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WILLIAMSBURG EST – A spate of security breaches prompted city building inspectors to shut down a 6,000-person party venue for the second time in three weeks, according to an email from the Buildings Department to local community council.
When inspectors visited Brooklyn Mirage at 111 Gardner Ave. on Friday they found wooden platforms and bridges that did not appear structurally sound, gas lines that had been installed without a permit, extension cords used instead of permanent wiring, plywood structures that were not no firebreak and no evacuation plan for the site, the inspectors wrote in the letter.
The owners could also not provide drawings for the scaffolding used in the structure, the site lacked exit signs and had several dangerous exits, according to the memo.
The most recent release order was issued at Brooklyn Mirage, a large outdoor and indoor complex located at 111 Gardner Ave. in East Williamsburg Industrial Park known for his electronic dance music raves called CityFox, comes after an earlier release order from the DOB for security risks as well as police repression in May during which the local alcohol was confiscated.
This follows the issuance of an order to release the site by the Ministry of Buildings on May 26 for lack of emergency lighting and necessary exit signs, according to Alex Schell, spokesperson for DOB. These violations were quickly corrected, he said.
Problems with Brooklyn Mirage have escalated since last year when they hosted dozens of parties and pop-up events nearby at 99 Scott St. using catering permits, allowing them to bypass state restrictions that only allow four pop-up event liquor permits in a given location in a 12-month period.
Last Halloween, the organizers attempted to organize a rave inside the NuHart Plastics Building in Greenpoint, a State Superfund site, which was subsequently closed.
Finally, this spring, when Brooklyn Mirage opened in its new location at 111 Gardner Ave. on May 21, they did so without the proper event permit to allow the sale of alcohol. All of their alcohol was confiscated by the police.
They have since staged dry events, a spokesperson said.
Persistent issues with the venue led the community council to implore the State Liquor Authority to deny Brooklyn Mirage’s liquor license application this week.
“They lied in front of everyone,” said Karen Nieves, a member of the community’s board of directors. “How could we support them? “
After the vote, the board wrote a letter to SLA outlining dozens of reasons the board rejected their candidacy, including city violations, concerns about hours of operation and structural issues.
“[Their] the building materials are just “theatrical backgrounds” creating an illusion of robustness similar to a house of cards, ”reads the June 17 letter.
Nearly a dozen Brooklyn Mirage representatives showed up earlier this week at a community council meeting where they hoped to defend their application for a permanent liquor license.
[There are] 35 palm trees, 15,000 living plants …[It’s] unlike anything most people have ever seen, ”said Simar Singh, who said the owners envisioned opening the space to the public for free, deploying Astroturf and showing movies or, if they get permission from HBO, the finale of “Game of Thrones”.
Brooklyn Mirage, which is financially supported by Cayuga Capital developers James P Wiseman and Jacob Sacks, has two huge indoor halls and an expansive outdoor space that can be rearranged to host charity weddings and galas, not just raves, Singh said.
They hope to create more than 300 jobs in the region, he said.
“I really think it’s such a unique space that you have to see it to appreciate what it has to offer,” Singh said.
He declined a request for further comment.