‘No Fun’ Nightspot on Ludlow Street Files $2M Defamation Suit Against LES Dwellers

Posted on: April 28th, 2016 at 8:22 am by

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No Fun was busted in October 2015

No Fun is headed to the courts to settle the score with the LES Dwellers block association. The troublesome nightclub just filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against the rag-tag activists in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday.

The legal action claims that the Dwellers “have employed improper and illegal tactics to terrorize restaurants and bars in the neighborhood.” Founder Diem Boyd is also listed as defendant. The New York Post calls the group a bunch of “wet blankets.”

No Fun claims that the LES Dwellers took it a step too far by littering the neighborhood with flyers saying the establishment didn’t have a certificate of occupancy and operating a rowdy nightclub. Claiming this to be a smear campaign aimed at ruining the chances of a liquor license renewal.

“Defendants’ narrow-minded intolerance and disdain for people who do not share their values and worldview (yet patronize their local businesses) is the driving force behind their quest to destroy any neighborhood establishments that they believe are patronized by the ‘bridge and tunnel’ crowd,” the bar’s owner, John Pierce, alleges in the suit.

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LES Dwellers campaign against Soho House

“This complaint is meritless legal harassment. We will not be intimidated and will respond to the court,” Boyd retorted in a statement.

In all honestly, neighbors have for years claimed that 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 seemingly did the opposite. 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).

You’ll recall that the bar was raided in a sting last October. 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. They also owe $20,000 in fines for State Liquor Authority violations over the past three years.

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