachment Kit @ Magnetic Field, July 14, 2005 (CRED)
Detachment Kit @ Magnetic Field

Voxtrot @ Magnetic Field - Dec 14, 2005 (MORE)
Voxtrot @ Magnetic Field

Sharon Jones & The Dansettes @ Magnetic Field, Apr 1, 2006 (CRED)
sharon jones and the dansettes @ Magnetic Field



Comments (56)

well there goes boerum hill's only live music venue

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 3:22 PM

wow, this neighborhood gets shittier by the week. over crowded, over priced, over strollered. should have gotten out already.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 3:32 PM

Actually, that honor goes to Hanks (yeah kuntry karaoke!!!) Boerum Hill stops at Court.

Posted by jp | February 21, 2008 3:33 PM


i like Magnetic Field.

Posted by EF Matt | February 21, 2008 3:47 PM

good riddance 3:32 - you fag

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 3:56 PM

Magnetic Field was too far from the subway. I fully support live music, but if the weather is not cooperating, MF is just too far.

I have seen a few good shows there. The layout wasn't the greatest, and the staff (especially one female bartender) is always rude.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 3:59 PM

This guy own union hall and union hall is doing very well

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:01 PM

irrelevant place for proto-yuppies giving way to real estate pressure from real yuppies

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:13 PM

too far from the subway?? Are you infirm? It's like a ten minute walk! what the hell is wrong with this world??

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:15 PM

wow - this boring ass bar's supporters actually call people "fags" to win arguments. You guys fucking suck ass!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:18 PM

bartenders always really personable, even when i was fall down drunk and naked in the photobooth. the lay-out was awkward and wasn't enough draw to get people outside of middle aged rock and soul people on a non-show, just drinking basis, but i'm really sorry they're closing. hope someone else takes a chance on the space. also, 3:32, feel free to take a hike.

Posted by nbomb | February 21, 2008 4:21 PM

I liked it when it was called Friends.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:22 PM

detachment kit look like a bunch of hipster retards

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:23 PM

The absolute best live venue in the city with the coolest staff is shutting down and that sucks. Always had a great time there no matter the band, and I take the subway from Queens and cab it home. This was a super location and I am pissed about this shutting down. Not too many cool venues left.

Posted by Adam | February 21, 2008 4:28 PM

loved this place. gonna miss it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:28 PM

3:32 is right. South Brooklyn is not only over, it never was worth a crap in the first place. Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights and Boerum Hill and Sunset Park and Cobble Hill and Carrol Gardens - they never had any real Boho cred. What "hip" bars there ever were there were just placeholders for bistros for when the rent went up even more.

I feel sorry for the real neighborhood residents who were displaced by all these yuppies. At least in Williamsburg the original residents were displaced by artists who chose the area because (at least originally) broke themselves and in need of the kind of space and light the neighborhood there could provide. Say what you will about that shifting to more insidious motives, but that's how it started.

For South Brooklyn, it was all just a real estate agents wet-dream, from the onset.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:28 PM

or, alternately, it's a nice neighborhood that's losing a rad venue. hopefully they sell to someone who wants to pick up the flame.

Posted by nbomb | February 21, 2008 4:33 PM

Actually Park Slope, much as I hate it, still has the best bar in the whole city--O'Connors on 5th Ave.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:34 PM

the tattoo parlor next door is moving too, but supposedly just to somewhere next to the st. clair's diner on smith.

Posted by nbomb | February 21, 2008 4:34 PM

fuck this place, ill take terminal 5 anyday

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:41 PM

Been there a couple of times, the staff was always pretty cool. I liked MF, too bad they're shutting down :(

Posted by Lars | February 21, 2008 4:52 PM

"fuck this place, ill take terminal 5 anyday"

That is why I love this sight so assholes like this can post. Magnetic Fields has owners that gave a shit about the bands they booked, a relaxed unpretentious ambience, and 35 types of bourbon

Terminal 5 is a fucking airplane hangar with lines that take forever to get a beer and a staff who likes nothing better than fucking with people. Yeah, Terminal 5 is the choice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 5:07 PM

Magnetic Field & Union Hall DO NOT have the same owners at all.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 5:10 PM

Bad news: O'Connor's was sold.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 5:11 PM

I went there a few times and thought it was a decent joint to see a show. Sad to see them go. MF and 'Last Exit' are the only reasons to hang on Atlantic Ave.

