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Boîte: Ladyfag Hosts a New Party in Brooklyn

“Dark beats for dark times.” The sexy proposition for the current climate is the tagline for the Closet at Schimanski, a new monthly party from the night-life ambassador Ladyfag. At the inaugural party last month, glitter-flecked L.G.B.T. partygoers and their friends lined up at the sleek new club in Williamsburg. Once inside, they appraised one another’s outré ensembles under the glare of not-safe-for-work video projections — lo-fi montages of men gyrating in skeleton bodysuits (and then, inevitably, less). It was a titillating invitation to strip away restraint and writhe unaccompanied, as one man did around 1:30 a.m., a cross necklace dangling from his black turtleneck.

The Place

At the busy corner of Wythe Avenue and North 11th Street, near the Wythe Hotel and Kinfolk bar. Previously known as Verboten before it was seized by the state for tax evasion, the club reopened on Oct. 31. The space includes a glittering shark sculpture over the bar, and a raised partition for D.J.s and selfie-snapping partygoers.

The Crowd

The path to the dance floor served as a de facto runway, with barrel-chested men lumbering past in corsets, drag queens parting crowds in waist-grazing wigs and guests trading air kisses in all manner of lacy underthings. “I mean, everybody shows up,” said a sparkle- and spandex-clad man who gave his name as Marlin, eyeing the crowd approvingly.

The Playlist

“Bassline and drive,” was how Tyler Ashley, one of the night’s hosts, described the hypnotic mix of house and techno beats by a rotating cast of D.J.s, among them the duos Fatherhood and Butched. “I always love the energy of collaboration,” Ladyfag said. “It’s amazing to watch them feed off each other when they spin.”

Getting In

No velvet rope. Just pay the post-11:30 p.m. $20 entrance fee and wait five minutes. The daunting coat-check line, $4, keeps the crowd from flooding the dance floor too quickly.

Drinks

Beyond beer, $8, and $10 “gay water” (see Urban Dictionary: “A vodka soda water with lemon or lime”), the only drink of note was a hot toddy, $10. “Stay warm,” a sign at the bar read.