The Real Deal New York

Brooklyn catching Manhattan rhythm

By Roland Li | September 09, 2008 07:01PM

Brooklyn rockers — especially those in Gowanus — are hoping
to feel a little more of the Manhattan

At the beginning of the year, the Knitting Factory is slated
to move from its Tribeca location at 74
Leonard Street
to 361 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, a space formerly
occupied by the Luna Lounge.

Priced out of Williamsburg, Galapagos
Arts Space recently moved from 70
North Sixth Street
in Williamsburg to 16 Main Street in Dumbo.

Some say that Gowanus is a likely target for movement if
gentrification moves south further into Brooklyn
because commercial rents are still relatively manageable.

Venues coming to Gowanus include music hall the Bell House,
affiliated with Park Slope’s Union Hall, at 149 Seventh Street, to open next week,
and Littlefield, to open in November at 622 Degraw Street.

“Compared to Manhattan,
[Gowanus is] incredibly reasonable,” says Scott Koshnoodi, one of the
owners of Littlefield, although rents are creeping up. He said that he hopes to
create a community for residents of Park Slope and Carroll
Gardens, who tend to flock to Manhattan for
entertainment.  In addition to showcasing
live music, Koshnoodi plans to display artwork and screen independent films on

Meanwhile, outdoor location the Yard, run by MeanRed
Productions, will close in early October for the season, although it is
expected to return next summer.

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