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 private party. Photo by Andrew Janke, February 2015.
The G&S Loft before renovations transformed into a fairy forest for an immersive theatrical production. Photo by Larisa Fuchs, Feb 2013.
The loft as it looked when G&S first took it over. Photo by Larisa Fuchs, Nov 2011.
The available open space is about 2,000 sq ft. The loft retains its original hardwood floors, repaired and refinished, and newly exposed brick walls. The ceiling is pressed foam wallpaper, giving the classic-Brooklyn pristine tin look while preserving warm acoustics. There are multiple skylights and windows providing perfect daylight, and a huge roof covered in fake grass.
Capacity is 100 seated / 150 standing / 200 over course of the night, but feels cozy with as few as 20. There's a full sound system, a DJ booth, two newly built toilets, a bar with a new 3-ft-wide French-door fridge...and a carousel horse. The 2' high stage is made up of eight individual 3x8 platforms. Stage lighting is controlled via an 8-channel dimmer console. Every component of the loft is designed to be reconfigurable or removable. We have 20 amp power in multiple circuits - plenty for even the most power-intesive film or video needs. See our tech list for deails on A/V equipment and more.
The Loft is on a second floor of an industrial building. While it's not wheelchair-accessible, it has a double-wide (3') door and stairwell that can accommodate mobility assistance.
A fun way to see the pre-renovations early days of the loft is via this video by TIME Magazine, covering Amanda Palmer's million-dollar Kickstarter and campaign-closing party (G&S produced the event). All interview & live music segments were shot in the loft -- this was the very first event to take place here.
Main PA: QSC K12 powered speakers, 1000 Watts, 48 Hz - 20 kHz range (these sound gorgeous!); two JBL Eon 618S subwoofers; Mackie ProFX16v2 16-Channel mixer (XLR or 1/4", with 1 RCA).
Backup PA / monitors: Yamaha Stagepas 500 - 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: Pioneer 400 DJ mixer; 4 DIs; recently tuned upright piano; 5-pc Tama drum set (kick with pedal, snare, two toms, floor tom) with high-hat, crash, ride, plus an extra cymbal stand and hi hat stand; all the XLR & 1/4" cables you'll ever need; 3 music stands.
Video: InFocus IN2126a 1080p projector (3500 lumens, 3D ready), 100" wide pre-installed screen. Roof movie setup: one wall painted with special screen white, fake grass for seating up to 60.
Lights: Mood-setting lighting via 7 color-changing / dimmable LED Solena Max Par 20s aimed at the walls for color washes. 8 dimmable PAR Can 16s aimed at the stage, in cool & warm washes, plus 4 more LED pars for saturated color effects. Controlled by Solena Professional Command 2500 DMX Controller.
Misc: Seating for up to 100 on existing furniture: three couches, four matching large ottomans, four smaller square ottomans, 50 black folding chairs, 20 short stools. 4 3x8 stage platforms, 6 2x2 indoor cafe tables / 8 2x2 outdoor folding tables...and one carousel horse. Loads of fabric, lights, decorations 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 rave-style DJ parties or other 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 $600-1,000 and weekends $1,000-2,000 for an 8-hour window, depending on what you're planning. Daytime weekday rentals have a 4hr minimum and start at $50/hr, but for most other uses, expect to pay roughly $100/hr. Professional shoots start at $1,000 for a 10-hr day. Monday & Tueday nights are typically unavailable due to ongoing swing and blues dance classes (by Brooklyn Swings, check them out!), but classes can be moved for longer term rentals (two week minimum). 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 get a rate sheet and set up an appointment to see the loft for yourself.