Posted in music | venues on July 20, 2011

Defeated Sanity @ Silent Barn (more by Samantha Marble)
Silent Barn

"The Silent Barn is an immersion into the art of New York City as it lives. It's a double-floor music venue inside of a kitchen, an independent video games arcade, an art theater & performance space, a party surveillance system, a zine library, a museum of gigantic murals, and a home for Castle Oscar. Founded in 2004, The Silent Barn is now grandfather to a beautiful re-emergence of similar spaces across Brooklyn, and a quintessential model for all-ages DIY art and music culture in America. It resides proudly alongside Flux Factory and the Museum of the Moving Image as a rare contemporary art institution in Queens, New York. It has long been the headquarters of both Showpaper and Babycastles, young and booming art institutions in NYC. It has birthed the careers of The Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon, Future Islands, Deerhunter, Teengirl Fantasy, Vivian Girls, Real Estate, The Black Lips, Pictureplane, and many, many others.

A recent and massive theft has put the Silent Barn in a position to temporarily close operations, and we are viewing this as an opportunity to begin our transition into a viably permanent, resilient, and safe part of New York City. After several years of a rotating cast of operators, including Skeletons, Todd P, John Chavez, and Andy Borsz, The Silent Barn has settled into permanent marriage to G. Lucas Crane (Woods, Nonhorse), Joe Ahearn (ART on AIR, Showpaper), Kunal (Loud Objects, Babycastles), and Nat Roe (WFMU). We are working to co-sign a new 5-year lease for Silent Barn, officially making this a long standing piece of New York City.

We are now raising up to $80,000 in order to ensure the viability of The Silent Barn as a permanent all-ages venue for independent and experimental music, games, and art...."

That blurb comes from the DIY venue's new Kickstarter page which they're using to raise the money. As of this posting, they're at $3,912 already. Those who pledge $1000 or more will get free admission to the venue for life. Those who pledge $10 get some stickers. There are lots of other prices and prizes too. Check it out.

Check out a video of Dirty Projects playing the Queens venue below...

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Comments (132)

people in the 80's didnt stand around at shows waving the metal sign 24/7.its like a heavy metal reinactment club.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 11:18 AM

When I first came here, this was all slums. Everyone said I was daft to build a performance space in the slums, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It got robbed and ransacked. So I built a second one. That got robbed and ransacked. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then got robbed and ransacked. But the fourth one .... stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest performance space in all of Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 11:27 AM

they should play some John Cage (4' 33") in tribute to silent barn

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 11:31 AM

This was an inside job.....

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:08 PM

11:18 what would you know about 80's metal?

I was at this show Sam shot and it was badass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:18 PM

this is a giant scam?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:21 PM

Pretty bold to claim that it has "birthed" all those careers.. still, good luck to them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:28 PM

this time, get some renter's insurance. it's $200 a year, for god's sakes...

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 12:53 PM

if you can't afford a security system get fake ones--dummy cams w pulsing ready lights. thugs hate that shit because they never know if they are being recorded or not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:09 PM

To rebuild to make better and stronger takes about 6 million dollars. I knew a man they rebuilt for about that much and he could do all kinds of cool things after that.

Posted by Steve Austin | July 20, 2011 1:12 PM

thugs hate snarling dogs too

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:13 PM

"Birthed" aka these bands played a show or two there before they were famous

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:16 PM

wtf @ "thugs"

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:24 PM

That dirty projectors video makes me want to vomit.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:40 PM

To 11:27 the silent barn has huugggggeeee...tracks of lands.

Anyways k80 seems like a lot, didn't they only get k15 stolen?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 1:54 PM

really happy to see this. wish those guys all the best. thinking i might volunteer to help.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 2:07 PM

How does a place get robbed of many expensive items and trashed? Robberies are fast grabs, go in grab what you can sell fast and get out. A professional thief would have had to case the joint, learn the venue times and also learn when exactly it would be completely empty. That takes weeks of planning and observation. This isnt your run of the mill druggie thief who is doing a smash and grab. It was quite sophisticated and involved multiple people and a large vehicle.

And why would they trash the place? Seriously if you were robbing someone the last thing you would do is make lots of noise that can easily attract unwanted attention. Plus your looking to get in grab the goods and get the hell out.

Trashing the place sounds like it was something personal. They wanted to hurt not just the venue but also the community on a personal level. So that would mean someone who is/was part of Silent Barn is behind it.

