Three unlawful New Years Eve events have been blown up in New York Metropolis
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Hundreds of night owls desperate for a taste of New Year’s Eve normal were arrested overnight for attending illegal parties in violation of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the New York sheriff said Friday.
While Times Square was a ghost town, there were parties from Queens to Manhattan, including a Maspeth karaoke bash that hosted over 300 maskless parties, Sheriff Joseph Fucito said.
At 2 a.m. on New Years Day, MPs responded to the Maspeth Bar Lounge on 58th Street and watched as more than 25 people slipped into an externally locked side fire exit, Fucito said.
About 15 minutes later, MPs stormed in and found that more than 300 people with no face covering “consumed alcohol, sang karaoke and danced,” the sheriff said.
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Business owner Man Phan, 37, and his wife, He Bin Wang, 37, were charged with violating an executive order, violating an emergency measure, and failing to protect health and safety. Phan has also been accused of running an unlicensed bottle club, illegally storing alcohol, and obstructing an exit, and faces a $ 15,000 fine.
Guowei Lin, 44, the Shindig’s DJ, was also charged and fined $ 1,000, along with Fang Zou, a 35-year-old employee, Fucito said.
In Brooklyn, MPs received “numerous” 311 complaints about a large, noisy meeting without social distancing at Stars Hall in Sunset Park.
When officials arrived just before midnight, they found about 80 people dancing away their 2020 blues and smoking shisha, Fucito said.
The party’s organizer, Al Zabidi, received two tickets for violations of an emergency measure and an executive order and faces a fine of $ 15,000.
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In Manhattan, sheriff officials found another illegal party in a loft function room on Prince Street around 1 a.m. on Friday, Fucito said.
On the sixth floor, MPs found 145 people who “danced, drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes” without wearing masks or social distancing, Fucito said.
The organizers of the party were fined $ 1,000. The organizer has to pay $ 15,000.