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93 Lounge is a trouble spot, police say

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The NYPD and the state are at loggerheads over the fate of the 93 Lounge, a controversial Bay Ridge nightspot residents claim is a haven for crime and violence.

Police from the 68th Precinct claim they are routinely called to the lounge, located in a storefront space inside the Prince Hotel on 93rd Street.

When they are called, they usually have to break up fights, but State Liquor Authority officials say they have no record of any violations or complaints that would make them pull the bar’s liquor license.

“We have no record of violations at 93 Lounge,” Authority spokesman Mike Smith said, noting that the last tenant of the space, the Roxbury Lounge, had a lengthy rap sheet.

The 93 Lounge’s liquor licence is up for renewal, and Community Board 10 voted last month to urge the state to reject the bar’s application.

Cops agree, claiming that the bar is on its list of trouble spots.

“We know about that place. It’s not good. We’ve had to stop by there plenty of times to break up fights,” one cop from the 68th Precinct said.

Another cop backed up his brother-in-blue’s story.

“We’ve responded to complaints about drugs, noise, disorderly premise, and we’ve issued summonses there,” the other officer said.

“They’re a place that’s decided to make trouble. It’s a problem location,” he added.

The policemen’s remarks echo accusations from members of CB10.

“There’s a memory of how this place has been run,” former Police and Public Safety Committee chairwoman Susan Pulaski said at the board’s April 16 meeting. “They’re known for bringing in third-party promoters and illegal activity. We all know about the drug situation in there.”

But 93 Lounge owner Ronald Coury insists that he’s just an honest businessman who regularly hosts benefits for the FDNY and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Coury says he keeps a top-knotch security team on site at all times.

“Everything I do is by the book,” Coury said, adding that he felt CB10 was visiting Roxbury Lounge’s sins on his bar.

But a police source suggested that the real reason that the state has no violations on file for the 93 Lounge is a sluggish state bureaucracy.

“The state’s really slow. They only have about four guys working in the office for all of New York City. They might just not have processed the citations yet,” the officer said.

A brawl broke out at the 93 Lounge on April 15, according to Zuriel Hoyte and a friend who were dancing the night away at a birthday party in the club.

“This girl started screaming and everybody started rushing toward the door, and you could see from the lights that the cops were outside,” Hoyte said, whose wallet was stolen in the chaos and turned up empty two days later in 93 Lounge’s bathroom.

Hoyte said one of her fellow revelers — who couldn’t be reached for comment — was badly beaten in the fracas, but another friend of Hoyte’s didn’t fault the bar for what happened.

“The 93 Lounge itself was good,” Hoyte’s companion said. “The fault lies with the people who couldn’t control themselves.”

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ty from pps says:
Well, at least they don't sell lamb and rice on the sidewalk. That's when it get real...
May 1, 2012, 9:38 am
Sal Monella from Bay Ridge says:
ty, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. The food carts will be moved and this dive will be closed. Hopefully it will reopen on your block.
May 1, 2012, 12:42 pm
Laura from Brooklyn says:
The editor of this artcle has no clue what he's talking about, there are not drugs at 93 Lounge whatsoever!!,get your facts straght, is a multiple generation stablishment, drugs are not aloud in this bar!!,is run by a family that condems drug abuse!!. This accusations defamation of caracter and slanderous!!.
May 1, 2012, 4:07 pm
Boyd from From Thoid says:
Sal-Ty Monilia - figure it out
May 1, 2012, 8:53 pm
Ahab from Bay Rij says:
Worst neighborhood in America, or just NYC?
May 2, 2012, 3:46 pm
Ahab from Bay Rij says:
Worst neighborhood in America, or just NYC?
May 2, 2012, 3:46 pm
Jar from Parkslope says:
Take that picture down I didn't give you permission to use that picture that's me and my friend. Take it down
May 2, 2012, 11:07 pm
joe from bay ridge says:
the owner is a drunk. she has no clue how to run a business. they will not be open long. this place sucks
Aug. 28, 2012, 6:26 pm
Dd from Bay Ridge says:
I see the strange folk coming out of that
joint every weekend. Trash, trash..... trash!!!
They all come from different boroughs.
Last weekend, I even heard some gun shots.
This place needs to be shot down!!!
This is a residential block.
Sept. 19, 2012, 11:32 pm
Megsmom71 from Bay Ridge says:
YES THERE ARE DRUGS IN THERE!!! And prostitution. My friend and I went there because they had a good dance floor - it was insane. Girls and guys lining up at the bathrooms to go in 3 at a time to go in and use, girls taking guys up a back staircase to be "serviced". Hookers charge $20 per time, so the drugs and cheap sex brings in the lowest of the low. Last night there were 40 - 50 people lined up outside getting arrested. Cops were there twice last night. Last week gunshots heard four different times. My friend and her family live across the street and there were gun casings in front of her house. This dump is bringing down property values and effecting the quality of life in the neighborhood. You go and ask Marty Golden to do something and he shrugs his shoulders. A group gathered 3,000 signatures to get it shut down and he said "Look what you did, good for you!". This place needs to be shut down and Marty needs to be voted out of office.
Sept. 22, 2012, 11:43 am
I hate rap from Sunsetpark says:
This palce has been trouble since the 70's when it was known as The Parakeet Lounge. The owner is a liar and his policies about drugs are lies too! His whole family lives a lie everyday. SHUT IT DOWN!
Oct. 9, 2012, 6:04 pm
Oscar from Brooklyn says:

