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 and video shoots, benefits, talks on curious topics, hands-on artistic experiences, craft sales, movie nights on its giant roof, music showcases, audio recordings, art & science lectures, dance classes -- and of course parties.
The loft is about 2,000 sq ft of open space, currently under some construction but still available for select rentals. It has original hardwood floors, about to be refinished, and newly exposed brick walls. The old ceiling has been removed, so it's exposed beams and insulation until the new ceiling is put up. 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 brand new oversized fridge, and two newly built toilets. One corner has a stage and multi-colored lights aimed at the area. The stage is made up of eight individual 3x8 platforms and can be reconfigured or removed. 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 many of the renovations took place -- this was the very first event to take place here.
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 rentals have a 4-hour minimum and start at $50/hr; professional shoots start at $800 for the day. Monday nights are currently not available due to ongoing swing dance classes; we are open to other ongoing events, weekly or monthly. The roof is an additional cost if being used as more than a smoking area. The loft is available 24/7.
Please drop us a line at loft at geminiandscorpio to set up an appointment to see the loft for yourself.
Please let us know if you would like these items as part of your rental.
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 Shure 57s (instrument), 3 Senheiser Evolution 600/800 (vocal), 1 Shure Beta 52A (kick drum/low frequency), 7 clips, 3 Shure A56D drum mounts, 4 stands.
Other: Numark M2 DJ mixer; 1 DI; upright piano; 7 15' XLR cables; 1 25' 1/4" cable; 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.
Misc: Seating for up to 100 on existing furniture: two couches, four matching large ottomans, four smaller square ottomans, 20+ folding chairs, five stools. 12 3x8 stage platforms, 6 2x2 cafe tables...and one carousel horse.