The NYPD's crackdown on the out of control nightlife scene in the Lower East Side has focused primarily on underage drinking, and local bar owners who have not yet been caught in the controversy are taking the necessary steps to make sure they don't wind up in court like their neighbors. However, this attempt to protect their businesses from the wrath of the 7th Precinct has claimed its youngest and perhaps cutest victim ever.
An Eater operative reports, "we went to the Magician on Friday afternoon for their awesome happy hour (1/2 priced drinks!) with our 14 week old son and were the first and only people in the bar. The bartender politely told us that due to the NYPD's crackdown on underage drinking, the owner has decided to ban all children from the bar. This isn't just checking everyone's ID under the age of 50, it's any and all kids. I can understand teenagers not being welcome, or maybe saying no kids with their parents after 8:00, but this was a newborn in a carrier at 5 PM in an empty bar. This crackdown has gone too far!"
This will undoubtedly bring out the anti babies in bars crowd, but it does seem to be a bit heavy handed. When will the madness end?
· Lower East Side Crackdown Coverage [~ENY~]
· Nightlife Coverage [~ENY~]