Tag Archives: nightlife

DOJ Announces Arrest In Arson Of Brooklyn LGBTQ Bar

From the Justice Department: A criminal complaint was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging John Lhota with the April 3, 2022 arson of Rash, a bar and nightclub in Bushwick frequented by members of the LGBTQ+ community. Lhota was arrested yesterday and will make his initial appearance this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann. Breon …

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Brooklyn LGBTQ Bar Destroyed By Arsonist [VIDEO]

NBC New York reports: A Brooklyn bar that was quickly becoming a mainstay for the LGBTQ+ community after being in business for just a few months is now closed after police said someone used a canister of gasoline to set it on fire. Everything inside Bushwick’s Rash Bar was left unrecognizable and torched, after it took just 30 seconds to …

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Miami Beach Voters Back Earlier 2AM Last Call At Bars

ABC News reports: Last call could come three hours earlier in Miami Beach, where a majority of voters fed up with nighttime violence chose “Yes” to rolling back the 5 a.m. closing time for alcohol sales. The voter referendum was held Tuesday in response to increasingly raucous crowds and public drinking in the South Beach entertainment district, where tension has …

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Underage Drinkers Stymied By Vax Proof Requirements

The New York Post reports: One of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s vaccine mandates has taken its toll on an unintended victim — the social life of underage city partiers. Legions of young Big Apple bar and club fans who rely on fake IDs to gain entry into local hot spots are now having trouble getting past the door because they …

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LA County Mandates Vax Proof For Bars, Nightclubs

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department: With the urgent need to reduce transmission risk and increase vaccination coverage in L.A. County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) will begin requiring verification of vaccination in select high-risk settings by October 7, 2021. Public Health will issue a modified Health Officer Order later this week that would …

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NYC To Fully End Restrictions On Dancing In Bars

Gothamist reports: Back in 2017, the City Council simultaneously created the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and repealed the reviled Cabaret Law, which made dancing illegal in the vast majority of the city’s bars and restaurants for nearly a century. But the repeal did not change the fact that many establishments were still subject to the same restrictions under zoning regulations. …

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Los Angeles To Require Vax Proof For All Indoor Spaces

Deadline reports: The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-0 today to have the city attorney prepare an ordinance requiring people to show proof of at least partial vaccination against COVID-19 to enter most public indoor spaces in the city, including restaurants, bars, gyms, concert venues, movie theaters and even “retail establishments.” Council President Nury Martinez — who is currently in …

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England To Require Vax Proof For Entry To Nightclubs

Reuters reports: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that English nightclubs and other venues with large crowds will require patrons to present proof of full vaccination from the end of September. Clubbers flocked on Monday to the first live music events without restrictions since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The government reopened nightclubs and dropped almost all coronavirus measures …

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Cuomo Ends Deliveries And Sales Of To-Go Cocktails

Gothamist reports: New York’s state of disaster emergency will end Thursday after more than 67 weeks, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Cuomo declared the state of disaster emergency on March 7th, 2020, shortly after the first case was reported on March 1st, 2020 when a Manhattan woman was found to be infected with the coronavirus. The state of disaster emergency …

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Cuomo To Lift Curfews On Bars And Restaurants

The New York Daily News reports: Raise a glass and get ready to grab a seat at a bar near you. Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that pandemic era curfew placed on restaurants will be lifted in mid-May and drinkers can saddle up to the bar in the Big Apple beginning next week. The current midnight closing time for outdoor dining …

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New York To Repeal Cuomo’s “Food With Booze” Order

NY1 reports: The state legislature is moving to repeal a requirement that forces bar and restaurant customers to order food with their drink orders. The rule was imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the height of the pandemic last year, and quickly got attacked by critics as arbitrary and not based in science. Some restaurants and bars began asking customers …

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NY Bars, Restaurants Can Now Stay Open Until 11PM

The New York Daily News reports: Last call is getting a little later. Gov. Cuomo on Sunday issued an executive order pushing the statewide curfew for bars, restaurants and other establishments with liquor licenses from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Hospitalizations and the positivity rate continue to decline, and with the holiday surge now in our rear-view mirror, we must …

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Notorious NYC “Club Kid” Michael Alig Dead At 54

The New York Post reports: “Club Kid Killer” Michael Alig — the famously flamboyant party promoter who ended up busted for murder — has been found dead of a suspected drug overdose in his Manhattan apartment, officials said Friday. The 54-year-old former scene fixture and convict was discovered by a friend just before midnight Christmas Eve in his Washington Heights …

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New York Bars And Restaurants Get New 10PM Curfew

Eater New York reports: New York restaurants and bars that hold liquor licenses will have to abide by a new nightly curfew, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, as the state and region grapples with a growing uptick in COVID-19 cases. Restaurants and bars across the state have been ordered to close indoor and outdoor dining nightly at 10 p.m. starting …

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NJ Gov Orders Bars And Restaurants To Close By 10PM

Gothamist reports: Governor Phil Murphy is requiring indoor bars and restaurants in New Jersey to close by 10 p.m., one of several restrictions that he announced today to address a spike in COVID-19 cases. “There is more than anecdotal evidence that as the night wears on, probably for reasons that are obvious, people let their hair down,” Murphy said, while …

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South Florida Bars Packed After Lockdown Rules Lifted

Fort Lauderdale’s ABC News affiliate reports: On Fort Lauderdale Beach, those with months of quarantine-driven bar withdrawal showed up, showed off and toasted each other back to some semblance of normal life. “I’m healthy, I’m strong and I feel comfortable with all my friends,” Dan Gibby, who was out enjoying his Saturday at the Elbo Room, said. In an unexpected …

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Brooklyn Karaoke Bar Raided With 300 People Inside

Gothamist reports: A Brooklyn karaoke bar was shut down over the Labor Day weekend after nearly 300 people were found inside breaking the state’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. The Legend KTV, located on 61st Street in Borough Park, was shuttered by the task force consisting of the Sheriff’s Office and the State Liquor Authority (SLA) early Sunday morning. Investigators allegedly found …

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TX Gov: No Bars Until Positivity Rate Stays Under 10%

The Texas Tribune reports: During a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott expressed his sympathy for Texans who are now unemployed following his order closing bars, but stressed that those areas are one of the most “prolific spreading events.” On Thursday, he said bars could potentially reopen once coronavirus metrics improve more significantly. He said he would need …

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Florida Business Regulator To Discuss Reopening Bars

The Associated Press reports: Florida’s top business regulator said Saturday that he planned to set up meetings with bar owners to discuss how they can reopen their businesses again safely, as almost another 12,200 coronavirus cases and 126 virus-related deaths were reported in the Sunshine State. Halsey Beshears [photo], secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said …

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NY To Bars: Chips And Nuts Don’t Meet Food Rules

Gothamist reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made it even harder for cash-strapped watering holes and restaurants to churn back to life — by declaring that a bag of chips is no longer enough to comply with the requirement that they serve food with booze. According to the new SLA guidance, a bag of chips or nuts does not meet the …

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