The Gowanus building is the former site of Sankeys Brooklyn and SRB.
The industrial building previously housed Sankeys Brooklyn, which folded after three weeks due to conflicts between the European brand and its local franchise. Before that it was SRB, a live music venue that closed in 2014. It's outfitted with an analog speaker system built by Craig Bernabeu, who has engineered soundsystems at clubs like Twilo in Manhattan and Stereo in Montreal.
"It's a hand-made soundsystem built from scratch," he said. "It even has one-of-a-kind amplifiers. There's no limiters, no compressors—pure sound." Bernabeu, who runs the audio manufacturing company SBS Designs, built many of the components in the DJ booth, which also includes a Urei rotary mixer.
They haven't announced specific dates, though upcoming guests include classic house luminaries David Morales, Mark Farina and DJ Spinna. New York house and disco legend Jellybean Benitez—who was a regular at clubs like Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage—headlined at their soft opening party last night.
Analog BKNY's manager, Michael Bruno, is confident that the club will draw crowds despite its off-the-beaten-path location in southern Brooklyn. "Brooklyn is not just a few blocks of Williamsburg and Bushwick," he said. "People travel to these warehouses in Sunset Park and Atlantic Avenue. So why not here? We're right in the middle." The venue won't be open every night or even every weekend, however. Since its owner, Arden Kaisman, is also its landlord, there are no overhead rent costs, meaning they can open for one-off gigs only.