Former Brooklyn Club Studio B Is Now $11 Million Condo

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Long before Brooklyn’s gentrification residential renaissance began Studio B on Banker Street in the predominately Polish section of Greenpoint was the go-to spot for those seeking an alternative to Manhattan’s then played-out club scene. But the venue, which opened in 2006, did a lot of really stupid things that eventually helped bring about its eventual demise, like not playing nicely with the local community board and opening a controversial rooftop apparently without taking care of all of the legal paperwork.

After being shuttered by the Department of Buildings and getting a new owner, the club, which featured top talent including LCD Soundsystem, Crystal Castles (see video below), Klaxons and countless others, shuttered for good in July 2009. Artist Matthew Day Jackson quietly took over the two-story building, paying $2 million, gutting it and converting the 15,000 square foot residential space.

MDJ did an amazing job transforming the space (see photos below) and has now put the space on the market for a cool $11 million.

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The space’s transformation is amazing — it now includes a yoga studio, an elevator, indoor parking and a retractable roof, along with a separate guest suite and a view of Manhattan. Plus, the ground floor studio encompasses four work spaces including a great central room with 24 foot ceilings and rear wall of glass leading to a 3,000 square foot courtyard.

The language of the listing speaks to the exclusivity now ensconced in the real estate market of New York City’s best borough: “This is a very special property. Showings by private appointment.”

Last Dance for Studio B

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After a tough 2008, the beleaguered Brooklyn nightspot Studio B is set to close its doors after their scheduled New Year’s festivities. In the summer, the club was forced to shutdown after violating the terms of their fire code and eliciting the ire of their neighbors after opening an outside patio space; but they’ve bounced back since, hosting some of the afterhours events for Minitek back in September and resuming full operations over the fall.

Unfortunately, the good times weren’t destined to last. John Davis of JD Productions, the organization that handles Studio B’s events, has chalked the venues failure up to its inability to maintain relations with promoters and properly develop their nights. In the end, it’s just another reminder of just how harsh an environment New York City can be for clubs and promoters alike, with Studio B becoming just another casualty on a quickly growing list of former hotspots that have failed to live up to expectations.

In the meantime, Studio B will still be open and operational through the end of 2008. Their New Year’s Eve blow-out will go down as planned, as well as Blk⎪Market Membership’s New Year’s Day afterhours featuring Echospace. So, if you were one of the many who held a special place in their heart for Studio B, make your way out to pay your final respects.

Words: Carl Ritger