Arrests at Tammany Hall; Patrons Claim NYPD Brutality

Orchard Street in front of Tammany Hall is quiet this morning, but last night was a different story.

An event that began as a hip-hop CD release party at Orchard Street nightclub Tammany Hall yesterday evening ended with blood on the sidewalk, the arrest of half a dozen patrons and at least five police officers injured in the wee hours of the morning.

Ten minutes after midnight, NYPD officers responded to a call for help from security staffers at the club, who reported a dispute among patrons that had grown unruly during the show, according to the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information office, which compiled a preliminary report this morning. Officers arrived to find a large crowd outside the club, and proceeded to arrest one person for disorderly conduct. The suspect fought back, striking an officer in the face and breaking a front tooth, according to DCPI. The suspect then allegedly called for help from other patrons inside and outside the club as officers began to clear out the over-capacity space.

NYPD Nightlife Crackdown Turns to “Foundation”

At 10:30 Friday night, two bouncers on duty at Foundation were checking IDs and admitting patrons, who had to walk through a door plastered with three restraining orders.

Last night we were at Foundation, 137 Essex Street, the latest target of the 7th Precinct’s Lower East Side nightlife crackdown, which was slapped with three bright orange restraining order stickers citing underage drinking, overcrowding and safety hazards.

But The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom reported the bar was open for business as usual, with bouncers checking IDs of cheerful patrons who pushed past the stickered door to go inside. “It’s just a court date,” one of the bouncers answered in response to her inquiries about the police visit. Bar management declined comment.

Max Fish Reopens Tonight

One week after being shut down by the NYPD for alleged underage drinking, Max Fish is reopening tonight. After two days of negotiations in civil court, owner Ulli Rimkus and city attorneys reached a settlement.

While the legendary Ludlow Street bar was permitted to resume operations, it must abide by several restrictions. Among them: a requirement to hire licensed security guards and to record the identifications of everyone entering the bar. Rimkus was also required to pay a fine.

This afternoon, the iron gate of 178 Ludlow had been raised and the front door was open. A sign in the window read, “we’re back! Yay! We’ll be opened Friday 5:30 p.m.!”

The Max Fish closure was part of a neighborhood-wide nightlife crackdown.

We have a call into Rimkus; we hope to get her perspective on the ordeal sometime soon.


Woman Struck by Garbage Truck at Essex and Delancey (Updated 6:09am)

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

Tuesday afternoon, a woman was struck by a garbage truck at the intersection of Essex and Delancey. According to the NYPD press office, she was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.  The victim is 51 years old and a resident of Brooklyn. She was walking eastbound on Delancey at about 3 p.m. when the accident happened. The woman became trapped under the rear wheels of a private sanitation truck. The police spokesman said there was “no criminality” on the part of the driver and he was not charged.  The Essex and Delancey intersection is one of the most dangerous in the city. Thanks to Lo-Down reader David Flaherty for alerting us to this story. If you have photos or additional information, email us at

UPDATE 6:09am Photojournalist Adrian Fussell sent of the photos posted above. He says police officers had blocked Essex Street in both directions. There was a boot or shoe in the street, as well as some bits of clothing and bloodstains. Based on a report City Councilwoman Margaret Chin received from the NYPD, the victim’s legs were badly injured. We hope to have more details about her condition later today.

Read an update to this story here.

Online Petition Created to Support Max Fish

An online petition has popped up to save Max Fish, the legendary Ludlow Street bar shut down by the NYPD Friday night for alleged underage drinking violations. The petition reads:

Max Fish opened on Ludlow Street in 1989. We have nurtured and supported the Lower East Side arts community for over 20 years–a community that is increasingly threatened by a variety of outside sources including landlords, real-estate developers and the NYPD. Your signature shows support for the continued existence of a vibrant and positive establishment–one that embodies the creative spirit of the LES and elevates the quality of life for the community.

Suspect Arrested In Lower East Side Attacks

Police have arrested a suspect in connection with two attacks that took place inside the LaGuardia Houses, on Clinton Street. Bronx resident Joseph Quirindongo, 20 years old, was taken into custody late last night and charged with attempted rape, assault and committing a criminal sex act.

The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect shortly after an incident that took place April 14th. According to officers, Quirindongo used a knife to force a young woman from an elevator and into a stairwell. She was able to fight him off.  Police believe Quirindongo was responsible for a similar crime in the same housing complex last year. In the earlier attack, a woman was raped.

The Daily News reported Quirindongo was “led by cops from the Special Victims Unit stationhouse in East Harlem (last night), but he kept his eyes closed tightly and refused to answer reporters’ questions.”

Police Searching for Suspect in Attempted Rape

Police need help finding a suspect in an attempted sexual assault on the Lower East Side Thursday night. The unidentified man followed a 17-year old woman into an apartment building near Clinton and Madison streets at about 10 p.m. Police say she was forced from the elevator, in the Laguardia Houses, and into a stairwell with a knife. The woman fought off the attacker, but he got away.

Investigators believe the suspect is also responsible for the rape of a woman in another part of the Laguardia public housing complex on the morning of January 18th, 2010.

The suspect is described as 17 to 25 years old, 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall and heavy set. In Thursday’s incident, he was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.  NY1 has surveillance video showing the man inside the elevator.

If you have information about either incident, call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) — enter TIP577.

Wednesday Night: 7th Precinct Community Q & A

Last month's 7th Precinct Community Council meeting.

Have you ever wanted to ask the Police Department a question or two about a neighborhood issue?  If the answer is “yes,” you’ll want to add next week’s 7th Precinct Community Council meeting to your calendar.  The council holds public meetings every month. There’s always some time reserved for questions from members of the community. But next Wednesday’s meeting will be a little bit different.

