‘No Fun’ Raided in Coordinated NYPD Multiagency Sting on Ludlow Street

Posted on: October 12th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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No Fun was busted on Friday nightThe 7th Precinct is turning up the heat in Hell Square. For the second time in as many months, the NYPD raided a problem establishment in the area. The unlucky victim of the multiagency sting this past Friday night was No Fun, a Lower East Side bait-and-switch forever on the activist hit list.

Cops showed up at approximately 11:20pm and shut it down. Lights on, turned off. But only temporarily. We are told that the party continued after the enforcement left.

The impromptu inspection reportedly fell under the Giuliani-era program, code-named Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots (MARCH), whereby city and state authorities (NYPD, SLA, DOH, DOB, etc.) collaborate to visit establishments with documented complaint history.

The targeted action is not completely surprising, though. No Fun is one of the more egregious examples of a terrible Hell Square operator. Originally approved by Community Board 3 and the State Liquor Authority in 2010 as a full service tapas restaurant, the principals did nothing of the sort. They essentially reneged on binding stipulations and morphed into a straight-up nightclub with DJs spinning almost seven days a week, ticketed events like comedy and burlesque shows (without cabaret license), hand-stamping, and security detail with velvet rope stanchions (not needed for true restaurants).

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Also worth noting is the issue of occupancy. In particular, No Fun filed a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy at the outset for 74 people, then filed with the DOB shortly after approval. 

No Fun obtained approval for its liquor license renewal from CB3 in August, but with harsher stipulations memorialized. Namely, the SLA should investigate No Fun and hold them to the original method of operation. However, the resolution and preceding opposition work by the LES Dwellers Association ultimately tipped off the SLA, which opted to to institute a temporary license instead of a renewal (basically, one step away from either suspension or cancellation).

In the wake of this MARCH, the LES Dwellers continue to send a warning message to Hell Square nuisances skirting the law. The jig is up. For over two years, the flashpoint block association has been working with affected residents and dispatching “special ops” to collect intel at the rowdiest nightspots; they’ve researched, documented, and filed a series complaints with all the appropriate agencies alerting them to the illegal operations and bad practices.

“It is encouraging that our complaints to the 7th Precinct, the NY SLA, Department of Buildings, Department of Health, DEP, Department of Consumer Affairs, to our Elected Officials, Community Board 3 and 3-1-1, are taken seriously,” LES Dwellers co-founder Diem Boyd told us in an email.

“The Dwellers will continue to advocate for the affected residents and law-abiding businesses by aiding in research, documenting infractions, and filing complaints with the appropriate agencies alerting them to all illegal operations and bad practices of certain operators in the Lower East Side, such as No Fun.”

As for No Fun, they might not be around much longer anyway.

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