For the woke costume enthusiast: House of Yes
There is no typical night at the HOY, but an average night could include a man in a neon pink pixie wig showering buckets of glitter down from a silk aerial rig suspended 12 feet above the floor as throngs of scantily clad party-goers look on adoringly. Founded as a space for aerialists to practice and perform their craft, the place has become a legend in the scope of Brooklyn nightlife. Each event has a theme -- drag competitions, pool parties, amateur burlesque nights -- that dictates the evening’s music selection, the performance, and the costume you should be wearing.
But better even than the absurd extravagance of the place is the fact that, even on a dance floor as crowded as this one, no one will invade your personal space. The place is a sex-positive haven for the weird and wonderful, with a zero tolerance policy for any form of unsolicited or non-consensual dancing, touching, or even conversing. “This is a space for everyone to feel welcome and loved. Racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia will not be tolerated at our House,” its website reads. This is the most simultaneously wild and respectul dance floor you’ll find anywhere in the city -- or perhaps the world.