Friday was Beat Nite in Bushwick, meaning neighborhood galleries stayed open late, hosting parties and performances, the small spaces often overflowing with PBR-sipping revelers. All was fine at 8:30 when I stopped in at Arch Collective, a storefront space on Troutman just off Wyckoff, but around 9pm two NYPD officers arrived and issued about a dozen summonses to the visitors drinking inside the gallery.
A gallery visitor tells Gothamist that the pair of officers issued summonses for open containers of beer and wine inside the commercial space, not unlike a similar incident there last year. Arch Collective visitor Brandon Fonville took the photo below and told Gothamist:
I don’t think harassing art patrons inside a legal commercial space during an organized neighborhood-wide event is appropriate, but it’s becoming the norm in the precinct.