Police catch Brooklyn Mirage selling booze with no liquor license

Police catch massive Williamsburg club selling booze with no license

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A dry summer is in the forecast for this Williamsburg club.

Police caught massive pop-up nightclub the Brooklyn Mirage serving alcohol without a liquor license at its first event of the season on Saturday night, just six months after its organizer tried to hold a rave in a toxic Greenpoint factory — and authorities say the company’s latest irresponsible stunt could cost it the chance to ever serve booze again.

“Selling without a permit would absolutely have a negative impact on any future applications for permits or for liquor licenses,” said State Liquor Authority spokesman William Crowley.

The club’s creator City Fox infamously planned a Halloween bash inside the old NuHart Plastics building — a Superfund cleanup site with dangerous chemicals but no sprinkler system — last year, before firefighters pulled the plug at the last minute.

This time, cops let the event continue, but confiscated all the booze at the discotheque — a 6,000-person outdoor venue in an industrial lot at Stewart Avenue and Meserole Street where City Fox plans to hold events all summer — and issued the company with a summons for unlicensed sale of alcohol, according to a Police Department spokesman.

Crowley said the liquor authority hasn’t received any license applications for the site, though Greenpoint watering hole One Stop Beer Shop — which ran the bar at Brooklyn Mirage’s 2015 iteration on Scott Avenue and Randolph Street — unsuccessfully applied for “special-event” permits to serve at 10 of the club’s planned parties, including Saturday’s.

The authority rejected the application on May 13, writing in its response that a self-described “three-month pop-up club” is not what catering permits are for, and admitting that it shouldn’t have issued them for last year’s Mirage, either.

One Stop Beer Shop also successfully scored a special-event permit for the NuHart rave — a fact that local residents and pols were livid about when they finally learned of the party, as those licenses don’t require any community consultation.

Organizers did take the first step in applying for a liquor license earlier this month, appearing at a Community Board 1 meeting on May 11 and asking for its blessing.

But members — who have previously griped about last year’s Mirage for being loud and unruly — told them their application was too vague, and to come back for its liquor license committee’s meeting on May 24 with more details, according to a DNA Info report.

Police weren’t the only ones peeved by Saturday’s speakeasy — attendees, who paid $70 a ticket for entry, lambasted City Fox on social media for failing to let them know they’d have to boogie into the wee hours without booze.

“No indoor space, no alcohol, and no warning that this would be the case,” Celeste-OJ wrote on the event’s Facebook page. “It’s unacceptable when you pay $76.”

But others weren’t so put out — several claimed security staff turned a blind eye to them smuggling their own rotgut inside.

“They were pretty good about not checking anything at all,” wrote Matt Sanchez. “Walked in with a full bottle and a flask with no issues whatsoever.”

City Fox and One Stop Beer Shop did not return requests for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

August says:
You see what happens when the Palladium is leveled to accommodate NYU dorms.
May 24, 2016, 5:47 am
Ed from The Bowery says:
I lost my license 20 years ago and I'm still drinkong
May 24, 2016, 11:17 am
Father Flynn from The Bowery says:
Ed, you've slipped again?
May 24, 2016, 11:21 am
Father Flynn from The Bowery says:
Come back to our program, Ed. You can't even spell "drinking" anymore!
May 24, 2016, 11:21 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Selling alcohol unlicensed is really no big deal. All they're gonna get is fines or maybe community service anyway so why even bother messing with them?
May 24, 2016, 12:52 pm
ChrisC from Park Slope says:
Guess they'll have to make do with cacao.
May 24, 2016, 1:02 pm
Jenn S from Park Slope says:
These guys tried to hold an event in a SUPERFUND site on hollowen. They do not care about their patrons. Security was way too lax last week. They don't care about the patrons. I don't trust them. Never going again.
May 25, 2016, 10:29 am
Bobby from brooklyn says:
Im sorry but you can't just go marching into another country with a dream and no plan and bad advice, whoever advises these guys on the NY way of life should be sued by them and hung in the streets of brooklyn, its a shame cause I respect what Mirage did last summer and loved the venue and was looking forward to seeing what they did here, but to sell liquor with no license in a 5000 plus venue is a total slap in the face to law enforcement and after what they went thru for halloween you would think the lawyers and whoever from NYC helping them would offer some sound advice before costing them millions. and whoever they are paying off should steer clear cause no way should they have been able to even open without scrutiny, what it going to take to send these guys packing, them killing someone with their irresponsible parties

such a shame, but it looks like the mirage was just that ... A MIRAGE ..
stick to nightclubs people, we can't have anything special in NYC with the laws and red tape and brooklyn is under the microscope lately so the fun is coming to an end .
May 25, 2016, 11:30 am
Sean from Earth says:
Such poor and biased reporting.
Go back to your little brother sports bar in Minnesota Lauren Gill.
May 26, 2016, 4:06 pm
Gill from Bushwick says:
Where do you source your info from?
Check your facts, as Sean from the Planet of Earth has informed you above, your reporting is marginal, at best.

Can someone one state their concerns with the presence of this establishment in said neighborhood?

Besides the concerning factors of bringing an influx of cash into a neighborhood that needs it, as opposed to your crummy neighborhoods?
You people wonder why no one wants to move to NYC except scummy, rich folk. Stuck up conservative pricks who stay at home and wither away, ruining a great progressive city.
May 26, 2016, 5:29 pm
Rafal G from Ridgewood NY says:
For all the haters. Please if you don't like it dont come. Sure there was no alcohol and the place was not 100 ready BUT it looks great. Music and Sound system is amazing. Everything was great. Panchos for the rain, friendly security, great stuff. Police of course trying to do their job NOOOT. Please give the club the fine, then the license and lets get it over with it. It will make thousands of people happy. If this club doesn't get the license it will only mean that authorities are paid off by other Williamsburg Night Clubs because they would loose the most on it.
May 26, 2016, 10:39 pm
Gigi Liebstein from Williamsburg says:
I was more disturbed by the fact that there was no place to park my stroller than the lack of alcohol.
Idiots kept bumping into it and the kid got no sleep at all.
May 27, 2016, 4:09 pm

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