Spotted At Coco 68: Signs of Activity

September 24, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Although nary a liquor license hearing notice was to be found on the premises— if what I saw while walking by this afternoon is any indication, Coco 68 is indeed making preparations to re-open.

Public Safety Committee Meeting (which oversees liquor license applications, albeit only in an advisory capacity)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE: you must sign in by 6:15 p.m. in order to speak)
Community Board 1 Main Office
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211

Coming To 120 Franklin Street: Van Gogh’s Radio 2.0?

No liquor license hearing notice has been posted, but per the agenda for our local Community Board’s Public Safety Committee agenda this may very well be the case!

You will also notice, dear readers, that Coco 66 (albeit via 68 Greenpoint Avenue) is also on the docket. Hmm…

But back to 120 Franklin Street— and CKTP LLC. After some research I deduced the Greenpoint grapevine may very well be correct. The chap behind CKTP LLC endeavor, Christopher Klusak, has close ties to Van Gogh’s Radio.

Will Van Gogh’s Radio be making a comeback? It certainly appears to be the case. However, there’s still that liquor license hearing meeting on September 27th. Only then will we know for certain…

Community Board 1 Public Safety Committee Meeting
September 27, 2011 starting at 6:30 p.m.
CB1 Main Office
435 Graham Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211



LAST GASP: What’s Up At Coco 66?

July 12, 2011 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

I have noticed a number of search query “hits” about this establishment on the back-end of my web site recently. So much so that this afternoon I did a walk by to see what’s up.

By all appearances Coco 66 appears to be shuttered…

and something is going on next door at Coco 68. This is very curious indeed! Now factor in an email I received this evening after meeting with a wonderful group of young ladies (about matters north Brooklyn). A person we’ll call ipfreely writes:

Hi Miss Heather,

Did something happen to Coco 66? Just wondering.!/sevagranik


Some of the people reading this tome are undoubtedly aware this establishment has had issues with “the authorities” before. Perhaps this incident is somehow related to what happened last year? In any case, if anyone reading this tome has the 411 on what happened please share via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. You identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. Thanks!

UPDATE, July 13, 2011 3:08 p.m.: I have gotten the word from the man upstairs (that being none other than the head of the 94th himself, D.I. Hurson!) as to what happened. Here you go!

Miss Heather,  I noticed on your web page that you noticed that Coco 66 is closed. We did a joint operation Saturday with the State Liquor Authority Coco 66 was operating without a Liquor license. The owner was arrested and all the Liquor was order destroyed by the SLA.

UPDATE, July 14, 2011: Paper Magazine has a pretty good (if rather short) article as to what happened. Give it a read!

Miss Heather

Spotted On Greenpoint Avenue: Apology

November 2, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

It would appear that Vacate Order— while curiously absent from the front door— is still in effect at Coco66.


Miss Heather

P.S.: It would appear Coco66’s lack of a Place of Assembly permit has not gone unnoticed as well.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Closed For Renovations?

October 27, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

The above item (which hails from the Village Voice and is a follow-up to their breaking story about the closure of Coco68 last Friday) was brought to my attention by my buddy over at Brooklyn11211. He writes:

I see they’re still closed down – but they have a perfectly logical explanation. It was just less confusing for all involved to reschedule their shows at other venues.

You can read this article in its entirety by clicking here. Otherwise I’ll leave you with yours truly’s favorite passage— with a little New York Shitty analysis thrown in for good measure!

Apologies for the confusion yesterday. Briefly: after you and I spoke we had a meeting at Coco’s and we all decided that since some shows were already moving to other venues this week, just because they were worried (rightfully so given your establishment saw fit to cram 400 people into a space allotted for 74, this can hardly be construed as “professional”), we would take this time now to take a couple days off and make some renovations to just kinda move forward and become a better venue with more space for people. So we are taking a couple days to do that. We were doing construction all night last night (I can personally attest to this. I can also attest that neither Coco66 nor Coco 68 have permits for any of the work they are doing.) , and all day today (more work without a permit, is the Department of Buildings reading this?), just in the back to have more space and do bigger and better shows (which we are not in fact legally entitled to conduct given we have neither a Cabaret License nor a Place of Assembly Permit*).

Miss Heather

*As someone in the know explained to me:

They absolutely don’t have a cab license. Must have zoning use group 12 on the CO and the description must read “eating and drinking establishment with no restrictions on entertainment.”  Not even a PA. Hence the 74 max occupancy.

This is rather curious given the owner of Coco66 and Coco68 seems to be operating a construction company out of the latter.

One would think Mr. Kelleran would be aware legalities such as these. Hmm…

New York Shitty Day Ender: Under Construction

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

As of 9:00 p.m. this evening it would appear* that Coco 66 is installing a little dry wall. Hmm…

Miss Heather

*And sound

Quicklink: Coco 66 Shut Down?

October 25, 2010 ·
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?

THIS WEEK: Mixtape & Street Crush

February 9, 2009 ·
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Today’s offerings of artistic goodness this upcoming Friday come courtesy of Jason who is not only a New York Shitty reader, but is also a featured artist in both of the following events. Mazel tov!


First up, 717 Studio will be  having an opening this Friday, February 13, for Mixtape: Music Spurred By Music & Light. Here’s the 411 as to what this show is about from their press release:

Through the curatorial efforts of Laina Karavani, Graham Slick, and Raquel Lauren, 717 Studio brings you “Mixtape.” Much like a well selected hour -long mix of music, this showing satisfies the desire for everything from the visual to the tactile with sculpture, painting, light, color, and materials from familiar to questionable. We have found the ultimate blend of creativity by contribution of the artists, each arranging a  music set to accompany the expressive works.

As you can see the list of artists is pretty extensive —at least enough so to preclude me listing and linking to each of them here. However, if you click here you can will get a fairly comprehensive list of their web sites featuring their work your perusal.

February 13, 2009 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
717 Studio
717 Manhattan Avenue, #2A
Brooklyn, New York 11222


The very same night the Alphabeta boys will be throwing a pre-Valentine’s Day blow out featuring some of the biggest names in street art out there (like Poster Boy!), a kissing booth and burlesque from the likes of Nasty Canasta (should there be any other kind?) and Clams Casino; and music courtesy of MC Tigger. The suggested donation for this event is $8.00 and things are scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. For more information about this event you can click on the above flier or check out Brooklyn Street Art’s web site.

Street Crush
February 13, 2009, 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
70 Greenpoint Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Be advised there will be an after party next door at CoCo 68 too!

Miss Heather

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