Just in time for Halloween, Eddie Dean of Pacha is pre-opening his new club in the old Verboten space on Monday, and it now has a name, Schimanski. That’s going to be a hard one to remember unless you happen to be a fan of German crime shows. Just remember it has nothing to do with Zablozki’s, nearby.
Back in February, we noticed a FREE COFFEE sign hovering a few stories above the controversial Starbucks on Union Avenue and wondered if it was an olive branch to neighbors who were rankled by the corporate interloper’s bid for a liquor license. But a barista at the Starbucks told us there were no free Frappuccinos to be had, and it quickly became apparent that the glowing sign was either an art installation, an epic prank, or both. Curious to find out, we slipped a note under the door of one of the building’s top-floor apartments, requesting a word with the sign maker.
Last week, we finally got a text: “This is the guy behind the free coffee sign.”
I had high expectations when the Party by Ostbahnhof, the performance-centric circuit rager inspired by Berlin’s “trash drag” scene, kicked off in December at Verboten. Derek Marshall, ex-pat owner of The Club in Kreuzberg, was infectiously giddy upon his return to the States. And the Party was bound to be a hit if it was any bit as raucous as Olympia Bukkakis, a regular drag performer at Marshall’s underground hot spot for the arty queer scene in the Bushwick of Berlin. Which is why I’m not at all surprised to see the Party’s return to Verboten on January 15.
Ridiculously balmy weather brought record numbers of Santas, elves, ugly sweaters, reindeer, Christmas trees, gingerbread cookies, and Hanukkah shout-outs to Williamsburg and the East Village on Saturday for that most notorious excuse for mass day drinking, SantaCon 2015.
Ibiza Love Child Pop-Up Weekender+
Nov. 28 to Dec. 3 and Dec. 14 to Dec. 25, from 4pm to midnight at Ibiza Love Child, 29 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg
While it ramps up for a grand opening in February, Ibiza Love Child has been doing pop-ups at Verboten while quietly operating by appointment only on other days. But starting Black Friday, designer Mary Wagman will invite holiday shoppers into her 2,500-square-foot warehouse – a “warm, yummy environment,” she assures us – so they can check out her private line as well as the funky duds she imports from that party mecca of Ibiza.
While half of Brooklyn packed into Dumbo’s Festival of Light over the weekend, the lasers were beaming over in Williamsburg as well, as the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival stormed venues such as Cameo, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Villain, Glasslands, Output, and Verboten. Among the highlights: Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow spinning vinyl from Afrika Bambaata’s personal 40,000-record-strong collection.
The recently announced Red Bull Music Academy Festival isn’t the only reason you need to unburn those raver pants: Verboten — the club long slated to join Output, Brooklyn Bowl, Kinfolk, Rough Trade, TBA and others in Williamsburg’s ever expanding Big Entertainment district — has announced that it will throw open its doors this Friday.