Revoke Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge New York State Liquor License
We the residents in and around the area of East Fifth Street and Second Avenue in the borough of Manhattan and city of New York, ask the New York State Liquor Authority to revoke the license of the operation at 248 East Fifth Street (S. W. corner of E. Fifth St. and 2nd Ave) known as Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge.
Having suffered for
years from the noise and violence associated with this bar, the East Fifth
Street Block association successfully fought the transfer of Sin Sin’s liquor
license in July of 2010. Subsequently, we had meetings with the operator of the
business and the police. We described and substantiated (via video footage)
that the crowds that Sin Sin /Leopard Lounge attracted were not only noisy, but
wildly out of control and violent. Only when pressed did the operator
acknowledge the problem and say that he would address the two issues of concern
to us; 1) Security on the street, and 2) Programming, with the idea being that
he is knowingly and purposefully attracting the same violent crowd and that an
effort must be made to attract a less violent one.
Less than three weeks after that August 4th meeting, on August 22nd a man was shot and killed outside of the bar around closing time. Both victim and suspects were club patrons. Even after this murder, as recently as September 19th another fight escalated to the point of needing police to enter the premises to subdue it.
On the grounds that;
1) This operation has its license under false
pretenses; its original application states that it is to operate as a fully
staffed, full service restaurant, but it actually operates as a bar/night club.
2) This operation’s patrons regularly interrupt the
sleep of its neighbors with noise and violence.
3) Promises of dealing with the issue of security
have gone unaddressed, and violence and lawlessness has increased.
4) Promises of dealing with the issue of programming
to bring in a less raucous, violent crowd have gone unaddressed, and violence
and lawlessness on the part of this crowd has increased to the point of murder
and continuing violence.
5) The violence associated with this club/bar puts
the residents in harm’s way.
We respectfully request that The New York State Liquor Authority revoke Sin Sin’s license to serve alcohol.
I am a resident who is directly effected by Sin Sin's methods of operation.
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