Art + Culture
Saved: St. Ann’s Warehouse to Move to Jay St!
We are thrilled at the news that St. Ann’s Warehouse, DUMBO’s very own world-class theater, has found a new home on fast-growing Jay Street and will remain in DUMBO. For the last several months, Susan Feldman – St. Ann’s Artistic Director – has been searching for a plan that would allow the renowned theater to stay in DUMBO. Susan found her new space at 29 Jay Street, a warehouse owned by Peter Forman, Managing Member of Forman Realty Management, a longtime Jay Street Owner and Vice President of the DUMBO Improvement District. St. Ann’s will take the space starting next fall in time for the next season and has signed a three year lease.
Feldman said, “We’re so thrilled to be able to stay in DUMBO, and we thank Alexandria of the BID for bringing Peter Forman and us together. We’ve had 11 wonderful years in 38 Water Street, thanks to the largesse of the Walentases, and we’re happy that the legacy of all the amazing art that’s occurred there will continue.”
“St. Ann’s Warehouse belongs in DUMBO. It’s part of our cultural fabric and captivates visitors and locals alike with amazing performances that grace the pages of the New York Times practically every weekend,” said Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of the DUMBO Improvement District. “St. Ann’s is a major draw to the neighborhood – Susan Feldman and her team helps bring DUMBO to the world stage. This is a very important day for the entire community and another turning point for Jay Street – which has become quite the retail corridor. With new residences sprouting up east of Jay every day, we know the local audience for St. Ann’s will continue to grow.”
Forman expressed his enthusiasm: “We are very happy to welcome St. Ann’s and their 50,000+ annual guests to the Jay Street section of DUMBO.”
The new space will allow for flexible configuration, a staple of the St. Ann’s current Water Street location. At 19,000 square feet, with 33’-high ceilings, the new building is larger than the current warehouse and similarly versatile. St. Ann’s is leaving Water Street to make way for the Dock Street housing and middle school project. Two Trees had donated the space to St. Ann’s for the last 11 years. Plans for St. Ann’s to move into the Tobacco Warehouse were cancelled last year due to a lawsuit by landmarks groups.
St. Ann’s Warehouse was also part of one of the Pier 1 Hotel development RFP responses. Read more about those plans here. You can enjoy St. Ann’s current season, including the very well reviewed Misterman at 38 Water Street.