Shea Stadium BK

20 Meadow St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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Up some warehouse stairs in what was once just an East Williamsburg industrial park perches Shea Stadium, another in the lineage of great New York City DIY spaces (this one named for the erstwhile Mets field). It’s the home of NYC punks the So So Glows, who founded the space--and also happen to live there. The Shea crew prides itself on inclusivity and there's often a homey vibe. From the old-fashioned fridge stuffed with Yuengling to the threadbare furniture thrown about, seeing a show at Shea sort of feels like watching pop punk or experimental rock bands in your great uncle’s den. But don’t mess with the family. Sure, the Shea crew is tolerant, but not at the cost of losing face. Shea Stadium has thrown some legendary events, namely an ad hoc Occupy Wall Street benefit where the So So Glos, Titus Andronicus and Ted Leo blew the roof off in the name of the 99 percent. But what's more is that the soundsmiths at Shea Stadium--which also functions as a recording studio--have archived at least part of every set for the past few years, available to listen through their site. --Dale Eisinger

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