SLA Suspends The Skinny Bar on Orchard Street for Coronavirus Violations
Posted on: September 8th, 2020 at 5:00 am by Elie
Another longtime Hell Square nightclub over the weekend violated state-mandated coronavirus rules, and paid the ultimate price.
The Skinny bar on Orchard Street, considered by many locals as a bad operator, was caught lax on its enforcement of patron social distancing and face coverings. These transgressions led the dedicated multi-agency task force to suspend their liquor license on September 5.
The Order of Summary Suspension of License appeared on-premise Saturday afternoon, describing what happened the day before:
- 21 patrons were observed outside the bar drinking with no food present;
- 7 patrons were observed without any face masks, standing in a group within fifty feet of The Skinny;
- An employee was not wearing a face mask.
The establishment is yet another in a weekly cascade of closures by the state’s multi-agency task force. Other Lower East Side bars suspended for same include Noree Thai Bazaar, Las’ Lap, and SET LES (whose license was later canceled).
The area block association, LES Dwellers, which battled these problematic places pre-pandemic, sees more of the same now.
“Again, we are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the State Liquor Authority for continuing to keep New York City safe,” Dwellers founder Diem Boyd said in an email. “The recent liquor license suspensions and cancellations on the Lower East Side are proving that the bad operators who wreaked havoc pre-pandemic are the ones unable to alter their behavior during the pandemic.”
The Skinny dates back to 2004, when it was a dark and narrow watering hole at 174 Orchard Street (hence the name). Eight years later, it expanded into the space next door which previously housed Elegant Woolen & Silk.
Police this morning shot at an alleged robbery suspect who resisted arrest and threatened officers with two knives. It began at 8:00am when police received the first call about an emotionally disturbed man who threatened a woman with a glass bottle outside 80 East Third Street, and attempted to steal money. He then fled south […]
Six months ago, Basic Necessities became part of Broome Street. Conceived by artist Michelle Repiso, the multimedia project tackles “three individuals and the mechanisms they used to sustain their humanity while incarcerated.” Now, with an Artist Corps Grant, Repiso is taking it one step further with community engagement. Tomorrow, the artist will be crowdsourcing participants’ […]
One of the oldest houses of worship in the city will receive some much needed financial aid for their ongoing restoration endeavours. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has awarded St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery $35,000 through their Sacred Sites grant, a designation that administers monies to historic religious properties throughout the state. The church on East […]
Borough President Implores Parks Commissioner to Address Community Concerns in Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Two stabbings within a twelve-hour period last weekend highlighted the decrepit, yet dangerous state of Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The violence apparently pushed Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to exert pressure on the Parks Department to address certain core issues. In a letter to Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff this week, Brewer identified two key concerns – […]
Loved ones have taken to online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to help raise money for the Grubhub deliveryman stabbed to death in Sara D. Roosevelt Park last weekend. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Surveillance footage shows that the attacker sat on the bench next […]
The Lower East Side Ecology Center has its walking papers. The local nonprofit is amidst a move, relocating the East River compost yard it called home for the last two decades. Over the last week or so, the 22-year-old compost yard was dismantled, as the East Side Coastal Resilience Project is set to break ground […]
Another fast food option is coming to Hell Square. Citi Bites, not Citi Bikes, is described as a “modern deli,” this month signed a lease for the 2,000 square-foot cornershop at 101 Stanton Street. It takes the place of the former Prema hair salon which closed earlier this year. The bodega business reportedly agreed to […]
Police released chilling new surveillance video showing the approached the defenseless delivery worker, moments before allegedly murdering him and stealing the electronic bike on the Lower East Side. As reported, the incident transpired early Saturday morning near the Hester Playground in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The footage shows the attacker sitting on the bench next […]
The fire escape spectacle entertained Essex Street anew. Friday evening, Lower East Sider Jill Fiore again stepped onto her tenement fire escape at 29 Essex for a short concert. Fiore was flanked by bandmates Derek Cruz on lead guitar, Dave Spinley on saxophone, and Joan Chew on bass. Like previous Fiore Escape outings, this one […]
This was a deadly weekend of shootings and stabbings on the Lower East Side, with a 16-year-old boy and 51-year-old delivery worker both fatalities. It began Friday evening at around 8:30pm when a 16-year-old boy was shot in the face on Delancey Street, near Suffolk. Six shots had been fired in the incident, which left […]