Brooklyn’s Public Records is a vegan cafe and events space that’s been designed with the most demanding music fans in mind.
The building, which was the ASPCA headquarters until the late 1970s, has been completely renovated for its reopening. It now houses a record bar that hosts nightly DJ sessions, an events space with room for up to 200 people, and a plant-filled cafe in what was once dog kennels.
As part of its adaptive reuse, the 104-year-old Brooklyn property’s interiors have been left quite raw, with minimal adornments that put the emphasis is on the building’s audio equipment. Public Records owners Francis Harris, Shane Davis and Erik Vanderwal commissioned custom audio systems for the venue and worked with Arup to fine-tune sound engineering for the space.