The Underground World of New York’s Secret Parties
Amazingly, Gothamist somehow gained access to an illegal abandoned subway party and managed to report and photograph it. For those of us who aren’t included on that invite list, there’s an easier way to check out secret warehouse parties — websites sell tickets to them. The way it works is you buy a ticket and at the last minute they email the location to you. I decided to see this for myself. I went ahead and purchased a ticket to one of Error 404’s secret location parties. And then I waited. And waited. Finally the location was sent to my email along with the details. I did not recognize the location but decided to head over to Brooklyn and check it out. About a half hour later I found myself standing in front of a small warehouse/bar type of structure on an abandoned street. Two girls waved goodbye to the bouncer as I arrived. A minute later, a few Bushwick hipsters drifted past me holding their cigarettes. Entering the party, I soon realized that it was overcrowded. There was no room to move, it was hot, the air inside a combination of fog, sweat and smoke. The music was great. The DJ and the general atmosphere were fantastic and I would have stayed had the space been larger. See our video on You-Tube for a general idea of what the atmosphere was like at a recent underground secret party we checked out.
So what’s the real secret about “secret” parties? Nothing really. Except that you take a chance when you buy a ticket to an event where you have no idea regarding its location. Nor do you have any idea how many people will be there or what to expect. Exciting? Yes. Disappointing? Yes. It can go either way. You take a chance when you buy a ticket to a secret party. It could be amazing; it can also be a complete waste of time. Or you can return to the old tried and true method of buying tickets to events where you know exactly what you’re getting. Less exciting but far more predictable.