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Best Rebirth of a DIY Venue


When Market Hotel closed after a police department raid in 2010, it was a wake-up call for renowned indie show promoter Todd P; though he had often been the first to book next-big-thing rock acts, Market Hotel’s demise was a harbinger of what was to come for other DIY spaces Todd had helped found, including Monster Island Basement (evicted in 2011) and 285 Kent (shuttered in 2014). So while the space at the intersection of Myrtle and Broadway sat vacant, Todd P hatched a plan to go legit — which meant scoring an authentic liquor license and widening the entry staircase so showgoers no longer felt like they were risking their lives every time they went to see a band play. After ten months of an abbreviated but spectacular show schedule (incuding Sleater-Kinney, Girlpool, James Chance and the Contortions, Deerhoof, and Parquet Courts), they went on hiatus in mid-October while awaiting a permanent liquor license, which they hope to have in place by year’s end. Let’s hope it’s approved soon, because a decent sound system and bona fide bathrooms make a nice addition to Todd P’s DIY spirit and the dramatic views of the J/M/Z trains as they rocket by through the Bushwick night.

1140 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn