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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11217

The Basics

BAM sees a busy schedule of live performances and events. The Peter Jay Sharp Building in Fort Greene serves as BAM’s home base. There you can attend a show at the 2,000-seat Howard Gilman Opera House, watch a movie at the Rose Cinemas playhouse, or grab a drink at the BAM Cafe, which also hosts regular free live music performances.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most live performances and cinema screenings are ticketed, and prices vary. Advance booking is recommended.

  • The BAM Cafe serves pre-show food and snacks, as well as a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • All of the venues are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Brooklyn Academy of Music has three venues. The main stage is the Peter Jay Sharp Building on Lafayette Avenue. There is also the BAM Fisher venue next door and BAM Strong venue, just a few blocks away. All locations are near to the 2, 3, 4, 5 at Nevins Street, the G at Fulton Street, the A, C at Lafayette Avenue, and the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, Q, W at Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center subway stations.

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When to Get There

Events take place daily at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with most film screenings, exhibitions, and performances held in the evening. Check out the event calendars for more details, and look for annual events such as the Next Wave Festival (Oct-Dec) and the African Dance Festival in spring.

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Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Neighborhood

The Brooklyn Academy of Music is in Fort Greene, a neighborhood that's worth exploring. The Brooklyn Cultural District—centered around BAM—is at its heart, but additional highlights include Fort Greene Park, and the beautiful brownstone buildings along South Oxford Street. Art lovers can also visit BRIC Arts Media House and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and there is a large selection of independent boutiques, art galleries, bars, restaurants, and cafes dotted around the neighborhood.

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