Bowery Presents venue to open on Frost Street

Cavernous concert hall headed for Williamsburg

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The concert company that runs Brooklyn venues the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade NYC is planning a venue that can accommodate 2,000 in an industrial part of Williamsburg.

The party facilitators plan to build the cavernous club in a sprawling former steel factory on Frost Street between Debevoise and Morgan avenues. The concert hall is going to draw big-ticket acts, an executive predicted.

“We have venues for musicians at every stage of their careers,” said James Glancy, owner of Bowery Presents. “This will be our venue for shows that are moving on to larger audiences.”

The venue will have a similar layout as the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with a large open theater ringed by a balcony and smaller bars, as well as an enclosed outdoor courtyard for smokers.

The company can build the venue without special permission according to the area’s current zoning regulations. Bowery Presents honchos appeared before the neighborhood’s Community Board 1 on Tuesday night to get its blessing for a liquor license.

The blocks surrounding the venue are a mix of warehouses and housing. Some neighbors at the meeting of the panel said they are concerned that the venue will inundate their streets with cars and drunken music lovers.

“It is hard enough to park around here as it is,” said Jonathan Ellis. “Another 2,000 people here is a lot.”

The board’s votes are strictly advisory, so even if it disapproves of the booze permit, it is still up to the state liquor authority to make the final approval.

The owners expect to open the venue later this year.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
The Community Board meeting was funny if you go because you think they are (mostly) clowns and like to see them get metaphorical pies thrown in their faces.

"This is a residential area! It's highly residential! What was this building before it was a music venue?"

"A steel factory."

Later, they went on about how highly residential Greenpoint Ave is.
May 15, 2014, 8:54 am
Vinny Polack from Greenpoint says:
That location is not in Williamsburg. It's in the Italian part of Greenpoint near where the two huge Keyspan gas tanks used to be.
May 16, 2014, 8:59 pm

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