Must-See Fort Greene and Clinton Hill
by Caitlin Dover, 10/16/2013
BAM. Photo: Kate Glicksberg
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and BRIC House
Since it was founded in 1861, BAM has been Fort Greene's cultural hub. Its stunning Beaux Arts hall on Lafayette Avenue has hosted performances by some of the 20th century's leading lights, including Isadora Duncan, Paul Robeson and Laurie Anderson. Now a multi-venue institution, with stages in the nearby Harvey Theater and Fisher Building, BAM is one of New York's premier locales for groundbreaking performance, drawing a loyal neighborhood audience and international fans. Even staunch Manhattanites have been known to make the journey across the river to see Cate Blanchett in A Streetcar Named Desire, be mesmerized by the choreography of Bill T. Jones or take in some jazz at BAM's upstairs café space. Locals looking for a night at the movies turn to BAM's slate of film classics, avant-garde gems and first-run features.
A welcome newcomer to the blocks near BAM is veteran Brooklyn arts organization BRIC, whose arts and media center, BRIC House, opened its doors in this month. With a multipurpose performance space, gallery and classroom space and a range of classes open to the community, BRIC's arrival solidifies Fort Greene's status as a comprehensive cultural destination.