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New York — By Steve Mirsky on April 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm
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Galapagos Art Space

After more than a decade in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, Galapagos Art Space couldn’t afford the rent in its prime North 6th St. location so it moved to over to DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Underpass).  This new location and lower rent allows them to focus on nurturing budding artists rather than hosting profit generating club-style parties. 

Galapagos Art Space Interior

Right around the corner from St. Ann’s Warehouse, on the corner Water and Main Streets, the 2 story space features a mezzanine, reflecting pool and larger stage.  More art-centric events are planned including theater, dance, performance art, cinema, puppetry, lectures, literary events, and fundraising events for non profits and local cultural groups. 

They also aim to be the city’s first cultural venue to have a LEED certified green roof.   Most importantly, Galapagos is a refuge for artists who simply can’t afford NYC’s sky high cost of living.  Staff believes that expansion of a 421-tax exemption program will link real estate development with culture, incentivizing maintenance and construction of ground level arts venues.  Their philosophy is that wherever creativity is able to flow freely, culture, and consequently investment follows.  All are interdependent and must be nourished cohesively.  Come see for yourself if their concept is working. 

Next Tuesday, don’t miss Bowlapagos, a Wii bowling tournament with pizza and pitchers of beer.  Teams of 5 get to play wii bowling on a big screen on stage in a tournament vying for champion.  $100 includes a large pizza and pitcher of beer or individuals can join for $15 rockin to 80’s tunes by DJ Hacks.  Doors open at 7:00pm

How to Get There: Either walk over the Brooklyn Bridge and walk down Water Street to 16 Main or take the A or C Lines to High Street

photo courtesy of Galapagos Art Space

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