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Performance venue House of Yes will shutter its Maujer Street space at the end of August after failing to come to terms with its landlord, whom group members say has insisted on doubling the rent.

When House of Yes, which owns and runs Skybox, a school that teaches aerial performance arts — and has famously staged racy versions of “Peter Pan” — moved into the Williamsburg space four years ago, the rent was $4,500 a month. Currently, the venue pays $5,000, but now Yes-men say the landlord is seeking more money than they can afford.

“It didn’t make any sense from a business perspective,” said Anya Sapozhnikova, founder and director of the House of Yes. “There was no way we would make a profit or even break even.”

Sapozhnikova said the performance company had been considering moving to a bigger space, but members hadn’t expected to start looking so soon. House of Yes heads Sapozhnikova, Kae Burke, and Elena Delgado will now look for a larger venue somewhere in North Brooklyn, near either the L or G trains to ensure their fans can easily come to a show.

“We are just starting a massive hunt in this area,” said Sapozhnikova. “This is where our base is, so we want to stay close to home.”

This is the second time House of Yes has had to search for a new space. In 2008, a toaster caused a house fire at their original Ridgewood home and venue. The group lost all of their belongings in the fire.

Sapozhnikova said the House of Yes plan to hold a fund-raiser before the end of August, but nothing has been planned yet.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.

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Liza from Bk says:
You should really move to Gowanus. Williamsburg and Bushwick are so lame now it's the butt of jokes. Many of the young people are moving to Clinton hill, Gowanus and crown heights/bed stuy so moving south would be the wise thing to do.
June 27, 2013, 8:52 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
So, 'performance artists' move in and end up getting priced out themselves.

Well, we always knew they loved irony.
June 27, 2013, 8:58 am
diehipster from far from these douches says:
Oh no!! You mean these interlopers will only be able to play Peter Pan in real life and not on stage for a while? Waaaaaaaaahh mommy!!!

You see? Where ever these transient talentless homogenized Culdesacians go - the rent sky rockets. Then they complain and wonder why? How can they wonder or complain? This trend has been happening ever since the first flyover state faixhemians arrived to Nieuw Breukelen. They are the cause! They'll just keep going East until they end up in Montauk. (not that they haven't "pioneered" out there already over the last few summers to piss off those natives). They know better not to come to southern Brooklyn.

It's funny though, how the hipsters and yups on this message board defend "art art art art" and their fellow mundane hipsters that get written about in this paper yet cheer at gentrification and rising prices for everything from rent to coffee to tacos. Yet the hipsters and "artists" that are being displaced seem to always complain about the rent and over development. What a circle jerk!

Real Brooklyn foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
June 27, 2013, 9:22 am
o3 from bk says:
house of yes is using a business model mr die, while ur using irony.

hummm who else uses irony?...
June 27, 2013, 9:39 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Yes, Mr. Hipster, rents went up. That's because they made their section of Brooklyn nicer than they found it. Your years of living in Brooklyn never made anyone's life better.

But there was no complaining. They're moving. That's it. I know you are uncomfortable around paragraphs that are not whining, because you surely have never written one, but sometimes people get a set back and move on. It's how grown ups handle it. Have you ever met a grown up before? Maybe you should go to the House of Yes before it moves so you can meet some. Southern Brooklyn is apparently not providing you with any adult role models.
June 27, 2013, 10:11 am
diehipster from Brooklyn's better half. says:
Hey Mike from Wisconsinburg:

When you say "nicer" - nicer for who? Nicer for a small group of transients and passer-bys camping out in fauxemia for a couple years.

And no complaining? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! They agreed to an interview and article to gain attention you stupid effin eff.

Man, you yups really are feeling the effects of soy and gowanus chemicals.
June 27, 2013, 10:25 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
To rent in Brooklyn has become so expensive that we might as well move to Manhattan and find something cheaper.
June 27, 2013, 11:56 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Nicer for people who want something to do, somewhere to go, somewhere to work, or don't like crime. There was nothing there before. There are no residents there now.

Yes, I mean no complaining. You don't know what it is like to not complain, since you only take your pacifier out of your mouth long enough to drink a cup of milk. Agreeing to an interview is not complaining. Saying they will look for a new space is not complaining. Giving the reason they are moving is not complaining.