Posted by alex | February 21, 2008 5:38 PM

Not a bad place and Lee is a cool guy. Sad to see it go. Not a perfect venue by any means, but always a good time.

Posted by JR | February 21, 2008 5:46 PM

Pish posh! What Bococa needs isn't a a crummy discotheque or nightclub, but more Starbucks locations, my good people.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 6:02 PM

I liked this bar a lot. Some of my first and best memories of brooklyn were made there. Sad to see it go, but I'm sure there are good things in the stars for william and lee.

Posted by k8 | February 21, 2008 6:29 PM

As long as Montero's isn't closing we're all good.

Posted by JR | February 21, 2008 6:52 PM

New York is ruined and it's funny to watch

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 7:15 PM

MF was alright, cant say i will miss it. i am sure it had to do with the areas though, its all families and brooklyn law students with no life

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 7:32 PM

Ok bar. Shitty location.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 8:42 PM

where will all the white kids go now?

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 11:14 PM

We asked Lee Greenfield what happened, expecting to hear a story of being priced out, but he told us a less frequently heard story. "Truth be told, William and I just started getting involved with a lot of other projects that were taking us away from the focus that Magnetic Field needed. I have been managing and promoting bands, while William has been getting involved with another venue as well as taking care of an amazing, nearly four-year old son. There are no plans for Magnetic Field to relocate or for either of us to open a new venue, though you never know what the future will bring!"

Posted by from Gothamist | February 21, 2008 11:28 PM

I really really love living in Park Slope. I'm not a yuppie, I don't have children, I'm not rich, I don't go to the co-op, I'm just as much a hipster-vegan-artfag as the rest of your bitter asses and sorry, it's just a really beautiful, pleasant place to live. It's nice not living in a cool neighborhood! Lift those eyes up! Get past the Bugaboos and Obama stickers and you've got one of the prettiest places in the country to live. "East Williamsburg" not so much. Real, real cool--hella, hella ugly.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 1:20 AM

No F train at Bergen Street for 1 week and already we have fall out...

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 2:25 AM

In other NYC bar news, there's a hepatitis scare among celebs who were at Socialista earlier this month. It's schadenfreudelicious!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 4:39 AM

I used to work with William and his wife several yeas back. Really good guy, and the times I went to Magnetic field, I really liked the place a lot.
I did like the old design of the place before they renovated it more than how it looks now...the old booths with the cowgirl prints on the lights, and the awesome giant picture of the UFO attacking the wagon circle. But I think they needed to make more room for crowds.
I am sad that they re closing.

Posted by Kurt C. | February 22, 2008 9:58 AM

2.0 New Yorkers don't go in for such "personality" and shabby chic acoutrements. They need sleek modern european minimalism, to complenment their cold calculated mental landscapes. You should see what happened to the Read Cafe, the last place I cared about on Bedford Ave. The times, they done went and changed.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 10:16 AM

Our first parties were at this place and we and our guests always had a great time at Magnetic Field. It will be missed! Good luck to Will and Lee with all there future projects.

May your love be furry. (* _ *)

Posted by Furverts | February 22, 2008 11:24 AM

"May your love be furry. (* _ *)"

As long as she ain't fat

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 12:31 PM

To whomever said that South Brooklyn never had any Bohemian cred, we don't want any! It's just a nice place to live. If you want 'Boho cred'as this moron puts it, go move to Bushwick and gentrify that 'hood for the real estate agents to push you out of. SO bored of people bashing Brooklyn Heights/Carroll Gardens/etc. Is it for everyone? No! But those of us who live there like it. And there are enough decent bars and restaurants. People with kids ARE still allowed to live in NYC asshole!

