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Upstairs eatery at the Brooklyn Academy of Music that offers performances and a place to gather
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The BAMcafé, which is part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music complex, offers community members and visitors alike an informal gathering spot within a major cultural institution.

BAMcafé is housed in the former ballroom of the 1908 Brooklyn Academy of Music building. A soaring space with dramatic ceiling lighting and modern decor, the cafe showcases local musicians and spoken word artists on weekend nights and hosts a gospel brunch on Saturday. The cafe also offers a set-price menu for filmgoers at the BAM Rose Cinemas, a four-screen movie theater on the ground floor of the Academy.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music, generally referred to as BAM, has been in the Fort Greene community since 1908, when it moved to the neighborhood after its earlier 1852 building on Montague Street burned in 1903. Not yet nominated to the census, BAM nonetheless is a major institution in Fort Greene and beyond. It has a world-class reputation as an arts venue and is also host to many community-based programs including an annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the annual Dance Africa Bazaar in conjunction with the Dance Africa festival, and concert series in two local parks.

BAM and its café are part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Historic District.

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