Rubulad, the carnival-like art party powerhouse located on Flushing Avenue in Bed-stuy, is having a pretty tough few days. Last week city officials stopped by to tell them the years-long party was over. They had one hour to get everything out of the building, or risk losing it all.
Hundreds of helpers heeded the call to help move an insane amount of art, furniture, and residents’ belongings across the street and into storage.
Now, they’re under an “Order to Vacate,” which prevents residents from entering the building. But here’s the suck: it’s starting to sound like a false alarm, “some element of harassment” by NYC fire marshals who have for years put up with Rubulad’s semi-frequent parties.
Sari Rubinstein and Chris Thomas, Rubulad’s “co-conspirators,” wrote in to Laughing Squid with the story.
On the morning of Tuesday, July 20th, NYC fire marshals entered Rubulad and announced we were being ‘evicted.’ We were informed that representatives of the Department of Buildings were on their way to padlock the space and that we had an hour to remove our essential belongings.
There appears to be some element of harassment at work here as, at the close of business on the third day of this ongoing fiasco, the DOB has not arrived to padlock the premises and indeed we have spoken with them on the phone and they have assured us they have no intention of doing so.
However, the fire department has issued an ‘Order to Vacate’ disallowing us from entering the ground floor of our space. The DOB represents that they can and will undo the Order, but again nothing further has happened and as of now the Order stands.
So, while they’re not sure exactly what they should do or where they should go, they are looking for potential new digs to continue throwing the parties they’ve become so well-known for:
We are asking: If anyone has any ideas of alternative spaces we might hold our next event(s) Do pass them along. We like large space, multiple rooms, outdoor space if possible.
[h/t & photo via Laughing Squid, previous coverage at Brooklyn Paper]