Well-known Brooklyn venue Bossa Nova Civic Club has announced it is closing indefinitely due to a fire on the building’s third floor.
The fire was reported around 9:00 PM local time on January 12th. It didn’t reach the first floor where the Bossa located, but the club sustained extensive water damage. In other areas of the building, a tenant suffered secondary burns and another tenant’s dog died.
Club owners shared an Instagram story delivering the news, writing that it’s “safe to say we will be closed for a notable amount of time.”
A group calling themselves Friends of Bossa put together a GoFundMe page hoping to raise $300,000 to help the venue reopen. As of this writing they have raised over $94,000.
Opening in 2012, Bossa Nova Civic Club instantly became a hit because it was one of the few legal New York venues that curated a unique sound. At the many, many DIY venues similar to the Bossa were run illegally. Numerous artists began their career playing sets at the Bossa, including the techno feminist DJ collective Discwoman.
Multiple artists have expressed their condolences on Twitter. New York-based DJ Lychee wrote, “Bossa really has offered something for everyone in NYC techno.”
Those interested in donating to the venue’s GoFundMe can do so here.