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Neighbors Complain of Violence, Drug Use, Gunshots at 93 Lounge

Neighbors want 93 Lounge gone — but club owners say police are the real problem

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An increasingly violent 93rd Street nightspot has its neighbors living in a constant state of panic, say residents who want the club shut down.

Neighbors say gunshots rang out in the middle of the night outside 93 Lounge, which shares an address with the Prince Hotel between Third and Fourth avenues, on Sept. 19.

The following morning, residents found empty shell casings littering the street — leaving some to wonder if they should take more drastic measures to protect themselves.

“I never had a gun before, but with everything going on, I’m thinking of getting one,” said Ted Moustakas, whose wife heads up the neighborhood block association and has fought to get the club shuttered permanently.

Moustakas said he and his wife have repeatedly complained to Community Board 10 and state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) about the fights and the bar patrons who smoke pot in front of their home, but have been disappointed with the results.

Other neighbors say 93 Lounge visitors fill the street at night, blasting music from cars and using drugs in public — and leaving the block reeking of weed and crack.

“There’s always swarms of over 100 people down there, lighting up,” said resident Natalie Hale. “It doesn’t belong here. How does nobody do anything?”

Resident Mary Smith, who lives just a few doors down from 93 Lounge, agreed.

“It’s nothing but fights, broken bottles, and police calls,” said Smith, who said she approached 93’s management about lowering music volume inside and was rebuffed. “I always find people from there standing here in the lobby at night, and they try to talk to me, but I know what they’re saying and I ignore them.”

Staffers at 93 Lounge clashed with CB10 and the police earlier this year over alleged brawling and drug activity.

CB10 district manager Josephine Beckmann confirmed that there’s been a significant uptick in the complaints about 93 Lounge in the past few months, and that she’s passed reports of gunshots, drug use, and fighting along to the 68th Precinct.

Golden spokesman John Quaglione said he’d also heard about the growing anger at the bar, and that the legislator was working to deal with it.

Cops at the 68th Precinct declined to comment about their plans for the nightspot.

Yet Ron Coury — the club owner’s father — say the cops are actively trying to destroy his business and is goading neighbors to complain about the nightspot.

“We are law-abiding citizens and we are being harassed by the police department,” declared Coury, who said police cars visit the club every night it is open and that officers have told him repeatedly they are going to shut the club down. “There’s no fights, there’s no violence, there’s been no arrests at our club. We get blamed for everything that happens in the neighborhood.”

The NYPD Public Information office said the only police reports on file for 93 Lounge are for a missing cellphone and a missing wallet.

But city records show that on Sept. 22, a Buildings Department Emergency Response Team raided 93 Lounge and found that it was operating as a place of assembly without the legally-required certificate of occupancy — the exact same finding another Emergency Response Team made after inspecting the club last September.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at wbredderman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/WillBredderman

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ty from pps says:
"Cops at the 68th Precinct declined to comment about their plans for the nightspot"
Oct. 12, 2012, 10:02 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
i wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the 68 to take action. Put pressure on the DOB and the local politicians instead.
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:07 am
ty from pps says:
Yeah, our first remedy should be boarding up buildings and revoking business licenses. The NYPD makes me so proud.
Oct. 12, 2012, 12:42 pm
Jessica says:
Cops need to go harass other bars in bay ridge like am bar where there is fights and shootings every night not 93 lounge!
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:35 pm
jay love says:
Its a business.. the staff controls what goes on inside the establishment as for what the patrons do when they are on there way home, walking through a public street none the less! is on them and the staff has no right or authority to control them.. at that point it is up to the NYPD to govern what these people do on the street. 93 lounge is nothing of what people make it seem, its family, friends and the community getting together and enjoying themselves !