Complaining is "girls who won't have sex with me are in a newspaper article, so I HATE THEM SO MUCH and they shouldn't live in Brooklyn." For further examples of complaining, please see every comment you write and your shuttered blog.
June 27, 2013, 12:35 pm
Northside Ned from GPT says:
These aren't hipsters, these are circus folk.
June 27, 2013, 1:41 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
Mike has nailed it. There's no "complaining" here by hipsters. They moved into a neighborhood, jacked up the economy, and got priced out as a result. Now they move on. Same thing happened to the Chooch in Williamsburg. Now he's a home owner in Park Slope. The neighborhood was a dump, you fix it, and then you adjust to the improved conditions. In most places in America this is considered a normal and healthy course of events. Only in Choochland, Brooklyn are there people who think they have an inalienable right to live in a perpetual ghetto.
June 27, 2013, 10:10 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
Mike has nailed it. There's no "complaining" here by hipsters. They moved into a neighborhood, jacked up the economy, and got priced out as a result. Now they move on. Same thing happened to the Chooch in Williamsburg. Now he's a home owner in Park Slope. The neighborhood was a dump, you fix it, and then you adjust to the improved conditions. In most places in America this is considered a normal and healthy course of events. Only in Choochland, Brooklyn are there people who think they have an inalienable right to live in a perpetual ghetto.
June 27, 2013, 10:11 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
Mike has nailed it. There's no "complaining" here by hipsters. They moved into a neighborhood, jacked up the economy, and got priced out as a result. Now they move on. Same thing happened to the Chooch in Williamsburg. Now he's a home owner in Park Slope. The neighborhood was a dump, you fix it, and then you adjust to the improved conditions. In most places in America this is considered a normal and healthy course of events. Only in Choochland, Brooklyn are there people who think they have an inalienable right to live in a perpetual ghetto.
June 27, 2013, 10:11 pm
Bohemian Goombah from Morgantown says:
These kids ain't on welfare, see, that's the difference. They don't live in their grandmother's basement. They'll buy a building, you watch.
June 27, 2013, 10:44 pm
buh bye mooks from south slope says:
I enjoy Diehipster's rants because he writes what the remaining loser mooks in my neighborhood exhibit, namely, a dumb hatred towards anyone moving into 'their' neighborhood. For years, well before the term 'hipster' existed, when I walked down the sidewalk minding my own business, passing by mooks would usually lead to hostile stares, mutterings "there goes another one" or loud spitting, etc. It wasn't hard to figure out where all the spit, trash, and dog poop was coming from on my block. Likewise with the graffiti and drug dealing. And these are the people according to Diehipster who supposedly make Brooklyn such a great place? The fact is, the neighborhood belongs to those who pay for it and take care of it - the oldtimers and newcomers alike - so good riddance to Mookie Mook and his fellow parasites, and best wishes to them as they pursue their pharmaceutical enterprises and hip hop careers in Staten Island.
June 28, 2013, 9:26 am
one of my many names from racistville says:
You tell em'! You tell that diehipster guy who lives in the "ghetto" of southern Brooklyn. You tell em', mooks, ethan, chooch, goombah. etc. Your one tolerable black and Puerto rican friend will understand you weren't talking about him. Keep using those words, you'll be a real brooklynite soon enough.
June 28, 2013, 10:29 am
Pat I. from 70's Brooklyn says:
Sooooo Chooch. Please tell me where all those people who lived in a ghetto for generations live now?

They took the neighborhood and made it white. And not even with their own money. So for the most part there was little risk on their part.
June 28, 2013, 12:58 pm
ty from pps says:
"And not even with their own money."

I love how everyone seems to know where everyone else gets their money...

I'm not a "hipster," but I'm not from New York and I do enjoy things that are fun and not based on wallowing in the misery that "defines" the 'hard' life of the DHs and Pat's of Brooklyn.

Did that $50 my dad gave me during my sophomore year in college pay my rent all of these years?
June 28, 2013, 3:20 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
The knee-jerk assumption that hipsters have money and don't earn it, was also said about Jews for centuries. It might also be that someone who's nice, not a criminal, bright, creative, and open minded, might be more successful than whatever was hangin' around here on crack and welfare back in the day.

