36 Ludlow Street is an Illicit After-Hours Speakeasy, Neighbors Allege

Posted on: December 28th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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The narrow shop at 36 Ludlow Street is an unlikely place for an illicit after-hours club, but that’s precisely what neighbors claim is happening.

Heretofore a dusty dumping ground, the former Chinese food distributor (Kong Yik Co) had become somewhat of a storage bin in recent years. Not until last spring did real movement kickstart with a series of pop-up endeavors and requisite launch parties (e.g. the “Nighttiming” pop-up exhibition in July by Xi Garden). Over six months later, though, and accusations are flying about a disruptive, purportedly illicit drinking den.

When we ambled past several weeks ago, several youngsters inside informed us that the space was simply storage for the building. Not the case. The showroom-slash-speakeasy entertains a revolving cast of one-off random art events and late parties. And these weekly parties thrown disrupt the block. Not to mention, it’s directly across from a school (P.S. 42).

“Its hours of operation have varied, sometimes starting ‪at 12am‬, sometimes later like ‪2-3am‬,” a tipster tells us. “They go into the wee hours (sometimes ‪7-8am‬). They throw parties usually Friday, Saturday and sometimes even Sunday nights.”

What transpired this past Saturday is another example. The party started at 9:30, the block was flooded with partiers causing a scene, and the cops were summoned to handle. It was hyped on Twitter by promoter K$ace as the “Mansion Party,” in which $10 cover was charged to hang out between 9pm and 3am. Pretty sure that crosses several red lines of illegality there. Peep the invite below.

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Here is some additional chatter about the so-called design studio that seems little more than a front…

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