Quicklink: Coco 66 Shut Down?

October 25, 2010 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Yes guys and dolls, this would appear to be the case. Can I honestly say I am surprised by this? In light of an email I received last summer* no, I am not. You can get the full skinny over at the Village Voice.

Miss Heather

Photo Credits: Village Voice

*Here’s what one of their neighbors had to say after I broke the news:

WOW!  Depending on how long this vacate order lasts, I may indeed have to rethink my whole atheist lifestyle.  It’s funny, because I was actually standing out front of my building that night around 11:30 and didn’t see anything other than the 50 or so people hanging out on the “loading dock” area (this is also becoming a problem).  Also, someone in my building has a friend that works at Coco 68 who said that Kelleran was planning on closing 68 to expand the venue space.  If that happens, I would definitely be moving, which sucks, because I love my apartment.  Perhaps these violations will put an end to that plan.  Either way, I’m glad they are being penalized, even if it’s short lived.  Thank you so much for passing this along.  We’ll have to wait and see if their Dub-shit night still happens on Nov. 13th.

Sadly this proved to be temporary. Said neighbor reports:

There is no God.  This just in from the link you sent me:

“Update #2: Says the venue: “We’ve already met with the Buildings Commission and everything, and they couldn’t legally tell us we should be shutdown–we didn’t have to close at all. We were misinformed by the NYPD. They had no right to say that at all.” What was the issue? “Just occupancy. They were doing taskforce everywhere, and they drove by, and there were 100 people outside, and another 400 inside. We just should have cut it off earlier. They oversold the tickets–the promoters way oversold it. But it’s all taken care of now.” They’ll be open at 4 p.m. today.”

I still can’t find where or when they got the permits to convert it to a venue space.  I also can’t find where they have a cabaret license.  I actually also put a complaint into the NY Liquor Board last week, citing the loud music and the congregations of people they have outside.  This place is just so out of control.  I can’t be the only person who has a problem with them.  I just can’t.  Why can’t it just go back to being a bar?


8 Comments on Quicklink: Coco 66 Shut Down?

  1. d on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 12:33 pm
  2. Complaint says 24 hour vacate – they had 350 people jammed into a space that has a legal capacity of 74. I’ve been to oversold shows but that sounds way, way over any space I’ve ever been uncomfortably smooshed into.

  3. missheather on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 12:38 pm
  4. These folks have been a problem for some time. I know for a fact the head of CB1’s Public Safety Committee paid the owner of this business a visit this summer to discuss noise complaints.

  5. d on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 3:51 pm
  6. Noise issues notwithstanding, it’s so dangerous to have that many people in a small space. Whenever I’ve been in an oversold show, I mark where the exits are, the complaint stated there was only one point of egress. I remember when a fire broke out at a club in Rhode Island and killed so many people. That must have been a horrible way to go.

  7. missheather on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 4:16 pm
  8. Yes, going 300+ people over your allotted limit IS ridiculous. There is no excuse for that. I do not care who the owner tries to fob the blame off on.

  9. a neighbor on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 10:09 am
  10. From what I understand, a friendly call to the local fire department, on the non-emergency number, letting them know that this is a continuing problem, could be helpful. It was the fire department getting into the Sweater Factory that finally got DOB to shut it down.

    If it was 100 in a space for 75, okay, fine. But 350? How do you do that, except for excessive greed?

  11. missheather on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 10:13 am
  12. There is no excuse for this kind of thing. Of course last night when my husband and I walked by they were installing dry wall and/or working in 66. Mind you, this was at 9:00 p.m.

  13. missheather on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 10:36 am
  14. Oh yeah: it would appear this establishment does not have a Cab License:


    Yeah, I am just as shocked as you are.

  15. dsusla@gmail.com on Tue, 9th Nov 2010 8:48 pm
  16. Miss heather, thank you for the link. Based on the doc, where are you looking to see that they don’t have a cab license?

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