Littlefield is a performance and art space in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. Housed in a 6200-square foot textile warehouse dating from the 1920s, Littlefield merges the Gowanus’ industrial past with a sustainable future. These elements include a landscaped interior courtyard, sound walls and ceilings formed from recycled rubber tires and cork, respectively, bar and table tops built from salvaged bowling alley lanes, and chairs made with recycled cork. Future projects include a grey-water system and a landscaped roof that will reduce Littlefield’s footprint to virtually zero.
Coupled with an industrial/organic aesthetic is a state-of-the-art sound system designed for live music, comedy, dance, film screenings, and art installations. The main system is based around the latest 3-way loudspeaker arrays by EAW, powered by QSC amplifiers, and digitally controlled via networked Rane processors. As an added functional and artistic feature, a moveable art wall was built to help separate the performance space from the gallery/bar. When the art wall is fully expanded, smaller events will feel more intimate. When the art wall is fully collapsed, the venue becomes more open and suitable for larger shows that hold up to 350 people.
Littlefield aims for diverse and quality programming including rock, soul, jazz, dance, experimental and reggae, as well as comedy, art exhibits, literary events, film screenings, and even game shows. The venue also hosts weddings, private parties, conferences and events that are looking for an alternative space.
While enjoying these events, patrons can try varied alcohol selections where sake, wine, micro-brewed beers and cocktails are served. Famed mixologist Tona Palomino of WD-50 created Littlefield’s menu, which focuses on a seasonal coherence of flavors and product.
Owners Julie Kim and Scott Koshnoodi hope their vision of opening up a diverse performance and art space will serve as a beacon for the Gowanus as development continues to rejuvenate the neighborhood.