It’s been almost three years since Glasslands joined the ranks of the other defunct DIY venues that formerly populated the Williamsburg waterfront. On New Year's Eve 2014, the venue held a massive celebration closing out its Kent Street location forever. For a while, it seemed like we had heard the last of the progressive, creative and inclusive art/music space. There were hints of a new space last summer but nothing definite. As of yesterday, the team behind Glasslands announced that their new 24,000-square-foot arts space, Elsewhere, will be opening this November in Bushwick.
The new venue will be comprised of five areas, including a 675-capacity performance hall. There will also be a smaller 200-capacity performance space for showcasing emerging artists seven nights a week, keeping up the supportive environment for local acts that Glasslands was well-loved for. Spring 2018 will see the addition of a 500-capacity rooftop with a full bar that is expected to host, among other things, film screenings and open-air art installations. Plans also include a bar/cafe, which will be open during the day, and the Skybridge Gallery that will float above the outdoor courtyard and will be dedicated to exhibiting artwork.
Confirmed acts for the new venue include Parquet Courts, No Age, ADULT., Anamanaguchi, MNDSGN and TOMI, as well as producers and DJs such as Jlin, Octave One, Classixx, lori and Poolside. Fans of the Bunker will also be excited to hear that Elsewhere will be hosting the legendary techno party’s 15th anniversary shindig.
Its new location at 599 Johnson Avenue sits not too far from the expansive Knockdown Center and close to other celebrated new venues such as Jupiter Disco, House of Yes and the Brooklyn Mirage.The area was even the backdrop of a recent Radiohead music video, proving that the DIY and nightlife scene in NYC is, despite our worst fears, far from over—it's just been moved a few stops down the L.
A full updated calendar, tickets, and more information can be found at the venue's website.