The New York Nights Club Report for January 27, 2010
Compiled by Gamal Hennessy
…I hunt down the nightlife news so you don’t have to…
Nightlife Town Hall Meeting
(New York Nights)
Community Board 3 on the Lower East Side is scheduling a Nightlife Town Hall meeting at P.S. 20 (Essex and Stanton) on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 pm. The agenda of the meeting is unclear, but natives and operators who work at or patronize any venue in the Lower East Side or the East Village should attend and make your voice heard. Don’t let the anti-nightlife minority speak for you.
Clubs Could Be Closed for Violating the Smoking Ban
Two weeks ago we ran a story about the increase in smoking violations inside some clubs and lounges. The Department of Health has started cracking down on alleged offenders, but instead of forcing clubs to pay fines, they are taking the aggressive stance of trying to revoke the liquor licenses of M2, the Box and other high profile venues. Is the city trying to make an example of these spots, or are governed by an administration with an unspoken anti-nightlife stance that would rather see clubs close than thrive?
West New York Could Skip Liquor Licenses
Local leaders just across the Hudson River are considering a plan to let venues serve wine and beer without applying for a liquor license. Considering how many people come into the city from across the river to party on the weekends, a move like this could siphon away revenue from local nightlife. If things continue to be problematic for operators here, we could lose some of venues to the Garden State as well…
Three men allegedly got into a fight outside of the midtown venue. Two of them went to the hospital. One of them died. This crime seems to follow a major trend in nightlife violence because the assault seems to have occurred just outside the venue and it occurred close to the end of the night, when many questionable decisions are made. The pattern suggests the need for increased police foot patrols as venues close, which would discourage crime and decrease noise in nightlife concentrated areas.
Why Do Patrons Put Up With Bad Service?
JRL asks why so many people are willing to pay for top dollar bottle service only to be treated like they just ordered off the value meal and paid with coupons?