Police launch an internal investigation into its response to Rispoli assault/murder

Lou Rispoli

By Christian Murray and Bill Parry

The police have launched an internal investigation into how its officers handled the case involving the brutal assault of a Woodside man who died 5 days later from the injuries he sustained.

The investigation is looking into the police’s response to a crime that led to the death of Lou Rispoli, a Woodside man who was struck in the back of the head outside 41-00 43rd Ave. in Sunnyside at about 2:15 am Saturday Oct 20. While the police arrived shortly after the incident, it took 36 hours before a crime scene vehicle showed up to conduct a thorough investigation.

Inspector Detective Donald Powers, who spoke at the Police Precinct 108 meeting on Tuesday, said that he called Internal Affairs to look into the matter since “I had concerns that we could have done more.”

Powers said “there were some issues–primarily how [the 108 police] patrol responded.” He said he wasn’t aware of the incident until the day after the fatal attack.

Powers would not elaborate on what prompted him to call for the internal investigation, saying he would only provide details on the matter when “internal affairs briefs me with all the facts.”

He did say that a crime vehicle unit is typically called in soon after a victim is seriously injured or a murder has taken place.

Rispoli, a 62-year-old gay man, had been out for a walk at 2:00 am when he was attacked by three men in a white car, police said. One of them used a blunt instrument to hit Rispoli, leaving him on the street.

In terms of the murder case, Powers said he is extremely confident that the police will find the perpetrators. “We have some leads that we can’t talk about…and we just ask for a little patience.”

He said the police have had to work with a number of different agencies to gather the evidence it needs.  “There is some frustration as people may not see the progress behind the scenes.”

He said he has been involved in numerous homicide investigations for more than 25 years and is very confident an arrest will be made. “We just ask for a little patience.”

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

38 Responses to Police launch an internal investigation into its response to Rispoli assault/murder

  1. Ruben

    JVB getting shit DONE son!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  2. 86Mets

    With all the pressure on the police to find the killers, let's hope they find the real killers and not just the first suspect they find so they can satisfy local opinion and outrage. That's my concern right now.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  3. You all make me laugh

    And what happens if/when internal affairs finds wrong doing? My guess is a simple reprimand at best..

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  4. Sunnyside Native

    It's amazing all the disparaging details surrounding this investigation. A woman who lives at 41-00 43rd Avenue told me she saw a white van/SUV. How are people saying it was a car or sedan? Hopefully the professionals can get to the bottom of this horrific crime! :(

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  5. Heartbroken

    @Local Hamburgler This is the sort of testimony that should be reported to the police and not divulged in a community forum. Doing so can muddy up an investigation, and perhaps confuse a potential witness too freaked to share what they know.

    Please please folks, let's act responsibly, let's be sensitive to the situation at hand.

    If anyone has any info about this crime or any other please call CRIMESTOPPERS 1-800-577-TIPS.

    Thank you -

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  6. Local Hamburgler

    Sorry. Hopefully a mod will delete it.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  7. Heartbroken

    @Local Hamburgler Your post has been deleted but you still must go forward to the authorities. My apologies if you have already -

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  8. thomas

    Let the truth come out ..........this was a terrible crime but totally avoidable........were drugs involved? Was it a crime of passion? Was is an illicit sexual encounter gone awray? Was it a bias attack? A robbery? Self defense? Lets not rush to judgement

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  9. Local Hamburgler

    @Heart, To clarify I meant this past Tuesday and I'm sure I was just projecting because I have been keeping an eye out. The tone was in response to 86's " and not just the first suspect they find."

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  10. Ruben

    Thomas, . first you say we shouldn't attack someone who has broken into our house, now you're saying not to rush into judgement against someone who has KILLED someone else? What kind of twisted backwards hippie beliefs do you follow? what world do you live in?

    How was it avoidable? That's like saying a woman who got attacked was asking for it because of what she was worrying,

    son, I can rush to judgement on one thing for sure, you are nuts.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  11. 86Mets

    There are many unsolved murders in NYC.

