A GALLERY OF NIGHTTIME EXPERIENCES INCLUDING A MUSIC/DANCE VENUE, ROOFTOP BAR, GALLERY, AND LOFT BAR OPENS AT A SINGLE BUSHWICK SITE
BY EVAN MONROE
A series of $2.75 subway fares or a sequence of Uber rides might bring you from dance hall to rooftop bar, to lounge, and finally to a private event space and art gallery, but wouldn’t it be efficient, and a blast, if we gathered all that bohemian wonder in one place? That was the question asked and answered by business partners Jake Rosenthal and Rami Haykal in conceiving their Bushwick party playground, Elsewhere, housed in a 24,000 square foot converted warehouse. The team behind the former Williamsburg space Glasslands Gallery envisioned a range of experiences for their new project including multiple performance venues, a large rooftop bar, a gallery, a loft café, and an outdoor courtyard fueled by what Rosenthal explained is “respect for all people and art, and a desire to support and grow the community that makes it possible.”
And these partners know how to throw a fiesta. Also founder of music promoter and event coordinator Pop Gun Presents which was on the leading edge of promoting bands like MGMT, Yea-sayer, and Lana Del Ray they had experience navigating the byzantine pathways of bar and cabaret zoning/licensing in the city, and opened Elsewhere on Halloween of last year. It’s developed a steady following since, helped by a one of a kindness and a growing realization that this is one of the best places to summertime party in the borough, thanks in part to a newly finished and expansive rooftop, which features no cover parties fueled by local DJs during the week, a sunset happy hour at 5 p.m. every day, live music and parties on the weekend, food pop ups, film nights, and other events. Elsewhere is now the borough’s largest independent performance venue, one built, according to its online mission statement, “to celebrate creativity and instigate multi disciplinary experimentation.”
A noble goal, but we’ll start with a Mai Tai, please.
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