Like so many of New York City’s scene-iest nightlife destinations, Brooklyn’s House of Yes operates in a sprawling, former industrial space on a quiet street. Or rather, a once quiet street.
Part event space, part circus, part dance hall, and part community hub, HoY, as it’s known to its regulars, is a destination for sparkling mermaids, space pirates, and drag acts. Founded by performance artists Anya Sapozhnikova and Kae Burke in a Ridgewood loft in 2007, HoY outgrew three previous locations before landing its forever home. “This place is like a house party that takes place in a dream -- what I wish the world were like,” says Sapozhnikova.
On some nights, it’s a theater, showcasing trapeze artists, stilt-walkers, and fire-eaters. On other nights, it’s a forum for community discussion and consent politics. On others, it’s a classic dance club. Its signature aerialists have been a consistent attraction over the years -- preternaturally beautiful performers who float through the air like jellyfish in a disco sea. For devoted audiences, their near-nightly shows are a respite from the ordinary. For House of Yes’s aerial stars, it’s just another day, or night, at the office.