- Silent Barn
603 Bushwick Ave., nr. Jefferson St., Bushwick; silentbarn.org
It was a sad day in July 2011 when the city ordered the inhabitants of Silent Barn to vacate their Wyckoff Avenue digs. Two years and a $40,000 Kickstarter campaign later and the Barn, known for its wild-and-sweaty all-ages concerts and dance parties, has found a new home in Bushwick—one that’s legally zoned as both a residence and community space. Past the unmarked door and “Canned Ham” trailer, a mini-B&B for visiting bands, lies the main house, where young musicians set up shop nearly every night of the week. There are plans to open a recording studio and salvaged-materials emporium within the compound, and upstairs apartments house die-hard Silent Barners—people who no doubt thrive on less than eight hours of sleep.
Best DIY Art Space
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).