Bottom line is either it was an inside job, a scam perpetuated to collect money to move to a better place or a ring of thieves robbed a place for a few grand worth of gear. And I heavily doubt it was the last of the three.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 2:50 PM

they also birthed hummus garnished with pine nuts

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:07 PM

The place was shutdown by the cops on Friday Night. The doors were sealed. The place is in between a noisy spanish club and a car service. The people who live there weren't there because they weren't allowed in legally. Some strange things happened with the cops on Friday night. Anyone who wanted to could have gotten in either via the roof, back door, or perhaps the cops didn't lock the front door.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:08 PM

Something about this whole thing stinks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:09 PM

Hey, my apartment just got vandalized. I estimate that I've lost $5k in valuables, so I am going to need $130k to get it back to shape and maybe better. Who would like to donate?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:10 PM

This is starting to smell like a scam. They're asking on Kickstarter for more than twice the retail value of the stuff that was "stolen".

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:11 PM

The space is in an industrial wasteland. It is not surrounded by apts or houses. You obviously don't know much about criminals, dopes who commit b&e usually aren't too swift, if they were they'd be pulling easier less dangerous more profitable scams. It is routine for these kind of thugs to trash the space they are robbing, why? because they can. because they are sociopaths and hate other people's success. Especially in a reverse racism situation. Reminds me of the other young brooklyn band thta got robbed in bed sty and were just about to be gang raped when the thugs ran.

Posted by nygrump | July 20, 2011 3:11 PM

Black Flag played thier first show at Silent Barn. NOW, DONATE MONEY!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:40 PM

The stuff stolen is real, but not the biggest problem we've endured, and not significantly hard to solve in the short term. But the fundraiser isn't about the theft: It's about our vision for the future of the Silent Barn, something that Lucas, Nat, Joe, and I have been working out and struggling over for many months. The Ridgewood neighborhood is changing, and we recognize the venue is an incredibly special part of New York City. We either let the city pave over the Silent Barn, or we find everyone we can in on it and work to preserve one of my favorite and most important venues in the city. If it wasn't for the near one thousand emails we received after the burglarly asking how people can help us out, we wouldn't have felt so bold about the value of rebuilding the The Silent Barn for good. And I understand the feeling behind everyone's care, the Silent Barn is seriously the reason I'm still in New York. And you've all convinced us that it's possible that we actually have so much natural support around the world that our venue might actually stand up for itself... Come on, admit it: the BV thread during the theft over the weekend was one of the nicest BV threads I've ever witnessed. My email box has been flooding with help for three days and we dont' know what to do with all this love. But it's awesome. It blows our mind, and we can't thank you enough. - If you like the place, this is one of the most important times to see if we can keep it around. If not, don't worry about it and still come out sometimes! Kunal

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 3:41 PM

1/2 of these are typical dumb-ass trendy indie comments.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 4:22 PM

Donated $35!

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 4:24 PM

hello high places. & look, amber & the dodecahedron r on the other sides! (fuck, im beginning to suspect i was at this show & left before dp...didnt know them at the time or just didnt know they were playing)

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 4:32 PM

"this time, get some renter's insurance. it's $200 a year, for god's sakes..."


Not for a commercial space... know it all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 4:37 PM

yeah, & mary looks looks unimpressed. but maybe thats just how she looks

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 4:39 PM

Bowery Presents did it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 5:22 PM

^best joke ever. Add an above ground pool with no entry fee and we're golden.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 5:28 PM

Ian Mackaye autographed life entry arm bands would be cool too.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 5:31 PM

The Mayans are crying. Doom is indeed ahead.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 5:34 PM

The other fishy thing about this is that the equipment was, for the most part, junk. The speakers were pretty kind, but the mixers, microphones, tape decks, etc, are not the kinds of things that someone looking to boost a venue would go for. Not much of a resale market for that stuff, that is to say, NO resale market for it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 5:55 PM

Why is that fishy? I would use cheap stuff as well if it was my space in that area. From the list though no way near the 15K value. Maybe original retail.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 6:10 PM

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE YOU'VE BEEN CHEATED?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 6:12 PM

HEY MAN WE WORKED REALLY FUCKING HARD FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS TO GET THAT FUCKING EQUIPMENT. Before the QSC's came in, our shit was REALLY junk. And having these amazing donated powered subs was new. And having a great powered mixer was new. All of this shit was really good for a DIY space. I dunno if it was junk to anyone else, but it's among the best in the scene, and it's why we were able to invite artists like Phil Niblock to play the Silent Barn. When Todd used to do shows at the Silent Barn, he used to truck all of his own equipment in so he didn't have to use our piles of repurposed sound junk. We were finally decently past that phase! We'll get back too. -Kunal

