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new Bushwick venue Elsewhere opening, from Glasslands owners PopGun

Elsewhere 599 Johnson
rendering of 599 Johnson (via Thorofare Capital)

We knew a new venue was being planned for 599 Johnson Ave in Bushwick, and now details on that venue are here. PopGun Presents, who were behind the now-closed Glasslands and book shows across several NYC venues, are opening a new venue in the space this fall. It’s called Elsewhere, and it’s a 24,000 square foot venue and arts space. It’s set to have “multiple performance spaces, high-end audio/visual capabilities, an open rooftop, art gallery and loft bar,” and it’s located just off the Jefferson L stop. Here’s more details on the space:

Elsewhere will be comprised of five main spaces. The largest, a 5,000 square-foot performance hall, will offer live and dance music, and serve as a space for multi-disciplinary events. A smaller, 1,200 square-foot performance space, will showcase emerging artists. The 5,000 square-foot rooftop will offer a full bar, and will host parties, film nights, open-air art installations and more. Inside, the Loft Bar will open during the afternoons and continue past the evening’s events, functioning as a hub for the community to engage with the space beyond performances, and offering a small food menu along with full bar and coffee. Lastly, the Skybridge Gallery, a small art gallery floating above the outdoor courtyard, will be dedicated to exhibiting work, and will be open in tandem with the Loft Bar.

From a design perspective, the Elsewhere team sought to preserve the natural aesthetic of the warehouse, repurposing many original materials and leaving large portions of the space raw to be used as a blank canvas for mural and installation. Instead, the build-out invested heavily in creative infrastructure, including installing a state-of-the-art, four-point L-Acoustics sound system, whose audio can be ported to various rooms throughout the venue. The space will be versatile, with great care going into ensuring the sound and lighting functions well for both live music and dance settings. In addition, a widely distributed trussing system will make possible a broad range of events and multi-disciplinary productions.

PopGun booker Rami Haykal says:

“I was actually living in Bushwick in the early days of booking Glasslands, and a big challenge was trying to convince national and international touring bands to come play Williamsburg for their U.S. debut shows instead of the Lower East Side. Those venues were better facilities, but Brooklyn had energy. Bushwick reminds of that time, there’s a chance to give our artists and audiences a home again, more than just open another venue.

A lot of Brooklyn venues have been closing lately, but Elsewhere (not to mention Alphaville and the new Market Hotel and Aviv and Sunnyvale…) is proof that plenty of new ones are opening too.

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