One more time, folks. IT CUTS BOTH WAYS. If you can't take it, then don't dish it. But don't be a tough guy one minute, and then wimp out on political correction when you get smacked yourself.

Now go pumice your mother's bunions like a good little Nazi.
June 28, 2013, 5:50 pm
Jacob from Boro Park says:
Allow me to translate for Mike from Williamsburg says:

The white hipsters moved in to minority neighborhoods & systematically produced a pogrom against people of color that would make Goebels envious of the brutality these white hipsters engaged in, in order to create a myopia of mayonnaise eating savages forcing minority children to live homeless on the streets while the hipsters mock their lives of destitution as they fill their home with the furniture on street curbs that were formerly owned by black & puerto rican families that have been gutted by these delusional, megalomaniacal, racist, hipster smegma.
June 30, 2013, 2:28 pm
Jacob from Boro Park says:
For Chooch to compare the suffering that Jews have experienced to hipsters living in Brooklyn, validates every single bit of condemnation he & his like minded anti-semitic hipster colleagues receive. That is the single, most disgusting, vile post I have ever read on this forum & clearly shows why hipsters deserve the scorn bestowed up on these savage animals
June 30, 2013, 2:32 pm
Eli from Boro Park says:
For Chooch to compare the suffering that Jews have experienced to hipsters living in Brooklyn, validates every single bit of condemnation he & his like minded anti-semitic hipster colleagues receive. That is the single, most disgusting, vile post I have ever read on this forum & clearly shows why hipsters deserve the scorn bestowed up on these savage animals
June 30, 2013, 2:32 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
Eli. The Chooch is making a point. Don't be a tough guy one minute, and then call time out when the victim of your bullying fights just as dirty as you do. Has it not occurred to you that these threads are 90 percent viscious attacks on hipsters? Has it not occurred to you that the comment threads of Brooklyn Paper have been hijacked by people who say "kill hipsters" and "white artists go home"? This is a pattern of discrimination against a demographic group in Brooklyn. Hello? The Chooch is standing up to it. MY PEOPLE have tried, for decades, the mamsy pamsy nicey nice response to this discourse of hatred. It doesn't work. So the Chooch has opted for a more visceral response that might get it into some stoopit mook heads that we are real people with real businesses and aspirations in a borough that has always embraced newcomers and is now shaming itself with this Jew-baiting imbecility. Of course it doesn't compare with the Holocaust. That's my point. In America we have free speech and people like the Chooch who can nip this crap in the bud early on. So, you want to do this, we can so this. But then do it. You call me a trust fund slacker, I can call you a welfare basket case. You call my people transients, I can point to other groups in the borough that have been transient for 40 years, who never put down roots, who never bought property when they could have done it for a song, and are now facing eviction as a consequence of their own stooooopitity. If you can't take it, don't dish it.
June 30, 2013, 3:12 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
Moreover, it is textbook anti-Semitism what is going on here. It bears all the symptoms in uncanny detail. De-legitimization, constant ridicule with the same jokes over and over again, pandering to inchoate nativist imbecilities about who is "authentic" and who is not. Listen to the Chooch and listen good. The average age of an Israeli fighter pilot in the Six-Day War was 23. Hipster age. There were about 200 of them. They took out each and every belligerent ghetto around them one at a time in the space of a week. If you didn't know that there is a Bohemian Nationalist wing making its claim to Brooklyn. Well, now you know. This is what happens when you start s*hit. So keep ridiculing hipsters. But the Chooch also has a right to ridicule your mook yahoo Nazi. No holds barred. No affirmative action for the semi-literate. Beware the vengeance of Zion.
June 30, 2013, 4:54 pm
Chooch Buster from Park Slope says:
One minute you're a swaggering street tough from "real" Brooklyn talking about blowtorching hipsters. The next minute you get smacked upside your thick mook skull. Surprise surprise. And for this the Chooch is "vile" and his people are "savage animals." So cry me the Gowanus Canal already.
June 30, 2013, 5:14 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
Jacob - How in the hell could you ever compare the gentrification of Williamsburg / Brooklyn to a pogrom?! You are an absolutely disgusting person. You're also totally wrong. Give one concrete example of how a "minority child" was forced to "live homeless on the streets".
July 2, 2013, 5:20 pm

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