Ninth Precinct Commander Struggles to Balance Nightlife and Neighbors

Photo by Patrick Hedlund, DNA Info

This morning we made reference to last night’s packed 9th Precinct community meeting, which focused mainly on the murder and mayhem taking place outside the 2nd Avenue bar Sin Sin. Patrick Hedlund of DNA Info has a good summary of the evening’s events, including a tense confrontation between the bar’s owner and the sister of a man shot and killed outside the club last month.

We’re going to take a look at one of the big questions coming out of the meeting: is there more police could be doing to deal not just with Sin Sin but with all problem night spots?

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It will feel more like summer than fall today: 85 degrees and sunny with rain showers beginning around 7pm.  President Obama arrives in New York this afternoon for the opening of the UN General Assembly and Democratic Party fundraisers tonight. Expect East Side gridlock.

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We begin the morning with a view of the neighborhood from the roof of the Bowery Mission. Another nice fall day is ahead — sunny and 72.  On the agenda, this evening’s meeting of the 9th Precinct Community Council should be interesting. Neighborhood activists hope for a big show of support for cracking down on Sin Sin, the infamous East Village bar.

Good Morning: Primary Day, Loew’s Canal Landmarking, “The Local” Debuts

Carolyn Maloney, Reshma Saujani

It’s primary day in New York.  One of the highest profile races in the state is centered in the 14th Congressional District, which includes sections of the Lower East Side.  Political observers are looking closely at Reshma Saujani’s run against Rep. Carolyn Maloney, as a barometer of the potency of the anti-incumbent backlash this year.

Campaign Home Stretch, Homage to LES Chef, Boutique Blues

The ongoing transformation taking place at the former home of Guss' Pickles.

We’re looking for a frenzied four days of campaigning leading up to Tuesday’s primary election. The Rosh Hashanah holiday and tomorrow’s anniversary of 9-11 have combined to condense the final phase of the political calendar.

The Scene Outside Sin Sin

One more note on last night’s CB3/SLA meeting. As we reported last night, the committee voted not to support the transfer of Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge’s liquor license to a new owner. About 20 residents showed up to oppose the application, saying “Sin Sin” has been a bad neighbor, refusing to deal with loud, rowdy crowds outside the East 5th Street club.

But their concerns went well beyond the usual complaints about late night noise and sidewalk congestion.  Several people expanded on what East 5th Street resident Ariel Churi told us earlier in the week: violence and drug dealing are common occurrences outside the bar, on 2nd Avenue.

CB3 Bar Battles: Another Long, Hot Night Ahead on East 5th Street

In a few short hours, CB3’s SLA Committee will convene for another marathon meeting. There are only 19 applications to review this evening but, looks can be deceiving. As EV Grieve reported last week, neighborhood activists are planning a major show of force against at least one bar, Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge, on 2nd Avenue.

The bar, on the corner of 2nd & 5th Street, is seeking to transfer a liquor license. Stuart Zamsky, president of the East 5th Street Block Association, organized a petition/letter writing campaign. Among their grievances: screaming, fighting, loud music and drug use in the late night hours, especially on weekends.