NYDN: Buyers Line up for Slave Theater


The estate of late Brooklyn Civil Court Judge John Phillips, who created Bed-Stuy’s famed Slave Theater, an Afrocentric cultural center in its heyday, has received five offers to buy the troubled property, according to The New York Daily News. The auction scheduled to take place Aug. 9 has been pushed back to November. All the offers came in around $2 million, the Daily News said. The various plans include condos, a clothing retailer, and a Red Roof Inn combined with a theater. The condo developer is reportedly Ore International, which has done condo conversions of rowhouses and new residential construction in Clinton Hill, Prospect Park South and Carroll Gardens. The New Brooklyn Theater is not one of the five who made offers, but they are running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to buy the property and transform it into a center for Brooklyn performing arts, as previously reported. The estate owes $190,000 in liens on the building. Liabilities on all the judge’s properties total $3.4 million, according to Rev. Samuel Boykin, Phillips’ nephew, who is in charge of the estate. The buyer the estate is looking for is the one “who can show they can close on this sale,” said Boykin.
Buyers Line up for Bed-Stuy’s Famed Slave Theater [NY Daily News]
Slave Theater Auction Cancelled; Building in Contract? [Brownstoner]
Nonprofit Turns to Kickstarter to Buy Slave Theater [Brownstoner]
Foreclosure Auction Set for Slave Theater [Brownstoner]
Slave Theater Vacated, but Questions of Ownership Linger [Brownstoner]
Bed Stuy’s Slave Theater Still Looking for Buyer [Brownstoner] GMAP
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  • New Brooklyn Theater is a 501(c) 3 theater company which is on a mission to purchase and restore the historic theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY. New Brooklyn Theater plans to restore the building and turn it into a performing arts center with three stages that will develop the work of Brooklyn artists for Brooklyn audiences.

    Our Kickstarter campaign is set at $200,000 which is the total needed for a down payment on the building. The space is an architecturally impressive and historically significant building that needs to be saved before the city of the New York forecloses and it is auctioned off to developers that will tear it down.

    We estimate that the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the Slave as a multi-purpose performing arts center will cost between $3.5 and $5 million.

    We are deliberately foregoing other more traditional development formulas that would require unnecessary and costly plans. Instead we turn to you to help spark Brooklyn interest in the restoration of this landmark space.

    “We are raising the $200,000 down payment in this way because we are willing to put our vision up to a vote of public opinion,” says Artistic Director Solari. “When the Kickstarter campaign ends, if we are successful, we will approach our many potential corporate funders and development partners with something quite valuable, a mandate.”

    For more information or questions please contact Sarah Wolff, Executive Producer by phone 914-523-0503 or email NBT@NewBrooklynTheater.com *All donations are tax deductible. All contributors will receive your reward and information regarding the tax deductible amount for your tax purposes

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  • New Brooklyn Theater is a 501(c) 3 theater company which is on a mission to purchase and restore the historic theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY. New Brooklyn Theater plans to restore the building and turn it into a performing arts center with three stages that will develop the work of Brooklyn artists for Brooklyn audiences.

    Our Kickstarter campaign is set at $200,000 which is the total needed for a down payment on the building. The space is an architecturally impressive and historically significant building that needs to be saved before the city of the New York forecloses and it is auctioned off to developers that will tear it down.

    We estimate that the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the Slave as a multi-purpose performing arts center will cost between $3.5 and $5 million.

    We are deliberately foregoing other more traditional development formulas that would require unnecessary and costly plans. Instead we turn to you to help spark Brooklyn interest in the restoration of this landmark space.

    “We are raising the $200,000 down payment in this way because we are willing to put our vision up to a vote of public opinion,” says Artistic Director Solari. “When the Kickstarter campaign ends, if we are successful, we will approach our many potential corporate funders and development partners with something quite valuable, a mandate.”

    For more information or questions please contact Sarah Wolff, Executive Producer by phone 914-523-0503 or email NBT@NewBrooklynTheater.com *All donations are tax deductible. All contributors will receive your reward and information regarding the tax deductible amount for your tax purposes

    http://www.NewBrooklynTheater.com
    Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newbr
    Connect on Twitter: @New_Brooklyn