By COLlive reporter
The food was kosher, the party wasn’t.
Crown Heights businesses and Instagram personalities promised to host “the biggest PURIM PARTY happening right here in Brooklyn” this past Wednesday night, the eve of Purim.
“Arabian Nights – Purim at the Persian Palace,” which took place on Wednesday, the eve of Purim, was organized by @the Chef’s wife and the Mimulo flower shop owned by Chani Frankel and Freidel Levin.
“Decked out for Arabian Royalty, this party will transport you from the concrete jungle to the palaces of Arabia,” they said. “Wrap yourselves in scarves and Arabian attire and get ready for the middle eastern party of the year!”
Limited to men and women over the age of 21, the event with extensive mingling between men and women featured DJ Roy Baron, a hookah lounge for smoking flavored tobacco, a henna tattoo artist offering temporary body art.
It was co-hosted by local merchants and fashion bloggers including “Eishes Style” and Rachel Ostroy. It took place at Bison & Bourbon in Downtown Brooklyn.
The mixed event catered to both marrieds and singles from within the Crown Heights community. The entertainment included a live performance by a female belly dancer. Pictures on social media showed bearded men watching the performance.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” says one female attendee who asked not to be quoted by name. “My friends invited me to a Purim party with good food. The scene was completely lewd. I just got up and left.”
Foreseeing the possible outrage from the frum community, organizers instructed that attendees share photos on Instagram Story only, one person said. This Instagram feature allows users to post pictures which are automatically deleted after 24 hours.
Owners of Mimulo did not respond to a request for a comment.
Owners of Bison & Bourbon sent the following statement to COLlive.com:
“We regretfully decided to rent out the space, as most restaurants are closed on Purim. However, we were unaware that something like this would ever happen.
“It is very important, and we want to make it clear, that we never would have done anything to bring shame like this to our business, community or to the OK.
“In addition to this, as soon as our staff saw this happen, they stopped it from continuing. It is also important to know that we had no control of the advertising of this event and that none of the management of Bison & Bourbon took part of any decision that were made for this event.
“This event has brought much harm to us and we will never allow something like this to happen again.
“We wanted to apologize to the people who were affected by this as we sincerely had no idea that something this outrageous will happen.
“This was extremely unacceptable to us, this is not our way of life and once again we will never allow for this to happen again. As part of this, we decided to donate proceeds from this event as we want no part of this.”