Are the bad old days returning to New York's bars? There have been a spate of recent events in or near bars and clubs that have signs pointing towards yes. First, in the East Village, the employees of Bowery Electric helped police stop a trio of thieves that had already hit the bar's patrons the night before, noticing that the vandals returned to the club two nights in a row in the same exact clothes and tried to steal valuables from bar patrons. Then across town, a bouncer at the Henrietta Hudson bar in the West Village stopped a woman from being mugged as she was returning from a night on the town, tackling the would be assailant and holding him until the NYPD could arrive.
The trouble was much worse in East Flatbush, where a bouncer at the popular Jamaican nightclub Pat's Palm Tree died over the weekend while at work. A large brawl that began inside the club moved out to the street and turned deadly when one of the men involved pulled a gun and began shooting. The bouncer had been trying to end the melee but was hit by eight bullets and died that evening. The suspect remains at large.