Watch the Shocking Brawl at The DL that Engulfed Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 at 9:26 am by
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​In case you really needed more evidence that The DL is a stain on the Lower East Side, peep the enclosed surveillance and eyewitness footage from a couple weeks ago. You may have heard about the violent street brawl outside 93 Ludlow Street, captured by camera on April 17, in which patrons fought with security guards and (allegedly) management.

This brief but bloody incident didn’t even happen late at night, but 6:25pm on a Sunday. It all went down during a weekly afternoon party that attracted mobs of people to the block of Ludlow Street below Delancey. Dozens were queued to get into the “Everyday People” event.

To put it rather mildly, the video herein proves that The DL – co-owned and operated by New York nightlife kingpin Paul Seres – is not operating a responsible nightlife business in the neighborhood.

An eyewitness, who chose to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of the story, claims that the security guard escalated the situation by moving the dispute into the middle of Ludlow Street, removing his jacket, and then shoving a young man. This action apparently triggered the fisticuffs, attracted DL workers, and quickly turned violent; those crowd control barricades were overturned in the melee, causing people to “scurry in every direction.” The video shows this.

Cops showed up a little less than ten minutes after the fighting erupted. At least one man was arrested on scene.

The DL security guard at the center of the brawl reportedly turned himself in last Thursday. The 7th Precinct confirms that he was arrested and charged with assault. We also heard of several other arrests but couldn’t corroborate that with NYPD in time for publication.

This fight stems from the fact that The DL consistently operates outside its agreed-upon method of operation. Yet, somehow, Seres and company appear to get away with it every time. Enforcement is seemingly lacking. With regard to this party, it seemingly goes against the stipulation of its liquor license stating that The DL not employ outside promoters, that scheduled performances only occur as part of a private party and not regular daily operations and cover fees will only be permitted for private events which are charitable or political in nature.

“Since opening its doors, the DL has been permitted to operate without regard for its stipulations,” LES Dwellers co-founder Diem Boyd tells us. (In fact, remember when their license was revoked, then magically reinstated?) Her block association has been battling the club for years.

“It’s time for the State, the 7th Precinct, the Community Board, and the Lower East Side BID to wake up and bring an end to the off-script operations that violate the terms of the DL’s liquor license and threaten public safety. We encourage residents to continue to be vigilant about documenting and reporting illegal and unsafe conditions with the expectation that appropriate measures will be taken to discipline.”

How the nightclub is still operating in the wake of such violence on its doorstep is mind-boggling.

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