Posted in music | venues on May 16, 2014

Brooklyn Classic

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Bowery Presents were hoping to open a new 2000-capacity venue in East Williamsburg that would be called Brooklyn Classic (in the factory building at 319 Frost St). A new article for The Brooklyn Paper has more details. Regarding the venue layout, the article says:

The venue will have a similar layout as the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with a large open theater ringed by a balcony and smaller bars, as well as an enclosed outdoor courtyard for smokers.
Bowery Presents also appeared before the neighborhood's Community Board 1 this week to get approval for a liquor license:
Some neighbors at the meeting of the panel said they are concerned that the venue will inundate their streets with cars and drunken music lovers.

"It is hard enough to park around here as it is," said Jonathan Ellis. "Another 2,000 people here is a lot."

The board's votes are strictly advisory, so even if it disapproves of the booze permit, it is still up to the state liquor authority to make the final approval.

The Brooklyn Paper also mentions that Bowery Presents plans to have Brooklyn Classic open this year. That should fill the void of Bowery Presents no longer booking at Webster Hall.

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Comments (41)

why does anybody drive in NYC anyway?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:34 AM

If 5 % of attendees drove it would be a lot

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:38 AM

open venues in NYC, nobody wants to go to brooklyn

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:39 AM

I usually have my driver drop me off at these kinds of shows and then come back and pick me up afterwards. Totally worth it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:40 AM

so brooklyn's T5?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:41 AM

As much of a pain in the ass to get to as T5

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:44 AM

"The venue will have a similar layout as the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with a large open theater ringed by a balcony and smaller bar"

you mean a similar layout to terminal 5?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:45 AM

Brooklyn Classic, so they're going to rob and intimidate all the little white kids who come around the neighborhood

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:46 AM

Bowery Presents is not going cannibalize bookings at their own venue (T5). They are just trying to replace Webster Hall capacity bookings. Still, 2,000 people capacity is huge.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 10:52 AM

This will be a great place for molly od's

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:02 AM

What exactly is "classic" about this venue?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:03 AM

^ the building is classic

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:10 AM


Finally - a comfortable place for us to see Matt & Kim and Chromeo shows without traveling too far.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:10 AM

That hood is knee deep in hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:14 AM

Hopefully they'll design it so you can actually see the stage

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:17 AM

Please don't use Terminal 5 as a model for this new venue. It is the worst...

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:27 AM

"As much of a pain in the ass to get to as T5"

Still far easier than Brooklyn for the majority of people.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:45 AM

LCD Soundsystem announced for first show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 11:47 AM

Please forward the memo to Bowery Presents that "Brooklyn" was over about 4 years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 12:11 PM

Community boards can eat a bag of dicks.

Posted by Doc | May 16, 2014 12:13 PM

Bushwick Classic

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 12:18 PM

just walked pass it. It's directly across the street from Cooper Park Houses.Drunk hipsters and the pj's. It's gonna be interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 12:54 PM

gentrifiers complaining about people moving in on their turf

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 1:15 PM

captured tracks 6 year anni show!

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 2:21 PM

As much of a pain in the ass to get to as T5


Dude, it's a 7 minute walk to the L train. I live right there. You're fucking lazy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 2:22 PM

How many bands can sell 2000 tickets every night for a show in Bushwick?

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 3:00 PM

"The board's votes are strictly advisory, so even if it disapproves of the booze permit, it is still up to the state liquor authority to make the final approval." - Technically that is correct but in reality the boards are calling the shots.

Posted by ME | May 16, 2014 4:11 PM

^lol. $$$ and politics are calling the shots. The boards are basically powerless, self important,NIMBYS.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 4:22 PM

"just walked pass it. It's directly across the street from Cooper Park Houses.Drunk hipsters and the pj's. It's gonna be interesting."

I second this one. Someone's been on a walkabout and doesn't consider the reality of the location.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 6:25 PM

^The area is not really 'bad' though. It's just those few blocks of the projects. 90% of the walk from the L will be through the Italian section of Williamsburg, where house are going for seven figures. It is REALLY close to the projects though. They're going to have to have security or something.

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 7:06 PM

^whitey

Posted by Anonymous | May 16, 2014 7:48 PM

Don't park your bike across the street.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 4:41 AM

How many niggas got shot there last year ?

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 8:14 AM

Polar Bear hunters need a new preserve I see.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 10:16 AM

That area is unfortunately ripe for gentrification. About 10 minutes from the L, but still an industrial wasteland, and it hasn't really been built out like the southern part of the North Brooklyn Industrial Zone, that's mainly incorrectly referred to as Bushwick.

Lots of new clubs and venues opening in those warehouses, built next to dirty, functioning manufacturing plants. A weird scene, but the only thing people can afford to build in Manhattan are apartments now.

I hope that area remains industrial and real estate speculators don't force a re-zoning to make it another annoying apartment world. People actually have to work somewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 12:02 PM

Not sure about this. It's easier to justify going into Manhattan, or just going from your job in Manhattan, and walking 10 min from the station to T5 than going out into this area of Brooklyn and walking 10 min unless you live on the L line already. If you live on any of the other lines in Brooklyn, getting to this venue will be more of a hassle than T5.

That said, doubt they had any better options. Finding a space that large in Manhattan would be tough and more expensive and anywhere else in Brooklyn would just inconvenience more of the people likely to go the shows.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 4:29 PM

This place will lose to Best Buy Theater which holds 2000 people.

Let's see...play a state of the art venue in the heart of Times Square (Best Buy Theater) or play a dumpy, cruddy old factory space in Bushwick (Brooklyn Classic.) I'll choose Best Buy Theater, thanks, and any band with a brains in their heads would, too.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 8:39 PM

LOL @ thinking Graham Ave is dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 10:10 PM

it's 2014 and people are calling the graham ave stretch a bad area? aside from it being unreasonably expensive to live there, i'm not following.

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 11:09 PM

can't wait to arrive early for dum dum girls, buy some merch, sing my heart out, and post about it on social media!

Posted by Anonymous | May 17, 2014 11:12 PM

That area's not dangerous, but it is still pretty desolate. It's different than the stretch immediately off the L at Graham. It's not Bushwick. Bushwick's officially south of Flushing, and a lot of that industrial area's been mislabeled Bushwick in recent years, but this isn't even close.

It looks like the L line is more and more becoming the home of most venues, which will drive up apartment prices even more. It's annoying that so much stuff is becoming centralized to a stretch of North Brooklyn. Manhattan will soon be nothing but white offices and high income apartments.

Posted by Anonymous | May 18, 2014 11:49 AM

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