After being shutdown in 2016 for selling alcohol without a license and having conditions “imminently perilous to human life”, the gigantic party space known as Brooklyn Mirage has officially reopened. They held their first EDM party on Saturday with DJ Stephan Bodzin and $8 drafts of Stella Artois:
After a year of false starts and legal imbroglios, the contentious nightclub Brooklyn Mirage opened last Saturday as a huge, architecturally ambitious destination for deep house and techno parties. It is the outdoor component of Avant Gardner, an 80,000-square-foot development at 140 Stewart Avenue in an industrial corridor of the East Williamsburg neighborhood, a few grubby blocks from Queens. By fall, a warehouse (now filled with sacks of cement mix and construction equipment) will be transformed into an event space. Another area will become a 5,000-square-foot club. All told, it will hold 6,000 visitors.
Gothamist attended their first party last Saturday and said it felt “very un-New York.” Judging by the pictures and the line-up, we know what they mean. But as New York becomes regrettably more and more like LA, or worse, Miami, Brooklyn Mirage will be right at home. Ugh.
We dropped by opening weekend for a look at the ambitious venture, and our photographer Sai Mokhtari noted, “it felt very un-New York.” The good news: the event was pretty well-run and there were plenty of bars, so you won’t have to wait on line for drinks for too long. The bad news: there are an insufficient number of bathrooms, so you will have to wait on line forever for that (or, as many attendees did during the opening night, find a dark corner).
Brooklyn Mirage is just one part of a larger 80,000-square-foot compound known as Avant Gardner that will open later this year:
The complex is built on a full city block at 140 Stewart Ave — on Meserole St between Stewart Ave and Gardner Ave, which lends its namesake — and is comprised of three distinct areas. The Brooklyn Mirage is outdoors and operates during summer months, while two indoor areas, The Great Hall and The Kings Hall, are indoors and operates year-round. The Brooklyn Mirage opens on July 1st, and The Great Hall and The Kings Hall will open later this year. Avant Gardner will be a “unique space for events, such as festivals, exhibitions, concerts, trade shows, open-air movies, fundraisers, community and cultural activities. Brooklyn is in need of such a space. We are eager for Avant Gardner to open.