When the Brooklyn Army Terminal (BAT) was first built in 1918, the US was nearing the end of WWI and needed a facility to ship soldiers and supplies from the East Coast to Europe. But architect Cass Gilbert, who designed New York’s famous Woolworth Building and the US Supreme Court Building, wasn’t just thinking about the war—he was thinking about the future. By designing BAT with open, versatile spaces, he enabled it to become much more than an army base.
Chashama is an arts not-for-profit that connects New York City artists with affordable workspaces. Since 1995, chashama has hosted its largest subsidized studio program, NYC Artist Studio, at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. This program makes approximately 50,000 square feet of artist studios available to more than 95 artists.