Galapagos Art Space, the venue that helped to create the Williamsburg art scene, is moving to a Walentas-owned building in DUMBO. According to Campbell Robertson's article in today's Times, rising rents in Williamsburg made Galapagos' owner Robert Elmes consider relocating, perhaps as far away as Berlin. Two Trees Management, the Walentas organization, initially tried to lure him to the former Board of Education building at 110 Livingston Street, but Elmes finally settled on a 15 year lease for the 102 year old former horse stable at 16 Main Street, next door to the St. Ann's Warehouse building, also owned by Walentas. Elmes expects Galapagos to be moved into its new digs by spring or summer of 2008.
The arrival of Galapagos should be a significant contribution to DUMBO's ascendancy as an arts center.