Meanwhile, later yesterday, Grub Street reported that the people behind Sin Sin's long-running Soulgasm party at the bar/club on Second Avenue and Fifth Street had a different take. Per the Soulgasm e-mail:
After 5 years of welcoming us into their venue and allowing us to party with no dramatics, Sin Sin has decided to close, re-open and go a different route. Like many venues around the city they too have to keep up with the times and cost of operating here.
This statement has drawn a response from the East Fifth Street Block Association:
"Due to violence associated with the club, The East Fifth Street Block Association asked the ownership of Sin Sin to deal with the issue of programming at a public meeting way back on August 4th, They did not and three weeks later there was a murder on their front steps. Since then there have been other fights at the club warranting police presence. And, even then they did not address the issue. Now they think that, even with blood on their hands, they can simply reprogram one night a week (which is not effective immediately... but THREE WEEKS from now) and perhaps save their business? The East Fifth Street Block Association would like to offer them an authentic nyc FUHGETTABOUTIT. The fact is that they have developed so much ill-will in the community, with elected officials and at the SLA that their days are numbered."
Previously on EV Grieve:
'The neighborhood will not rest until you are gone and Sin Sin’s license is revoked'
NYPD hosting meeting between Sin Sin and neighbors tonight
East Village noise wars new battlefront: Sin Sin/Leopard Lounge
Why the president of the East Fifth Street Block Association carries a baseball bat