Williamsburg Gallery Exodus Continues, One Space Relocates to Greenpoint

09/15/2011 2:49 PM |

Not An Alternative throws a farewell party for its Havemeyer Street space (pictured) on Saturday.
  • Not An Alternative throws a farewell party for its Havemeyer Street space (pictured) on Saturday.

It’s been a rough summer for art spaces in Williamsburg, with Cinders Gallery kicked out of their Marcy Avenue space, Momenta Art moving from Bedford Avenue to Bushwick, Monster Island vacated and Not An Alternative sent packing by a 240 percent rent increase. After art scene chronicler James Kalm declared in this month’s Brooklyn Rail that “Williamsburg is over,” the Brooklyn Paper follows suit announcing that “Williamsburg is no longer an arts community.” But Williamsburg’s loss is Bushwick and Greenpoint’s gain: Not An Alternative has found a new space to the north.

As the Paper notes, Not An Alternative co-founder Beka Economoplis “is moving her space to a third-floor warehouse building off West Street.” There are no more details as to the exact location of the new art space—perhaps they’ll be revealed during the space’s farewell party to its Havemeyer Street location on Saturday night—though there’s certainly tons of space in the West Street Greenpoint Terminal Market building that already houses the Fowler Arts Collective.

Another exiled Williamsburg gallery likely to end up in Greenpoint is Cinders, whose co-founder Kelie Bowman told us a while back: “We are definitely looking in Williamsburg and Greenpoint and don’t plan to move to Bushwick.”