Cabinet magazine

A door lets you come in, a window lets you look in, and a cabinet lets you share.

Street Address: 300 Nevins St
Hours: M–F 10a–6p; Sa 12–6p

Before you go: This site may not be fully functional on Sundays

Getting there: M, R trains to Union St; F, G trains to Carroll St

Once you arrive at the corner of Nevins and Union Sts: you will see a sign that says “Cabinet.” Walk a few paces against traffic, to the alley on your left.

Your key will unlock: a Plexi box in the window grille located a few paces into the alley on the left-hand side.

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  1. Is it supposed to blow bubbles? if so, that part is not working. the other part works.

  2. nanyc says:

    the bubbles worked for me ! then encountered a cute old couple who told us to goto a gallery opening next door to eat free cheese. lmao !

  3. RBNYC says:

    Bubbles were not working when I stopped by there this week. But at the end of the alley is the Proteus Gowanus. They invited me in for a tour of their gallery.

  4. Phil C says:

    Bubble machine was working but no bubbles when I visited earlier today.

  5. Wendy S says:

    Bubble machine was working but no bubbles when I visited on 6/26.

  6. iCeLiNg says:

    Cabinet Magazine in Brooklyn. This was an interesting box to open since it’s empty inside. We were not allow to put anything inside the box as per request posted on the door of the box. When the box is opened, music plays. Kind of weird and unique. Some people who had already visited this site said that bubbles were suppose to come out. I guess it’s broken cause we didn’t see any bubbles. Although there was a sign on the inside of the box that says to “look up”… not sure what its referring to cause there is nothing to look up at. lol…

  7. Jenny says:

    cute with bubbles and music!

  8. veedub says:

    bubbles not working today & someone left a notebook in the box. loved the music tho! :)

  9. La Musique says:

    Bubbles and music – excellent idea! Thank you very much for great mood you gave me.

    I made 2 videos:

    For people who like to leave something in the cabinets:

    p.s. I love Cabinet magazine’s cat. It is cute.
    I followed the cat to the next door and found something interesting for me.

  10. amy says:

    Afterwards, it’s cool to cross over the Gowanus Canal on Union St bridge and there’s also a cute little wine bar ‘Black Mountain’ 2 block down at Union and Hoyt.

  11. lisa says:

    My younger daughter and I went 2 weeks ago and she had a BLAST dancing around the alley to the music and chasing the bubbles… it was wonderful!

  12. Tiff says:

    I went to this site yesterday and it didn’t play any music and blow any bubbles. Is something broken???

  13. Melissa says:

    bubbles didn’t blow when I went.

  14. Went today and no music or bubbles… huge disappointment.

    just saw the note on this page that says “This site may not be fully functional on Sundays.” Why in the world is that not in the info booklet?????

  15. L.A. says:

    No bubbles but delightful none the less, check out Oaxaca Tacos nearby, sooo yummy!!!

  16. Angel says:

    The installation worked for me today. It was a lot of fun.

  17. The Wings says:

    We were there toaday and the bubbles were dancing to the music, literally. We had a blast.

  18. Ben's Mom says:

    Hubby and son went yesterday. Box had note inside with phone number, saying call for “full experience.” So they did, and a man appeared, bearing a bubble wand and a GIANT flask of bubble mix. Small boy had great time blowing bubbles in the alley, and even spotted the broken bubble-maker way atop the box corner. VERY unique lock-spot; they loved it.

  19. DeeDee says:

    i went there yesterday and at first nothing happened. i was so confused to why i was opening a box with music. then someone ran out and told me there was a surprise and runs out the alley. she comes back with her lunch (hehe)and runs back into the warehouse. I wait a minute and she comes back with bubbles and apologize that it wasn’t working. it was a nice surprise =)

  20. stacey says:

    does anyone know the name of the song that was playing? bubbles and music worked for me and it was so sweet.

  21. Tom Wall says:

    @Svetlana, the info booklet doesn’t even provide Sunday hours, so I’m not sure why you thought you’d be able to go there on a Sunday.

    I stopped by on a weekday evening and it was available a little later than the booklet said. I loved this site – everything was working perfectly when I visited. :-)

  22. Matthew Gaynord says:

    box was empty :( Just a note that said they hoped it would be back tomorrow. But it was still “interesting”. Key landmark is the South Brooklyn Casket Company so I guess you could say I saw a lot of empty boxes…

  23. Jenne German says:

    Went by in Aug. The company came out sang and blew bubbles for us and another couple. My nephew loved it. They were hilarious. The machine was broken but the company didn’t give up, that’s so classy-so New York-so Brooklyn