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Bushwick’s Elsewhere opens rooftop music space Memorial Day weekend

Elsewhere will hold film screenings, concerts and more outdoors.

Macula Dog performs during the opening of the

Macula Dog performs during the opening of the rooftop at Elsewhere music venue on Johnson Avenue in Brooklyn on Friday. Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

Those who enjoy curling up under the stars for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s outdoor movie nights will have another under-the-stars entertainment option this summer: Elsewhere’s rooftop deck.

The multiroom Bushwick music hall that opened last fall has kicked off warm weather season with the unveiling of its rooftop deck. The 500-capacity space — complete with sunset views of Brooklyn and a full bar — will host outdoor movie screenings, concerts, art events and more, according to the space’s owners.

The venue kicked off its rooftop opening with a two-day Memorial Day weekend party. Celebrations on Friday featured performances by the bunny-masked face of NOBUNNY (“Give it to Me”) and eats by the nearby Mission Chinese. 

Saturday’s party was headlined by Portuguese DJ Branko, with catering offerings from Holy Ground BBQ.

Once the Memorial Day weekend hype fades, the rooftop will host a variety of events weekly from 5 p.m. to close. Film screenings will be held on Tuesday evenings; Wednesday and Thursday nights will be cover-free days with sunset happy hour deals and DJ performances; Friday through Sunday will feature varying ticketed performances.

The spot that prides itself on providing a spotlight for up-and-coming New York City artists has already released its outdoor concert and party lineup with dates stretching through mid-August.

“We’re really going all across the map. We’ve got everything from rock to pop to rap to techno parties and house parties planned,” Elsewhere co-owner Jake Rosenthal explained ahead of the opening. “We’re really focused on music that’s sort of changing the game and is visionary in some way, no matter the genre.”

On the lineup so far: Performances by disco producer Zimmer (June 1), DJ Nicola Cruz (July 12) and electronic artist J. Philip (July 27), and parties from local groups like The Rub (June 10) and Bunker Studios (June 29), among others. The full lineup and ticket information can be found at

Elsewhere, at 599 Johnson Ave., comes from Rosenthal and Rami Haykal, both former owners of Williamsburg’s Glasslands “partyhaus,” and their friend Dhruv Chopra.

The main performance space, called Zone One, has already hosted a number of artists from Parquet Courts to No Age and TOMI.

IF YOU GO: Tickets to the Elsewhere rooftop Memorial Day party on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 are $15 each, 2 to 11 p.m.,


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