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Sunday Best, Memorial Day Weekend 2010 (via)
Sunday Best

June 4th, 2010

To our Yardies...

Over the past four years, we have worked hard to create BKLYN Yard. You watched us grow from a small unknown independent venue into a space that hosted the best tacos in NYC, incredible talent (Lee Scratch Perry, Kaiju Big Battel, Dan Deacon & Jose Gonzalez to name a few), the Sunday Best dance series, the Gowanus Harvest Fest, the BK County Fair, Score! Pop-Up Mega Swap, Parked: Food Truck Festival, and countless lobster bakes, pig roasts, BBQs and more. This past Memorial Day Weekend, we were so proud to open our doors and display all the hard work we have been putting into the space to make this summer even better...from our new bar, to our atm, to our bocce court. Thousands of you came out and supported us and made it one of the most beautiful weekends we have had yet, so we are sad to announce, that last weekend was the final weekend of BKLYN Yard in our Carroll Gardens home.

Our landlord of the past four years, who used to share our vision for BKLYN Yard, notified us on Tuesday May June 1st, that they would no longer honor our lease which had been in place since early this year. They chose not to give us an opportunity to renegotiate, and requested that we take what we have built, and terminate all of our confirmed plans and schedule for BKLYN Yard this summer.

BKLYN Yard is a labor of love for MeanRed, rooted in our core company values: Love for artists, food, music and community. We are sad to see our passion project go in its brightest year, and are sad to let down all the people who have support and worked with us for the past 3 summers.

But if there is one thing we pride ourselves in, its our ability to think outside the box, to take a leap when there is no net, and to reach our highest visions. We wouldn't be who we are if we let hurdles keep us down. If we can turn a dim sum restaurant into a nightclub, a loft into a members-only club, and a toxic yard into a beautiful summer oasis... we can do anything.

Rest assured, our renegade spirit and love for pop-up spaces will come alive again this summer -- very possibly with the same collaborators and programming you see on our current schedule... And very possibly even better than we had planned before.

Doug Singer, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter's Sunday Best series will continue on at another location, including this Sunday with DJ Koze. You can keep an eye on them at www.sundaybestnyc.com

In the meantime, we want to say:
Thank you for sharing in BKLYN Yard. We hope you'll continue on this crazy ride with us as we bring you what's next. Stay tuned, we will pop-up where you least expect it, with the words:

"Built by BKLYN Yard"

With love,
MeanRed Productions

That sucks. No word yet on where Sunday Best will move, but they will be at Littlefield this Sunday.

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Comments (76)

Awesome we get luxury condos instead!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:32 PM

Sunday Best this weekend will be at Littlefield. Everything previously will be honoured.

Posted by electrodrone | June 4, 2010 12:32 PM

brooklyn yard
market hotel
starr space
party expo

all closed in the last two months

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:32 PM

total bullshit. BKLYN Yard was a great venue, sad to see this go.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:32 PM

this is almost worse than the oil spill.

Posted by j | June 4, 2010 12:33 PM

fuck. i was really looking forward see to Dam Funk here!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:37 PM

"this is almost worse than the oil spill."

not really you fucking moron. this does suck tho.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:38 PM

Who is the landlord?

Do they have an explanation for this?

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:38 PM

he must mean tuesday june 1st, not may...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:38 PM

this is really lame, even if the landlord is planning luxury towers, which is sadly pretty likely, really, were they gonna get the ball rolling on that this summer during the worst economic climate in decades, with all the unrented and unbought units in Brooklyn. bastards.

but to the dude who compares this to the oil spill? um, little perspective maybe, closing of a cool venue doesn't quite compare with the worst environmental disaster ever.

still, Bklyn Yard folks, kudos for great job and here's to hoping you find a new home for your great events!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:40 PM

Thee Oh Sees killed it there last year, sad to see this place go

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:41 PM

Whaaaat? This year's program looked like so much fun.. Not to mention how great the spot was. Very bad news...

