Abandon performing at THE 25 HOUR FREE STORE @ 7 Belvidere on July 1, 2018

Abandon performing at THE 25 HOUR FREE STORE @ 7 Belvidere on July 1, 2018

 Imagine an ordinary 40’ X 8’ shipping container — the individual standardized unit of globalization — gone missing from the shipping lanes of global capitalism and washed up on the shores of Bushwick, where it has been reimagined as a haven for non-monetary DIY art and community building…

Around the corner from the world famous Punk Alley, 7 BELVIDERE (pronounced Bell-VEE-da-ray), joins our scrappy punk neighbors in trying to get by in the cutthroat NYC real estate market while making as much culture happen as possible in a tiny space. The founders of the container space all met at the first iteration of the new Black Mountain School at Asheville, NC in summer of 2016, where through late night discussion we found that we were all seeking a different kind of art and activism space back in Brooklyn. Eight of us began renting the container together in Fall of 2017, paying the space’s relatively affordable rent out of pocket so that door prices would not be necessary at events. Since its inception, the space has hosted a wide variety of FREE readings, screenings, and meetings including The 25 Hour Free Store, Utopia School, Valentine’s Day letter writing for imprisoned sex workers, a trans women’s writing group, benefits for groups like RAINN, and more. Reorganized in 2019 to be run by a collective of affinity groups, the space currently hosts, among other projects, the ongoing Free Store, the Club A Kitchen (a group that distributes free food and NARCAN in Bushwick), and The Bermuda Triangle, a Brigadoon-like trans/queer speakeasy that comes in and out of focus just up ahead on the horizon.

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