Public Assembly was a 3-room performance and arts venue located at 70 North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Some remember this address as the site of the original Galapagos Art Space, too. I ran the place for about two years starting in 2011 overseeing all booking, promotions, staffing and a lot of the upkeep and repair. There were many great folks in the mix – Eric Sheppard, Duncan Rich, Pop, Tammy Hart … who all kept it running on duct tape and sweat. Good times.
Some photos my dad took around the venue, and during a Northern Spy Records showcase:
Banner ads from the venue’s website:
Some of the many, many event flyers PA’s partners and artists made:
At some point after leaving I made this list –it looks like maybe a list of “things I am most happy happened at Public Assembly” or, most in-line with my vision for the place. This is far from a complete list of all acts though:
Action Bronson, Alcest, Alias Pail, Allison Weiss, Arca, Arthur Baker, Assemble, Babycastles, Badussy, Ballistic Missile (showcase), Behavior, Big Freedia, Bklyn Boihood, Blanc Mass, Brooklyn Bodega, Brooklyn Brainery, Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, Brooklyn Ladies Arm Wrestling, Brooklyn Vegan, Brooklyn Zine Fest, Bunce Booking, Bunker, Car Park / Paw Tracks (showcase), Cat Face, Communion, Craig Murphy Memorial Benefit, Crappy Cinema Council, Dead Prez, Death & Taxes, Diamond Terrifer, Dutty Artz, Dyke March, Electric Punanny, Eric Andre Show, Et cetera Festival, Fixed, Fixed, Forma, Gang Gang Dance, Gatekeeper, Glenn Branca, Goldie, Hatchet Job Poetry, Hey Queen, Houston, Atlanta, Memphis (HAM), How to Dress Well, Industrial Strength Records, Is Upstairs, Kim Ann Foxman, Laurel Halo, Lexi Mountain, Major Stars, Martyrdoom, Masters of Social Gastronomy, Mayhem Lauren, MC Ice Rod, Mexican Summer (showcase), Midnight Magic, Miho Hatori, Mixpack Extended Play, MNDR, Mute Records, Neon Marshmallow Festival, Oneohtrix Point Never, Original Plumbing, Oval, PACS Gallery, Panache Booking, Parallels, Permanent Wave, Pop Fest NYC, POP Montreal (showcase), Pussy Faggot, QxBxRx, Raft, Rebel Bingo, Red Bull Music Academy, Reggay, Regression, Rhys Chatham, Rinsed, Robert Hood, Sal P, Sightings, Silver Apples, Society for the Advancement of Social Studies, Strictly Hits, Suckers, Sylvia Rivera Law Project, The Babies, The Magician, The Psyched, The Rumpus, Tim Hecker, Tim Sweeny, Todd Pendu, Trouble & Bass, Tumblr / Eat Sleep Draw, Turntables on the Hudson, Wax Poetics, WORD Presents, Wrecked, Xanadude, Xeno and Oaklander, Yacht, Yo! Majesty.