The Gemini & Scorpio Loft
In October of 2011, after four years of searching, Miss Scorpio found her dream 3,000sq ft arts space loft in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Of course, the dream loft was disguised as a run-down woodworking shop with boarded up windows, 1970s plywood walls, and semi-rotted floors...but she knew this was it. Five months (and all her savings) later, she threw the first G&S party there, and hasn't looked back since.
Since then, the Gemini & Scorpio Loft has hosted theatrical performances, art shows, photo/video/television/film shoots, benefits, talks on curious topics, hands-on artistic experiences, craft sales, fashion shows, movie nights on its giant roof, music showcases, audio recordings, art & science lectures, dance classes -- and of course parties.
The G&S Loft as it looks after extensive renovations, with all-new ceilings, floor, and walls, set up for a cabaret-style private party. Photo by Andrew Janke.
The G&S Loft transformed into a fairy forest for an immersive theatrical production in 2013. Photo by Larisa Fuchs.
The roof with its alien structures. Photo by Filip Wolak for TimeOut New York.
The available open space is about 2,000 sq ft. The loft has original hardwood floors, repaired and refinished, and newly exposed brick walls. The ceiling is pressed vinyl wallpaper, giving the classic-Brooklyn pristine tin look while preserving original warm acoustics. There are multiple skylights and windows providing perfect daylight, and a huge roof with alien-like photogenic metal structures.
Capacity is 100 seated / 150 standing / 200 over course of the night, but feels cozy with as few as 20. There's a a DJ booth, a bar with a brand new oversized fridge, and two newly built toilets. The 2' high stage is made up of eight individual 3x8 platforms and can be reconfigured or removed. Stage lighting is currently being reconfigured. See our tech list for deails on A/V equipment and more.
One way to get a sense of the loft in action is via this video by TIME Magazine, covering Amanda Palmer's end-of-Kickstarter event. All interview & live music segments were shot in the loft, though before any of the renovations took place -- this was the very first event to take place here.
Main PA: JBL Powered Speakers EON15 G2, 400w power, 39Hz - 18kHz range; Mackie ProFX12 12-channel mixer (XLR or 1/4", with 1 RCA).
Backup PA / monitors: Yamaha Stagepas 300 - two passive speakers with built-in 8-channel powered mixer with 4 XLR or 1/4" & 2 RCA inputs.
Mics: 3 Senheiser Evolution 600/800 (vocal), 1 Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser, 3 Shure 57s (instrument), 1 Shure Beta 52A (kick drum/low frequency), 3 Shure A56D drum mounts, 4 stands, 7 clips.
Other: Numark M2 DJ mixer; 4 DIs; upright piano; multiple XLR cables & 1/4" cables; 3 music stands.
Video: Epson PowerLite 820p projector (2500 lumens), 60x60 folding screen. Roof movie setup: one wall painted with special screen white, fake grass for seating up to 60.
Lights: Mood-setting lighting via six color-changing / dimmable P36 LED PAR cans aimed at the walls for color washes. Four dimmable PAR Can 16s aimed at the stage, in cool & warm washes. Controlled by Stage Setter-8 DMX controller.
Misc: Seating for up to 100 on existing furniture: two couches, four matching large ottomans, four smaller square ottomans, 30+ folding chairs, five stools. 12 3x8 stage platforms, 6 2x2 indoor cafe tables / 8 2x2 outdoor folding tables...and one carousel horse. Loads of fabric, lights and other event miscellany.
Do you have an event, job, or artistic project that needs a space? We're open to photo and video shoots, art builds, theater, cabaret, lectures, workshops, and many other creative uses of the loft (but not DJ dance parties or overly loud music events). We try to work with all budgets -- after all, creating more affordable arts space in NYC is why we wanted to do this in the first place -- but please be realistic about rental costs.
Expect weeknight rentals to run $400-600, and weekends $800-1,500, depending on what you're planning. Daytime weekday rentals have a 4hr minimum and start at $50/hr; professional shoots start at $800 for an 8hr day / $1,000 for a 12hr day. For most uses, expect to pay roughly $100/hr. Monday nights are currently unavailable due to ongoing swing dance classes (by Brooklyn Swings, check them out); we are open to other ongoing weekday events, weekly or monthly. The roof is an additional cost if being used as anything other than a smoking area. The loft is available 24/7.
In addition to the space and any tech gear or props, we can help with all aspects of your event production. From curation to management to staff to catering, we have over a decade of experience in putting together flawlessly executed, stylish and unique events.
Please drop us a line at loft at geminiandscorpio to set up an appointment to see the loft for yourself.