    Are those victims less important?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  12. Angray

    Anyone close to Lou know what the 31 years on his T shirt signifies? 31 years sober? If so, can we not talk about this being a "drug deal gone wrong".

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  13. Patrick

    By the way, this sort of (only sort of) has echoes of the murder of John (spelling?) Dalton -- before my time in the neighborhood, but wasn't sure if that crime was ever solved either -- and he was a gay man as well. They also killed his newly arrived roommate in a building I used to reside in on 47th Ave.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  14. JuliaJ.

    Sometimes you think you know people but you don't. I sure hope the police find out where he was during the missing two hours.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  15. JuliaJ.

    People who remember the murder at the New Post diner also want justice for that victim - and have been waiting for years!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  16. Tempus_fugit

    If this man had not been gay and a personal friend of the local councilman, this murder would have already been forgotten about like many others.

    Let's be frank. It's who you know and what social group you belong to that decides how much your death matters.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  17. Paul Maringelli

    Quit writing and saying "He was a gay man" HE WAS A MAN WHO HAPPENED TO BE GAY! You are perpetrating the myth that this somehow makes him less of a human being and therfore it's OK to beat him in the head because he wasn't a real man but only a gay man.

    A man was killed! He was taking a nightly walk in his (and our) neighborhood. Everyone should be safe to walk the streets of Sunnyside & Woodside!

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  18. Tempus_fugit

    I've followed the threads on this story and Mr Maringelli's assertion that some people have claimed that Lou Rispoli was "Less of a human being" because he was gay and that it's "ok to beat him him in the head" are utterly absurd.

    Nobody made any such outrageous remark.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  19. Paul M.

    To Tempus_fugit... I've learned long ago, from friends of mine who were/are gay, that they were/are persecuted because of who they are. Mr. Rispoli may have been a victim of "gay bashing". There are some people in the world who think it is OK to "beat down a queer" - By writing that he was a "gay man" makes many people think he was less of a man. That is why I say, "HE WAS A MAN, WHO HAPPENED TO BE GAY" and he didn't deserve to be beat to death.

    Tho' I didn't know Mr. Rispoli, I've known other men who were beaten or killed just because of their sexual orientation. We should all be upset because a human being was killed. It shouldn't make a difference if he was gay or not.

    If I was killed on 43rd Ave., would people write, "A straight man was killed" - I think not!

    Mr. Rispoli was a man who was murdered, his sexual orientation shouldn't make a difference to us. But, I am guessing, his sexual orientation made a difference to his killers.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  20. Heartbroken

    @Angray The 31 years on Lou's T-shirt signified the length of time he and his husband were together before they were allowed to be legally married.

    Lou Rispoli helped and cared for this community for decades. He actively mentored dozens of young people, encouraging them to be themselves. He also happened to be a close friend of Jimmy Van Bramer's. Anyone in a similar situation would take similar action.

    For those of you who are less than sympathetic despite these circumstances, we wish you the best, all the same.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  21. tempus fugit

    Heartbroken,

    People aren't "less than sympathetic" as you say. They just wonder why other victims of violence don't seem to merit the same level of public outrage and grief as Mr. Rispoli. I think it's called equality.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  22. tempus fugit

    @Paul M

    You are right, his sexuality shouldn't make a difference. He was a human being who was murdered and it was a terrible event.

    But, if you recall when the story became public, there were cries of "hate crime" which, of course, refers to his sexuality. If you want to blame anyone about making this about a "gay man" instead of simply a man and a fellow human being, then blame the people crying "hate crime." They are the ones focused on his lifestyle as opposed to his humanity.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  23. Disgusted

    May God pity all of you who speak ill of Lou because of who he was friends with. You should be ashamed. Just be happy we finally have a council member who is taking a stand. There haven't been any other murders while he's been in office. When there are, hold him to the same standards. Lou was a wonderful man who didn't deserve this. NO ONE deserves this.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  24. tempus fugit

