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NYC Sheriff’s Office Shut Down Illegal Parties in Manhattan and Queens Over the Holiday Weekend

Plus, a Staten Island pub has declared itself an autonomous zone and refuses to comply with COVID-19 restrictions — and more intel

The front of a building with an Irish pub decked out with country flags and a red awning located at the ground floor
Nearly 400 people were gathered at an illegal party at 202 West 36th Street in Midtown
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Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

NYC Sheriff’s Office breaks up multiple illegal parties that took place over the holiday weekend

While the city and state pleaded with New Yorkers to limit Thanksgiving gatherings and stay home for the holiday, the NYC Sheriff’s Office was busy issuing summonses and doling out fines for multiple illegal parties that took place over the long holiday weekend.

Inside a Midtown building at 202 West 36th Street, nearly 400 people had gathered for an illegal party late on Saturday night. Sheriff Joseph Fucito told Gothamist that they observed party goers “not social distancing, not wearing proper face covering, and not adhering to the Mayoral and Gubernatorial COVID Emergency Executive orders.” Four of the people involved in facilitating the party have been issued summonses for violating current health regulations and for selling alcohol without a liquor license. They have each also been fined $1,000 in addition to the charges.

In another instance, the Sheriff’s Office broke up a Thanksgiving Eve party in Corona, Queens, where over 75 people had gathered inside 40-15 Junction Boulevard, where Koko Rico restaurant is located. Sheriffs observed people inside the restaurant not following social distancing protocols or wearing face masks. The building is located in the confines of a state-designated COVID-19 yellow zone, where restaurants are restricted to indoor dining at 25 percent capacity plus no more than four people per table. Three people were cited with various violations for facilitating the party, Gothamist reported, and they were all fined $1,000 each on top of the charges. One other person was also fined $1,000 in connection to the illegal party.

In other news

— Staten Island pub Mac’s Public House, located in a state-designated orange zone, has refused to comply with local COVID-19 regulations as positive cases rise in the area. Instead, the owner has declared the establishment an autonomous zone and continues to operate despite having its liquor license yanked and thousands of dollars in fines levied at the business. The pub appears to be exploiting a loophole by not charging customers for drinks or food and accepting donations instead, the New York Post reports.

— Legendary live music venue Arlene’s Grocery on the Lower East Side has announced that it will permanently close on February 1 if it does not receive emergency financial aid.

— On the Upper West Side, Pappardella and Seven Hills Mediterranean Grill each received $5,000 grants sponsored by the NYC Hospitality Alliance and DoorDash to help fund their winterized outdoor dining setups.

— Signage is up for East Village restaurateur Ravi de Rossi’s latest new spot, Cadence, EV Grieve reports. The new restaurant is a vegan soul food spot run by chef Shenarri Freeman.

— Santacon’s annual boozy bar crawl is officially canceled this year.

— Crown Heights bar Hunky Dory just opened a retail shop inside its dining room and it’s a holiday gifting goldmine: