The long battle between East First Street residents and La Vie has finally come to end. The club has officially closed.
As we first reported on June 11, the 1st Department of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court upheld the revocation of La Vie's liquor license. Although that decision was handed down on June 6, the club remained open.
However, last evening, a tipster on the block told us the following:
"They are moving all of the red velvet seating out to a Budget truck out front right now! The block is rejoicing."
La Vie owners left the following message on the club's Facebook page:
Dear friends, Thank you for all your support during the past couple of years. Unfortunately La Vie will close due to certain circumstances. We hope you all enjoyed La Vie while it was around. We will miss you all!!
Neighbors have long complained that La Vie was operating as a club under the guise of a restaurant. According to residents speaking out at past CB3/SLA meetings, the dance music emanating from the club was loud and disruptive to their quality of life ... and they claim there was often chaos in the streets as patrons entered and exited.
Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] La Vie closed for now on East First Street
New York Supreme Court upholds revocation of La Vie's liquor license