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Motor City Bar Threatened by Seventh Precinct Crackdown
Posted on: May 6th, 2011 at 6:39 am by Elie
Help keep a legendary hard-rock dive on the Lower East Side. Right where it belongs. Motor City Bar, that bastion of bad-assery and longtime Boogie haunt, is under threat from the New York State powers-that-be. At issue here is the recent crackdown on nightlife within the Seventh Precinct. Representatives from the iconic establishment will appear before the State Liquor Authority on May 23 to fight for its survival at 117 Ludlow Street.
An internet petition has also been making the rounds of late, seeking support from the community for “Motor City Bar’s fair and equitable business practice conducted on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.” And there is definitely a tremendous outpouring of emotional support. In fact, there are already some 560 signatures and counting.
Herewith, select comments from Motor City backers:
- Of the countless bars in this neighborhood that could possibly be under attack by an overzealous police department, I find it shocking that Motor City would be a target. With 15 years serving the community, Motor City is a shining example of what a neighborhood establishment should be, and I say this as a member of that community, residing in the 10009 zip code for the last decade. To allow Motor City to succumb to such attacks from the 7th Precinct and it’s new Captain would be an injustice to the entire community.
- As a longtime resident of the neighborhood, I can attest that Motor City is frequented by locals, and contributes to the community.
- I have been a loyal employee to Motor City Bar for 15 years and have always done my best to preserve peace and happiness in and outside of the bar. Motor City has and always will feel like my baby. In the early days it was challenging to get people to come to the LES, but I always managed to drag everyone there after shows and tempted them with delicious Happy Hour Cocktails. I have spent a good portion of my life cultivating the success of this bar and it breaks my heart to witness first hand the unrealistic abuse from our new Captain in charge. In recent years there have been many new bars, restaurants, and HOTELS on the LES which have attracted many tourists and out of towners. Surely the city new what they were getting into when they allowed all of these business to exist. Giuliani and Bloomberg have done everything in their power to encourage small businesses and tourism to NYC because they wanted the revenue. So I have to ask, why is it that just because there is a new captain in charge, we should become a target for the on going and unrealistic abuse? It hurts the livelihood of everyone that is working in small businesses and the cities revenue when they have to close bars down constantly and spend all of that time, effort, and money doing so. I just don’t understand it, isn’t this what they wanted? If there are problem offenders then yes do what you need to do, but honestly attacking every single bar on the LES just seems that this is some new way for the economically challenged city to gain more revenue for itself by writing tickets. Twisted.
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