The North Brooklyn venue will be gone by the end of this month.
The past year has seen the majority of Brooklyn’s dearest venues shut down due to sky-rocketing rent and incoming businesses. Now, after two memorable years the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a weekend space featuring food, shops, and free concerts, will join them in the venue afterlife.
The reason? As the owners put it, “the building owner has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match.” It’s not a surprise considering that Death By Audio, Glasslands, and the legendary 285 Kent have already been lost due to the same issue. According to Brooklyn Vegan, the space will be taken over by the car company BMW. On the optimistic side the event may live on in a new space according to a statement from the venue. Read that below.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar’s final weekend will by May 22 and 23. Though it will be gone the company’s other event, Riis Park Beach Bazaar, will still be held in Rockaway.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be vacating its home of almost 2 years as of June 1. The building owner of 29 Norman Avenue has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match. While we are excited to be starting our inaugural summer Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Memorial Day weekend, we are saddened and extremely disappointed to lose a space we built from the ground up and poured our heart and soul into over the years. In the end, the ever skyrocketing cost of Brooklyn real estate was something that made staying at this location an impossibility.
A big shout out and thanks to all the incredible bands, rad vendors, killer food stands, creative artists, great staff, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that made BKNB a truly unique and special place. We’ll miss you all.
We are continuing to look at new spaces for the next incarnation of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is the third time since 2011 we’ve been booted out of somewhere for someone bigger with a shit ton more money. It sucks, but that’s what happens when you’re a DIY business in 2015 NYC. But we’ll come back, we always do.
The last BKNB shows will be May 22 and May 23.