Cityfox's Brooklyn Mirage Declared Unsafe by New York City's Department of Buildings

A crowd gathers for a live performance in Brooklyn
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A crowd gathers for a live performance in Brooklyn, New York.

Cityfox's Brooklyn Mirage venue initially launched in the summer of 2015. The event space had a grand opening at a new location in Bushwick, Brooklyn on May 21. "Every last element is going to be perfect," Simar Singh, Director of Marketing for Cityfox, enthused to THUMP.

But city government disagreed: the New York Department of Buildings revoked the club’s temporary place of assembly permit last week. According to a photo of a notice captured at the club by the site Dancing Astronaut, The Department of Buildings declared the “conditions in this premises” to be “imminently perilous to life.” In an email to Billboard, a spokesman for the Department of Buildings cited "non-compliance with approved safety plans" -- especially those relating to fire safety -- as a reason for the revoked permit.

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Brooklyn Mirage addressed the closing on Facebook. "Prior to this order, we had passed several DOB and FDNY safety inspections, so it is a bit of a surprise," the venue's statement noted. "We have gone through the processes and steps to obtain permitting to operate. We are committed to safety first, have and continue to work with all regulatory agencies to ensure our patrons' safety, as well as local authorities and the Community Board so that The Brooklyn Mirage is recognized for what it is: a truly unique indoor and outdoor event space that contributes to the thriving culture of Brooklyn, the greatest borough in the greatest city." The statement ended on a hopeful note: "We look forward to openly addressing any of their outstanding questions, and hosting a diverse range of patrons this year in a setting unlike any other."

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