Eddie Dean, the nightlife impresario behind defunct megaclub Pacha NYC, is taking over the home of Verboten and opening a new club there in the fall. He snagged the troubled Williamsburg space by putting in a $1.2 million bid in bankruptcy court.
Verboten, an underground party that morphed into a brick-and-mortar venue on Wythe Avenue’s budding club row in March of 2014, was seized for non-payment of over $360,000 in taxes this past March, after co-owner Jen Schiffer was sued by employees who alleged sexual harrassment and racism. The club was able to reopen in April after filing for Chapter 11, but soon after, Schiffer was arrested in Greenpoint for allegedly writing $31,000 in bad checks.
So how will Dean’s new venue clear the air?According to a press release, it will be “dedicated to the creative ethos of Brooklyn and serve as an outpost for the global dance music scene.” He and director Andrew Inomata, a holdover from Pacha, are hoping to “tap into the maker-culture of DIY Brooklyn with arts, music, food, and community life,” in the words of the announcement.
Dean opened Pacha, the first US outpost of the legendary Ibiza club, in 2005 in the storied Sound Factory space in Hell’s Kitchen. During its 10-year run, it served as a reliable throwback to the pre-Giuliani era of big-box dance clubs (you know, when glo sticks, raver pants, Mitsubishis, and “bridge and tunnel” were a thing). Thanks in part to outsized music director Rob Fernandez, who died of heart problems a year ago, the club regularly featured NYC house legends like Erick Morillo and Danny Tenaglia, and drew A-list international DJs aplenty.
To a lesser extent, Output now carries the big-club flame, so it’ll be interesting to see how its new neighbor clicks with it (Good Room, another haven for electronic/DJ music, is also a walk away). The venue’s name is TBA, which has nothing to do with the (also troubled) Wythe Avenue club known as TBA– it’s to be announced.
Correction: The original version of this post was revised to correct the location of Pacha.