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Brooklyn Yard may be gone, but it’s spirit lives on. Much to the disappointment of those living in the Gowanus neighborhood and beyond, the outdoor space met it’s demise shortly after it’s season-opening grand fete last Memorial Day, when landlord David Lefkowitz ended the lease with tenants MeanRed Productions. Details of why Lefkowitz kicked MeanRed to the curb are murky. The Brooklyn Paper reported in June that Lefkotwitz – a real estate investor – refused to negotiate with MeanRed, having already sold the space to a development company that planned to build a 447-unit project.
MeanRed, a production, marketing, and promotions company that bills itself as “so cutting edge we’re used to falling off, and liking it,” had transformed the half-acre lot by the canal into a comfortably ramshackle space for concerts, fairs, and clothing swaps over the past four years. Suddenly, they had a full summer’s worth of events – including a concert by Asobi Seksu, happening Saturday – and nowhere to host them. Luckily for tomorrow’s concert, they had to look no further than across the street.
Asobi Seksu will go on as planned, at 383 President Street – directly across the street from the now-defunct Brooklyn Yard. Which is sort of like your little brother holding his hand in your face, repeating, “I’m not touching you.” The outdoor space – which is slightly smaller and more concrete-laden than Brooklyn Yard, but with a more artist-friendly landlord – was a natural back-up option says Jennifer Lyon, who runs Mean Red with partner Katie Longmyer.