Fresh air

Maybe Williamsburg isn't going completely downhill. The Center for Performance Research, located at 361 Manhattan Avenue and scheduled for completion this fall, is an artist-driven, 4,000-square-foot facility masterminded by Jonah Bokaer/Chez Bushwick, Inc. and John Jasperse/Thin Man Dance, Inc. Of course, this means that Bokaer and Jasperse will always have a place to rehearse. But, in keeping with Chez Bushwick's efforts to offer cheap rehearsal space, the pair hopes to offer subsidized rates ranging from $6 to $12 per hour. There will also be programming—locally and abroad—as well as two studios (one for presentations and rehearsals and another for classes and rehearsals). The intention is to use CPR, as it's been nicknamed, to support "the creative development of emerging choreographers through rehearsal residencies and works-in-progress showings." Artists supporting other artists! Hooray.

The project, which has been nominated for a 2007 MASterAward from the Municipal Arts Society, is located in "Greenbelt," a building created by developer Derek Denckla of Propeller Group and architect Gregory Merryweather; it will become the first LEED-certified green building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in Brooklyn. But clearly, there are two green issues at stake: Along with saving the environment, there is the dismal situation of real estate. At least there will be one new building in the neighborhood that isn't a total embarrassment and, better yet, dedicated to art.