Welcome To The House of Yes – Brooklyn’s Grand New Event Space
The number of covert, DIY, semi-legal, music and performance venues in the once-rugged Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick have dwindled to close to zero. But as any New Yorker knows (and embraces!), change is really the only constant in this town, so even while we can quietly mourn the loss of favorite spots that gave us magical nights in a different era, we can also, at the same time, go out and have a blast, and see something new and extraordinary, at a place that has just opened its doors for the first time. For example: the brand-new House of Yes in Bushwick, the latest and certainly most grand (and most legal!) home for the long-running performance collective. And there's even a first-rate falafel stand right on site! Here's everything you need to know…
Welcome To The House of Yes
The House of Yes collective–and the guests they book–is made up of performers from a huge array of creative fields. On any given night at a show here you might see punk bands and marching bands, aerialists and fire-eaters, deep-house DJs and live body-painters, contemporary burlesque acts and strippers, rowdy comedians and bizarre art installations. House of Yes shows are never for the faint-hearted or easily-offended. They are sexy, loud, raucous, bawdy, rude, daring, graceful, beautiful, hilarious, often at the same time. And audience participation–dancing, singing, partying, making out–is both encouraged and expected. A quick look at the upcoming schedule will give you a good feel if the House of Yes style of entertainment is right for you.
Fine Arts, Superior Performances & Great Food Too!
The new space is amazing, too! There's a legitimate, raised, professional-seeming stage now, and the 30-feet-high ceiling over the audience ensures the signature aerialists have plenty of room to swing and soar. As you would expect, the bathroom is fun, decor-wise, and there are serendipitous design discoveries throughout. A long bar, a back bar, and large dance/spectating floor (they break out the folding chairs) complete the picture… except for the tiny, terrific Queen of Falafel shop that's part of the new complex. With entrances from both the venue itself as well as outside on Jefferson Street (so you can eat there as often as like), Queen of Falafel features a short menu of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean greatest hits using fresh ingredients and secret family recipes. I've had just about everything here–the Falafel and Shakshuka (poached eggs in harissa-tomato sauce) Sandwiches; the Hummus and Labne Cheese plates–and it's all top-tier stuff.
For More Information and Directions To The House of Yes
The House of Yes is located at 2 Wycoff Avenue on the corner of Jefferson Street, a block away from the Jefferson Street stop on the L.