    @Disgusted

    At no time did anyone suggest that Lou deserved what happened to him or that he wasn't a great guy. It's totally irresponsible and despicable of you to suggest such a thing just because some people have a different view on how this case has been handled. You aren't the only one who is disgusted.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  25. O'shea

    @tempus
    Maybe you did not follow this story from the beginning. Paul m is right.
    Thomas on a previous story questioned why Mr rispoli was walking at night. He suggested that the victim was trolling for sex or he may have attacked his killers in the car. There has been a lot of ill comments directed at Mr rispoli's life.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  26. tempus fugit

    @O'shea

    The circumstances of the case are at best vague. If somebody brought up the possible reason he was walking around late at night, it's relevant in that it might help lead to the killers. I would hope that the police investigation will look into all possibilities even if they are not flattering to the victim. Sounds harsh but do people want to know the truth about what happened or not?

    Having said that, regardless of why Mr. Rispoli was out that night, there is NO justification for any violence against him - and the killers, if and when they are caught and convicted, should be strapped to an electric chair and executed in my opinion.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  27. Heartbroken

    @tempus fugit In reference to your sarcastic comment, I think it's called equality - I'm confused. Exactly what kind of equality are you looking for? Would you have hoped that Lou would have been honored less, so as not to offend - who? Or are you implying that we who mourn Lou somehow feel that any other victim would not be worthy of the deepest kind of sympathy?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  28. tempus fugit

    @heartbroken

    You clearly haven't comprehended my comments. I don't think Lou should have been honored less. His murder was a a terrible tragedy and I have stated so in no uncertain terms. I have called for the severest punishment for the perpetrators, probably a punishment more severe than you would advocate, if you are against the death penalty.

    And to answer you question, yes, I do think you feel that other victims of the same crime are less worthy of the same sympathy. There have been other murder victims and I have no evidence of the same outpouring of outrage and sympathy on your part.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  29. Heartbroken

    @tempus fugit So this is what you tell a person who is grieving? I will leave your comment as is, for all to see.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  30. tempus fugit

    @Heartbroken

    The point I'm trying to make is that you are not the only one who has lost someone tragically. You don't have a monopoly on grief.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  31. Disgusted

    @tempus it's obvious you've disgusted everyone on this forum enough. Maybe you should take a hint. I hope someone repeats the same words to you in your time of grief, so you can realize how ignorant you've been.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  32. tempus fugit

    @Disgusted

    I've done nothing to insult or denigrate anyone's grief except to to suggest that people whose untimely death's that didn't make the news are just as tragic. What's wrong with that?

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  33. Heartbroken

    @tempus fugit No, you didn't just say that untimely deaths that don't make the news are just as tragic. You accused those who are mourning the loss of Lou Rispoli as hardly caring about anyone else's loss. And I quote: "And to answer you(r) question, yes, I do think you feel that other victims of the same crime are less worthy of the same sympathy. There have been other murder victims and I have no evidence of the same outpouring of outrage and sympathy on your part. That is quite a different statement and an inappropriate one considering the horrendous circumstances. I wouldn't wish what we are all going through to anyone.

    @Disgusted Thank you.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  34. sandycat

    @tempus fugit "The point I’m trying to make is that you are not the only one who has lost someone tragically. You don’t have a monopoly on grief."

    Dear tempus whatever....If you made a similar comment to me when my brother died suddenly several years ago, I would have lost it and hit you over the head :( FYI, Heartbroken actually does deserve the full monopoly on grief right now - maybe not next week, or next year, but right now, yes he does...you need to know when to back off and show some compassion no matter what your personal views are...

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  35. Heartbroken

    @sandycat Thank you - and I'm so sorry for the loss of your brother.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  36. Thomas

    Tempus Fugit is obviously a "baiter" do not fall into that trap.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  37. Thomas

    This was a previous post ...directed at these three 'real men"

    Tempus Fugit, O’Shea, Ruben…..

