This morning mayor Mike Bloomberg, Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz, and a host of local politicians and representatives of the Brooklyn arts community broke ground—which, in this case, meant smashing open the door—at the the historic Strand Theatre, future site of the new BRIC Arts Media House and Urban Glass building at the corner of Rockland Place and Fulton Street in
Fort Greene Downtown Brooklyn the BAM Cultural District. Speaking at a ceremony right around the corner at the Mark Morris Dance Center on Lafayette Avenue, Markowitz said to members of BRIC Arts and Urban Glass: “You are the bricks that are building the Brooklyn of tomorrow; our glass runneth over.”
Construction on the building—which has housed some BRIC and Urban Glass facilities behind its imposing brick facade for over two decades—is already underway, and the new space is due to open in 2013. In addition to an inviting glass ground floor, the Thomas Leeser-designed BRIC House will feature a 3,000 square foot gallery, 250-seat theater, public access television studio, glass blowing studio, cafe and artist residency spaces.
Nestled between BAM’s Harvey Lichtenstein Theater and the forthcoming Theater for a New Audience theater, and around the corner from the Mark Morris Dance Center, BAM’s main Howard Gilman Opera House and underway Fischer building, it will be among the most stately spaces in the long-time-in-the-making BAM Cultural District.