Brooklyn, a Place to Impress Strangers

Notes on the evolution of the BK DIY scene, now available in Manhattan

What it is: A house so far east in Brooklyn that it's actually in Queens. Shows are held upstairs in the main room and also in the basement, down a skinny one-person-at-a-time staircase, which is terrifying if your mind tends toward disaster scenarios.

Booking shows since: March 2007, in its current incarnation. "Before that, there were some occasional shows since early 2006," says one resident.

Who actually lives there: Four full-time residents, and eight to 10 members of the extended Barn crew that use the space regularly

Andy Smith tools around the future Bodega.
Ed Zipco
Andy Smith tools around the future Bodega.

Memorable Shows: One resident lists performances by No Age, Fire on Fire, and Lucky Dragons as his favorites, as well as the Deer Tick/Castanets double bill.

Upcoming: Abe Vigoda and Vivian Girls on May 2; a "super-secret awesome show" on May 30.

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