[ photo courtesy of Flickr member brandonzwa ]
The Texas Firehouse is located in a 160 year-old historic firehouse in Long Island City, New York, just across the river from Roosevelt Island and Manhattan (best rooftop BBQ view in town). Normally a housing, studio and shop space, the Texas Firehouse is transformed for one night each month into a gallery and performance art venue.
Shows are curated by Firehouse artists and guest curators, and are generally group shows put together around some curatorial theme. In addition to artwork, each show usually includes at least one performance artist(s), a band or two, and plenty of free flowing beer.
The Texas Firehouse has been in the hands of artists for many years, but has recently undergone a complete renovation, spear-headed by Wyatt Nash (who really deserves credit for getting this whole thing going). Originally, however, the Firehouse was the first firehouse in Long Island City and used, as you can see above, horse-drawn fire carriages. The cobbles from the rear of the building where the horses were kept are still in place.
So go check out PS1, the Noguchi Museum, or Socrates Sculpture Park (all within walking distance), then come on by for some chili, art and music, and good old southern hospitality.