The term “nightlife” can get a bad rap—at least when it involves velvet ropes, bottle service, and black-out drunkenness. But Kae Burke and Anya Sapozhnikova, artists, performers, and co-founders of House of Yes in Bushwick provide an inestimably relieving and straight-up exciting alternative to all of that.
Sapozhnikova and Burke met at 16 and bonded over an interest in performance art and forming a community around it. Nightlife, they felt—and feel—should be about acceptance of ourselves and others and an openness to new things; in short, a mantra that begins and ends with the word “Yes.” Since they reopened House of Yes on New Year’s Eve last year, that is the kind of space they have provided: immersive, and, quite frankly, thrilling late night parties involving aerial acrobatics, sex-positive vibes, film, dance, food pairings, and drink. Rather than waking up hungover and existential in the morning, you’ll open your lids with a brand new idea of what is possible when community, art, and positive energy collide, late at night.