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CB1 Votes to Revoke Steinway Lounge’s Liquor License After Alleged Violent Incidents

28-26 Steinway St., now home to DP Lounge, previously a club called “Heaven.” (Google Maps)

Feb. 22, 2019  By Meghan Sackman

Community Board 1 voted earlier this week to revoke the liquor license of a Steinway Street bar after a slew of incidents on site since its opening only a few months ago. 

The board agreed to write a letter to the State Liquor Authority (SLA) requesting that the liquor license for DP Lounge, located at 28-26 Steinway St., be rescinded–a move that came at the request of the board’s consumer affairs committee. 

The bar, which had its grand opening in December but has been open since October, has been a hot spot for crime and violence, according to Pauline Jannelli, a board member.

“[The lounge] has three significant negative incidents including a shooting, a stabbing, and serving alcohol to a minor,” she said.

According to an NYPD spokesperson, a 24-year-old man was stabbed in the back on Oct. 13–the night of the lounge’s soft opening–after a dispute with a 28-year-old at the site. The alleged stabber was charged with felony assault and harassment.

Police also said a shooting took place over New Year’s Eve weekend, when a 25-year-old male was shot in the abdomen after leaving the location. The victim survived but was in critical condition. No arrests have been made and there is no suspect description at this time.

The NYPD confirmed that the lounge served alcohol to an underage person on Jan. 25, and said that a multi-agency hotspot operation was conducted in early November that revealed numerous unspecified violations.

Janelli said the 114th Precinct, in light of these incidents, has also reached out to the SLA asking for DP Lounge’s liquor license to be revoked.

While the board voted unanimously to send its recommendations to the SLA, the agency will ultimately make the decision on the license.

The owners of DP Lounge, previously named Heaven Sports Bar, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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9 Comments

Anonymous

There should be more investigative reports targeting these nuisance locations. We had another riot on 21 Street this Sunday 3/24 at the Renaissance Catering Hall 27-34 21Street -multiple units of NYPD – crowds in street – big fight among their patrons. Talk about a dump that caters to a classless and low-life clientele: Renaissance Catering Hall wins the prize. This is
another location that has been given a free pass by NYPD. Unless there are crowds of 50 or so people screaming in the street blocking traffic on 21 street and fighting – NYPD generally looks the other way and drives right pass. There should also be more investigative reports targeting these governmental agencies to hold them accountable for the lack of enforcement with Quality of Life issues.

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QNS

They need to close down MELODY. There have been many fights, stabbing and even shooting at this place. The community board needs to contact the SLA and request they deny their liquor license renewal. This place is very bad!!!

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Anonimus

Close them all on steinway they are all bad hate this street used to be good changed for the past few years it is the worst it ever was close them all

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Anonymous

They should also shut down M.I.A lounge on 21st street. Fights there all the time, nothing but bad crowds, frequent cop visits and too much violence for the neighborhood

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astoriaresident

I agree – the time is past due. M I A – has proven to be nothing but a nuisance establishment and yet they continue to operate in open violation of the State Liquor Authority because they are convinced their connections will protect the illegality of their business. This business is licensed by NYS as a Restaurant with a full service Bar for on-premises service for patrons. Instead this business has been operating in a manner that is beyond the scope of their State Liquor Authority License since the day they opened in 2017 and the SLA the Comm. Bd. and NYPD all know about it but because no one got shot or stabbed they are l$$king the other way. The bottom line M I A is operating an illegal nightclub with live performers, live bands, promoters, Dj’s, hookah, security guards which they are NOT ALLOWED to have according to their SLA License and yet here we are Mar 2019 and M I A is still operating a nuisance nightclub on the corner of a residential block. Since 2017 MIA the business has been disturbing the peace by playing their music to loud and has let patrons congregate into crowds outside drinking and making noise but all 311 noise complaints get closed out without any action 8hours later. Their crowds and patrons have terrorized the small homeowners who live nearby late at night into the early morning hours and even on Sunday afternoons with their trespassing on our steps and stoops, with their rowdy, noisy and illegal and destructive behaviors: drinking beer and liquor openly from bottles and urinating and/or vomiting up against our homes and littering. It is true this business brings into a residential block and neighborhood really bad disrespectful crowds who behave atrociously exiting a so called restaurant 4am screaming and arguing and blasting their stereos by their cars in front of residential homes. We blame this Community Board – maybe if there was a rule that Community Board members MUST LIVE in the neighborhoods they represent we would not have this farce of people living in quiet areas of Queens like Little Neck or Douglaston voting to add more Bars and Lounges and Clubs on residential blocks in Astoria! M I A has proven without any doubt to be a detriment to this area and should be shut down.

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