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 6:26 PM

And to be clear, we didn't lose 15K in sound equipment, we lost 15K TOTAL, including everything in the silent barn's bank, and about $5000 in babycastles gear(oops), as well as yes, the sound system. I would spec the sound system we were using to be about 6K+ but I'm not qualified on that, Nat Roe & James Clark are. We were just about to build a quality solid system for the basement too, using the cash brought in so generously from End Tymes Festival. I don't think our dream system at the silent barn costs $15K, but it definitely costs > $12K, and we can for sure get a great deal, thanks to so many friends, when it's time to make the purchases again. - Kunal

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 6:32 PM

"Anyone who wanted to could have gotten in either via the roof, back door, or perhaps the cops didn't lock the front door."


according to the first statement ( SB robbed) the "robbers", thugs if you prefer, ripped the door(s) off the hinges. If the cops didn't lock the front door, then they're liable for negligence.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 7:23 PM

I'm still stuck on the "birthed" comment. Half those bands aren't even from the Tristate, much less NYC. Deerhunter and Black Lips are ATL, Deacon is from Charm City. I guess you can just say anything these days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 7:41 PM

they left the place unwatched for several days with all their valuables in it and a vacate sticker on the door.

hmmm.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 7:52 PM

As tragic as this is, and as unjust as this is... do I trust these 4 particular Silent Barn resident bros to administer 80 thousand dollars?

Maybe some professional adult types should be involved before we start throwing money at them.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 8:08 PM

"I'm still stuck on the "birthed" comment."

This is New York City, Jack. Get used to the center of the universe's penchant for self-important bullshit hyperbole.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 8:29 PM

The place was shutdown on friday night. Check out the building inspection notice.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 8:52 PM

The place was shutdown on friday night. Check out the building inspection notice.http://a810-bisweb.nyc.gov/bisweb/OverviewForComplaintServlet?requestid=2&vlcompdetlkey=0001432434

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 8:53 PM

808 makes an excellent point.

I would like full disclosure of exactly what happened and how it happened. certainly an outrage and unjust, but hardly tragic though. it's not like someone was sliced up or shot in the face.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 8:53 PM

i also smell fish sauce.

late last friday, there was some dude that posted a photo of the eviction notice on twitter. then, quickly, there was some bizarre coordinated twitter takedown of that photo that would have made anthony weiner proud... seems to me that barnies didn't want anyone to know about the eviction notice... so i doubt they kept the notice on the door? doesn't this mean that there were very few people that were actually aware that the barn was empty that weekend? normally, the place alwaaaaays has people in it...

i'm not sure i'd believe that residents would stage a burglary... but, i am sure that every day of the week, some fucking DIY venue gets an eviction notice and nobody gives a shit. they would have to be pretty sharp to realize that they are better to position themselves as victims of 'robbers' and not as victims of a failure to comply with fire department code.

also, this business of 'strange things happening with the cops on friday night' is interesting.

if some sleuthy journalist digs below that layer of toasted pine nuts and chopped parsley, they might find something interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 9:22 PM

^ are you suggesting that below that layer of toasted pine nuts and parsley one might find some hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 9:37 PM

Is this the official Silent Barn conspiracy thread, or are there multiple at other cool internet hang-outs? Just checking.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 9:48 PM

who knows what one might find under there. bring a pita.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 9:49 PM

I prefer to mix my accoutrements such as pine nuts and parsley right in with the hummus post haste. Thus, my hummus has no layers to speak of.

Heathens who buy store brands like Sabra will clearly have different experiences.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 9:49 PM

presentation.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 10:20 PM

worse than nine eleven

kickstart a dick

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2011 10:22 PM

Place hasnt been the same since kevin failure could be found nodding off on dope in the basement

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:37 AM

So are they gonna move it to a different location?
Maybe not so far back in what was a debate in the city years ago whether it was part or Brooklyn or Queens. Its more like far east Brooklyn anyways.
How about in the area by Acheron?

Also it would be nice to hear a conclusion of some sort with the possible help of one of the neighbors business security cameras or something?

Who complained if the cops shut the place down when they had numerous shows in the past every week and it apparently wasnt an issue to the neighbors before??

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:36 AM

ADT...

