Welcome to Red Stuy
This Brooklyn punk house hosts basement shows where you can “come home from America”
On the evening of January 13, I found myself wandering, for the second time, into New York City’s newest anti-fascist oasis: Red Stuy. Surrounded by anarchist and communist banners and stickers with puffs of cigarette and blunt smoke swirling in the air, radical musicians, comedians, and performers welcomed me into Red Stuy’s aptly named “Another F*cking Red Stuy Show.” I couldn’t help but feel at home.
Tucked away on a quiet block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, Red Stuy is both a space and a half-a-dozen-strong collective of working class, anti-fascist activists looking to help build a culture of resistance and have some fun.
To get the address, you’ll have to message one of the members of Red Stuy personally and ask for it. The address leads you to the Red Stuy house, which holds the grungy yet cozy basement that is used as the venue for their punk shows. What the space lacks in size, it makes up for in authenticity. Over the last year, members of the collective began moving into rooms of this house one-by-one, until the whole house was pretty much occupied by leftists. Then, a few months ago, the squad wanted to do something fun and political, and decided to throw their first punk show.
“All art has a political standpoint,” Ellis, a 30-year-old Red Stuy member who helps bring together the bands for the shows, said to me. “So anything that’s talking about the kind of thing that the comrades talk about, like revolution or militancy or how we’re going to have to confront the cops, that’s something we hold dearly, and we think the political side should be expressed. That’s why we have house shows.”
As people started showing up to the shows, the Red Stuy crew realized that the shows could be used to raise money for radical causes.