Fight with Cops Erupts Outside Mazaar Lounge, Prompting a Saturday Night Raid [VIDEO]
More nightlife-fueled violence in Hell Square this weekend.
Roughly twenty-four hours after a 24-year-old man was brutally pummeled on Orchard Street, a brawl erupted on the doorstep of Mazaar Lounge just around the corner. It was the second such large-scale fight in the area within the last month.
The violence originated from patrons exiting Mazaar, police said. After closing time – the nightclub hosted an event called “Fridays on Essex” – some sort of dispute occurred and got out of control. Rather violent, in fact. When officers arrived at the scene, they were reportedly assaulted by two of the fighters, male and a female. Video captured by a bystander (and posted to Instagram) seems to allege that tasers were used, which translates to a very dangerous scene. The 7th Precinct confirmed that both perps were arrested for assaulting the officers.
The following night (Saturday), Mazaar Lounge was raided by the authorities and reportedly resulted in 21 violations. Further proof that this club is one of the worst quality-of-life offenders in Hell Square. As previously reported, Community Board 3 voted to deny the Mazaar Lounge a renewal for its full liquor license last month (even if only advisory). Nevertheless, the body is complicit in allowing it to form, approving full liquor in March 2014 without the benefit of a public hearing. )The business carries the fingerprints of previous problem establishments Foundation and club Rewind.)
“Since Mazaar Lounge opened, residents have made numerous complaints and called for proactive enforcement of ABC Law and liquor license stipulations as well as all local and state laws and ordinances,” LES Dwellers founder Diem Boyd tells us. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with upholding public safety and quality of life in this community have adopted a policy of passive enforcement of liquor license stipulations. CB3 must stand by their own policy that any new liquor licenses or upgrades in Hell Square meet the threshold for public benefit in an area already awash in crime, violence, and degraded quality of life.”
So, Community Board 3 and SLA, you gonna continue to keep this area saturated?