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:38 AM

Probably my last comment on this thread - but due to an overwhelming amount of support, Joe Ahearn (Showpaper) and I (Babycastles) have been working out the kinks in incorporating Silent Barn under a 501c3 status non profit, all before we have to accept the money we raise from Amazon/Kickstarter. $40,000 - $100,000, the amount it will likely take to ensure a permanent Silent Barn, is as daunting to administer as it is to reach out for. Among other benefits, non profit fiscal sponsorship will guarantee some professional oversight over our budget. Don't freak out, not everything fits in news and comment feeds, and we're right here to talk to you. You can always write us directly at silentbarn@gmail.com to ask questions about anything you want to. We've been really diligent about answering them, because we do need as many people as do care about the place to understand the Silent Barn's vision and considering joining in with us in this rebuilding madness! Or just show up when we do begin work. It will definitely be fun, and worth the time apart from this thread, and you'll meet great people. Thank you! Kunal PS. I'M SORRY ABOUT THE BIRTHED COMMENT NAT WAS MAD AT ME FOR IT TOO AND THEN HE FIXED IT

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:49 AM

Hire a manager and put together a board of directors, otherwise don't accept public funding.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 9:24 AM

When is somebody going to explain what happened with the police on Friday? There are large holes in the story.

You need to provide a timeline and explain why everyone involved in this place was away from your house on a summer weekend and why thieves were able to spend so much time inside wrecking the place and carrying off all of your things.

How are you going to spend this $80 thousand?

What oversight will there be?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 9:39 AM

there seem to be some cynical publicity strategies at work here in this Kickstarter campaign

this doesn't feel consistent with the ideals that this space is supposed to represent

full disclosure and transparency about what happened is the first step

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 9:56 AM

| You can always write us directly at silentbarn@gmail.com to ask questions about anything you want to. We've been really diligent about answering them. |

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:41 AM

GO BARN GO!!!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:51 AM

I like how the day the place is shut down by the cops by order of the Department of Buildings, the place gets robbed and trashed. So maybe the cops left the front door open and some local thugs trashed the place and robbed it. Kinda hard to imagine this happening though, a 24 hour car service office as well as a bar-restaurant flank the place. Never mind the fact that the block is half residential. The area is not an industrial wasteland as another user labeled it. Go on Google maps and use street view to see the building and the surrounding area. The only thing behind the building is a commercial lot with a massive fence with barbed wire, no one is jumping that to get in through the back. The roof is low enough to easily jump onto but still, they spent an awful lot of time ransacking the place, someone had to see something.

Possibly there were two incidents, the first was the robbery which was fast and planned. They went in, stole the electronics and got out leaving the front door open. Then local thugs see the door open and decide to check the place out. Finding nothing of real value they trashed the place.

Kunal, I along with others want an explanation as to what happened. Did you make a police report of the incident? Did you check with neighbors about any activity the night and following day in question? You may have had two separate incidents.

And finally, how are you going to properly handle the donated money? I am sure you are aware you must pay taxes on it (you better, otherwise your in for a world of shit from the IRS). You should register Baby Castles as a not for profit org as fast as possible.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:02 PM

where is the police report

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:17 PM

FISHY STORY

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:23 PM

Someone from the Silent Barn should publicly address these legit questions about what happened and where the money will go, and how.

TRANSPARENCY PLEASE

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:30 PM

i donated $100 so i can be around g lucas's halo and i also like to eat tapes

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:19 PM

I just cancelled my Kickstarter donation

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:22 PM

To assume that the scene would somehow fail if these people were not organizing is bollocks. Music will keep going. This kind of thing happens in every facet of our global market. This is simply the underground DIY bubble popping after 20 years of Todd P's scandalous run. Let's say they raise the 80,000... they are still in a world of legal trouble. To donate is to tangle the knot even more. If you find the scenario scandalous, stand off and let these people face repercussions from illegal alcohol and food sales and general exploitation of their own patrons through blatant surveillance. These illegal motions have been documented and published all over the internet. It's possible that no amount of money will give them a leg to stand on. Personally, I don't buy it. I think they are running scared.

It's a fact that Babycastles and Silent Barn have demonstrated publicly that you need little or no money to start a DIY venue. This would be an EXCELLENT time for someone with a clean political slate to capitalize by opening up a fresh venue and demonstrate a more positive, transparent message.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:39 PM

lol @ Anonymous re: transparency

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:55 PM

well.

anonymous isn't out there asking for $80 GRAND

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:59 PM

BOOM

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:01 PM

gossip whirl
the big jack
hit hit coin
acid reflux and the psychedelic bile
ahula oi

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:08 PM

Journalists, take note.

