If you couldn't get into the mysterious Spiegeltent in the Extra Mooga area of the Great GoogaMooga this weekend, don't sweat it—another one just popped up in Times Square. This particular century-old tent was found in a barn in Belgium and was restored for this NYC appearance. (It's also a different tent than the one that was down at the South Street Seaport back in 2006, when Gothamist presented Movable Hype 9.0 with O'Death.) These luxuriant traveling Spiegeltents were used as traveling dance halls and music/cabaret venues throughout Europe in the early 20th century; inside it feels like time stood still.

The producing company, Spiegelworld, is currently presenting a new show specially "themed" for NYC. We're not quite sure what that means because it hasn't officially opened yet, but we're told the production, called EMPIRE, is a mix of burlesque, acrobatics, cabaret, and other offbeat circus acts. But the main attraction is really the tent itself, which was just pitched in the heart of the theater district, in a lot on West 45th Street. Here's a video revealing how they found the location:

Preview performances of EMPIRE started Tuesday inside the Spiegeltent, which seats 440 in the round. Details and tickets here.