Posted by R08 | June 4, 2010 12:43 PM

that sucks. one of the best shows i'd ever been to was at the yard -- todd p's mid-summer show of two years ago (titus, vivian girls, ponytail, oneida, high places, abe vigoda, and literally a ton of other bands). was a really great space. will definitely be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:45 PM

don't move this party permanently inside...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:45 PM

NYC has so many problems and yet there seems to be a tide of people hassling pop-up and DIY venues of all shapes and sizes. What a bunch of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:51 PM

nooooo! this is such a fantastic & unique spot. the jose gonzalez show a few years ago was one of my favorites. major bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:52 PM

This is Brooklyn's mini 9/11.

Posted by The Mighty KC | June 4, 2010 12:55 PM

12:38 obviously does not sense sarcasm and has no sense of humour

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:56 PM

that was a sweet sweet venue. sad to see it go, look forward to whats next

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:57 PM

This is very sad news. Saw many a show at the BKLYN Yard. R.I.P.

Posted by Heavy Street | June 4, 2010 12:59 PM

Hipster tears.

:(=8

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 12:59 PM

@12.45
i second that.
saw crystal antlers & ponytail for first time that day

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:03 PM

fuuck

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:06 PM

lame

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:11 PM

totally and utterly depressing.

Posted by rc | June 4, 2010 1:12 PM

I will always know it as The Yard. BKLN Yard is too corny.

Sunday's Best were the Best thing they had going.

Posted by Dave | June 4, 2010 1:19 PM

This is worst than the oil spill and Katrina put together

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:21 PM

Probably just God's punishment for the iniquities and debauchery practiced by these heathens.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:23 PM

If this was an 80s movie we would have a benefit concert to save brooklyn yard at the rec center

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:23 PM

@1238 & 1240--actually, this is worse than the native american holocaust

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:26 PM

No way the landlord is planning luxury towers... No one is going to build on the Gowanus until well into the EPA cleanup!

There's something else going on...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:28 PM

Everyone knows the best tacos are at Union Pool.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:29 PM

*trying to think of song from montage in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo*

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:29 PM

no more dancing
no more fun
Viking range for everyone

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:33 PM

Deacon and talent shouldn't be in the same sentence.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:35 PM

The landlord just hates hipsters (just like everyone else).

Posted by Venkman | June 4, 2010 1:41 PM

@ 12:32
Party Expo's been shut down? What happened?

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:46 PM

this is just terrible.
i can't believe the property holders just dicked them over like that! how unfair to BKLYN yard and all of the performers. :(

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 1:57 PM

There is no way they are builing a luxury tower there, have any of you been there? Subway tracks going right over that place.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:01 PM

Who is the landlord? The land-owning, monied class in this town makes NY suck a little more each year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:03 PM

This is Obama's Katrina.

Posted by mommalookaboobooday | June 4, 2010 2:04 PM

I Love luxury condos...bring 'em on!

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:07 PM

Oh well... I guess I will just go to the Brkln Navy Yard instead and smoke crazy eddie like I used to do.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:10 PM

just went for the first time this Memorial Day for the street truck food fest, and it was great! Totally a shocker and bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:22 PM

Not honoring the lease? They should sue! This is what we have a legal system for...

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:23 PM

Anon @ 12:45....
The High Places set at that Todd P party was surreal.

Posted by MBMSA | June 4, 2010 2:23 PM

DON'T LEAVE !!!
let him take you to court, by the time landlord would get his judgement summer will be over...

Posted by me | June 4, 2010 2:30 PM

The landlord probably hooked them up with severence pay to leave without a fuss... It's all a scam. If they wanted to stay and keep the party running, they could have.

But instead they probably got 10,000 to exit in peace. They are at a fancy restaurant laughing all theway to bank.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:49 PM

There are two sides to this story. Meanred productions was not able to secure the liquor license. Landowner was counting on the booze to pay additional rent and pay insurance bill which went up 70% since last summer. Another promoter will be taking over the venue and the bookings. Expect an announcement any day now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:49 PM

Another case of press whores shooting themselves in the foot...
Nice NY TIMES article about Bkln Yard!! DIY wannabes take note- learn your lesson from Todd P, the Damon Dash kids, Bkln Yard, etc... shut the fuck up. If you're doing it for the fame, then you deserve to get shut down.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 2:55 PM

Press whores indeed... I would guarantee this had a lot to do with it- http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/fashion/03gowanus.html

There is no way they were 100% legal and they had to be aware of it. Why call so much attention to yourselves?

