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Citrine Owners Caught Between Rock and City

After being hit with a vacate order by the City of New York, owner David Rodolitz emails an update on the State of Citrine, the mid-market lounge on 21st Street. According to Rodolitz, Citrine was "blindsided by a bureaucratic storm that really had nothing to do with us, but more about the administration cracking down on clubs in NYC", and that their problems stem more from an agency turf war rather than the operation of the lounge. Rodolitz explains:

We were mistakenly ordered to vacate by one city agency who did not review permits and plans that had been approved by another city agency more than a year ago. Now the city agency that originally approved everything is trying to figure out what to do, but while they try to figure out what to do, the "vacate" order for our Public Assembly remains in place...

While other high profile clubs like the Jane and Greenhouse have been forced to close recently, Citrine's was cited for improper egress, a major public safety issue in case of a fire or similar emergency. Remedying an egress problem can often be costly (e.g., it was one of the major offenses facing the Beatrice), and while the owners "hope to get back to running Citrine", it doesn't seem likely to happen anytime soon.
· Citrine Flushed by Dept of Buildings [~ENY~]


59 West 21st St., New York, NY