posted Aug 20, 2012, 1:45 PM by Robin Enrico   [ updated Dec 29, 2013, 7:53 PM ]

Banner by Robin Enrico
D.I.Y.B.A.     Public Meeting IV  

So back on August 5th, The Silent Barn competed in a basketball tournament between different Brooklyn D.I.Y. organizations.

And okay we didn't win. That honor goes to Flux Factory. But we did look super cool in our official t-shirts.

Photo by Impose Magazine

See. Totally Boss.

Photo by Matthew Mehlan

You can also check out some awesome photo coverage over at Impose Magazine.


The Silent Barn will be holding it's 4th Public Meeting on Saturday, August 25 / 12-4pm at the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council.

We will be discussing the idea of "ALL AGES," exploring the continuum of engaging youth in the arts! What is the impact of an all ages venue? Why are they important in New York? Why should you be all ages? Why would you choose not to be all ages? What are the risks? What are the benefits to creative and local communities? How do you fund an all-ages venture? Who is in charge? Who makes decisions? Who composes the organization? How do you enforce rules? Do you program/curate specifically for and with young people?

Our panelist will be:

JOE AHEARN (Showpaper, Silent Barn

BOB TEMPIN (Greater Ridgewood Youth Council


SAM HILLMER (Representing NYC, Zs

LIZ HOGG (Beach Arabs)

KING SHAS (Hieroglyph Thesaurus


RACHEL TRACHTENBURG (Supercute!, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players

With performances by:



This event will be a BRUNCH POTLUCK! Bring food to share! We'll bring beverages!

RSVP on our Facebook Invite



We found it.  The Silent Barn has nearly closed on a ten year lease with extension option on our new home.  Located in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn, this 10,000 sq. ft. space can house eight legal residents in apartments above a first floor with a large concert hall opening to a yard as well as rooms large enough to fit at a dozen art studios. 

But don't take my word for it. Check out this video of us exploring the space.

But right now we need YOU to help us fill our studio and residential spaces with awesome people. Learn more right here . Tell your friends, have them tell their friends. We're excited to get the new Silent Barn of the ground, but even more excited to have YOU be apart of it

We've already had people coming up with ideas such as a Barbershop / Records Store and a Comic Book Shop to add to usual stew of projects. Check out our map of the space and imagine all the cool things you do in out new space.

And hey, we're not the only ones who are pumped. Check out these write ups in The Village Voice and Impose Magazine.


We're trying to make a regular feature of people recounting times they had at the old location. But as it's always hard to get people to write things for free, I'm going to take the first crack at this.

I only ever visited the old location a couple of times. But one time that I remember was going to see the Mala Strana / Ovlov / Diehard / Quilty / Radical Dads  back in 2010, which you can listen to on the Party Lab blog. I had gone specifically to see Diehard. I was really into their Ultimate Heartthrob album at the time.

I've always felt a bit older and out of place when it comes to the Brooklyn D.I.Y scene. And this evening was no exception. Especially compounded by the fact that I was making notes and planning my lessons for the community college course I was teaching on Fahrenheit 451. There was me with my red pen and dress shirt scribbling in my note book, while everyone else hung out. Story of my life.

Still, Diehard played a good set. As with any band I am into, I am always glad to get to see them live.

Photo by Chuck Wilson

Another nice feature of being there was that in between sets I played several rounds of Super Crate Box with Syed from Babycastles, who was working the door that evening. It was funny because he and I had seen each other around for years, vied for the attentions of the same girl at one point, but never really talked. The strangeness that I felt had developed between us was eased considerably by the chance to just hang out and shot each other with rockets.

I often feel that my greatest regret about the old Silent Barn was not visiting there more. The times I was there I always felt it was a much more casual atmosphere and place where I could actually get the chance to talk to people who I know I'd seen around town a bunch of times, but had always been to shy to talk to.

Robin Enrico

In trying to remind ourselves of why we've been working so hard to get the new Silent Barn up and running, we've been taping into our archives. Remembering good times and good shows we've put on in the past.

But what we really want is to play a sort of internet version of Where's Waldo. Except you are Waldo. We're you perhaps at this show? Would you like write about it for our newsletter? Or was there some other show you'd like to reminisce with us about? We're hoping to make a regular feature of this, so please, share, share.


Every so often we get awesome ideas submitted to as potential Silent Barn projects to the Barn Exam. This weeks favorite is for a Musical Swing Set:

"Giant swing set with huge resonant metal or wooden plates on either side tuned to different tones that can be kicked by the swingers so we're all making music together."

If you have an idea for an awesome project that could be a part of the new Silent Barn, or if you just like to offer your help in general, please take the Barn Exam. Let us know all about yourself and join in the fun.

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