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The Brooklyn Mirage reveals massive opening party lineup

Contentious Club to Open July 1

June 14, 2017 By Scott Enman Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The controversial outdoor club The Brooklyn Mirage, which was shut down several times last summer for a host of violations, announced that it would be reopening on July 1. Shown: An aerial shot of The Brooklyn Mirage last summer. Photo courtesy of Kaylen Thorpe

The infamous East Williamsburg club The Brooklyn Mirage announced last week that it would be hosting its opening party on July 1.

Artists on the bill for the outdoor venue’s holiday weekend bash include Berlin-based duo Tale of Us, Stephan Bodzin and Recondite.

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The Brooklyn Mirage is run out of an industrial lot at 140 Stewart Ave. and is operated by Zurich-based entertainment company Cityfox.

The club encompasses an outdoor portion of a 6,000-person, 80,000-square-foot complex that also includes indoor and year-round facilities. The outdoor space is 12,000 square feet. 

The entire compound is known as Avant Gardner.

Cityfox announced an additional four parties spread out over the course of the summer with dates on July 23, Aug. 5, Sept. 9 and Sept. 30. 

DJs performing at those parties include Ame, Adriatique, Martin Buttrich and Mano Le Tough, among others. 

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The venue has lived up to its name as a mirage over the years, appearing and disappearing unexpectedly for a host of reasons. 

Cityfox founder Billy Bildstein has attempted to open The Brooklyn Mirage since spring 2016, but it was shut down on several occasions for safety and fire code violations and for selling alcohol without a liquor license. 

Cityfox is the same business that attempted to throw a massive rave on Halloween in 2015 inside the NuHart Plastics Factory, a deserted Greenpoint warehouse filled with toxic waste that 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.

Authorities also canceled the party because there were combustible substances and hazardous materials on-site. 

Following a long struggle with local law enforcement, Community Board 1 and a series of botched raves, however, the club seems to be on the right track to reopening permanently after the New York State Liquor Authority granted the venue a full liquor license in April. 

The venue’s hours of operation will be 2 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

“We are excited,” Cityfox Marketing Director Simar Singh told the Brooklyn Eagle in April. “For the last many months, our team has worked hard to meet requirements and requests of all agencies and local officials while demonstrating our commitment to safety and the community.

“We’ll continue the same until doors open and always afterwards.”

Cityfox announced a $47.2-million plan in February to expand the space to include two year-round indoor venues dubbed The Great Hall and The Kings Hall. 

In addition to hosting the world’s top underground DJs, The Brooklyn Mirage will host movie screenings, fashions shows and art events.

It will be adorned with street murals and roughly 15,000 plants. 

Food options will include a series of Brooklyn vendors serving tacos, pizza and German street food. 

“We look forward to providing hundreds of jobs, increased local economic activity and a unique space to host a wide variety of events for Brooklyn,” Singh told the Eagle.

“We hope to become an indelible contribution to the thriving cultural landscape of New York City.” 

To purchase tickets and to see a full lineup for each of The Brooklyn Mirage’s events, go to residentadvisor.net/promoter.aspx?id=15510.

 


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