Big Expansion in the Works for Red Hook Gallery Kidd Yellin?

04/25/2011 10:33 AM |

Future Red Hook art center?

  • Future Red Hook art center?

The Brooklyn gallery scene grows (and retracts) in spurts, and with this weekend’s reopening of Cinders Gallery in a bigger space and news that Red Hook gallery and studio complex Kidd Yellin has bought a very large building down the block, seems safe to say that we’re in one of those periods of expansion.

On Friday real estate blog Realty Collective reported that Kidd Yellin co-owner Dustin Yellin is buying the large warehouse building at the intersection of Pioneer and Imlay Streets that’s been on the market for a while, about a block away from the art gallery and studio space’s existing location at 133 Imlay.

You can’t tell from the photo of the beautiful, boarded-up old brick warehouse above—which the current owners use as a storage facility—but the building goes way, way back, for a total area of 27,000 square feet and another 20,000 of parking. That’s a lot of studios—especially since the gallery recently partnered with Soho’s Recess Activities to launch a new residency program—and potentially an incredible indoor-outdoor exhibition space.

A contemporary art museum in Red Hook? Neighbor Urs Fischer would surely manage to fill all that space.