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Massive Dance Club on Williamsburg Waterfront Wants to Party Until 6 a.m.

 Verboten hosts DJ parties all over the city and is opening its first permanent venue in Williamsburg.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Get your glow sticks ready.

A massive new nightclub planning to open near popular desitnations Brooklyn Bowl, the Wythe Hotel and Output Club wants to bring electronic dance parties that will last as late as 6 a.m. to the Williamsburg waterfront.

Verboten (German for "forbidden") — a popular dance party company that throws techno and house DJ events around the city — is applying for a liquor license for its soon-to-open nightclub on North 11th Street that will hold more than 700 people, company representative Jen Schiffer said at a public meeting this week.

"It attracts a discerning crowd of music fans, Europeans, hipsters, freaks, party girls and industry types," the company's website explains of its "techno programming."

Schiffer said the new venue would include two rooms — one that could accommodate 411 people and another that could hold 321 guests. The venue has applied to remain open until 4 a.m. on weeknights and 6 a.m. on weekends.

Late-night DJ parties won't be the only way for visitors to enjoy Verboten's music culture, she explained, noting that kids could take afternoon lessons weekly at the venue, which would open at noon each day.

"There's literally no music education in this entire community board," she said of Williamsburg and Greenpoint's Community Board 1, "so we thought this was really important."

Some neighbors at the Board 1 meeting questioned the club's late hours and expressed concern over parking problems in an area already dense with bars.

But Schiffer said her venue was adding parking to the site and would be a "box within a box" that would not disturb nearby residents.

"The reason we picked this space at North 11th Street and Kent Avenue is because it's an industrial zone," Schiffer said. "I have a degree in urban planning and I thoroughly believe I'll be a good neighbor."

When contacted the day after the public meeting, Schiffer declined to comment on when the club planned to open or discuss further details about the establishment.

The club's liquor license will be discussed at an SLA committee meeting by Community Board 1 on May 30.