Market Hotel - January 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
In addition to working on a completely new venue somewhere in the Buswhwick area, DIY Brooklyn show promoter Todd P reports that the project to reopen Market Hotel is still very much underway....
MARKET HOTEL PROJECT - a project to reopen a long-shuttered, beloved concert space / art spaceWe last thought about Market Hotel in April when a show was actually announced as happening there, and before that in October 2011 when we heard about the funding Todd references above. Prince Rama held a party on the roof there earlier in 2011. The venue 'went dark' in April 2010 after a bit of trouble with cops.
Construction has finally commenced! Opening date tbd. Nearly 2 1/2 years ago Market Hotel closed as an underground event space. A decision was made to fight to reopen this unique place and to relaunch with our legal ducks in order - but also to turn down commercial investors and instead make it work as a not-for-profit dedicated to the community (without using crowd sourcing). It has not been easy, nor glamorous, but after much struggle the project finally found its necessary funding roughly a year ago, and has spent the last 12 months navigating the permitting process to reopen with proper alcohol license, occupancy permit, permit for "assembly," and other necessary paperwork. These things are not yet in hand, but our legal and financial pathway is finally in sight to begin construction to satisfy the requirements to get to those goals. Some may be surprised to hear that this project is alive - but rest assured: nearly every day we are working behind the scenes to make the reopening of Market Hotel a reality. This space will re-open not as some temple of "indie" whatever, but as a space dedicated to bringing the privileged concepts of all ages access and affordable tickets to many music genres. **ACTUALLY HAPPENING** seriously! Stay tuned.
Read this (older) article from the Brooklyn Rail for some background on the project. - Todd P
In its heyday the ex-Dominican Speakeasy hosted shows with the likes of Surfer Blood, Woods, Real Estate, Cloud Nothings, Cold Cave, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Wavves, The Intelligence, USAISAMONSTER, Times New Viking, Fucked Up, Pissed Jeans, Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, Tyvek, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Dan Deacon, HEALTH, Black Dice, Titus Andronicus, Ted Leo, No Age, Islands, and many, many, many more.