THANK YOU
Oct. 12, 2012, 11:44 pm
Joey from Bay Ridge from Bay Ridge says:
I agree with the last comment. I've been to that place twice before. Both times I had a good time and seen no fights or gun fire. the staff was polite, i was searched upon entry and wen't home safely without incident. Not to mention i had a great time dancing and they had great drinks at great prices. :)
Oct. 13, 2012, 12:07 am
That girl everybody likes from Jersey says:
It was my birthday party at 93 lounge on september 19th and there was no gunshots there nor fights. I had a great time until the cops came and tried to shut it down for no apparent reason AT ALL!
Oct. 13, 2012, 12:18 am
mike says:
I was there also sept 19 and there wasn't even a argument what the hell are you poeple talking about get you facts strait was there any arrests that came from the so called gun shots and crack and weed being smoked not one read the papper the only thing it says that was ever filed was a missing cell phone and a wallet lol wow what criminals you poeple need to get a life so sad we should all save this place the owners are great poeple and dont deserve this they welcome poeple with open arms no matter what race color or creed and lets be honest that s what this is all about tell the truth
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:31 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
The people making the comments denying violence and gunshots seem to excel in outright lying or are heavily using many of the non alcoholic products sold inside of the club. I live nearby and there were definitely gunshots. 99% of the patrons at 93 Lounge are not from Bay Ridge, it has become a thinly veiled crack house. There are brutal attacks inside and outside of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
The people making the comments denying violence and gunshots seem to excel in outright lying or are heavily using many of the non alcoholic products sold inside of the club. I live nearby and there were definitely gunshots. 99% of the patrons at 93 Lounge are not from Bay Ridge, it has become a thinly veiled crack house. There are brutal attacks inside and outside of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
The people making the comments denying violence and gunshots seem to excel in outright lying or are heavily using many of the non alcoholic products sold inside of the club. I live nearby and there were definitely gunshots. 99% of the patrons at 93 Lounge are not from Bay Ridge, it has become a thinly veiled crack house. There are brutal attacks inside and outside of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
The people making the comments denying violence and gunshots seem to excel in outright lying or are heavily using many of the non alcoholic products sold inside of the club. I live nearby and there were definitely gunshots. 99% of the patrons at 93 Lounge are not from Bay Ridge, it has become a thinly veiled crack house. There are brutal attacks inside and outside of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
The people making the comments denying violence and gunshots seem to excel in outright lying or are heavily using many of the non alcoholic products sold inside of the club. I live nearby and there were definitely gunshots. 99% of the patrons at 93 Lounge are not from Bay Ridge, it has become a thinly veiled crack house. There are brutal attacks inside and outside of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
The people making the comments denying violence and gunshots seem to excel in outright lying or are heavily using many of the non alcoholic products sold inside of the club. I live nearby and there were definitely gunshots. 99% of the patrons at 93 Lounge are not from Bay Ridge, it has become a thinly veiled crack house. There are brutal attacks inside and outside of that place. The owners should be ashamed of themselves.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:52 am
JonnyHammerSticks from Bay Ridge says:
Hey Jessica, there's shootings every other night at AM? Please, explain to me how you go about making such an asinine statement when the 68 Precinct has had a total of 3 shooting incidents all year?
Oct. 13, 2012, 9:18 am
Kevin from Bay Ridge says:
Either way 93 Lounge is not a great place lol
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:24 pm
Chance from Bay ridge says:
Bobby you must be a moron read the facts never has anyone ever been arrested inside of 93 lounge ever since they been open read the NYPD file that is in the paper only thing they have is a missing wallet that was returned and a missing phone haha that is a outstanding record if you ask me or anyone else that has been to any of the bars/lounges/clubs in bay ridge you people better get use to it it's not the 1960s anymore bay ridge has changed it has every race every culture so get over it and deal with it it's 2012 —— changes so either change with it or move out of the ridge keep 93 lounge and every other bar/lounge in bay ridge alive if cb10 and these old ass stuck in the 1960s racists have there way bay ridge will have nothing They even bother little cup cake about chairs on the side walk block old ass people who are to lazy to walk a half a step around them and they only sell cup cakes move on people new people get with the program or we don't need you to move in are neighborhood and put your to cents in stay WilliamSburg or were ever you hipster people are from and old people Florida is calling I like the bars and night life the Halas carts and the mixed races and creeds of bay ridge that's why I live here And that's what make the ridge the place it is
