It saddens me that places like this are not able to stay in the neighborhood. I was at Glasslands the other night to see Waxahatchee (who was as excellent as hoped for…that voice!) and also to simply see live music in one of my favorite venues for the last time. Glasslands will be gone as of 2015. Over the past few years I got there a good handful of times to hear many great bands. It was the kind of place where a bigger act on the rise would come through (like the awesome EMA show in summer 2011, a major highlight for me) but where I got to see my friends in local acts play, too. It hit that sweet spot nicely. And it looked cool, just had a certain charm. The music and arts community are a little worse off without Glasslands and, though I haven’t been, Brooklyn Rod and Gun too.
The big picture is bleak. Death By Audio, Glasslands’ around-the-corner neighbor, is already gone. Spike Hill is going soon. What next? Williamsburg still has venues, but this isn’t a great trend. I’m sure Greenpoint spots like St. Vitus and Matchless won’t be immune, either. These are part of broader situation of urban development that isn’t something a regular person can easily reverse. But I hope we can still make sure to enjoy the spaces we have and find other outlets for community and socializing and the arts. Get out there as often as you can, because you never know when a place might have to shut its doors. The physicals spaces might disappear, but what you experience in them can’t ever be taken. Maybe not a huge comfort, but it’s something.
If anyone has any fond memories of these venues they’d like to share, wants to vent about the changes, has any interesting ideas to offer, or whatever else, leave a comment.