Year opened: 2012
The building where Knockdown Center is located was originally a glass factory, and later, a door factory owned by Samuel Sklar. Eventually, when the factory was no longer being used, it fell into the hands of Sklar’s son, David. After originally hoping to selling the property, David converted the space to what it is today in 2012, and the Knockdown Center now hosts a variety of events from exhibitions, concerts, and public events.
ECB – A casual neighborhood joint that serves wood-fired, Neapolitan-style pizzas, burgers & craft cocktails. You may turn into a repeat customer, because as they say, “everybody comes back” aka ECB ;). Open: M-Th 11:30am-10pm, Sat 11:30am-12am, Su 8am-11am, Fri 11:30am-12am. 53-21 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11385. 4 min walk to Knockdown.
The Keep – Dark.& cozy, antiques-filled haunt offering live music alongside light bites & craft cocktails. Great spot for a drink before or after a show. No food but there’s a pizza place next door and you can bring that in. Important note: cash only. Open: M-F 4pm-3am, Sat-Sun 1pm-3pm. 205 Cypress Ave, Queens, NY 11385. 13 min walk to Knockdown.