New York's Bossa Nova Civic Club 'closed for a notable amount of time' after catastrophic building fire

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  • Friends are raising funds for the venue after the building sustained extensive water damage.
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  • Key Brooklyn venue Bossa Nova Civic Club has announced it will close indefinitely following a fire on the building's third floor. According to the personal safety network app Citizen, the fire was reported at around 9 PM local time on January 12th. While the blaze didn't reach the ground floor, which houses Bossa, the club still endured extensive water damage. In other parts of the building, one tenant sustained secondary burn injuries to the hand and another tenant's dog died. In a post via Instagram, the club said it's "safe to say we will be closed for a notable amount of time." "We will update soon," the post continued. "Thank you so much for nine years of support and friendship." Friends of Bossa have organized a GoFundMe with a goal of raising $300,000 to help the venue get back on its feet.
    The 1900-square-foot club opened in late 2012, a time when DIY venues were ubiquitous and illegal parties were the primary arena for underground talents. Bossa was almost instantly revered for being one of New York's few legal venues purveying an eclectic sound. Countless local DJs such as MoMA Ready and AceMo as well as techno feminist collective Discwoman have built their careers through the intimate club. Numerous artists mourned the incident on Twitter. "Bossa really has offered something for everyone in NYC techno," New York-based DJ Lychee shared. Juliana Huxtable, who lived in New York before moving to Berlin, wrote, "I love Bossa Nova Civic Club so much and hearing that the building it's in caught fire is breaking my heart. I hope everyone is OK." Read the full tweets from artists below.