Contentious East Williamsburg club is back open after city shutdown

June 10, 2016 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn Mirage last summer. Photo by Amanda Kari McHugh, www.mandakphoto.net
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The controversial pop-up club The Brooklyn Mirage was indeed living up to its name following the city’s May 27 decision to shut it down, deeming the club a fire hazard.

The shutdown came a week after authorities issued the club several summonses for serving alcohol at an event without a liquor license.

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On Friday, however, the club announced on one of its event pages on Facebook that it would be open again for business after the company fixed the safety violations and brought the venue into compliance with the construction code.

The post read, “Note: We’ve worked with local officials and agencies and The Brooklyn Mirage is open! We are working on the liquor license but planning for it to be in place. If we are not serving, we will automatically refund all ticket purchasers 30% the ticket cost.”

According to the New York City Department of Buildings website, a partial vacate order was issued on May 27, but that order was fully rescinded on June 3 following a re-inspection of the space.

After the city shut down The Brooklyn Mirage, hundreds of patrons took to Facebook to voice their frustrations.

“The professional thing to do is to inform your patrons on this situation,” Carlos André wrote on one of the club’s event pages. “I’ve bought 6 tickets and am planning to have people from out of state to come enjoy this party. With that comes airbnb/hotel rentals that need to be booked.

“I’m sure I’m not the only one in this situation. Everyone is dying to know if this party is going to happen and we all are hoping so! What is going on?”

The club is run by Zurich-based entertainment company CityFox, and is only open in the summer. The venue runs out of an old industrial lot at 140 Stewart Ave. in East Williamsburg.  

CityFox is the same business that attempted to throw a massive rave last Halloween inside the NuHart Plastics Factory, a deserted Greenpoint warehouse that is filled with toxic waste and is partially a Superfund site.

That event was shut down after CityFox sold 6,000 tickets for a space cleared for only 3,500 people and because there were combustible substances and hazardous materials on site.

The Brooklyn Mirage intends to throw at least seven more parties this summer, according to the online music magazine Resident Advisor.


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