Knitting Factory Brooklyn is located on 361 Metropolitan Avenue, at the corner of Metropolitan & Havemeyer Street in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg. It lays to the southeast of Music Hall of Williamsburg, to the south of Brooklyn Bowl and the late Spike Hill, and to the west of Union Pool, other Williamsburg venues. The original Knitting Factory was a Manhattan venue that moved a couple of times, before closing on July 25th, 2009. However, a new Knitting Factory was opened up in Brooklyn, in the space that previously was the Luna Lounge (which itself had moved from Manhattan, but did not last), on September 9th, 2009, with Les Savy Fav. The Knitting Factory organization runs other venues, including Knitting Factory Los Angeles club, and larger Knitting Factories in Boise, Reno and Spokane, and has started booking at Brooklyn’s Warsaw.
Knitting Factory Brooklyn is divided into roughly three parts (not counting stage & backstage): a front bar area, the back stage floor, and a corridor to the left that connects the two and to the street, as well as having the box office in the front. The front bar area is divided from the stage floor by a wall with windows, allowing some viewing of the concert from there for free. There is another bar to the left of the stage floor.
The Manhattan Knitting Factory was a beloved & fabled institution, having been in operation since 1987 – more venerable than the Luna Lounge, though less so than CBGB’s. And the newest Knitting Factory does seem to be better operated than the short-lived ‘new’ Luna Lounge, especially in terms of booking acts, batting somewhere between Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom/Music Hall of Williamsburg. It has also hosted weekly events in the front room, such as Sunday comedy from stand-up Hannibal Buress, to Tuesday viewings of Lost hosted by the band Previously on Lost. It’s slightly more distant than some other Williamsburg venues – or perhaps just in a different direction, not bunched together like those to the northwest on North 6th Street. While not the downtown, three-stage affair that the old Factory was, the new Knitting looks set to keep the tradition going pretty well.
361 Metropolitan Avenue, at the corner of Metropolitan & Havemeyer Street
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