    Such men…..may I ask? What if instead of a single intruder there were 3 or 4? Would your self professed physical prowess enable you to overcome such a multiple of attackers? Would it not be wise to asses a situation before reacting? Perhaps by assuming a proactive response you further endanger your family? Yes, I would try to subdue an attacker if I were physically capable…..would I kill him? Only if there was no other choice. And no I am not the toughest man in the world nor is my definition of what constitutes a “man” depend upon his physical attributes. Our intellect and reason seperates the “man” from beast. I submit to you ….stop the posturing and bluster…..no one knows how they would react in any life or death situation until faced with it……..educate yourselves!

    Needless to say they never replied

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
  38. Thomas

    They are totally incapable of honest debate or even defending their positions.

    Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest News

Sunnyside resident jumps in front of LIRR train at Woodside station, critically injured

Woodside subway

Sept. 30, By Christian Murray

A 39-year-old Sunnyside man was struck and seriously injured this morning when he jumped in front of an eastbound Long Island Rail Road train at the Woodside Station, according to the MTA.

The man, whose identify has not been disclosed, jumped from the station platform into the path of a Ronkonkoma-bound train at approximately 10:30 AM, according to the transit agency.

The man was removed from under the train with severe head and leg injuries and was unconscious when he was rushed by ambulance to Queens Hospital Center in Elmhurst, the police said.

The LIRR was forced to suspend eastbound service from Penn Station, except for the Port Washington Branch, for about an hour.

 

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

‘The Good Wife’ to film in Sunnyside Tuesday

GoodwifeSept. 29, By Christian Murray

Several Sunnyside streets will be taken over Tuesday to make way for “The Good Wife.”

The CBS show, which has received widespread acclaim, will be shooting on Skillman Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets), as well as on 48th Street (btw. 43rd and Barnett Avenues) and 49th Street (between Skillman and Barnett). Vehicles parked on these streets Tuesday are likely to be towed.

The show focuses on the fictional character Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), whose husband Peter Florrick (Chris Noth), a former State Attorney, has been jailed following a notorious political corruption and sex scandal.

The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal, as well as by other prominent political sex scandals, particularly those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton.

The show, which premiered in 2009, has won five Emmys.

Film crew getting ready for shoot on Skillman Avenue

Film crew getting ready for shoot on Skillman Avenue

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Town hall meetings scheduled this week, with advice provided on snagging an affordable unit on LIC waterfront

completion-465x348

Sept. 28, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside and Woodside residents will get their chance to learn how to apply for an affordable rental unit on the Long Island City waterfront this week.

The application period to snag an apartment in the Hunters Point South complex is expected to begin shortly and Community Board 2 leaders—along with the development company– will be holding two meetings this week telling residents how to apply,

The applicants will be aiming to get one of the 925 affordable apartments that are expected to be completed early next year.

The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 29, at the Sunnyside Community Services Center at 7pm. A second meeting will be held at the Big Six Towers on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at 7 pm.

Community Board 2 residents—who currently live in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City—will be given priority over outside applicants on 50% of the units.

The income requirements are broad and tailored more toward middle income earners. For example, units have been set aside for individuals/families who make very little to those who make up to $190,000, based on numbers released last year by the Bloomberg administration.

For details on the meetings, see below:

HPS Town Halls Flyer 091714-1

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off October 20, more than 30 restaurants participating
Blu Orchid on Queens Blvd

Recently-opened Blu Orchid part of Sunnyside Restaurant Week

Sept. 25, By Christian Murray

Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week is scheduled to take place next month and 32 restaurants have already signed up to participate.

The event, organized by Sunnyside Shines, aims to showcase Sunnyside as a destination for high-quality cuisine. Its goal is tempt residents to try new places and draw foodies from other parts of New York City.

The event begins on Oct. 20 and concludes on Friday, Oct. 24.

Each restaurant will serve a three course dinner menu for $25 with many offering additional lunch specials.

The participating restaurants span the globe. There will be Japanese, Turkish, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Mexican, Peruvian, French, Colombian, Filipino, Paraguayan, Tibetan, Thai, and Seasonal American food on offer.

Restaurants from Skillman Avenue through 47th Avenue have signed up this year. Last November, when Sunnyside Restaurant Week was launched, 17 restaurants took part.

