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The artists are coming — to Boerum Hill?

The tip of Bergen Street in the already-gentrified neighborhood is fast becoming an unlikely artists’ haven now that two cultural institutions have joined a longstanding one on the block.

Beam Center and Recession Art, Bergen Street’s newest art-world residents, have made their new home next door to Invisible Dog, a three-story multipurpose arts center in a 19th-century factory that houses a gallery and 35 artist studios.

The move of the two arts groups to the block will transform that stretch of Bergen Street into yet another creative hub within a borough that already boasts many, including DUMBO, Williamsburg, the BAM Cultural District, and, more recently, Bushwick, say art buffs.

But unlike those neighborhoods, which artists helped gentrify when they were low-rent outposts in the city, Boerum Hill already is home to the rent-raising families that sometimes force the artists out — providing a unique opportunity for the two groups to interact, says organizers.

“In many ways the space is ideal for us. It has access to subways and kids who live in the neighborhood and go to school there,” said Brian Cohen, the creator of Beam Center. “We are easily reachable for families and kids.”

The move will give Beam Center, made up of a team of engineers and artists who offer multiple four-week-long, after-school workshops for children, more of a chance for people to discover the services they offer, said Cohen.

Emma and Ani Katz, the sisters behind Recession Art, said that when they found out that the Bergen Street space was available they knew it was the perfect opportunity to ditch their former space on the Lower East Side and move to the neighborhood they have familiarized themselves with during the past three years from hosting pop-up art shows at Invisible Dog twice a year.

“We found that the neighborhood of Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill is really kind of ideal for us, and now being around these other cultural institutions will also bring us a lot of good traffic,” said Emma, who will continue to host the semiannual exhibitions at Invisible Dog.

“It’s a really good demographic for us,” she said, adding that Recession Art will sell a variety of paintings, photographs, sculptures, objects, and silk screen prints for less than $100, and feature the work of emerging artists in the new space.

“It’s going to be great for the block and all three organizati­ons,” she said. “It is a dream come true for us to have a permanent home on Bergen Street.”

Beam Center is now open at [47 Bergen St. between Court and Smith streets in Boerum Hill, (347) 470–6747, www.beamcenter.org]. Recession Art will have its grand opening on March 9 at [47 Bergen St. between Court and Smith streets in Boerum Hill, recession.art@gmail.com, www.recessionartshows.com].

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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Reasonable discourse

Nou from Brooklyn Heights says:
We are so happy to have these two close by !!
Jan. 24, 2013, 9:31 am
diehipster from no hipster zone says:
As Arty the Seal would say: ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART ART.

Holy sh*t! How much art can be spewed around a borough at once???
Jan. 24, 2013, 9:38 am
Transplant from Here to stay says:
Today I saw DieHipster, a bitter never-has-been who lives with his grandmother in a rent controlled apartment in Marine Park. He trolls the comment section of a third tier newspaper in a weak attempt for attention. So I had his grandmother's apartment condemned and converted into a section of the new bike lane that connects Bushwick to the Rockaways. I think he had to move to New Jersey, but nobody cared either way. End of story.
Jan. 24, 2013, 10:12 am
diehipster from Hipster transplant crusher land says:
Today, I DIDNT see Transplant from here to stay in the comments section of a third tier paper that he DOESNT check on all day long to battle me because he was too busy being a smug yup elsewhere. The power of diehipster DOESN'T compel him one bit. End of story.
Jan. 24, 2013, 10:34 am
? from ? says:
diehipster=swampyankee
Jan. 24, 2013, 2:02 pm
? from ? says:
diehipster = swampyankee
Jan. 24, 2013, 2:02 pm
JAZ from hunting redbeards says:
"The move of the two arts groups to the block will transform that stretch of Bergen Street into yet another creative hub within a borough that already boasts many, including DUMBO, Williamsburg, the BAM Cultural District, and, more recently, Bushwick, say art buffs."

- They are so creative, quirky, and original; thank god they've come to Bk to fill that massive void!!! I think I'll work on my haiku about fish tacos now - LIKE YAH!!
Jan. 24, 2013, 3:56 pm
diehipster from Throw Caleb in a car compactor says:
LOL JAZ. I too have a hard time figuring out if the daily newcomers to Six Flags Great Brooklyn are "zany" or "quirky" or "unique". At least they are filling that void.
Jan. 24, 2013, 8:35 pm
former bh gallery owner from boerum hill says:
um, i think all of those places are in Cobble Hill, not Boerum Hill
Jan. 25, 2013, 3:36 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
I am truly flattered but I am just a fan. DH took the time and effort to educate the masses about the hipster menace. I can only hope to illuminate and amplify his message. Oh, and DH can spell
Jan. 25, 2013, 6:46 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
The Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Garden, Gowanus area has a vibrant artist colony. There has been concern for some years that gentrification might price artists out of the area, so it's good to hear the artist community is being bolstered with new additions. The city and community boards still ought to modify zoning to support it.
Jan. 26, 2013, 8:12 pm
jjm from ch says:
Artists invading boerum hill?? Yeah & so will be the thieves lol. You guys do realize that gowanus & wyckoff gardens PJs are in that area do ya? They're gonna have so much fun robbing your frail a$$es & honestly i dont have a problem with it.
Feb. 1, 2013, 7:48 am

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