A throng of arts patrons and city officials came out on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate this week's opening of the BRIC House on Fulton Street in Fort Greene.
The new multi-million dollar arts space will help anchor a fine arts corridor in the neighborhood, which includes the Brooklyn Academy of Music just down the block.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg "cut the ribbon" on the space (he actually hammered a ribbon of glass, courtesy of Urban Glass), and said he was overjoyed at its opening.
"I’m thrilled with the result of this public-private partnership, which has brought an extraordinary addition to the burgeoning Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District, and new and renovated space for unparalleled access to the terrific programming of these two dynamic organizations," Bloomberg said.
The BRIC House will be an art space for all disciplines based in a former Vaudeville theater. Its 21,000 square feet of operating space will allow the organization, sharing with Urban Glass, to post exhibitions they otherwise would not have had room for.
According to Borough President Marty Markowitz, it also helps reaffirm the notion of Brooklyn as a new center of the arts universe in New York City.
"Wherever artists go, success follows," Markowitz said. "You show me a neighborhood where artists live, and I’ll show you a neighborhood that’s vibrant, thriving, and buzzing with life. It’s clear 'home is where the art is!'"
The opening of the space will be followed from Oct. 3-5 with events and exhibitions open to the public.