There is more to this story if you scratch the surface.

This is messy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:18 PM

Yeah, we heard that the first 7 million times. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:25 PM

seems like the barnies are intoxicated about the idea of raising a lot of money.

how about catching the cretins who did the robbery and maybe they could possibly get their shit back?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:26 PM

WHERE IS THE POLICE REPORT

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:38 PM

WHERE ARE THE DRUGS

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:47 PM

They're a DIY venue. The police wouldn't help them get the gear back or catch the burglars. They dudes from the barn have been very straight forward about what happened and we should respect them trying to figure out legal stuff. What is it with you dudes on here commenting, trying to make stuff up? That kind of behavior is detrimental.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:47 PM

1:39 is a nutjob paranoid. the Silent Barn is engaged in a massive surveillance conspiracy? I gather you're picking up the signal from your tinfoil hat.

On a more serious note, the kickstarter page is up to 22K, so my guess is that these guys are going to have 40K in hand soon, and no actual plan in order or adults to run it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:49 PM

I heard someone who lives there is having a baby, that's what this is really about

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:55 PM

I heard brooklynvegan is shutting down and all you shit talkers are gonna have to resort to 4chan. :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:55 PM

I might log in here very now and then and just keep reiterating this: our email address is SILENTBARN@GMAIL.COM, we're happy to talk with you about everything and keep you all in the loop!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:56 PM

I've always enjoyed going the Barn, but I will not be contributing money.

Why? Because I believe this campaign is not being conducted transparently and because I think it will ultimately discourage people from contributing to much more worthy future campaigns to legalize places like Death By Audio.

There are many examples of more essential places. The Silent Barn is basically just a bunch of guys' quirky illegal house and loose speakeasy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:59 PM

Kickstarter is a strange beast to harness because it suggests that we are an abstract, public institution reaching out for public support. But we're not at all. We're a friends based place. We're looking for support, advice, and ideas from our friends, and if you don't know us that way, don't worry about us. If you want to know more about us, just say hi at --> SILENTBARN@GMAIL.COM We're committed to be an open place and talking with as many people as possible, personally.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:00 PM

There is no loop guys. DIY venues are supposed to be temporary that is the point

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:07 PM

something STINKS i'm tellin ya

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:09 PM

Thanks for all your hard work, Silent Barn contributors. We will take it from here. -Rupert M.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:14 PM

I thought they were asking for $80K, now the Kickstarter page says it's $40K??

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:15 PM

so Kunal, where were you on Saturday?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:19 PM

nanananananana BAT MAN

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:19 PM

Embarrassing that Todd P has been faux-organizing to raise money for Market Hotel for the past year, yet Silent Barn is able to pull this off in a matter of days...?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:35 PM

if only he'd left Market Hotel abandoned with a vacate sticker on the front door and let local thugs tear up the place!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:37 PM

I'll be your friend if you give me your time money and energy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 3:44 PM

where else will teenagers drink?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:29 PM

3:25... Market Hotel never tried panhandling

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:43 PM

diy dirtyness

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 5:11 PM

I'm at 285 kent until 8pm. come talk to me about shit :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 5:22 PM

Ballas they gonna ball, shot callers they gonna call.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 5:54 PM

100 comments y'all

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 6:27 PM

i'm confused. Is this a non-profit cultural center, or is this a group of friends? are you going to generate funding from donations/foundations, or are you going to continue to be run as a for-profit PBR saloon?

these are good questions to answer. having a director / BOD would be helpful, but really it sounds like an identity crisis. or identity confusion.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 6:41 PM

with that money, please finally get some working bathrooms that aren't totally disgusting

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 7:23 PM

I don't trust these slacker dudes with 80 thousand dollars

Hire a manager and get some checks and balances, and get back to us after you do.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 9:23 PM

Ya schmucks.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 9:51 PM

this is for suckers

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 10:05 PM

'Embarrassing that Todd P has been faux-organizing to raise money for Market Hotel for the past year, yet Silent Barn is able to pull this off in a matter of days...?'


yeah Todd P has been super busy hitting on very young girls and taking credit for other peoples booking.