“Last year’s event was a big success for neighborhood restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director, of Sunnyside Shines. “I am proud that we have doubled the number.”

Participating restaurants will also include newcomers to the Sunnyside scene—such as Tibetan Dumpling Café and Blu Orchid. Venturo and Salt & Fat, which were recently recognized as Michelin “Bib Gourmands,” will be participating again this year.

Sunnyside Shines has listed the 32 restaurants on its website. The list also includes those restaurants that have put a special menu together for Sunnyside Restaurant Week.

Restaurant week will also feature contemporary art, which will be placed at five participating restaurants. The art is being curated by No Longer Empty, a contemporary art organization, and will include work from three Sunnyside artists.

The artwork will be on display at Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt & Fat and Venturo.

“We are really looking forward to Sunnyside Restaurant Week this year,” Thieme said. However, she said: “there’s a huge problem – figuring out how to eat in all these amazing restaurants in just one week!”

Takesushi

Takesushi

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Venturo, Salt & Fat win coveted ‘Bib Gourmand’ award

Venturo sunnyside

Sept. 24, By Christian Murray

The Michelin Guide has just released its 2015 “Bib Gourmand” picks and Salt & Fat and Venturo were among the picks for the best value for money.

These two restaurants were the only Sunnyside restaurants to receive the highly-coveted prize. Restaurants are evaluated for excellence on a budget (defined as two courses and wine or dessert for $40 a head).

The Bib Gourmand restaurant winners are widely considered the best and most affordable restaurants in New York.

The popular Thai restaurant Ayada, located at 77-08 Woodside Avenue, also received the award.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Sunnyside farmers market will be open all-year round, if organizers get community support

Sunnyside Farmers Market1

Sept. 24, By Christian Murray

The Sunnyside Greenmarket might be open all-year round if the organizers get enough support from the community.

The market, which is located on Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, is currently open on Saturdays from May through December.

However, Jessenia Cagle, the coordinator of the market, said that the farmers are willing to come to Sunnyside all-year round. She said that she has been circulating a petition calling for market to remain open every Saturday–including during the cold winter months. So far she has 800 signatures.

The petition has recently gone online and can be found by clicking on this link:  http://conta.cc/1nxfS6H

“I think the neighborhood is ready for it,” Cagle said. “There are a lot of people in the area who like fresh, local food—and they don’t want to have to go too far to get it especially in winter.”

The market, which opened in June 2007, has been a success, Cagle said. Presently there are 16 farmers/vendors out each weekend selling items such as bread, vegetables, meat and fish.

This year the market opened a month earlier than in previous years and plenty of residents came out and bought items, Cagle said. “We were very busy, it was great,” she said.

The move to open year round would not be unprecedented in Queens. Cagle said the market in Jackson Heights, which was once seasonal, now operates all year round.

Cagle said that not all of the vegetable providers will be able to come out in winter due to the seasonal nature of their produce. However, she expects about 10 vendors will participate during the cold winter months.

“I think if we get enough support, there is a strong possibility that we will be open this winter,” she said.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Van Bramer’s hit-and-run bill is passed by the city council
Van Bramer, xxx , Melissa Mark Viverto (Source:  Bill Alatriste)

Van Bramer, Martha Puruncajas , Melissa Mark Viverito (Source: Bill Alatriste)

Sept. 24, By Christian Murray

The city council passed legislation yesterday that would fine drivers who flee the scene of an accident up to $10,000.

The Council voted 49-0 in favor of the legislation that was introduced by Jimmy Van Bramer following three hit-and-run deaths that have occurred in Western Queens in the past year.

“I am proud to have sponsored Intro 371, the ‘Justice for Hit and Run Victims Act,’” Van Bramer said in a statement. “I was moved to introduce this bill in response to the death of three people who were killed in my district by drivers who fled the scene.”

Last September, Luis Bravo, 19, was killed crossing Broadway in Woodside. Meanwhile, Karen Pheras, 20, was struck and killed around the same time crossing Queens Plaza North. Then in March, Kumar Ragunath, 64, was killed crossing Northern Boulevard in Long Island City.

