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Last week, the ongoing conversation about the Lower East Side’s over-saturated nightlife scene played out at the 7th Precinct’s Community Council meeting.

Shots Fired Near Rutgers Houses; Police Search For Gunman

Captain Peter Venice, 7th Precinct Commanding Officer.

Captain Peter Venice, 7th Precinct Commanding Officer.

At last night’s community council meeting, Captain Peter Venice touted the latest CompStat figures, which show that, so far this year, crime is down 11% in the 7th Precinct compared with 2012.  But he also briefed residents on an incident that occurred Tuesday evening.  According to Venice, shots rang out near the Rutgers public housing complex at around 9:30 p.m.  The address he gave was 45 Rutgers St., at Madison Street. According to Venice, about six shots were fired. No one was hurt.  Police have not located the shooter; they’re interviewing witnesses and going over surveillance video from the area.  Last December, there was another shooting incident outside a different Rutgers building.


7th Precinct Captain David Miller Promoted, Headed to Chelsea

David Miller, center, with former 7th Precinct Commanding Officer Nancy Barry and Don West, president of the precinct community council.

David Miller, center, with former 7th Precinct Commanding Officer Nancy Barry and Don West, president of the precinct community council.

Captain David Miller, the executive officer at the 7th Precinct, was recently promoted and is moving on from his post as second in command of the Lower East Side station.  We’re told he starts tomorrow as the new commanding officer of the 10th Precinct, which covers Chelsea and part of Hell’s Kitchen.  DNA Info reports the promotion is one of several moves made by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.  Miller replaces Deputy Inspector Elisa Cokkinos, who’s being shifted to the 6th Precinct (Soho, the Village).

Miller earned both praise and criticism on the Lower East Side for a crackdown targeting underage drinking and other offenses at neighborhood bars and clubs.  Quite a few nightlife venues were shut down during his tenure.  The crackdown peaked in 2011, but undercover operations are still continuing and have resulted in several recent civil court cases.

Captain Peter Venice remains the commanding officer of the 7th Precinct.  The next opportunity for the public to hear from him will be this coming Wednesday, May 8, during the monthly community council meeting. It takes place at 7:30 p.m., at the station house, located at 19 Pitt St. (Delancey).


151 Bar Targeted in NYPD Underage Drinking Crackdown Last Night

151 Rivington Street.

Officers from the 7th Precinct visited 151 Bar on Rivington Street last night to deliver a restraining order to owner Francine Marchese. The city has filed a civil suit accusing the divey nightlife spot of selling liquor to underage auxiliary police officers. According to the complaint, an undercover officer was served beer and/or hard liquor on three occasions since last fall (September 16, December 10, January 24).  151 was not shut down, but cops slapped a restraining order notice on the front door.

Marchese and various partners run 151, as well as St. Jerome’s at 155 Rivington and Welcome to the Johnson’s at 123 Rivington Street. Welcome to the Johnson’s was shut down in 2011 as part of a widespread nightlife crackdown by the 7th Precinct.  There has been an enforcement lull in the past year, but the precinct has now refocused on the crackdown.  Lolita at 266 Broome Street and PKNY at 49 Essex Street were targeted last week.