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:38 pm
Kevin says:
Oops I ment I've herd it's not a great place never been there but believe everything I read or here cause I'm a puppet lol duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:43 pm
Kevin says:
Oops I ment I've herd it's not a great place never been there but believe everything I read or here cause I'm a puppet lol duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:43 pm
Joey Again from bay ridge says:
laughing out loud!!! chairs on the side walk?? are you serious.. thats a little out of hand it just goes to show you, what type of people are making these accusations against a LEGITIMATE BUISNESS!! truly any buisness cannot govern NYC public streets!! think about it ..is the security staff LEGALLY allowed to control the streets even if they wanted to?? ANSWER: NO!
I am actually on my way there now.. if any one wishes to join me and JUDGE for themselves on a PERSONAL EXPERIANCE ..im sure WE'RE all welcome to do so :)
Oct. 13, 2012, 10:47 pm
Troy says:
I'm on my way also Joe to enjoy I nice peaceful night with great people awesome bartenders and staff and some great music cya tonight
Oct. 13, 2012, 11:05 pm
ZayLee from Bay Ridge says:
All of this I am reading is upsetting me to the fullest!!!! 93 Lounge is a great place!!! They welcome us all with open arms & treat us equally in there. I as well was there on September 19th and there were NO gun shots or any type of violence in or out of the bar. The police have been going in there EVERY night trying to find something but what ends up happening??? THEY ALL LEAVE EMPTY HANDED!!! The bouncers check everyone before entry so all this garbage I'm am reading is for what? The neighborhood problem is that they are RACISTS!!!!! 93 Lounge allow all races to enter & the neighborhood has a problem with it. I bet if the bar only allowed white people in there they would have NOTHING to say about this place. I've seen for myself all the HARASSMENT 93 Lounge has been getting from the police. I will stand up for 93 Lounge ANY DAY!!!! Move out the neighborhood or go to the country if you have a problem with black people you racists bastards!!!! That is the main problem with you all.
Oct. 14, 2012, 7:14 am
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
Hey 'CHANCE' you are a totally disgusting racist. This has nothing to do with color or ethnicity. People have a right to be safe in their neighborhoods regardless of their ethnic backgrounds. Things get very ugly inside this clubvery quickly and security kicks them out even quicker and they continue it on the streets on peoples lawns and porches. even at Grocery stores. No one said anything about the color of their skin, there have all sorts of racial and ethnic backgrounds having brawls at this place, involving guns rods sticks you name it. Bay Ridge has changed Remy is primarily a Latino Club, Amnesia has its problems but it is also diverse. The problems at those two locations don't come even close to the MAYHEM caused by 93 Lounge. This type of club belongs in one place only and that is movies of 1980's New York when criminals controlled the streets. Sorry dude you are the one with the nostalgia for the 'good old days'. 93 Lounge will either be shut down on technical grounds or (hopefully not) people will get so hurt in there or immediately outside of there that the Police will have no choice.
Oct. 14, 2012, 7:50 pm
Tio from Bay Ridge says:
But if might Marty Golden's on the case we're guaranteed the best government you can buy! So maybe the neighborhood should start making some campaign donations already!
Oct. 15, 2012, 12:44 pm
lmfao says:
Bobby you are truly a moron were are the arrests on all this violence that you speak of tm are you really saying that with the cops there patrolling ever night that the best the cando is a missing wallet and phone you sir are special think befor you speak ignorance is truly bliss in your case itsdown rightinsane so massive gun fire brawles ever night and no aressts thats great you genius its because the accept people of all types tell the truth dont hide behind you computer you racists we all know the truth there are more all out brwals at other bars on 3 ave but i wont name names but nonne says anything about that you people are sick enuff said
Oct. 18, 2012, 12:19 am
lmfao says:
Bobby boy hahaha still making lol at your statements ty for the good one man i needed that lmfao
Oct. 18, 2012, 12:22 am
La la from Bay ridge says:
To everyone who hates 93 lounge we are open and we will remain open because we do everything by the book, why dont you guys come and check the place out before you judge it!!! how can you guys blame the gun shots on us !!! did it happened at the bar NO!!! right! so has nothing to do we us!!. And everyone loves the 80 movies If u dont move to Florida!!
Oct. 21, 2012, 1:52 pm
Jay-P from Bay Ridge says:
You peoples be trippen!
Oct. 22, 2012, 5:25 pm
Informer from Bay Ridge says:
The New York State Workers' Compensation Board issued a Stop Work Order on Amnesia last night. Someone should notify the Community Board and the State Liquor Authority.
Dec. 17, 2012, 11:39 am
Tom NYPD from Bay Ridge says:
93rd Lounge in the news again. 1 person is fighting for their life. If that doesn't convince people here defending this Crack Lounge.

