FOMO party raided by cops; meet the Night Mayor in Bushwick tonight
After taking a private tour of soon-to-close Silent Barn, NYC's first Night Mayor, Ariel Palitz, will make her first official public appearance at fellow DIY space Secret Project Robot in Bushwick tonight (3/26). There will be a panel discussion where she'll hear from advocates, community members, business owners and artists. Topics will include: "stopping displacement, rent control for commercial venues, path for DIY’s to become a legal community spaces, safety certification processes, clarity on MARCH raids, dancing in zoning codes."
UPDATE: Read about what happened at the meeting.
Also scheduled to attend: NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal (who spearheaded the Office of Nightlife campaign), Rachel Nelson (Secret Project Robot), Anya Sapozhnikova (House of YES), Jazo Brooklyn (Educated Little Monsters Performing & Visual Arts Program), Tara Duvivier (Urban Planner & DJ), Brian Polite (Afro Mosaic Soul) and Ali Coleman (House Coalition). The panel is from 7-8:30 PM and more info is here.
As mentioned, one of the topics to be discussed tonight is MARCH (Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots), a task force implemented by the Giuliani administration to do raids on bars, venues, and nightclubs, that is still in operation. The Cabaret Law may have been repealed but as DJ Tara Duvivier (who is one of tonight's panelists) noted after FOMO at Friends & Lovers got raided by MARCH on Friday (3/23), there are still restrictions for dancing:
Veteran DJ Stretch Armstrong, who was one of the FOMO DJs, replied to Tara:
Though FOMO got shut down, one of the party's other DJs, Darling Chuck tweeted they're still planning on coming back next month: