"Galapagos is many ways is the heart of Williamsburg, the oldest consistently operating bar in the area, it's been around for seven years - it's historic. And now I hear Clear Channel's trying to buy it."
"I hate Clear Channel, first McCarren Park Pool and now this!"
Clear Channel didn't buy it (that we know of), maybe
NorthsixThe Music Hall of Williamsburg did - but likely it's going to be another set of condos (with neighbors complaining about the noise). Either way, the rumors of it moving have been confirmed, as The NY Times reports that the North 6th Street art space will be leaving Williamsburg for a brighter future in Dumbo. They also note this has great symbolic significance, given it was an establishment that pioneered the neighborhood it will now be leaving.
The new digs are inside "a 102-year-old, 10,000-square-foot former horse stable at 16 Main Street," and all will be revealed in the summer of 2008. Two Trees Management owns the building, and 2.5 million square feet of real estate in Dumbo. With such a huge investment in the neighborhood that they basically created, an established cultural destination like Galapagos will help them out, as much as it will the venue - which is doubling its space and halving its rent. How much is the current rent for Galapagos? "The monthly rent for the Galapagos space had increased to $10,000 a month in December 2005, and the landlords were asking for a 30 percent increase next month."
The environment will also benefit, as the Times reports:
After renovation the building would be the first performance space in New York City certified as “green” under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards set by the United States Green Building Council.
The current Galapagos Art Space will be opened through the weekend of June 17, with select events throughout the summer. One wonders what N 6th Street will look like once it moves out for good in 2008.
Photo on right via Christopher W. Havens/Two Trees Management.