Posted by hah | July 21, 2011 10:47 PM

DRINK NESTEA!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:10 PM

YOU LOVE IT

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 1:01 AM

European Nestea > American Nestea

The stuff they sell here tastes like powdered ice tea crap. What I'd do for a cold European Peach Nestea in a glass bottle...

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 2:02 AM

Guys don't worry. I've hired the best private investigator in Ridgewood and he should get to the bottom of this very soon.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 2:11 AM

10:47pm - I think you may have Todd P confused with Lucas Crane

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 9:45 AM

I cant believe people are blindly contributing $100 or more to a bunch of slackers who for the most part are high all the time. I have no problem with the mary jane but when you ask any of the people (who for lack of a better term) are "in charge" about something, you cant get a strait answer. Never mind the other junkies who hang about the place.

If they do get a new venue, will it be legit? with 40-80 grand they can certainly register as a not-for-profit and money made will benefit the space and keep providing an outlet for creativity. Make the place safe! I don't want to take a piss in a closet with a bed sheet draped over a door frame. I dont want to be told I cant use the bathroom because some transient is showering in it. I don't want to be in a building that is a rickety, filthy death trap.

The babycastles game jam that occurred a few months back in their Williamsburg location is one shining example of their failure to actually give a shit about their patrons. A girl had to go to a local store and purchase toilet paper and drinks with her own money. Is that fucked up or what? Plus the bathroom (if you can call it that) is a jerry rigged nightmare where the stall doors are narrow and have huge gaps, people can see you go about your business. Have fun trying to pee in peace ladies. You would think with all the community support that there would have to be someone who could whip up a proper stall door and walls with some cheap home depot wood. But no, they just dont give a shit.

Was anyone at Silent Barn for the Anamanaguchi chiptunes concert? The one where people were jumping and the floor was flexing so badly that I and a few others left for fear the building was going to collapse? Another example of their blatant don't give a shit attitude about patron safety. That alone would have gotten that place shut down.

Bottom line:
Kunal and others, I wont give you a single penny unless you can guarantee the community that the funds will go toward a safe, clean and legal venue. You promise you will but that proves nothing. Also the fact that the closure of the Silent Barn by the police and DOB was hidden from the community is also very suspicious. Why was that never revealed? You have all of money, you better use it responsibly and use it to make a safe venue for the community.

And please post an official response on your website or facebook, private email conversations are a cop out. And get rid of that craptastic WebGL example code copy paste website some moron decided was a good idea. It isnt.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 11:03 AM

uh oh, the gamer nerds are gettin involved

can't wait to read the thread on Schmups

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 11:11 AM

they say they want to help you when really they want to hurt you

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 11:37 AM

9:45 hide yo kids hide yo wife

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 11:38 AM

If you think private conversations are a cop out, there is something huge and fundamental you don't understand about new york city, and the times in general :/

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 12:25 PM

there's no circulation in here. we're suffocating someone open a window holy shit

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 12:33 PM

i don't think private conversations are a cop out. i think private conversations are for cops. (o,o)

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 12:38 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 2:18 PM

Will the $80,000 buy them air conditioning?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 4:32 PM

How much money will allocated towards drugs?

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 5:57 PM

Man they're up to $25K already, that's a shitload of money. They could piece together a system off of craigslist on the cheap and set up a sweet grow set-up for all the herb and then just live off the weed revenue. Seriously though, the absurdity of the 40K figure just hit me.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 6:46 PM

So, what is the plan for what will be done with this money

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 11:24 AM

Silentbarn@gmail.com

Posted by Anonymous | July 23, 2011 10:03 PM

there's no plan for this money, you're just giving your "donation" to a bunch of scummy roomates

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2011 12:14 PM

lucas is having a baby

the money will be spent on diapers and hospital bills

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2011 3:55 PM

I just saw an artist's rendering of what the new equipment should look like. Gonna be pretty awesome!
http://img3.photographersdirect.com/img/32267/wm/pd3007914.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2011 4:38 PM

The *Plan* is to replace all the junk that was stolen and trashed and that nobody knows nothing about and then the rest of the money will be spent on drugs in an effort to help support the *community*.

Posted by Anonymous | July 24, 2011 6:29 PM

30k in and still no announcements about what exactly will be done with the money.

Posted by Anonymous | July 27, 2011 8:54 PM

pesky questions!

why ask why? they got broken into because it was a break selling point for their kickstarter.

would you have given them money if they'd just been shut down by the fire department? no!

pretty expedient!

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2011 12:35 AM

any updates?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2011 8:09 PM

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