The Invisible Dog

Cultural Center in The DUMBO, other Brooklyn area

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The Invisible Dog, a new three-story art center in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, is an exuberant example of the integration of forward thinking and care for the past. The art center, admittedly, had a leg up: its home came equipped with an irresistable history. Built in the late nineteenth century, the 20,000 square-foot factory went through a number of industrial incarnations before its owners struck gold in the 1970s with the invisible dog trick: a stiff lease and collar surrounding the empty space where a dog would be. A mixture of party-hearty silliness and tongue-in-cheek trompe l’oeil, the trick became an icon of its era. But eventually public taste moved on; meanwhile, over the years, the Brooklyn neighborhood was changing. The factory closed its doors in the late 1990s; the boarded-up building was a blight on its quiet Brooklyn block.

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No shopNo parkingNo restaurant/cafeNo Library/BookstoreNot accessible to disabled persons

Opening hours

From 12:00 to 19:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays




Address: 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

Between Smith & Court Sts. Subway: F/G to Bergen Street

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