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Williamsburg Music Club Owners Pushed Out by Vice Returning With New Venue

By Gwynne Hogan | June 30, 2016 4:59pm
 The venue will open this fall in the East Williamsburg industrial park.
The venue will open this fall in the East Williamsburg industrial park.
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — The team behind the venue that got muscled out of the neighborhood to make way for Vice Media is now planning to reopen a new space in a converted warehouse near the Jefferson Street L train stop, they announced Wednesday.

Glasslands, which helped spark the transformation of Williamsburg's waterfront industrial area into the nightlife playground it is today, will open Elsewhere at 599 Johnson Ave. this fall.

"Elsewhere inherits an ethos of creative risk-taking, progressive music programming, respect for all people & art, and a desire to support and grow the community that makes it possible," the venue's new website reads.

They'll boast more than 24,000 square feet of space with multiple performance spaces, an open rooftop an art gallery and a bar, according to a release.

Founded in 2006, Glasslands helped jump start the musical careers of the likes of MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, Deerhunter and comedians like Trevor Noah and Hannibal Buress.

Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal, two New York University students at the time, founded PopGun Presents in 2008, and regularly booked shows at Glasslands. They later took over operations. The pair along Dhruv Chopra, who joined them in 2014, are now backing Elsewhere.

Glasslands announced on Instagram Wednesday they'd be reopening in East Williamsburg to the unbridled joy of many devoted fans.

"So PUMPED!" instagram user @julianapintoo wrote. "I've been sad since #lastlands and my boyfriend wears his @glasslands shirt religiously."

Elsewhere's new location adds to a growing list of venues, event spaces and galleries that have been moving into the East Williamsburg industrial park