It was billed as New York City’s largest Halloween party, an all-night rave with a costume contest in three 1000-plus capacity rooms and more than 15 DJs.
The Factory, a new venue in Brooklyn—operating without permits—aimed to piggyback on the Sensation electronic dance music show Oct. 26 at the Barclays Center just a few hundred feet away.
But “Fear Factory: A Sensational Afterparty” never happened, surely disappointing many of the more than 1,300 people who said on Facebook they were going, from an invited list of nearly 72,000. A former museum exhibitions factory at 700 Atlantic Avenue just east of Sixth Avenue, the venue is not quite ready for prime time—and too centrally located to evade queries from the police and fire departments that apparently short-circuited the event.
This watchdog blog, by journalist Norman Oder, offers analysis, commentary, and reportage about the $4.9B project to build the Barclays Center arena and 15-16 towers at a crucial site in Brooklyn. Dubbed Atlantic Yards by developer Forest City Ratner in 2003, it was rebranded Pacific Park Brooklyn in 2014 after the Chinese government-owned Greenland Group bought a 70% stake going forward. As of 2018, after the arena and four towers were built, Greenland will own 95% of future construction.