http://bayridgetalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12812
Jan. 1, 2013, 3:02 pm
vin from bayridge says:
Its the hotel which the crackheads n drugs come from not the bar why doesn't the neighbors go after the hotel as much as the bar ??? The bar doesn't let crack heads in or anybody with drugs or weapons its people in the area or who come out from the hotel but yet the bar gets blames for everything but they forget to mention that there are 4 other bars on 3rd ave rite next to 93lounge.
Jan. 1, 2013, 5:40 pm
Tom NYPD from Bay Ridge says:
Vin the bars on 3rd are on a commercial street. This place is smack in the middle of residential houses. People do complain about the Crack hotel also. As far as I know the building on 93rd is all owned by the same person. We want the hotel and crack lounge shut. I believe in freedom and there should be places to open these kind of joints, but not on a residential street. Look at what my neighbors woke up to this morning. 6 innocent people lost their cars just for parking next to this place your defending.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/drunk-rampage-bay-ridge-article-1.1231113#commentpostform
Jan. 1, 2013, 6:53 pm
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
I hope that LMFAO was not one of the people run over by the drunk who was in the Club!
Jan. 1, 2013, 11:35 pm
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
I also hope that lfmao wasn't the guy who ran down the people!
Jan. 1, 2013, 11:36 pm
Bobby from Bay Ridge says:
By the way, to all you retarded mentally unstable crackheads and peddlers who came to the defense of this verminous place: SHUT THE FCUK UP!!!
Jan. 1, 2013, 11:38 pm
Grifter from Bay Ridge says:
yes, you tell em, Bobby. That place needs to go! Are they seriously waiting for someone to die/killed/get shot, before anyone does anything??
Jan. 2, 2013, 11:43 am
ridger from BR says:
Tom NYPD hit the nail on the head. Lounge 93 is located smack dab in in the middle of a quiet residential block. How the hell did Lounge 93 ever get CB10 approval in the first place? The same azzhole, Ron Coury, also owns the troublesome Prince Hotel next door. So how did Coury ever get approval for a club?

If Coury wants a club, have him put it in his own residential neighborhood in Staten Island. Most of the bottom feeders who patronize this club seem to live in S.I. anyway.
Jan. 2, 2013, 2:21 pm
Chris from Bay ridge says:
Everyone hear is hating cause you don't fit in and that's your problem this is Brooklyn home of mix cultures and if we decide to attend a bar in bay ridge that's our business .... Stop the hate regardless we at salty dog am bar on the strip so for you to make noise we here regardless BROOKLYN bobby bay ridge your —— the cop is —— get it right I know officers who smoke from your station so shhhhhhh ....freedom to drink freedom of speech freedom to bare arms
April 28, 2013, 1:26 am

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