A slew of safety violations prompted city building inspectors to shut down a 6,000-person party venue for the second time in three weeks, according to an email sent from the Department of Buildings to the local community board.
When inspectors visited Brooklyn Mirage at 111 Gardner Ave. on Friday, they found wooden platforms and decks that didn’t appear structurally sound, gas piping which had been installed without a permit, extension cords being used instead of permanent wiring, plywood structures that weren’t fire-rated and no evacuation plan for the site, inspectors wrote in the letter.
The owners also couldn’t provide structural drawings for the scaffolding used in the structure, the site was missing exit signs and had several unsafe exits, according to the note.
The most recent vacate order issued to Brooklyn Mirage, a sprawling outdoor and indoor complex at 111 Gardner Ave. in East Williamsburg industrial park known for its electronic dance music raves called CityFox, comes after an earlier DOB vacate order for safety hazards as well as police crackdown in May during which the venue’s liquor was confiscated.
It comes on the heels of the Department of Buildings issuing a vacate order on the site on May 26 for lacking necessary emergency lighting and exit signs, according to Alex Schell, a spokesman for the DOB. Those violations were soon corrected, he said.
Troubles with Brooklyn Mirage have been mounting since last year when they hosted dozens of pop-up parties and events nearby at 99 Scott St. using catering permits, allowing them to circumvent state restrictions that only allow four pop-up event liquor licenses at any given venue in a 12-month period.
The owners responded to the closure on their Facebook page:
Dear all: with deep regret, we announce the cancellation of The Cityfox Experience June 18th due to sudden and unforeseen circumstances.
We know many of you were not only anticipating the event, but listening to the music of artists you love. We understand that this news may be profoundly disappointing, please know that we share in that sentiment on a very personal level. This is the last thing we’d ever want to announce as not only event organizers, but fans of these artists ourselves.