Last Friday night, in the midst of CMJ, cops raided the Greenpoint venue Coco66, shutting the venue down for the weekend and necessitating a hasty week's worth of construction to get the place up to code. On Thursday, the police hit Santos Party House, using months-old drug charges to shutter the popular venue on the eve of Halloween weekend. And on Saturday night, north Brooklyn's 171 Lombardy was hit, as cops arrived in the middle of the Pelly Twins and Todd P-presented Mischief Night concert there (featuring the Smith Westerns, Dom, and new SOTC crushes Sweet Bulbs) and broke the party up. Luckily, the show found a new home at the Silent Barn, and Dom went on there in the venue's kitchen, circa 4 a.m.
Still, that makes three in a week--four if you count the West Village's Love, which was reportedly shut down recently as well. Was 171 Lombardy part of a pattern of potentially Halloween-fueled, stepped up nightlife enforcement by the NYPD? Or was it an isolated incident, business as usual at a venue that is only quasi-legal to being with? Promoter Todd Patrick--one of the people behind Saturday's show--leans toward the latter. "These three shutdowns are a suspicious coincidence," he told us, "but I see a lot of evidence that they originated from initiatives by three very different agencies within the police, and under very different circumstances." One man's conjecture, but no promoter is more active in Brooklyn than Patrick is. The rest of his take:More »