• Bargemusic, New York, © Photo: Etienne Frossard

  • Bargemusic, New York, © Photo: Etienne Frossard

  • Bargemusic, New York, © Photo: Etienne Frossard


New York, USA

Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue - a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both established and emerging musicians perform at Bargemusic on a small stage with the dramatic backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline.

Bargemusic Mission
From its inception, Bargemusic has been committed to attracting local audiences and enhancing the cultural life of New York by offering frequent, year-round performances of chamber music in a fittingly intimate setting - the type of setting in which chamber music is meant to be heard. To make that unique musical experience available to as many people as possible, Bargemusic presents 220 chamber music concerts annually - four days a week, 52 weeks a year!

The Bargemusic Story
Founder Olga Bloom was 57 years old in 1976 when she gave up her career as a violinist and violist to create Bargemusic. For her 'floating concert hall', she chose a 100-foot steel barge that had been built in 1899 and had served much of the last century as a working vessel in the New York harbor, delivering hand-loaded sacks of coffee for the Erie Lackawanna railroad. Back then the barge was a somber railroad green; now it is painted white, and the last vestige of its prior life hauling coffee is the 'EL 375' embossed in the diamond plate steel deck facing the East River.

Event Dates

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Fulton Ferry Landing
Brooklyn, NY 11201 New York
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Take the A or C train to High Street station in Brooklyn. (From Manhattan, ride in the rear of the train; from Brooklyn, ride in the front of the train.) Use the Fulton Street Exit. Walk downhill on Cadman Plaza West to the East River, 3 blocks.

Or ride the F train to York Street; go right on Jay to Front Street. On Front Street turn left, and turn right on Old Fulton Street; walk downhill to the river.

Or take the 2 or 3 train to Clark Street station; walk west on Clark Street to Columbia Heights; turn right; walk downhill to the end of the street. Bargemusic is on the left in the river.

By Car
From Manhattan, use the Brooklyn Bridge and take the first exit in Brooklyn (marked BQE). Drive in the right lane on the ramp and turn right. Then a left on Old Fulton Street to the East River. Bargemusic is left of the Bridge.

From Long Island, take the Long Island Expressway westbound to the BQE (toward Brooklyn & Staten Is.). Use the Cadman Plaza/Brooklyn Bridge exit, turn right onto Old Fulton Street and continue to the East River. Bargemusic is to the left of the Bridge.

From Brooklyn, take Atlantic Avenue. Turn on Clinton Street and go to the end. Turn left on Cadman Plaza West and along the park. Turn left on Old Fulton Street and continue to the East River. Bargemusic is to the left of the Bridge.

By Bus
From Brooklyn, take the B-25 to Furman Street (last stop). You can transfer to the B-25 from B-41 and many other buses at Borough Hall. You can also transfer to the B-25 (at the Jay Street station from the A or F trains ) at the Fulton and Jay Street corner.

By WaterTaxi
Schedule varies; call 212.742.1969, or see the WaterTaxi website. Bargemusic is across the public pier at Fulton Ferry Landing.

Seating Information

Bargemusic Hall, 200 Seats


Elevator: Yes
Handicap toilet: Yes