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the State Liquor Authority (SLA) requesting that the liquor license for DP Lounge, located at 28-26 Steinway St., be rescinded–a move that came at the request of the board’s consumer affairs committee.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