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The Invisible Dog blends the beauty of a vintage space with the convenience of a more modern one. Artists, community organizations, local schools, and other cultural organizations all think of the Invisible Dog as their space to create. When you rent at the Invisible Dog, 30% of your rent supports our ongoing artistic programs! Yes, the fee goes directly to our artists-in-residence, commissioned exhibitions and performances.

The Invisible Dog embodies industrial chic: the original wood floors, high ceilings, and large windows remain. But we’ve also added some important updates including improved heating, two bathrooms, and an industrial slop-sink. Our spaces are perfect for events of all types and sizes, from photo shoots to bar mitzvahs, from corporate meetings to weddings, from product launches to sample sales.

We rent by the day and we never double-book, so you can come in as early as you like, but we ask that your event end by 10PM.

We are conveniently located around the corner from the F/G at Bergen Street and just a short walk from the 4/5/2/3/R at Borough Hall and the A/C at Jay Street/Metrotech.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment to see the space, please send an email to rental[at]theinvisibledog[dot]org

* What types of spaces do you offer for events?

  • Main Gallery: 4000 sq feet, double height ceiling, storefront windows with view to street, original floors
  • Pop Up Store [Rate by request only]
  • Glass House [Rate by request only]
  • Garden [Rate by request only]

How much does the main gallery cost?

The space rental fee for the ground floor is between $2500 & $5000. This will grant you access to the space from 9AM until 10PM.

Your guests must leave at 10pm. You and your staff can have until 11pm to clean up before there is a hard out at 11; you will be charged an extra $300 for every hour you are here past 11PM. You cannot use this fee as a way of extending your stay in the space.

Certain times (ie, certain weekdays) allow some flexibility and discounted rate – so please ask!
We also offer discounts for rentals taking place over a period of days.
Supervision to assist with cleaning as well as use of our equipment (see below) incurs additional fees

Deliveries:

Your vendors have from 9am-11am on the day of and from 9am-11am on the following day to deliver and pick up. If your vendor is still working past 11AM on the following day for pickup, we will charge you $100/hour starting at 11AM.

Cleaning:  You also have from 9AM-11AM the following day to clean up; if you do not clean thoroughly you will be charged $100/hour beginning at 11AM for any work that is not finished.

For a complete quote email us with date(s), duration, approximate number of people, and a brief description of your event.

*Hi The Invisible Dog…

  • Hi, I would like to have my wedding at the Invisible Dog? We are hoping to hold the event on Saturday in May. How much would that cost?
    * We need some more information, but typically weddings cost is $5000 for the space rental + sanitation fee
  • Good morning, I need a space for a board meeting. There will be 25 people on a Wednesday evening, and including set-up and load-out, we’ll need the venue from 5 to 7.30pm. We will need a projector and the sound system. What is the rate?
    *We can rent you the ground floor as well as the technical equipment for $800.
  • My daughter Rachel will have her bat mitzvah on an afternoon in October. We will have about 60 guests. It will be a catered luncheon, and we will have a DJ. What is the rate?*It should run $2500 for the space plus some nominal fees for clean up, sanitation, etc.
  • Hi this is Nina from Risa Magazine and I am interested in renting your space for a 6 hours photo shoot on Monday from 8am to 5pm, We’ll be about 8 people total and will bring in our own equipment but require the use of two tables, 8 chairs, and we will be bringing in some high-powered lighting instruments. What do you charge?
    *Given the duration of the event and the need for power, between $1000 and $1500.
  • Hi Lucien, Diana said I should reach out to you. I’m a looking for a space to hold a product testing on a Tuesday afternoon from 1-5pm. I need about 25 chairs and expect as many people. No mics, no speakers, but will need a table. What could I rent for?
    *We can rent the space  for $500.
  • I run a non-profit organization, and I would like to rent your space for a week for a series of public presentations. What would that cost?
    *We need more information about technical requirements but the space itself should not cost more than $5000.