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 3:10 PM

Not to mention i love the press release above to describe last weekend's show

"Thousands of you came out and supported us and made it one of the most beautiful weekends we have had yet,"

Thousands? Really? You lying motherfuckers. Way to completely over exaggerate much like all the other shitheads who comment on here about every show "it killed" "the band destroyed" "it was insane" "bonkers".

Go fuck yourselves the whole lot of you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 3:21 PM

^want to be your friend (no homo)

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 3:29 PM

who is this bastard landlord. let's line up at their door and attack them with pitchfork magazines

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 3:40 PM

I knew, I just knew, as soon as I saw the NY Times article that the party would be stopped. Once something funky reaches that level of awareness, it's the end. A lesson for our times! Don't let them near the Silent Barn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 3:56 PM

3:21, were you there for the 5+ blocks that were packed? that's about more than a thousand, plus the roughly thousand in there. Then again these are the greatest comment threads ever. Classic BV.

Posted by electrodrone | June 4, 2010 4:00 PM

sucks that daft punk was playing the next sunday best thing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:42 PM

When us daft punk playing???

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:44 PM

dam funk, not daft punk dummies

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:49 PM

"3:21, were you there for the 5+ blocks that were packed? that's about more than a thousand, plus the roughly thousand in there. Then again these are the greatest comment threads ever. Classic BV."

Electrodrone you lying piece of shit, I actually was by there all day(considering i live around there) and there was not thousands of people there. The fucking place cant even hold that many people. Yes there was a long line(not 5+ blocks) and that was only because the people running the entrance did not know what the fuck they were doing and were letting people in slow as hell.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:51 PM

They suck, the location sucked, all the bands ever there sucked, and last night your girl sucked on my roofdeck while I sipped colt 45.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 4:53 PM

Can you fucktards not detect a hint of sarcasm?

(In regards to the Oil Spill comment)

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 5:26 PM

Who sips colt 45? Get fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 6:01 PM

Read the article closely. They were told on MAY 1 that the landlord wasn't psyched on the lease. So either they tried to renegotiate, got bought out OR were allowed to throw one last party to pay for some of the infrastructure they contributed to the site.

The article in the Times has nothing to do with it. If anything, they maybe pitched the article to the Times so that it could be something for them to show to prospective sites that there was a buzz about them. But the Times article didn't get them closed down.

Odds are sometime in April, some slightly bigger or a lot bigger shots approached the landlord about doing stuff on site for way more money than Mean Red was paying.

And finally, they had a license to sell beer and wine. What weekend venues do is they get a series of 48 hour permits. They had those. At least, last summer they did.

Posted by Anonymous | June 4, 2010 10:01 PM

crystal antlers/high places/ponytail/oneida last summer was def ill as fuck. and the tacos mad legit. who wants that shitty piece of land next to that nasty ass superfund river anyways? boggles the mind. this is BK-DIY's Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined.

Posted by dtb | June 4, 2010 11:45 PM

o'BAMA better plug dat hole

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 12:35 AM

more discussion on how many people were at the block party last weekend plz

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 2:44 AM

I really wanted to see asobi seksu there next month

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 8:10 AM

what time does dam funk go on?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 10:24 AM

Lets Lynch the Landlord

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 10:49 AM

Ever since Obama took over, everything has turned to shit. Change? Hope? Whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 12:24 PM

the previous administration was much more accomodating to Brooklyn DIY venues. Cheney never would have let this happen... he'd be waterboarding that landlord right now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2010 2:01 PM

always thought the place was a bit lame - not enough seats, too many kids and un-diverse dance-musically clueless CG yuppies, overpriced drinks, long lines for food, bags searched for booze. neither mainstream nor underground enough.

time for a change.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2010 9:08 AM


so sad and depressing...

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 11:46 AM

You say "dance-musically clueless" like it's a bad thing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 7, 2010 12:02 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 7:54 AM

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