Posted in music | venues on November 8, 2012

Silent Barn

Queens/Brooklyn DIY music venue Silent Barn is back:

Sweet land of milk and honey! It's official. The Silent Barn has
signed a 10 year lease with extension option on a beautiful, massive property in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The address is 603 Bushwick, a few blocks from the Myrtle-Broadway JMZ stop. It is 10,000 square feet, 3 storeys, mixed use, legally occupiable and COMPLETELY INSANE. In addition to nightly concerts, Silent Barn will now be home to over a dozen studios for artists and entrepreneurs, 8 residential tenants, and a large community garden.

This space surpasses the wildest ambitions we ever had for what the Silent Barn can achieve. We are ecstatic. This past year has been grueling; we have been working so hard as spiritual hobos since we were forced to leave our former home. That made us stronger. As a team, Silent Barn is smarter and more organized than ever. Without exaggeration, this new space makes the entire ordeal of the past year worth the wait - if everything happens for a reason, then 603 Bushwick is the reason why 915 Wyckoff was vacated last June. The community that supported us in the wake of our disastrous demise at 915 Wyckoff and the Kickstarter drive that followed raised the Silent Barn to a higher level of accountability than ever in our 8 year history - after a year, we are ready to fully respond to that accountability.

This lease comes hand in hand with a renovation contract - construction is scheduled for the next month and a half and we plan to host our first concerts in late December. Our volunteer team has expanded quickly in the past month and we will continue to need new volunteers to help "make this house a home", as Luther Vandross says.

Congrats to Silent Barn and we look forward to all the shows and other events to come!

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Comments (47)

Wait this is the place where hipsters raised crap loads of $$$ through kickstarter or something right? What happened with that money?!

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 1:36 PM

They signed a 10 year lease with it. It was supposed to go towards replacing "stolen" equipment and they pulled the old switcheroo on donors. Welcome back SB, I guess...

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 1:38 PM

10 yrs seems kinda like a long commitment, no? Are some of these guys really going to want to live in/host shows at a place like this when they are closing in on 40?

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 1:43 PM

I was skeptical that this would return, but I'm glad to see it. I don't know enough about the new venue yet to know how the money was spent, but frankly, the fact that they've reappeared, in the same neighborhood, with a way to put on shows, makes me think they did it at least somewhat correctly.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 1:52 PM

Personally, I'd rather see a ten year lease on a Hummus Barn.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 1:56 PM

great news - glad to see these kids are taking the time to do it right

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 2:34 PM

fucking hate this hood

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 2:39 PM

"3 storeys"? Really? Are you fucking retarded?

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 2:39 PM

fuck the haters, this is great news! congrats silent barn crew.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 2:48 PM

>>>>>>

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 2:50 PM

Hello NYers,
I'm wondering which location has more hipsters these days. Williamsburg or Bushwick? I have to move next year out of this state so I like to get an idea.

Thanks!

Posted by 22 year old from Ohio | November 8, 2012 3:11 PM

1:38 - do you know for a fact they "pulled a switcharoo" or are you just talking out of your ass?

1:43, some of those guys will want to host a place like this into their 70's - this is their life, it is not just a pose or a facebook app.

Posted by nygrump | November 8, 2012 3:21 PM

who was it that started the silent barn?

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 3:32 PM

skeletons started the sb

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:37 PM

lol 4:36

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:41 PM

awesome!! great memories of the old spot, but this is a much better location...

Posted by mmgrubs | November 8, 2012 4:42 PM

"1:38 - do you know for a fact they "pulled a switcharoo" or are you just talking out of your ass?"


Yes, yes I know that. In fact, much of it has been documented on this very blog. They started a Kickstarter to replace stolen equipment. They then announced an address change and various other improvements/ideas to make their business model solvent. It's one thing to ask for help when you've been the victim of predation, it's another to basically ask for charity because you couldn't get it right the first time.

Also, and this might be talking out of my ass, but word is that their equipment was stolen because they were late on rent payments. Not much of the hearsay on Silent Barn is very good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:51 PM

PS: Asking for money to fix their business wouldn't have been quite as bad had they been honest about it to begin with.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 4:55 PM

silent barn has been nothing but transparent with their kickstarter backers and other supporters. the original space couldn't be salvaged so they didn't spend a penny until they could create a new sustainable space. sounds pretty responsible to me. but then again, I'm sleeping with all of 'em.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:03 PM

@4:36 we live in America---not England

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:14 PM

They weren't transparent that they were technically vacated, or that, and I quote, "There is simply no way for The Silent Barn to continue at 915 Wyckoff," which they clearly knew going into their campaign. And this is taking all they've said at face value.

They didn't spend a penny of the money because two days after the robbery they were at $4k and figured they should try to squeeze as much as they could. They stated their goal was $80K. Fuck, with that kind of money literally anyone could start several DIY venues. And pay a couple years' rent.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:26 PM

cool story bro

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 5:35 PM

To the person grunting about misappropriated funds- i doubt you personally supported SB on kickstarter, and it's pretty doubtful anyone who did support SB on Kstrter has a problem with the funds raised going to recreate the SB rather than running out to buy new gear. So I'm really confused of your motive here, and who you are being protective of.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 6:08 PM

I think SB people greatly misread their importance in the NYC DIY community. I still cannot wait to fuck a hot young hipster girl in the new place much like I did the old one.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 9:23 PM

They raised funds from the support of many, and found a home. And you, you are still searching for a missed connection. I really wish that you had a little more respect for your mother.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 9:32 PM

I have money to SB via Kstrter and I got my stickers so I think they are stand up folks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 9:38 PM

great comment 3:11

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 10:40 PM

it aint easy being green that is for sure. sometimes there is just no use in snarky comments. clearly the people that put up this money had some idea that they were contributing over and above what they needed, they obviously wanted to support and they are gonna have fun at the place and who really cares anyways. its so easy to twist perceptions with subtle instigations but im not buying it sistah!

