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Authorities Shut Down Illegal Club Operating on Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside

Police shut down an illegal club that was also in violation of pandemic restrictions Photo: @NYCSHERIFF

Jan. 25, 2021 By Christina Santucci

An illegal club operating in the basement of a Woodside apartment building was shut down by law enforcement early Sunday.

Authorities said they found more than 75 people in the cramped space in violation of pandemic restrictions. Photos released by law enforcement show people packed around a makeshift bar decorated with hanging blue lights and chains, and small tables used for patrons’ drinks and hookahs.

Authorities discovered an illegal club operating at 65-25 Roosevelt Ave.(the gray building pictured) (Google)

The NYC Sheriff teamed up with the NYPD to raid the club, in the cellar of a six-story building at 65-25 Roosevelt Ave, just after midnight Sunday morning.

The lounge had no liquor license, and authorities found health code violations, dangerous levels of carbon dioxide and blocked exits as well as more than 75 partiers, according to the NYC Sheriff.

A state order declared by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November restricts private gatherings to 10 people to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Authorities shut down the club and issued summonses during the raid, the 108th Precinct tweeted.

A spokesperson for the FDNY said that firefighters also responded to the address at about 12:45 a.m., investigated a gas odor from the building’s meter room and later handed the issue over to utility companies.

Woodside residents had complained that a business was operating illegally at the building. One person had notified the Department of Buildings back in September that the address was being used as a bar and nightclub on weekends starting at 11 p.m.

The owner of the nightclub, according to reports, tried to fight off the deputies conducting the raid. He was issued with desk appearance tickets for resisting arrest along with a slew of other charges.

Scenes from the 65-25 Roosevelt Ave. club taken early Sunday morning (Photo: @NYCSHERIFF)

Scenes from the 65-25 Roosevelt Ave. club taken early Sunday morning (Photo: @NYCSHERIFF)

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Got sanctuary cities?

Democrats encourage people to break immigration laws. Stands to reason they think they can break other ones with no consequences as well.

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Jail employers who hire illegals

Republicans can end illegal immigration if their financial backers would just stop hiring illegal workers.

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Trump promised to "defund al sanctuary cities" 4 years ago

You’re right, his lies caused this. The lie about Mexico making a “one-time payment” for the wall too.

Now you want to blame other people for his complete failure?

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Bench warmer

Why isn’t this ok but the city and mayor allowed a huge Ultra- Orthodox wedding to happen a week ago in bklyn ????

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This isn't a religious gathering.

I agree with you, it’s no excuse. But it seems like “anti-semitism” is a hot topic and the media and Mayor want to steer clear of any “whining” about denying their rights. Covid or not.

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Is it that hard to Obey the law ?

We haven’t been locked down that long. Women basically go through something similar to lock down for 9 months to have a baby.

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La Guillotine

If DuhBlazio can dance in Times Square on New Year’s Eve while forcing everyone else to stay home, people might start to get pissed off and do things like this.

The elites sure don’t act like this is an emergency.

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Dan

It’s better to leave bars and restaurants open and encourage seating six feet apart and good ventilation. Forcing lockdowns is counter productive!!

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Daniel

Young people are being young people. Imagine that. They are all tired of virtual interaction.

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Mariana

There is most likely a lot more of these types of gatherings happening in a lot of places. I personally wouldn’t attend, I’m in bed by 10 nightly. Its a poor neighborhood and most of us live in small apartments with no private outdoor space. Young adults are often harassed by the police for standing outside at night. I can see why things like this are happening. Our community needs more financial help.

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1st thing a cult does is convince its members everyone else is lying

Hashtagger as Mariana – It’s far from a poor neighborhood. Look up the income and living costs of the area. These people attending the party are here because of unscrupulous landlords making a financial windfall.

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The 2nd thing they do is convince you everyone else is in a cult but you.

The 3rd thing is your the victim of something outside your control like unscrupulous landlords, racists, and people that have different opinions.

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Republican Party = Totalitarian

2nd – That’s not at all a tactic of cults. The victimization card is a Republican staple. They could dish it out but can’t take it . Dixie Chicks are right.

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Pure Projection

Victimization is the hallmark of the Democratic Party and to deny that is to be delusional. It does work so well though that people believe it so don’t count on things getting better.

Sofia

Better use of police is to stop hard crime. You can slow pandemic but until everyone is exposed or vaccinated it will continue to be a threat for decades to come. We have to learn to live with it but not destroy social life at same time.

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Georgia

I wonder if they served Corona ?………………………………………use to love that beer !~

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Rosa

You cant expect people to stay home and do nothing after having celebrities like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez perform at the inauguration and televising it nationally and worldwide for the world to see. It created a party atmosphere and people start thinking if they can do it then why cant i.

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Linda

All while the gov, mayor and authorities begs them to get vaccinated. What will be there excuse this time?

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