Thursday, August 13, 2009
Vibrant and diverse in Kensington
From the Daily News:
When El Gavilan Mexican restaurant opened across the street from Derek Mayer's Kensington home three years ago, he happily indulged in their authentic chicken tacos.
But two months ago, he says, the quaint eatery turned into a nightmare of a neighbor, transforming itself into an obnoxious nightclub, with dancing, blaring music and fights.
"Last night, I woke up at 3 a.m. because I heard somebody yelling. There were 20 drunk people congregating outside in the street," said Meyer, 43, last Friday, adding that in May he also saw a knife-wielding man trying to slash a bouncer armed with a baseball bat.
Councilman Bill de Blasio (D-Kensington) said 66th Precinct cops raided the Church Ave. club July 29 and slapped its owner with a number of citations.
The charges range from selling alcohol after hours, unlicensed sale of alcohol and operating an unlicensed dance hall, to employing an unlicensed security guard and serving alcohol to minors, de Blasio said.
Hey...move the establishment to Astoria (Mr. Public Safety's backyard). The locals will flock there and then blog about it and Helen will post it on her website as an example of a vibrant, diverse place to visit. DOT will run a bike lane past your dive and City Planning will get federal money to mark it on their latest bike map of the borough. You picked the wrong place to settle, boys! Come to the spot where even the vegetables display diversity!