On our first trip to OuCh (Outer Chelsea aka Club Row) in over 2 months we realized the police are NOT playing around – there are more cops than ever on 27th and 28th St. We literally saw 4 police wagons on 27th St. (2 on 10th Avenue and 2 on 11th Avenue), a police officer INSIDE the box @ Marquee near Wass (Marquee;s doorman), another officer inside the ropes @ Guest House, among other officers on the street. One underage guy who we saw get denied @ Home last night was immediately asked by two officers who saw him get denied for his ID; needless to say, he was written up and we almost thought he was going to be arrested on the scene. Besides Mansion (and Pink Elephant if you’re into that Euro scene), we think the whole area should close and start again fresh. Perhaps the government should give out liquor licenses more easily in better areas of Manhattan so club-goers wouldn’t have to flock to ex-factories all lined up on one block to party. The nightclub industry rakes in millions of dollars a year in taxes for the government, yet the NYPD seems so eager to shut down clubs every weekend, but more specifically early on in the weekend so the club has to remained closed for the entire weekend until they can appear in court on the following Monday. The closings are meant to hurt owners, but wind up hurting all the employees who lose the nights pay and tips. Anyway, we don’t want to drag on too long, but if you want to know more about this subject or anything related to nightlife, you all should read nightlife impresario Steve Lewis‘ blog.
Cops Are Swarming All Over Nightlife