Sunday, January 8, 2012
Cops to target shady bars
From the Times Ledger:
Northeast Queens police said they will focus on bars and restaurants operating illegally in 2012, but community leaders said more needs to be done on a state level and cited a Flushing watering hole with a questionable liquor license as an example.
At a recent meeting of Community Board 7’s monthly district service cabinet, 109th Precinct Deputy Inspector Brian Maguire said his NYPD officers would be on the prowl in the upcoming year for bars and restaurants that are flaunting the law by serving minors or allowing drug use on the premises.
Maguire also said he wanted to crack down on bars that apply for a license under one name and then use another, or employ similar tactics to throw inspectors and police off their scents.
He cited Dreamer Music World Corp., a bar in downtown Flushing that received a liquor license in September, as an example of providing misleading information on its application.
The address on the liquor license is listed as 133-55 Stanford Ave. There is no door with that listed address along Stanford Avenue, but a plain steel door leading into an alley is located between two addresses that suggests it could be the one listed on the application.
In fact, the bar is inside a small shopping center around the corner at 41-44 Main St.
The principal of the corporation nor an attorney that was listed on the liquor license could be reached for comment by press time.
While there is a large sign along Main Street advertising the bar, upon entering the shopping center a glass door leading downstairs is marked as 133-55 Stanford Ave.
As part of its application to the state Liquor Authority, the bar had to submit a picture of its entrance, which is yet another address along Stanford Avenue. The license application is only for a beer and wine restaurant and not to serve hard liquor.
The applicant, Shu Mei Chen, marked “no” to the question: “Has the building/premises been known by any other address?” despite the fact that city Department of Buildings documents list 133-55 Stanford Ave. only as a supplementary address for 41-44 Main St.