New York | Bushwick
$90 per hour
This is a 2500 square foot gymnasium available for film shoots, photo shoots, arts rehearsals, and meetings.
The room measures 50 feet long, 50 feet wide, and 13.5 feet high.
The gymnasium, located beneath a church, was abandoned and ignored since the 1970s. From October 2018 through April 2019, the space was renovated and is now available for your use. Thus, the look of the space is raw and industrial, including a retro paint job, a wall of brick, old basketball hoops, and a tiled tin ceiling. The floor is the original concrete, currently not finished, with small pocks and unevenness throughout.
A video tour of the venue is available here: https://youtu.be/-e4rTNrMufc
The space lets in very little daylight. One upper window in the gym is usually open, although it can be blocked for total darkness. This allows photo and video work to have total control over the lighting.
There is a fan in the gym window allowing air circulation.
The Dr. Heater DR-910M 10000-Watt space heater is in the gym to keep you cozy all winter long.
There are six electricity outlets in the gym, some with one socket, and some with as many as four sockets. One of these six outlets is a 220 volt outlet while the other five outlets support 110 volts.
The space is equipped with a powerful WIFI network.
Phone reception in the space is often weak, depending on your carrier.
We offer a tall free-standing ladder, roughly 12 feet in height, to all renters. Photographers and videographers can use our ladder to capture overhead shots.
All renters are able to use our collapsable movie screen and projector to stage their own film viewings. Our movie screen is approximately 22 feet by 12.5 feet. Our projector is a Panasonic VZ-580. Use of this equipment costs an additional fee.
There is usually a small amount of set design in the space because of a performance that regularly takes place there, consisting of a cabinet, a wooden table, two wooden chairs, and a twin bed. This furniture can be moved to another part of the property for a fee, at the renter's request. It can also be moved aside in the gym space and covered in black fabric.
Renters are able to safely store their equipment in the space overnight. Renters are able to be in the space 24 hours, 7 days a week, with the exception of Sundays, 9am to 3:30pm.
Note before renting that there are several times when church services are happening on the opposite side of the property. A food pantry and soup kitchen happens every Wednesday afternoon. Moderate to loud sound bleed happens during the following times: Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, the first Friday of every month from 5pm to midnight, and Sunday from 9am to 3pm.
The venue has a seating capacity of 50. Please notify in advance so that the correct number of chairs can be set in place. If you need more than 10 chairs, the venue will ask a furniture fee. Additional tables are also available for a fee.
We regret that at this time, our space does not offer wheelchair access. We’ve spent the last year restoring this basement from the 1800s, but we are not yet at the point where we can afford to build ramps or elevators. With your rentals, our budget will get there. Thank you for your patience.
Keep in mind our special weekday morning rates. Between 4am and 9am, the space is available for $40 per hour.
This is located on Bushwick Avenue near the Halsey J and Gates J stations, and a 12 minute walk from the Myrtle Wyckoff L / M station.