From BushwickBK on April 8, 2009:
One of us looks over at the bar (no alcohol yet, but that changes this week) and sees a monster of a hookah sitting atop the counter. It must be about five feet tall! We get the attention of our server, Sam, and ask him what the giant pipe is about. He explains that the size allows for a smoother smoke (yes, this prompts one person in our imaginary group to make the unavoidable remark that in hookah, size does matter…). Sensing our curiosity, Sam asks if we’d like to try it. Would we?! He carefully hoists the beautiful monster over the bar, and sets it on the floor in front of us. We ask if he’d like to join us for a hit or two, and we pass the nozzle around, intermittently scooping up hummus as we talk about…(I’ll leave you there).
But where is the belly dancing? For that, we must come back this Saturday night (April 11), when the Belly Dancing Cafe gets its liquor license and the dancing commences. Fair warning though: if you’re interested in smoking out of the hookah behemoth, make sure you get there early, because you’ll have to beat me to it.
And now as the late, great Paul Harvey would say, is the rest of the story from the Times Newsweekly on April 23, 2009:
Following a lengthy history of violations, police officially shuttered a troublesome nightclub in Ridgewood last Tuesday, Apr. 14, it was announced.
It was noted that the owner of the business failed to obtain the proper liquor license allowing for its operation.
The most egregious violation reportedly occurred on Nov. 5, 2008, when officers from the 104th Precinct discovered that as many as 46 teenagers had been illegally served alcoholic beverages at the café.
A law enforcement source said that the location had gained the reputation of being a haven for underage drinking.
As a result, the owner of the business and a worker were arrested on related charges. Soon after, police said, the NYPD filed a nuisance abatement case against the Belly Dancing Café seeking to have it closed due to repeat offenses.