Say it ain’t so! The Brooklyn Museum decided to end the dance party at “Target First Saturdays” after a year of neighbors complaining of heavy foot traffic and noise.
A staple in New York, First Saturdays attracted upwards of 20,000 people every first Saturday of the month. Now, instead of hearing iconic deejays in Beaux-Arts Court, the space will be turned into a lounge area featuring a range of activities from an interactive mural (more of the same!), a photo booth (I’m sure that will be just as fun. Please note sarcasm) and dance classes.
…The DJs and dancing were the event’s main draw. Others accused the museum of pandering to gentrifiers.
“As debt-fueled gentrification makes further inroads into Brooklyn goes something as fundamental to communities of color as music and dance — the kind that is NOT cultivated in liberal arts schools — the inextinguishable debt for which is now punishing a good proportion of graduates, even more so in the arts,” one commenter wrote.
“Replacing the Beaux-Arts (or the Summer parking lot) dance events with more vicarious entertainment makes as much sense as dismissing this huge draw and revenue stream for the Museum.”