St. Ann’s Warehouse

45 Water Street

For over 25 years, Arts at St. Ann's (now St. Ann’s Warehouse) artist-driven, genre-defying performances have been almost uniformly memorable. Through its commissioning of new work for music theater, ASA has played a major role in creating opportunit... more

For over 25 years, Arts at St. Ann's (now St. Ann’s Warehouse) artist-driven, genre-defying performances have been almost uniformly memorable. Through its commissioning of new work for music theater, ASA has played a major role in creating opportunities for concert and visual artists to “cross over” into theatrical presentation. At the same time, ASA has pioneered thematic multi-artist concerts, and made a long-standing commitment to the development of new puppet theater for adult audiences. ASA has launched many new works of distinction, including: Lou Reed's and John Cale's Songs for 'Drella; David Byrne's The Forest; Marianne Faithfull's Blazing Away and Brecht/Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins; Susan Feldman's Band in Berlin, produced for Broadway; LEE BREUER's Peter and Wendy; and Roy Nathanson's Fire at Keaton's Bar & Grill featuring Elvis Costello and Deborah Harry. After twenty-one years at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, ASA is now located in a former spice-milling warehouse on Water Street in DUMBO, the city’s dramatic and appealing new neighborhood on the Brooklyn Waterfront. Since opening the Warehouse in 2001, artists such as Lauri... more

For over 25 years, Arts at St. Ann's (now St. Ann’s Warehouse) artist-driven, genre-defying performances have been almost uniformly memorable. Through its commissioning of new work for music theater, ASA has played a major role in creating opportunities for concert and visual artists to “cross over” into theatrical presentation. At the same time, ASA has pioneered thematic multi-artist concerts, and made a long-standing commitment to the development of new puppet theater for adult audiences.

ASA has launched many new works of distinction, including: Lou Reed's and John Cale's Songs for 'Drella; David Byrne's The Forest; Marianne Faithfull's Blazing Away and Brecht/Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins; Susan Feldman's Band in Berlin, produced for Broadway; LEE BREUER's Peter and Wendy; and Roy Nathanson's Fire at Keaton's Bar & Grill featuring Elvis Costello and Deborah Harry.

After twenty-one years at the Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn Heights, ASA is now located in a former spice-milling warehouse on Water Street in DUMBO, the city’s dramatic and appealing new neighborhood on the Brooklyn Waterfront.

Since opening the Warehouse in 2001, artists such as Laurie Anderson, Bill Frisell, the Wooster Group, Al Pacino, Joe Strummer, Lucinda Williams, David Bowie, The Tiger Lillies, and Jeff Tweedy have helped to establish St. Ann’s Warehouse as one of New York’s premier performance venues, with its rare combination of cutting-edge performance, versatile space, and dramatic location. In May 2004, St. Ann's Warehouse was honored with the Ross Wetzsteon Memorial Obie Award for being "both an inspiring laboratory and a sleek venue where its super informed audience charges the atmosphere with hip vitality."

In addition to producing and presenting, St. Ann’s Warehouse also serves the city’s multi-faceted cultural community by providing a wide range of services to numerous cultural organizations, individual artists, and independent producers — from rehearsal and performance space to commissioning, marketing and production management.

In association with city and state officials, local developers, merchants, and Brooklyn Bridge Park advocacy groups, ASA is intensely focused on activating the Brooklyn Waterfront and the uses of its indoor and outdoor public spaces. St. Ann’s Warehouse has proven to be a linchpin in establishing the waterfront as a vital cultural destination for New York’s visitors and residents.


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St. Ann’s Warehouse is located in the Dumbo neighborhood of Manhattan. First thing's first: DUMBO is so named—like nearby RAMBO just north and Tribeca in Manhattan—because of its location. Whereas Tribeca is the "triangle below Canal," DUMBO is—in both senses—"down under the Manhattan Bridge overpass." While it was once a haven for starving artists and the working class residents of Brooklyn, DUMBO has seen tremendous surges in property values in the last decade. Where Brillo pads used to be made, the upper class now scrub out their own spot in what used to be a significantly cheaper alternative to Manhattan. Formerly called Fulton Landing—after Robert Fulton, the man who invented the steam engine and whose ironclad ship, the USS Monitor, was built in Greenpoint during the Civil War—DUMBO remains connected to Manhattan by more than just the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges: the New York Water Taxi stills runs commuter and tour boats from Fulton Landing every day.

If you're coming into DUMBO from Manhattan, there are the usual subway routes, of course, and taxi cabs, but one of the things that New Yorkers and tourists alike love to do is take a stroll down the Brooklyn Bridge. Still one of the world's largest pieces of freemasonry, the Brooklyn Bridge features a unique promenade that spans the entire length of the bridge and carries pedestrians above the pulsing inter-borough traffic. One a clear day, all of Manhattan and Brooklyn is visible, as well as views down the East River and into Upper New York Bay. The promenade is adorned with many informational plaques to fill up your historical head and plenty of benches to rest your feet. Floating underneath the bridge is the curious Barge Music venue, where 125-seat audiences are treated to exceptional chamber music in an unlikely setting. If you'd like something more visual, though, the waterfront is also home to the DUMBO Art Center, a 3,000 square foot gallery that offers seasonal exhibitions, workshops, and the annual Art Under The Bridge Festival.

The art isn't relegated to one museum, though, and rightfully so, since DUMBO used to be a cheap place for artists to live. Now, the area is just expensive enough to attract art galleries instead, like the Museum Of Modern Arthur.

With rising property values inevitably comes the boutique shopping. DUMBO has places like Wonk for those space-conscious Brooklynites with expanding wallets in need of innovative furniture solutions. For eats and drinks, art-crowd friendly 68 Jay Street has the usual bar selections as well as a wine list and happy hour, while the DUMBO General Store offers an even more relaxed atmosphere, with a café component and a wealth of books to leaf through as your eyes adjust from all those art exhibits. Prefer something sweet? Try the DUMBO location of the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or the master chocolates hand-made at Jacques Torres Chocolate.

Now that we've had dinner backwards, head to Front Street for the contemporary American cuisine of Five Front, the seasonal Mediterranean dishes of Superfine, or authentic Mexican food served by chef Danny Mena at Hecho en Dumbo at the DUMB General Store. There's also the duo of the world-famous Grimaldi's, which is no longer in its original location nor owned by the original owner, and Juliana's, located in the old Grimaldi's space and owned by Patsy Grimaldi himself.

Of course, the waterfront of Brooklyn Bridge Park and Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park offers some of the best views of Manhattan you're likely to get at street level, with the former, newer park developing bigger and more exciting attractions on its many piers every season. Besides an artificial beach, kayaking, recreational sports, concerts, and the spectacular greenway, Brooklyn Bridge Park teams up with the Syfy channel every summer for Movies With A View, an amazing cinematic experience that lets audiences watch classic movies in the open air of the park with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background!

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45 Water Street
Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 834-8794
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