Upper West Side resident Tim Tolimnson and his wife spent almost a decade trying to get the bar in the street level commercial space of their building shut down. Now that they have achieved their goal, and the Blue Donkey Bar was declared a nuisance and shut down forever, Tomlinson is taking a victory lap. He tells the NY Times that now that the bar is closed, "everybody who knows the neighborhood will want to come shake my hand.” Tomlinson also says that while he was active in trying to get the bar closed, the Blue Donkey's owners were really the ones to blame, saying that "they handed me their demise on a silver platter." Of course, not many other people had compiled a 50 page, single spaced running tally of every perceived grievance to give to anyone who would give them a moment, but hey, let's not worry about that.
If the Blue Donkey was so horrible, you would expect Tomlinson's neighbors to share in his joy, right? Wrong. Upstairs neighbor Brandon Boswell says he never had an issue with the noise, explaining, “they were really respectful. It’s a bar. It’s New York City. Get over yourself.”
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