In the last few years, skyrocketing rents and neighborhood changes have killed some of Brooklyn’s favorite DIY, or “do-it-yourself,” music venues. This month, they got one more celebratory send-off with an exhibit, “RIP DIY,” which was on display at Brooklyn’s Cloud City. Featuring the work of 20 photographers, it showed these independent venues during their glory days, when the bands were loud, the drinks were cheap (and often available for those under age), and the party seemed like it might never stop. Curator Nicki Ishmael, whose photographs were also included in the exhibit, lived in the Williamsburg venue Dead Herring for more than five years before it closed in January 2013. The shutdown followed a trend in the neighborhood, one that has since continued with the recent closings of Glasslands Gallery and Death by Audio.
“Death by Audio was the hardest for a lot of people because it was a very specific community of people who played there all the time, worked the door, lived there. Since there were shows every single night it was almost like a community center,” Ishmael said.