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150-Person Party On Brooklyn Rooftop Busted In "Pandemic Crackdown"

Stephan Cartello • авг. 6, 2020


A party at a restaurant in Sheepshead Bay and a Crown Heights eatery ignoring the indoor dining ban are the latest violations in Brooklyn.

A Crown Heights restaurant found ignoring the ban on indoor dining and a 150-person rooftop party in Sheepshead Bay are the latest Brooklyn spots found violating rules meant to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

La Vue in Sheepshead Bay and Suite 704 on Nostrand Avenue were among the 11 establishments to have their liquor licenses pulled by the New York State Liquor Authority this week after they were found violating pandemic-related rules.

So far, eight Brooklyn spots — including a "party boat" in Red Hook — have been penalized by the Liquor Authority for not following guidelines meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"Noncompliance will lead us right back right where we were just a few months ago — so we must continue to crack down on the bad actors who violate the law and risk everyone's health and safety," said Cuomo, who convened the task force of investigators to check on the state's bars after videos of late-night, maskless partiers.

At La Vue, investigators with the governor's task force found 150 people drinking and dancing on the rooftop and another 40 without masks inside on Sunday. The partiers were sharing hookah and drinks from bottle service, investigators said.

The inspectors also found six employees preparing food, three bartenders, five security guards and two valets without face coverings at the Emmons Avenue restaurant.

At Suite 704 in Crown Heights, NYPD officers visiting on Saturday found a dozen people eating, employees without masks and a DJ set-up inside the restaurant, despite the fact that indoor dining still isn't allowed in New York City.

The two restaurants join a long list of New York City spots that have lost their liquor license or faced other consequences for violating coronavirus guidelines.

In Brooklyn, violations have been found at three bars on Smith Street, at 21 Greenpoint and at Congress in Cobble Hill.

Many were busted for crowds drinking outside the bars without any food. Under an order from the governor, establishments can only serve alcohol to people ordering "substantial food."

More liquor license suspensions for Brooklyn bars are likely in the works.

The governor's task force checked up on establishments 945 times just on Monday and found violations at 27 of them, according to the governor's office.

Cuomo said that formal charges from the latest inspections are being prepared.

Businesses face fines as high as $10,000 or immediate suspension of their liquor license for violating COVID-19 regulations.

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