Morning Reads: Tammany Hall Melee, Dagny & Barstow, The Low Line, Bike Lanes, No Bomb

  • The five defendants in this summer’s Tammany Hall melee are due in court today; their lawyer is talking civil suits. (DNAInfo)
  • Dagny & Barstow, the boutique slated to open at 264 Bowery by now, has opened temporarily in a pop-up shop in the Meatpacking District instead. Why? It’s quite a story. (Racked)
  • What’s really living in the underground space that may become The Low Line? Mole people. (NY Observer)
  • Brian Rose, a Cooper Union graduate who made the Lower East Side his muse in the early 1980s and again in the early 2000s, is trying to publish a book of his work, and needs help. (Kickstarter)
  • Pay no attention to the Twitter panic: there was no bomb at the corner of Allen and Delancey last night. The empty suitcase there turned out to be, well, an empty suitcase. (VV: Runnin’ Scared)
  • Borough President Scott Stringer released a detailed report on stalled construction sites yesterday, and unsurprisingly, the Lower East Side has a lot: 19. (EVGrieve, Gothamist)
  • The city council’s transportation committee took aim at bike lane regs yesterday, and cycling advocates fear more red tape. (Streetsblog)

Tammany Hall Brawl: Police Commish Defends Officers

An update this morning on the brawl that took place outside the Tammany Hall nightclub on Orchard Street this week.  As we reported yesterday, five people arrested Tuesday night were arraigned in Criminal Court and released (without having to post bail). Gabriel Diaz, Jade Everette,  Lewis Pena and Cynthia Rosa face felony assault, felony rioting and other charges. A fifth defendant, James Ayala, faces misdemeanor charges (obstructing a governmental administration and disorderly conduct).

Defense Attorney: NYPD Violence Unprovoked at LES Club

Defendant Cynthia Rosa, 21, of Connecticut (in gray tank top) was released on bail this morning. Photo copyright

The legal wranglings over what really happened between club patrons and police officers Tuesday night at Tammany Hall are continuing downtown. The Lo-Down’s Ed Litvak is on the scene, and reports that two of the five defendants charged, Cynthia Rosa and Jade Everette, have been released on bail. The fate of the remaining three, Gabriel Diaz, James Ayala and Lewis Pena, is still being decided. Supporters have dubbed them “the Monumental Five,” taking the name from the Smif-N-Wessun/Pete Rock CD whose release party was the origin of the riot.

During a hearing this morning, defense attorney Kenneth Montgomery painted a picture of NYPD officers storming, unprovoked, into a crowded but peacefully uneventful hip-hop show in the mammoth club at 152 Orchard St.

Tammany Hall Clubgoers in Court This Morning

The three men and two women arrested in Tuesday night’s riot outside Tammany Hall music club on Orchard Street are facing a judge in a downtown courtroom this morning, while their supporters are organizing a protest there.

The brawl between the NYPD and fans of hip hop acts Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock, much of which was captured on video by bystanders, sent five police officers to the hospital, but also drew outcries of police brutality from club patrons and musicians.

Brooklyn Man Charged in Tammany Hall Riot

Police have charged a Brooklyn man in connection with the chaos that erupted during a hip-hop concert at Tammany Hall music club and spilled out into a riot on Orchard Street last night.

Gabriel Diaz, 27, of 244 Bond St., Brooklyn, was charged with two felonies: assault and rioting, according to police. He was also charged with three misdemeanor offenses: obstructing a governmental administration, resisting arrest and inciting to riot; as well as two less-serious violations, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana.

In all, five people were arrested at the scene, which filled the block of Orchard between Rivington and Stanton with police sirens, flashing lights and shouting shortly after midnight. The NYPD has not released details on the other four individuals taken into custody.

We’ve reached out to Tammany Hall owner Jason Baron to hear the club’s side of the story, but haven’t heard from him yet.


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 Storms Tammany Hall on Orchard Street

The scene at Tammany Hall last night, before the police arrived. Photo by Vulkan the Krusader (

Fans of hip hop acts Smif N Wessun and Pete Rock are reporting this morning that dozens of NYPD officers stormed the Tammany Hall bar at 152 Orchard St. late last night, breaking up the crowd with pepper spray.

One concertgoer described the scene in a YouTube video posted online early this morning.

The concert was a release party for the two acts’ joint CD, Monumental. The free concert began at 7 p.m. and also featured Da Beatminerz  and DJ Bazarro.

A police spokesman said this morning that he could not provide details on the incident until later today; we’ll follow up as we learn more.

Property Tax Talk, LES Murder Trial, A Look at Tammany Hall

  • After the Senate votes in favor of the governor’s tax cap, Sheldon Silver re-confirms the Assembly will support a version of the legislation (Niagara Falls Politics).
  • An off-duty police officer testifies in a murder trial stemming from a shooting on Eldridge Street in 2008 (DNA Info).
  • First Look at Tammany Hall, the Lower East Side’s newest drinking and dancing establishment (Grub Street).