Posted by Bones Howell | November 8, 2012 10:52 PM

10 yearz....10 year DIY rocks scene sentence. lulz...Way to think that through.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 11:00 PM

lol white people

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2012 11:25 PM

I never went to silent barn. I always thought the name was gay.
Just say it... "silent barn". What the fuck is that?

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 2:02 AM

they did not "clearly know" that they wouldn't be able to stay at 915 Wyckoff. and the idea that all the equipment was stolen because of missed rent is completely fucking absurd.

additionally: "hey stated their goal was $80K. Fuck, with that kind of money literally anyone could start several DIY venues. And pay a couple years' rent."

this misses the entire fucking point. sure, they could have used @30 - @40k to just fund and pay the rent in some illegal, shit hole space, but then, in a few years, they'd be right back where the fucking started. and then what? keep having kickstarters?

the whole purpose of this is to create a permanent, sustainable DIY venue, something which is RARELY done, generally because of mismanagement of funds and the fact that it's really difficult to find places where one can do it legally. so the fact that they took a year has to do with the idea that they weren't willing to just throw away $80k on the first thing they found.

jesus, i just really do not understand the bizarre cynicism and skepticism people have about this. the only thing i can gather is that it's coming from people who don't actually care about the integration of art and communities and just want a place where they can get drunk during their 20s before they go move off to the suburbs...

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 9:09 AM

ugh. rapists and snarky assholes. i don't even know why the fuck i bother reading or responding to these comment sections.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2012 9:12 AM

"jesus, i just really do not understand the bizarre cynicism and skepticism people have about this. the only thing i can gather is that it's coming from people who don't actually care about the integration of art and communities and just want a place where they can get drunk during their 20s before they go move off to the suburbs..."

wait a second, a Real Life Human Being actually typed this? yeah, let's look down on people who see silent barn as a place to have fun but also want to sell out and have careers so that they can feed themselves when they're older. the only real artists are crust punks and people with trust funds who can devote every second of their lives to "curating" yoga events in rooftop gardens soundtracked by a noise musician. this attitude will really show how we are really open-minded artists who want to "integrate art and communities." seriously, go fuck yourself.

anyway, i'm glad they're bringing back the space. good memories in the old space and i'm sure this will be no different.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2012 4:07 PM

" 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. We have estimates on renovations for electricity, fire safety, and security that will bring the building up legal fire-code; estimates on an excellent new sound system for both floors; and estimates on the roof reconstruction required to resume outdoor performances and urban gardening. With a little extra help, we will also revive dear projects such as Babycastles, Party Lab, the Ditko Zine Library. "

They never mention gear or anything. Sounds like they're doing exactly what they promised to do. I think it's awesome that they found a new home.

Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2012 12:05 AM

forgot about these guys for the longest time, and frankly jazzed that something's actually happening.

now dont fuck it up

Posted by Anonymous | November 11, 2012 9:42 PM

I believe I saw the guys who robbed the SB the night in question-
I saw 4 dudes pull up in an old shitwagon and proceed to loot the Barn. One guy was wearing a doo-rag, 2 other guys had dreadlocks,
and another guy looked like he wasn't wearing any pants, just boxers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 3:44 PM

THEY WEREN'T ROBBED.

ARE THERE ANY PHOTOS OF THE SUPPOSED DESTRUCTION?

WHERE'S THE POLICE REPORT?

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 4:21 PM

the guys behind this got their old building condemned by the city.

they got raided by the fire dept, the ridgewood police dept, the dept of buildings, and the department of health all in one night. they got them for living there illegally and for running an illegal bar.

they got a vacate order from those nyc agencies...... then lo and behold, 3 days later they told the media (not the cops though) that they were robbed and that somebody wrecked the place. no pics or proof though.

and then they started a kickstarter to help them supposedly fix up their space. they raised 40 grand.

the robbery was made up to get people to sympathize with them and pay for another free place for all of them to live and smoke weed all the time.

it worked!

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 4:30 PM

The folks at SB didn't file a police report because they didn't want be seen as cooperating w the Man.

They did, however, post pics of the Barn after it had been looted and trashed.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 5:41 PM

5:41 --> liar

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 6:05 PM

^
i hate to break it to you, but you can never get out from underneath "the man"...as long as you pay taxes, sign permits, etc, you will be stitched to the sleeve of the man.

please shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 6:06 PM

There are no pics anywhere that show destruction of the Barn that match what the kickstarter campaign claimed. It was made up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 8:49 PM

the great rock and roll swindle

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2012 9:21 PM

not that great, but a swindle yes

Posted by Anonymous | December 31, 2012 12:17 AM

Has anybody been to this new space? None of the lineups sounds appealing, but I'm curious about the room. If the space is good, maybe they'll let outside people book it since the people who run it don't seem to have a clue.

Posted by Anonymous | January 1, 2013 9:00 PM

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