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On Tuesday, Brooklyn said goodbye to OG DIY art space and music venue Secret Project Robot—for now. The final show of the weeklong “Doomsday Celebration: One Long Goodbye Until We Meet Again” featured Blob Dylan, King Pussy Face, and Call of the Wild, plus about 100 longtime friends and supporters there to see the space one last time before its doors closed forever. “But I don’t want this to be the same story all the...
DIY venues in Brooklyn were at one point a dime a dozen, popping up all over youth-heavy areas like Williamsburg and more recently Bushwick, giving the many NYC-based scenes a safe-haven to create and share their artwork and perform their music. But while rising rent prices have been forcing these venues to shut down or relocate elsewhere (obligatory R.I.P. 285 Kent), one multi-faceted space has been cultivating buzz in the Ridgewood, Queens area. Trans-Pecos, run by...
No. 6 285 Closes, DIY Grows Up What’s Next for the DIY Scene? Going Legit. The eulogies that ran everywhere from the Times to The New Yorker for beloved underground venue 285 Kent as it shut its doors in January settled on a happy conclusion. It won’t be the last space to mean something to the local do-it-yourself culture—Brooklyn is far too crowded with smart, hungry kids with something to get off their chests for DIY to...

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