Brooklyn —

You’d be forgiven for not recognizing Bay Ridge’s new Stand4 gallery right away. But for a small black sign posted to the fence, the outside looks like the neighborhood doctor’s office it once was. Bold letters across the burgundy awning spell out “Medical Office.” Down the block, neighbors work in their yards or take out the trash. Children run by on their way home from school.

For Jeannine Bardo, a lifelong resident of the neighborhood and Stand4’s founder, this is part of the gallery’s power.

“I love the idea that it’s directly in the center of Bay Ridge,” she said. “I want this space to be a place where people think about ideas and … talk about things, about how to make things better.”