Hung out to dry: CB1 rejects liquor license for ‘pop-up’ club Mirage

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They’ll have to fight for their right to party.

The organizers of Williamsburg’s massive outdoor nightclub the Brooklyn Mirage have screwed up one too many times — serving booze without a permit and hosting discos in dangerous venues — say members of Community Board 1, who voted to reject the venue’s application for a liquor license on Tuesday night.

“It just seems like they’re interested in making money but not really conscientious of the community,” said Community Board 1 member Artineh Havan. “They did admit to the mistakes they made but there were too many of them. One mistake is okay, but not a few.”

Board members voted 39–3 with two abstentions to recommend against a license for the venue, which is open for the warm months inside an industrial park between Stewart and Gardner avenues.

The board’s vote is only advisory, and the city’s State Liquor Authority could still give the 6,000-person club a license, though a spokesman from the agency previously said that it won’t soon forget the fact that cops busted the bar selling hooch illegally on its opening night on May 21.

And residents say they still hadn’t forgotten last Halloween, when City Fox attempted to hold a dance party in the old NuHart Plastic factory — a federal Superfund cleanup site — before firefighters pulled the plug.

New York’s Bravest crashed the party again on May 26, closing the Mirage because it was sporting combustible materials, locked exits, and too few staff to help in case of a fire, the department said.

The city shut the venue entirely the next day and kept it closed for a week, until the club fixed the issues.

City Fox reps reportedly told the residents at the meeting that they have learned from their mistakes and are giving back to the neighborhood by providing jobs and community events. But locals said they had a hard time taking their word for it.

“They said they had reformed but they didn’t look like they were even believable,” said board member Jan Peterson. “They’re just one more big thing that’s trying to come in and take from the community.”

The state authority already rejected City Fox’s application for temporary liquor permits for the site back in May 13 — which is what it secured for the pop-up club’s 2015 edition — on the grounds that it isn’t all that temporary, admitting it shouldn’t have issued them last year either.

City Fox had already sought Community Board 1’s blessing for a regular license on May 11, but members reportedly told them their pitch was too brief for such a massive venue, and to come back this month with more details.

They sure got their wish — attendees say 10 guys showed up at Tuesday’s meeting and gave an hour-long presentation — but it still wasn’t enough to win over the panel.

Now they will have to make their case to the state authority. A spokesman said it received a license application for the venue on June 6, but hasn’t scheduled a hearing yet.

In the meantime, the club will refund 30 percent of ticket costs to booze-free shows, according to its Facebook page.

City Fox did not return a request for comment.

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

Jill says:
Who does the community board represent again? This is the best venue to ever hit our neighborhood and they have the balls to say they aren't conscious of the community? What a joke.
June 17, 2016, 5:51 pm
The Gentry from Greenpoint says:
Come on, there are plenty of other places to do your drugs. Just move along.
June 18, 2016, 4:05 pm
Fats says:
Heres the thing the Gladys Kravitzes that get their panties in a bunch over people having fun and get these party's shut down don't really care about safety. They don't care that developers are gentrifying neighborhoods with these dum party's. They jus like to complain that people are having fun and getting high. Boring old people that can't mine there bizness.
June 18, 2016, 10:13 pm
Osh from Crown Heights says:
This is not just about booze. The organizers set up unsafe sites and cram people in. This last one had unsafe gas hookups and extension cords instead of wiring.

Remember the East Village explosion that left two dead? Unsafe gas hookup. The Park Avenue explosion? Gas.

There are plenty of other places to party that aren't run by people who don't care about their patrons' safety.
June 19, 2016, 4:28 am
Ian from Williamsburg says:
Community Board 1 does not represent the population of Greenpoint/Williamsburg. These are old embedded interests that need to be replaced. Few have any qualifications and the worst aspect is that they're unelected by their people. State licensing should disregard this kangaroo court and give Mirage their license.
June 19, 2016, 8:37 pm
Will from Greenpoint says:
If people feel that CB1 doesn't represent your view show up to a public meeting and speak in the public comment period. It will be a lot more effective than just complaining on a comment thread after the fact.
June 21, 2016, 5:31 pm
EDM SUX says:
It's an industrial business area. Keep the ravers in areas with nightclubs.
June 24, 2016, 6:26 pm

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