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 12:37 PM

Blah blah blah. Goes Cube- tonight at Magnetic Field. It should be good.

RIP yet another NY venue.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 1:22 PM

lee from magnetic field here... thanks for all the kind words -- this has been a very tough decision to make, and it still hurts quite a bit.. i can take all the criticism on the 'net -- i've learned to have a thick skin over the years -- but i do want to clarify one thing: i am the furthest from a "proto-yuppie." i grew up in brooklyn my entire life and have busted my ass being my own boss for nearly 20 years now, never making it big and always being in debt, but also always being happy in what i've accomplished. william -- also hardly a yuppie, he too has struggled and fought for what he has -- and i are not laughing our way to the bank, or any such thing. it was just time to move on.... magnetic field was our baby, plain and simple, and we both put our heart and soul, blood and sweat into it for the love of music and culture. end of rant, and thanks again to brooklyn vegan for all the support over the years, and to all the staff, bands, patrons, DJs, and so on. we will miss all of you!

Posted by Lee Greenfeld | February 22, 2008 1:37 PM

you are ALL fucking reTARDED.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 3:36 PM

i love everyone on here bitching about what place is cool and what place is over. you guys are more interested in being seen at a certain "hip" spot versus actually giving a shit about helping a bar out you like.

and god forbid you should have to walk 10 mins off of the subway to get somewhere.

jeezus, NY is "OVER". someone just hasn't told all of you yet and you're STILL paying way too much for rent.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 3:54 PM

no, 3:54, YOU are "OVER"

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 4:26 PM

I am sad that the Magnetic Field is closing. It was my favorite venue/bar to hang out at in all of New York. They booked really fun garage shows, everyone was mostly cool and laid back, and I loved their Atlantic Antic stage. Thanks for your hard work guys!

Posted by AguaLinda | February 22, 2008 5:50 PM

4:28: calling Boerum Hill "south Brooklyn" is like saying Toronto is in South America. Ever heard of a place called Coney Island? Its a few more stops ... just a few... "south" on the F train.

Posted by Dave W. | February 22, 2008 7:32 PM

Hey Dave W -
Lemme guess, you moved to BK 3 years ago... Way before you "gentrified" the neighborhood, Atlantic Ave and it's environs was known as South Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | February 22, 2008 9:13 PM

i think the person who commented about terminal 5 was being ironic. anyone else?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2008 2:56 PM

Magnetic Field was and is a classy venue run by classy people. I'll miss the "Mets" beer special and their annual presence at the Atlantic Antic. And they really cared about their beer and music--things that other venues seem to forget.

Can we stop with the metasocial critiques of "cool neighborhoods" and just pay tribute to a great bar?

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2008 3:15 PM

Ok.. fair enough.. Atlantic Avenue is South Brooklyn. I'm rechristening 125th St. in Manhattan "South Manhattan."

Posted by Dave W | February 23, 2008 7:30 PM

Also.. thank God I moved to South Brooklyn 3 years ago with my double wide stroller and trust fund. Before I did, it was like bombed out Beruit; no restaurants, no coffee shops, no yuppies, no nothing.

Three years ago was 2005.

Posted by Dave W | February 23, 2008 8:20 PM

I'm pretty sure "South Brooklyn" comes from it's proximity to the southern tip of Manhattan. Also, "Downtown" Brooklyn is actually closer to the northern tip than the southern tip of brooklyn, but much closer to downtown manhattan than either north or south. At least in New York City's context the "down" in Downtown refers to south (as does the "Lower" Manhattan), but in the context of Brooklyn, it doesn't apply.

Go figure.

Posted by Sha-na-na-nonymous | February 25, 2008 1:56 PM

i lived around the corner from where magnetic field is 22 years ago with no heat in a brownstone 3rd floor walk-up.
and yes, i am punker than you.

Posted by the toecutter | March 5, 2008 5:02 PM

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