“They all lost their lives because of the unconscionable actions of reckless drivers who showed no concern for the lives of these three people,” Van Bramer said. “We will never know if one or all of them could have been saved had the drivers done the right thing: stopped their car and called 911.”

All three drivers have yet to be caught.

“It’s something you never get over,” said Bravo’s mother, Martha Puruncajas, at a recent council hearing.”The pain is unbearable, the pain stays,” she said, adding that she hopes stiffer penalties would prevent future tragedies.

Under the bill, those who leave the scene of an incident without taking action would be subject to pay a civil penalty of up to $500 if property damage stems from the incident; $1,000 to $2,000 if a person is injured; and $2,000 to $10,000 if there is serious injury or death.

Currently there are no “civil” penalties in New York City if someone flees.

Criminal penalties are determined by the state lawmakers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the bill into law. The law would take effect ninety days after he signs it.

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Sunnyside Street co-named after famous sporting arena

arenaSept. 23, By Christian Murray

City officials and boxing enthusiasts turned out Saturday for the co-naming of 45th Street to pay tribute to the now-demolished Sunnyside Garden Arena where fighters and wrestlers used to duke it out.

The Sunnyside Garden Arena, a 2,000-seat venue that was once located where Wendy’s now stands at 44-11 Queens Blvd, hosted boxing events from 1945 to 1977 during the golden years of NYC boxing. Many famous fighters from that era got their start at the arena, and it was a stepping stone to the brighter lights of Madison Square Garden.

Members of the Ring 8 Boxing Association, a group for retired boxers, unveiled the new street sign along with Dave Diamante, the official announcer at the Barclays Center, and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Two years ago, many of the same boxing enthusiasts came out when a memorial was placed on the front lawn of Wendy’s that also marked the location.

John Edebohls, who was raised just a couple of blocks away from the arena, said when the memorial was unveiled:“This place launched many careers: Emile Griffith [middleweight world champ] and Jose Torres [light heavyweight world champ].”

The arena was where Gerry Cooney launched his professional career, Edebolhs said. Cooney would go on to fight Larry Holmes in 1982 for the heavyweight title. Cooney lost.

Luke Adams, a member of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce, said when the monument was unveiled that the arena was not just for boxing. “They had proms there, they made a movie there (Mr. Universe), and in 1960 John F. Kennedy had one of the first rallies of his Presidential campaign there.”

Sunnyside Gardens Arena

Sunnyside Garden Arena

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly
Irish Music Festival to hit Boulevard on Saturday, wounded veterans to benefit
Irish Music Festival

Irish Music Festival

Sept. 22, By Michael Florio

Eleven bars and restaurants—known as Sunnyside’s Boulevard Bars–are teaming up to host an Irish music festival this Saturday.

The eleven establishments, which are located on or near Queens Blvd, are hosting the 2nd annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day music festival.

The event will kick off at 6 pm, Sept. 27, with live music and drink specials at every participating bar.

The drink specials are for party goers who purchase a $10 wristband. The specials, which are available at all 11 establishments, include $3 ciders, $4 well drinks and $5 craft beers. Each bar/restaurant may also offer its own additional specials.

There will be live music, dancing, bagpipers and DJs. There will also be authentic Irish meals, such as Bar 43’s Irish festival menu, which will consist of Irish beef stew, Irish style fish and chips and an all day Irish breakfast.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to wounded veterans who are currently being treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Participating bars include, The Courtyard Ale House, Bar 43, McGuinness’s Saloon, PJ Horgan’s, Molly Blooms, Jack’s Fire Dept., Bliss Street Station, Arriba Arriba, The Gaslight, Sidetracks, and Maggie Mae’s.

The event will be the Boulevard of Bars’ sixth major event in the past two years. So far, it has raised more than $25,000 for charities and local organizations.

Music Lineup - Boulevard Bars-1

 

Likes(0)Dislikes(0)
Print Friendly

Restaurants

  • Random Posts