An industrial jewel on the East River Given new life
Just into Greenpoint, barely out of Williamsburg, formerly the much-loved House of Vans skatepark, ArtsDistrict Brooklyn gives New York City a new breed of arts hub: a tech-forward 3-in-1 venue purpose-built for the world’s most innovative immersive creators. With a state-of-the-art 360-degree projection package in our Main Space, ArtsDistrict Brooklyn is also dream venue for festivals and private events that bridge art, technology, music, film and audio design.
The Gallery Bar and open-air Courtyard round out AD Brooklyn’s 25,000 sq ft, giving patrons and ticket-holders cool spaces to unwind, have a drink, and discuss all that exists under the stars.
Custom built for our Limitless AI immersive, the Main Space is a flexible 11,000 sq ft theatre, featuring a state-of-the-art projector and sound packages. Perfect for tech-forward events and visually-driven brand experiences. Work with our team to realize a next-level experience for your audience.
Host a cocktail hour. Or a book launch. Or an intimate concert. The Gallery Bar is a flexible 1200 sq ft of high ceiling’d, industrial vibes. Combine with the Courtyard for a quintessentially Brooklyn experience, a dynamic mix of indoor and outdoor. Full bar.
AD Brooklyn’s open-air Courtyard is a 7000 sq ft gem with views of the East River. Full bar. Guests can enjoy Darkfield: Flight and Darkfield: Séance – two immersive container experiences that showcase master-crafted audio design + intensely freaky narratives.
WHO WE ARE
AND HOW WE THINK
ArtsDistrict Brooklyn founders David Galpern and Charles Roy are excited to be bringing a long imagined vision to life: a new breed of arts hub that gives the world’s top creators tech-driven spaces that unlock profoundly immersive experiences. The innovative duo believe entertainment is at an inflection point: 20+ years of producing immersive shows, Broadway-scale musicals and live performance centres has convinced them that the way we present ideas and stories deserves a richer approach – one that celebrates being more present, more together, vividly moved by cultural ideas presented in 360 degrees, with room to move and stretch and discuss.
Putting this vision in motion includes crafting a work culture that encourages a lightness of being but also a seriousness, that is: a kind of fierce protection of the circumstances that foster great discussion. Art is a powerful thing – it stirs emotions, transports us, challenges strongly held ideas. So it is that an “arts district” should protect and champion respect, artistic integrity and cultural exchange. Let’s be our best selves.
The ArtsDistrict Brooklyn venue team is a diverse, multi-age group of professionals, passionate about championing friendly, customer-first experiences. We’d love to hear what you think. Follow us on social + join the conversation.
25 Franklin Street ––– Brooklyn, NY
- G – Nassau Ave (Manhattan Ave.- Norman Ave)
- L – Bedford Ave (Bedford Ave – N. 7th St)
- East River Ferry to North Williamsburg. (The Greenpoint Ferry terminal is closed but scheduled to reopen in September 2022.)
- B32 runs from Long Island City (connection to the E, M, R and 7 trains); runs from broadway and Wythe in South Williamsburg)
- B62 runs from Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and Brooklyn Navy Yard (connection to the F train in DUMBO)
- Via the Brooklyn Queens Expressway E: take exit 33 for McGuinness Blvd; Keep left at the fork, follow signs for McGuinness Blvd North/Meeker Ave; Turn left onto Humboldt St/McGuinness Blvd; Turn left onto Meserole Ave; Meserole Ave ends at Franklin St, Arts District is directly across the street.
- Via the Brooklyn Queens Expressway W: take exit 34 for Meeker Ave toward Morgan Ave; Keep left and merge onto Meeker Ave; Turn left onto Humboldt St/McGuinness Blvd; Turn left onto Meserole Ave; Meserole Ave ends at Franklin St, Arts District is directly across the street.
- City Parking, 25 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
- Sherman Parking Garage, 123 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
- Metered Parking available along Franklin St and Kent Ave
Please have your car drop you off at the corner of Quay and Franklin Streets, which just north of the entrance to ArtsDistrict. Our address is 25 Franklin Street but due to a bike lane, cars cannot stop in front of the building so the safest drop off point is turning off Franklin onto Quay and walking half a block from there.