Hipster haven the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is being given the boot from its north Brooklyn warehouse home to make way for a BMW dealership. Co-founder and co-owner Belvy Klein told Gothamist that the eviction: "hit us like a nuclear bomb...The building owner did offer us to match, but it was basically close to 8 to 10 times what we are currently paying." Klein expressed the woe many New Yorkers have felt lately:
You do have to wonder how it's even possible anymore to operate a venue that doesn't have massive financial backing. Coming from a punk rock/DIY background personally, to see venue after venue basically fall victim to the same developer/price-you-out scenario is really depressing.
Fortunately, the Bazaar won't disappear entirely. While the team looks for a new home, they will also operate the Riis Park Beach Bazaar this summer, starting next week. The team will organize everything from beach chair rentals to shuttle service, concerts, nail and tattoo artists, tarot readers, and food vendors include Fletcher's BBQ and Ample Hills.