Long before Brooklyn’s
gentrification residential renaissance began Studio B on Banker Street in the predominately Polish section of Greenpoint was the go-to spot for those seeking an alternative to Manhattan’s then played-out club scene. But the venue, which opened in 2006, did a lot of really stupid things that eventually helped bring about its eventual demise, like not playing nicely with the local community board and opening a controversial rooftop apparently without taking care of all of the legal paperwork.
After being shuttered by the Department of Buildings and getting a new owner, the club, which featured top talent including LCD Soundsystem, Crystal Castles (see video below), Klaxons and countless others, shuttered for good in July 2009. Artist Matthew Day Jackson quietly took over the two-story building, paying $2 million, gutting it and converting the 15,000 square foot residential space.
MDJ did an amazing job transforming the space (see photos below) and has now put the space on the market for a cool $11 million.
The space’s transformation is amazing — it now includes a yoga studio, an elevator, indoor parking and a retractable roof, along with a separate guest suite and a view of Manhattan. Plus, the ground floor studio encompasses four work spaces including a great central room with 24 foot ceilings and rear wall of glass leading to a 3,000 square foot courtyard.
The language of the listing speaks to the exclusivity now ensconced in the real estate market of New York City’s best borough: “This is a very special property. Showings by private appointment.”