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Cityfox granted license to reopen controversial events space Brooklyn Mirage

Confirming the approval to establish a permanent location

  • Harrison Williams
  • 3 April 2017

After a lengthy battle, Avant Gardner, the events space that includes Brooklyn Mirage, has finally been granted a liquor license by the New York State Liquor Authority and will move forward with reopening in 2017.

After being denied during an advisory hearing by Greenpoint and Williamsburg's Community Board 1, Avant Gardner went ahead with its application to the SLA, which approved the license for the now permanent location, according to Thump.

In February 2017, new plans for the events space surfaced, detailing a proposal that includes safety and traffic analyses, along with hiring 171 workers to generate $7.2 million in labor income. Cityfox will also implicate a "neighborhood beautification plan" by tasking local artists to paint murals surrounding the venue. They plan to install 15,000 live plants and 35 palm trees inside as well.

According to reports, the proposed Cityfox plan will cost $47.2 million and has received support from 24 local politicians, community organizations and religious groups.

Back in 2016 Cityfox struggled with the Brooklyn Mirage, when it was forced to cancel a number of events due to permit issues. Organizers also attempted to put on a party at a toxic Superfund site on Halloween, but Cityfox would not be blamed as the owner of the building was at fault.

Avant Gardner expressed their excitement to Mixmag last month: “We're pleased to have gained the support of many elected officials, community groups, and organizations for a world-class multi-purpose venue that benefits the local community, Brooklyn, the City and State. The venue will host many different types of events, including free community events, as well as Cityfox. We will have more details in the near future."

Look for dates and lineups for this summer’s Cityfox events to surface in the coming months.

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