Getting displace after Hurricane Sandy was bad enough. Not knowing how long it would take to find a new home was frustrating, so staying at the Prince Hotel was no fun to begin with but the cheap rates were appealing.

The garbage that goes on in the place called "93 Lounge" made a bad situation worse. The cast of "characters" made the hotel like a scene out of "Taxi Driver". There was definite "funny stuff" in the hotel and the rooms were not rent just for the "stay".

The hotel was a port in a storm but this lounge definitely brings down the area. The LOUD yelling in the middle of the nights is completely unnecessary. The loud thumping from the music and the activity from the rooms next door spelled “bad news”. The Liquor Board needs to pull the license.

If the Prince Hotel were in SOHO or Tribeca the 93 Lounge would be a little cafe. SHUT DOWN the 93 Lounge already! The pimps, pros, and pot smokers need to find somewhere else to go!
Nov. 26, 2012, 9:31 pm
mike from 3rd ave says:
all you people should jump off the nearest brigde you fing liers this place is run by the nicest most caring people in the world karmma is a bicth and you will all meet her soon
Dec. 26, 2012, 7:10 pm
The truth from Bay Ridge says:
For those of you who dont think 93 Lounge needs to be shut down, turn on the news. The nights where people actually show up to this dirt hole are followed by violence and drunk driving. At 3:00 this morning a man coming out of 93 Lounge got into his car and decided to fight his own fight by running over his opponent and pedestrians. One man is in critical condition. If this doesn't call for a liquor license revocation, this area is doomed. Bay Ridge is a reputable family friendly neighborhood and there is no NEED for this place to be on a residential block. SHUT IT DOWN!
Jan. 1, 2013, 12:46 pm
—— from bk from Bayridge says:
I was attacked and hit by gang members in 93 lounge there cameras do to work there's a reason to shut em down!!!
Jan. 4, 2013, 12:04 am
—— from bk from Bayridge says:
There cameras do NOT work* so I couldn't prove anything but my bruises so I sufferd .
Jan. 4, 2013, 12:05 am
—— from bk from Bayridge says:
Im a female the gang members were men there security sucks
Jan. 4, 2013, 12:06 am
Justice from Bay Ridge says:
Thi article and these comments are absurd!!!, clearly this people had never been at 93 lounge how sad that these people are spreading rummors with their big mouth and small brain!!! dont judge before you actaully had been there!!! lies and more lies!!!
March 7, 2013, 10:12 am
Justice from Bay Ridge says:
This article is a complite fabrication of the editor, these comments are all lies, by the community to shot it down, these is absurd!!lies and les and more lies get your facts straight!
March 7, 2013, 10:14 am
Justice from Bay Ridge says:
for the truth of Bay Ridge, have you been there or you are just assuming , why are you so afraid to show your mane if you are speaking the triuth, this neighborhood its not the same!!! open your eyes and look around who is your neighbor!!! stop fabricating lies. and what about salty dogs and other bar where yhey have multiple shooting and stabbings ????, why are they still open in your neighborhood that is so prestine?
March 7, 2013, 10:18 am
Eli says:
Don't talk about salty dogs. That is a respectable establishment in bay ridge and I'm personal friends with the owner George. I been to 93 lounge twice and both times was drama and night was cut short due to fights that got outta control. And the guys weren't even 20. Wtf were they doing there in the first place??? Second of all. You people need spellcheck when you're talking —— or anything in general. This place is a dive and its license needs to be revoked. Actually I just read that it's been closed down as of tonight!!! Congrats and great job to the 68 precinct for a job well done!!!! It's about time. Hopefully Marty golden doesn't take the credit for it. He's ignored this place and complaints for years. He's another one that needs to step down. He's only good for eating free food during festivals.
May 1, 2013, 3:12 am

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