NYPD puts sanctions on Europa

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Cops temporarily shut down a troubled Greenpoint club on Feb. 2, warning the dance hall next door to their precinct to clean up its act or face even stiffer sanctions.

Deputy Inspector Terence Hurson, the commanding officer of Greenpoint’s 94th Precinct, said he got a court order to close Club Europa on Manhattan Avenue because of several violent incidents including a fight among patrons that turned into a brawl with officers.

“It’s not just one incident, this is basically a restraining order,” said Hurson. “This has been in the works for a long time — we have had problems with underage drinking, numerous larcenies and assaults on patrons.”

Michael Siwiec, the owner of the nightclub known for its DJ-driven dance parties and Polish programming, negotiated an agreement with the city on Monday that will allow him to reopen on Friday if he adds security cameras and hires licensed security guards, cops said.

But if Club Europa violates the court agreement, police say it will be even easier to shut the venue down.

“If or when problems start happening again I will contact NYPD legal to take action,” said Hurson.

A Europa manager promised the club will only be closed for one week and declined to comment further.

Community leaders were surprised that the police shuttered the Polish club.

“We never had any complaints about Club Europa ever at the Community Board, noise or otherwise,” said CB1 public safety committee co-chairman Mieszko Kalita. “They are neighbors to the precinct, so you suspect there would be no complaints.”

The venue paid a $2,000 fine in 2010 after failing to meet health code and local regulations, according to a State Liquor Authority spokesman.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 5:30 pm, July 9, 2018
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late from payment says:
The club did not bribe on time.
Feb. 11, 2012, 11:05 am
Security from Bklyn says:
The club has cleaned up there act and hired Real Security Company not a bunch of bums. No more under 21 Allowed in club so we all need is the 94th Precinct to help out instead of looking the other way and not help the club.
May 1, 2012, 5:31 pm
Unknown bklyn from Bklyn says:
Europa is starting to go the wrong path this weekend on Saturday with Stereo aka Imperial on underage drinking and drugs. So keep your eyes open and you can get an exclusive on what's going on in Europa. I foresee a closing soon. Wake up inspector Hurson and do your job you looking the other way. Sorry but true.
Aug. 8, 2012, 3:54 pm
Concern from Greenpoint says:
Police need to be more involved in bars and clubs especially Europa when you have police officers/detectives coming from the 94th precinct drinking with minors right next to them. Priceless!!!!
Aug. 10, 2012, 12:04 pm
General Tszo Chicken from Greenpoint says:
Brilliant but not so easy to correct. It had to be shut down, but now the dillema of where the kids go to is of concerned interests with those in the town (and their dope-socialist connections in ajoining areas/"turfs") in fun on coercing youth and complainting about their unconformance with "influential" strangers. Found 3 next door to me on arriving in NYC after an absence of 20 years. It looks good but it's 20 times worse than when I left during it's deterioration as a old world community. The old values are gone though the old remains - figure it out. The Halloween costumed political goons insistant their police offer protection an organize crimes renting idots from the psychos that selctively screen all of them for "Public Saftey" Threats and drug related oppertunities to attack individuals threatening all. The psychos get funds to involve themselves and new "patients" (whether they know it or not), the idiots get SSI/ foodstamps, and the goon squad at the 94th gets to moonlight for more cash as "specialists and experts". Crime pays - it's not the Club nor the kids there if even they're drinking under 21. It's more than supplies of intoxicants other than alcohol. Psycho pharmaceuticals are the "Good S__t" these days, and what cop has'nt known that for the last 22 years?.! Is it they still deny after 20 years having a phone and FAX number to Williamsburg and Wycoff in telling them to keep their charge exempt there? Than coming into this new "commerical demographic of expanded income potential".
Aug. 13, 2012, 12:38 pm
Worried from Greenpoint says:
You go on Saturday to Europa aka Stereo use to be called imperial and you going to see minors drinking again. I read the sign say 163 and must had over 300 young people every saturday night after midnight Right in front of the 94 precinct and the police officers look the other way. Let's not forget Happy Land tragedy.
Aug. 23, 2012, 1:31 pm
We care from Bk says:
The security is selling the wrist bands to the minors in front of the police station. You can stand across the street and count the people and security selling the bands. What is the Deputy inspector Turson is going to do look the other way?
Aug. 23, 2012, 2:24 pm
Aware from Bk says:
Be aware that laws are being broken inside Europa Club. The sell you drugs right inside the club with the manager blessing. The club is over capacity every Saturday and the police look the other way. Security does nothing but look the other way and get the people inside without mercy or concern of the count of people going in. How can this happen with the 94 precinct right next door?
Sept. 4, 2012, 7:27 am

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