The event will be a bit more spontaneous, we’re told.  The precinct’s top cops are hoping Lower East Side residents will come prepared with their questions, concerns and maybe even a few compliments.  The focus will be on “quality of life” issues. Some examples: crowd-noise control at the neighborhood’s nightlife establishments, efforts to deal with the growing number of tour buses navigating the LES’s narrow streets and bike lane enforcement.

The meeting takes place Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. The 7th Precinct is located at the corner of Pitt Street and Delancey. As an extra bonus, there will be free food (sushi)!

Follow-up: Gallery Bar Shuttered by NYPD

Late last night we reported the Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard, had been shut down by the NYPD. Eater has more details this morning:

We spoke with Gallery Bar owner Darren Rubell last night who confirmed the news, saying that the PD, as is their wont, got a court order declaring the bar a public nuisance on Friday afternoon. Then 15 to 20 uniformed officers walked into the bar early Friday evening and forced them to shut down right as the weekend was getting started, a severe loss of income for any operation and leaving Gallery Bar’s 20 employees without a job for at least one week. Rubell says the bar has a court date on Wednesday afternoon and they are still figuring out if they are going to fight the charges or look to settle. Rubell says that Gallery bar has been under investigation since September 2010, and the complaint includes four instances of an undercover and underage agent getting inside. Apparently these agents were once able to bribe a security guard to get inside, and also had a few instances of an undercover agent showing up at 7 PM and never getting carded, things that seem a bit weak to shut a business down. Rubell believes that he may have been a target after he spoke up at a meeting last week between over 20 Lower East Side business owners and the local precinct. His main beef was that police enforcement of “problem bars” seems to ramp up from 0 to 60, with an end result of bars being shut down… Rubell said that both Hi Fi and Common Ground went through the same thing last weekend, except the judge who gave the order to the NYPD in those cases did not force them to close. Gallery Bar was not so lucky…

For more background, see the story we posted back in December on the 7th Precinct’s crackdown on nightlife establishments on the Lower East Side.

NYPD Shuts Down Gallery Bar at 120 Orchard Street

It you walked by the Gallery Bar, 120 Orchard Street, this weekend you probably noticed the “restraining order” notices taped to the metal drop-down gate.  The notices allege the “illegal sale of alcoholic beverages,” “employment of unlicensed security guards” and “operating in such a manner which endangers the safety/health of a number of persons.”

A check of the internet turned up the following tweet transmitted Friday night around 11pm:

A note attached to the drop-down gate earlier in the weekend read, “sorry for the inconvenience. We will be open again as of Wednesday.” Gallery Bar is owned by Darin Rubell, Joshua Boyd and Derrek Vernon.  We have emailed them for comment.

UPDATE 11:54am 3/14/2011 Eater spoke with gallery Bar’s owner.

District Attorney Visits 7th Precinct Tonight

District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr.

This evening’s 7th Precinct Community Council meeting features some special guests, including New York District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. According to Community Council President Don West, officials with New York’s Chinese Consulate, City Councilmember Margaret Chin and NYPD Community Affairs chief, Phillip Banks, will also be on hand for the meeting, which begins at 7:30pm.

The council organizes these monthly events, along with 7th Precinct Commander Nancy Barry. She goes over the month’s crime stats, recognizes officers who have gone “above and beyond” the call of duty and takes questions from community members.

The 7th Precinct is located at 19 Pitt Street (near Delancey).

Assault, Robbery on Avenue D

From this morning’s New York Post Police Blotter:

Two 17-year-old brothers assaulted a couple at gunpoint in Alphabet City and stole their iPod, authorities said yesterday. Michael and Quasem Talbot and a third suspect allegedly pounced on the man and woman on Avenue D near East Sixth Street at 12:38 a.m. Saturday. The cohort pistol-whipped the woman while Michael Talbot swiped the iPod from the male victim, authorities said. Police apprehended the brothers as they tried to flee. The accomplice managed to escape. The Talbots, who live in Brooklyn, were charged with robbery.

CB3 Appears Poised to Challenge NYPD’s Bar Crackdown

This evening, CB3’s full board is scheduled to vote on a sweeping new policy meant to streamline and standardize its tortuous liquor license review process. On Friday, we wrote about a contentious committee meeting held last week to resolve several key sticking points embedded in the proposal.

At the insistence of board member and bar owner David McWater, the panel agreed to formalize an unofficial CB3 policy of “rubber-stamping” licenses being transferred from one operator to another (it’s a bit more complicated than that – you can read last week’s story for details).

Alleged Prostitution Business Busted on Hester Street

From this morning’s Police Blotter in the Post:

Undercover cops nailed two pimps in a cash-for-sex sting at a Chinatown brothel, authorities said yesterday. Xin-young Lin, 40, led one of the undercovers into the bordello on Allen Street near Hester Street at about 3 p.m. Saturday, police said. The cop encountered the second suspect, Hue Gao, 42, who allegedly offered him a hooker in exchange for $120. After the cop turned over the cash, Gao allegedly gave the money to the prostitute. Cops swooped in and busted the suspected pimps on charges of promoting prostitution. The hooker was also charged.

Police Search For Man Who Tried To Attack Girl on Hester Street

Police are searching for a man they say tried to attack a 12-year-old girl on Hester Street (the cross street was not specified) early Monday evening. They released surveillance video showing the alleged suspect. At around 6pm, the girl heard banging on the door of her apartment building. After entering the building, police say, the suspect followed the girl up to the third floor stairwell and tried to assault her. The man ran away (for reasons the cops have not indicated). The girl was not hurt.

The suspect is described as white man age 25-30, 5’9″ tall, 175 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, brown pants and a gray hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.