It's forgivable if you didn't notice. Save for a visit to Cesar's Empanadas truck, there aren't too many reasons to hang out on this particular stretch of Ashland Place. St. Felix is the more scenic route for getting from the subway to the BAM Peter Jay Sharp Building. And the construction itself, which took place between buildings and atop an existing structure (the old Salvation Army building), remained fairly hidden from view.
Yet if you walk south down Flatbush Avenue at night, and you look to your left between Lafayette Avenue and Atlantic Terminal, you catch a glimpse of something that wasn't there before: a set of big windows, glowing through the trees. Not much has happened in the windows yet, but beginning tonight, they'll be filled with things like audience members raising a glass to BAM commissions and world premieres, the silhouettes of dancers stretching on the barre, philosophers and artists talking about art and capitalism, community members hosting events, kids getting in touch with their inner choreographer, and any number of other celebrations. In short, BAM has a new building, and it opens today.
|The balcony of the Fishman Space. Photo: Kyle Dean Reinford|
|The staircase leading down to the lower lobby. Photo: Kyle Dean Reinford|
|The Rooftop Terrace and Stutz Gardens|
The terrace faces southwest, out past the edge of Fort Greene towards the Statue of Liberty. The sun sets around 7:15pm these days, and most shows in the Fishman Space start at 7:30pm. Cocktails can be brought up from the lobby. You take it from there.