*Tell me more about events for children?
Like any good visible dog, we love children, and at countless openings, we’ve noticed the look of wonder and delight on the faces of young children as they discover works of art. Just as we want to foster the creativity of our artists-in-residence, we want to encourage engagement with the arts from childhood. And so, we invite you to have your child’s birthday party at The Invisible Dog.  We will work with you to design an interactive art project that your child and their party guests will enjoy working on with one of our artists-in-residence.  Additionally, you don’t have to worry about set-up or clean-up as our staff will be on hand.  You will only need to provide food, beverages and supervision.  The entire party, including the fee for the artist, is a flat rate of $500 – for up to 15 children for two hours. Parties are available for scheduling on Saturdays and Sundays before 5PM. Please try to schedule 2 weeks ahead of your event.
To schedule your child’s party, please contact Associate Director, Risa Shoup – risa AT theinvisibledog DOT org

* Do you have any equipment I might need available on site? [surcharge]

  • Sound System / PA + Microphone  and all necessary cables
  • Black Folding Chairs [50 chairs available…and if you need more, we can recommend an inexpensive vendor who can also supply you with tables and delivery/pickup]
  • 2 Projectors
  • 2 DVD players
  • 12 Channel Mixer

*What about security and insurance? 

You must have an event supervisor or security. For $300, we will hire someone for you. Or you can provide your own, but you must show proof of having done so in writing. You must provide event insurance. Some caterers can add you to their policy; otherwise you can purchase it online. You will need a policy of $1M and you will need to add The Invisible Dog Holding Company LLC as an additional insured. We require a $1500 security deposit at time of booking in a separate check. This check will be deposited, and we will refund you one week after your event, provided you do not damage the space or incur any extra fees.

*What about other vendors, caterers, flowers, DJ…?
You are free to work with whomever you like.  But our favorite vendors include: AZ Party Rentals Brooklyn: AZ offers a full array of tables, chairs, flatware, linens, chafing dishes, serving pieces and more at a variety of price points. The most reliable delivery and pick up, and best prices, that we have worked with in 5 years of events!

*A few important notes:

The Invisible Dog wants to help you host the event of your dreams, but we also want our neighbors to enjoy their own homes unburdened by noise or commotion from the street. We will set an appropriate volume level together so you can have fun and our neighbors can have some peace. We welcome you to bring catering in for your event, and we’ll gladly suggest local vendors if you like, but we have no refrigeration or cooking appliances on site, so those will need to be brought in.  Your rental fee includes 6 bags of garbage; if you create additional refuse, you will be charged at additional $10/bag.  After your initial visit to the space, we permit 2 more site visits ONLY. These visits must take place during public hours, which are from 1-7PM Thursday – Saturday and from 1-5PM on Sunday.

*Who has hosted events in the past?

You’re in good company!

  • Recession Art, One Story, Thai Alliance, Resource Magazine, Brooklyn Inventgenuity Festival- Beam Camp, Slow Food NYC, Johannes Leonardo, Green City Force, A.P.C., Gowanus Development, Brooklyn Beta, PS29, PS261, PS58, and the Brooklyn Montessori School, Brooklyn Magazine, Barney’s, New York Times, T Magazine, Microsoft, Creative Mornings, Highline, Native Destination, Tupperware, OpenPlan, Gefelteria, Brooklyn Kindergaten, ArtSpace.com, AESOP,  …  [NYC]
  • Celeste Foundation [Italy]
  • Walls and Bridges Villa Gillet, Le Figaro [France]
  • Art Work for Youth [South Africa]
  • EECI [Netherlands]
  • One Kings Lane [San Francisco]
  • Kansas City Art Institute [Kansas]
  • The Mountain School [Vermont]

… and more

*May I see photos?

Sure! Below are photos of the space empty and as it has been used for various events.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment to see the space, please send an email to rental[at]theinvisibledog[dot]org