Posted in music | venues on April 23, 2008

House of Yes (kmeuse)
House of Yes

Some one just told me about last night's fire (on Troutman St). A search brought up this blog post about it:

Fire at the House of Yes, Literally.
Normally, this is the kind of fire at Brooklyn's House of Yes.

But last night, it was a seemingly innocuous toaster and a five foot paper puppet goblin head hung on the wall above that began a dangerous dance of flames that engulfed the enclave of a dozen or more artists. The enormous loft, performance space and living quarters located near flushing and metropolitan was a well loved and respected community that regularly hosted fun gatherings for the purposes of making fun and art.

I had been once only to pickup up some things to bring to another event. I was welcomed graciously and fed breakfast before I was allowed to leave on my errand way. It felt like Home for my few minutes of mealtime.

Last night, I had just arrived at party hosted by another collective and underground live music and late night party promise land. The host alerted me to the fact that there had been a fire and asked if I could drive his van to them to load out any salvaged belongings.

So I jump in the van, whip across Brooklyn and arrive at the two story building, to a see people scattered about placing things out on the streets. I walk up the dark stairs and wade through ankle high pools of ashen water. We carry out as many things as we can before the landlord comes to board up the doors to prevent looting.

Spirits remain high despite the tragic events of the evening. We gather up things, jump in the vans drive off to not so distant Dumbo. The party continues past dawn, until eventually the House of Yes members crash on couches to dream away the day. [iLiveInMyTruck dot com]

Nobody was physically hurt.

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Comments (30)

are you sure it wasn't started by the kids who stole the bags at the dan deacon show???

Posted by Johnny Leather | April 23, 2008 1:28 PM

damn those thugs!

Posted by Dicky Polyester | April 23, 2008 1:34 PM

NO!!!

Posted by anonymous2 | April 23, 2008 1:44 PM

At least it didn't happen at Market Hotel with hundreds of people inside. Great White would be as nothing.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2008 1:47 PM

BigReg, go home.

Posted by okp | April 23, 2008 2:01 PM

Haters!

Cool spot, RIP Pilgrim.

Posted by Reg! | April 23, 2008 2:08 PM

Artists live in Williamsburg? That's news to me.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2008 2:11 PM

It wasn't williamsburg, it's technically queens.

And it was a complete accident.

a paypal account has been put up for donations: paypal= normsucks@hotmail. com

Posted by Najy | April 23, 2008 2:21 PM

So sad to hear this I was just there Saturday and had one of the best birthday's I could remember. definitely giving back to those who gave so freely to the artist community

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2008 9:56 PM

This is sad news. What I personally worry about everytime I'm there, is the fire trap of a basement at Silent Barn. That place is a tragedy waiting to happen. Be careful when you're down there.

Posted by Anonymous | April 23, 2008 10:26 PM

i just spent the past 9 hours washing what we could save at the wonderland collective.
THANK YOU WONDERLAND!

please wait on official word to make donations -- keep checking ladycircus.com to find out how.

i miss you so much, pilgrim.

thank you, YES.

kiki

Posted by kiki | April 24, 2008 7:42 AM

i believe you can make donations here
http://ladycircus.com/fire.html or wait to hear more about the upcoming benefit.

good luck to all of them

Posted by Anonymous | April 24, 2008 1:07 PM

we lost our kitty pilgrim
who was burried last night
with his throne from our house
of queens party last weekend
thaks for the outcry of community support xxxLarken

Posted by larken | April 25, 2008 7:15 AM

one of my favorite quotes..."Sometimes things fall apart to be put back together better again.." I have faith that the are only more amazing things to come...i have so much faith in this beautiful house of talents

Posted by Scarlet | April 25, 2008 5:57 PM

What an amazing space
and amazing folks..

They will rebuild
and they will have another amazing spot
soon enough!

Donations are being accepted at
www.ladycircus.com
they also need sewing machines and a space!!

R.I.P. Pilgy Puddin' Pie


Posted by winkel | April 30, 2008 12:27 AM

damn. i used to live there. that toaster was definetly a fire hazard, no one ever thought to move it though.

so are they getting in trouble? cause it was an illegal loft. would suck if they or the landlord got charged on top of all of this.

looking at the pics it kinda looks just the way it did before they renovated it. so if they're allowed to stay, i'm sure Anya will put it back together again, she did an amazing job the first time.

R.I.P. pilgrim.

Posted by Anonymous | May 3, 2008 10:53 AM

danm they hosted the best fucking parties.
i hope everyone gets on there feet.. i feel terrible

Posted by cynthia | May 4, 2008 12:52 AM

cause it was an illegal loft. would suck if they or the landlord got charged on top of all of this.

Posted by Corllins University | September 2, 2009 5:27 AM

definitely giving back to those who gave so freely to the artist community


if they're allowed to stay, i'm sure Anya will put it back together again

Posted by horses for sale | December 27, 2009 3:44 PM

haha, this is bad

Posted by timbuk2 | March 24, 2010 12:42 PM

danm they hosted the best fucking parties.
i hope everyone gets on there feet.. i feel terrible

Posted by costco locations | March 26, 2010 10:27 AM

Despite the tragic fire its fortunate that no one was hurt, possessions can be replaced.

Posted by used van prices | March 29, 2010 6:02 AM

i feel terrible

Posted by Custom Logo Design | April 3, 2010 4:02 AM

Thanks for sharing this.

Posted by animated logos | April 3, 2010 4:03 AM

Keep up the good work.

Posted by Website logo design | April 3, 2010 4:04 AM

I really appreciate this.

Posted by Stationery Logo Design | April 3, 2010 4:06 AM

This is really worrying news... I've been there once and that place is seems to be very prone to fires. I think they inspect for any fire prone places. You need to be extra careful when you visit there.

Posted by folfox chemotherapy | February 12, 2011 7:48 AM

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