Greenpoint club has an ‘Exit’ strategy

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Greenpoint’s Club Exit — notorious for its rowdy crowds, short skirts and violence in and outside — suddenly closed on Friday night after 15 years as a nightlife epicenter.

“We’re just tired with the scene,” manager Mariusz Kupiec told The Brooklyn Paper on Monday. “We had a lot of people, but people didn’t translate to money. The pretty girls want free drinks, but the fun of giving away free drinks wears off.”

And the fun wore off fast enough that little notice was given to long-term patrons, except for a sign on the door and the club’s Web site:

“We’ve had a great run,” it reads. “Fifteen years is a very long time in the life of a night club, there are limits to any venue, and it’s time for Club Exit to retire.”

Diehard fans were sad to see Club Exit go, but admitted that they’ve come to expect a punch or two thrown by closing time every weekend. The fights sometimes escalate past punches, too — gunfire was reported twice in 2008 outside the venue, which is on Greenpoint Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and Leonard Street and is surrounded by apartment buildings and a McDonald’s.

Kupiec said the site was also rented out by third parties, bringing in a variety of trouble-making crowds from Queens to Manhattan.

He didn’t deny that scuffles had broken out since the he built and opened the club, but he maintains that its death spiral had nothing to do with police. Others had different theories.

“There’s always people screaming at each other outside,” said Heather Gordon, a Greenpoint resident who called the club’s drinks too expensive. “Cops were here just last weekend.”

It’s true — a fight between at least nine people spilled out onto Greenpoint Avenue on Jan. 2, right in front of our reporting staff. The drunken melee, which began with a loud argument, resulted in two people unconscious, some bloody noses and plenty of police scrutiny — though the group of about seven attackers jumped into a van and left before cops arrived.

Kupiec said he was out of town, but confirmed the incident.

“People get hot at any club,” he said. “There are a lot of rumors going around that we’ve had drug charges, liquor license problems and the like, but it’s all drama that we don’t have. We’re just tired.”

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Sparkles from Greenpoint says:
No! Don't end the party!
Exit should exist!

Is this the end of polish techno mondays? I always loved them.
Exit wasn't about fighting, it was about love and dancing. It was a place for troubled youth to move their bodies, and prime hunting ground for local cougars.

I'm not surprised that a M. Markowitz is trying to shut it down, he just doesn't understand what fun is.
Jan. 12, 2010, 10:27 am
Honey Bee from Bushwick says:
Sparkles, it isn't over if we keep the party alive inside ourselves!
Exit wasn't a place to be, it was a state of being.
Allow exit to enter and then you'll know what i mean.
Jan. 12, 2010, 2:19 pm
PowerHarley from Brooklyn says:
Good Ridance! This club was the worst! It had the lamest crowd in NYC! The crowd always looked like they either all just got off the Long Island Railroad or are from the cast of "The Jersey Shore." Always tons of violence and fights. The security staff was absolutely incompetent and is what led to the clubs closing.

This place got busted soo many times and nothing ever happened. They had drug problems, giant street brawls would break out in this residential neighborhood, there was even 2 shootings in the street! The Greenpoint PD should be ashamed at the way they handeled this this place while putting the safety of its residents at harms way. The Greenpoint PD could not have handled this anyworse.
Jan. 13, 2010, 11:48 am from Brooklyn says:
Change is good. Goodbye was fun while it lasted.
Jan. 13, 2010, 3:55 pm
milo from greenpoint says:
i hope these 'troubled, loving' polish youths will now confine their brawling to an underground fight club or their mum's kitchens instead of kicking each other's teeth out on my stoop.

your move, production lounge...
Jan. 14, 2010, 10:42 am
Sparkles from Greenpoint says:
@milo - you so don't understand, I bet you're not even really Polish.

Back in warsaw we'd call guys like you jerkoffski. I don't know how to say that in english. And now that exit is gone, i don't know how to party anymore.

My mom's kitchen is a terrible place to dance, I want my club!
Jan. 14, 2010, 10:57 am from Brooklyn says:
We are going to try and get a spot nearby 'EXIT' for all those that are still DYING to party outside their kitchen and dining room.
Dec. 9, 2010, 9:31 pm
Nikki NYCRavers says:
It's really sad to see it go. I had so many good times here. However, it was never on actual club nights. Ravers would rent the venue for a night where we would throw raves, i've seen a punch thrown here and there, but never anything out of the ordinary. It's sad to say, since then, I've never seen another venue live up to my expectations.
Aug. 10, 2011, 1:41 am
Couch Potato Cop from Greenpoint says:
Update on the former Club Exit : construction dudes have been working on it for months and it's supposedly gonna be a gym. So, for those who don't want to go to the Greenpoint Y or Otom, there will be another option.
June 22, 2012, 9:02 am

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