6 Sep
2007
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NYYRC Social – A Hit?!?!

ter·ror·ism

n. The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons. [or when your party is too loud.]

Last night, the New York Young Republican Club hosted our monthly social at Vintage on 8th Avenue and 50th Street. Vintage is a fantastic, Republican owned bar in Hell’s Kitchen, that boasts New York City’s largest selection of martinis.

The night started off like any other typical YR social – we all congregated in the back area on comfy sofas and lounge chairs and eventually, migrated out to the back patio to enjoy the perfect, 70-degree weather. It was another great success for the YRs; we had a nice mix of regulars, new faces and some old friends we haven’t seen in a long time! Jovial conversations of Labor Day weekend adventures, winter vacation plans, the new shoe department at Saks and of course, the 2008 Presidential election, floated among the circles of guests.

Unfortunately, this did not sit well with a resident of the apartment building next door, whose window faced the open patio area. Around 9.15, we heard a man with a thick accent yelling from a third floor window, telling us to shut up. Most people largely ignored the disgruntled individual yelling and carrying on.

At this point, I mentioned to the manager we had a problem, but the man I shall refer to as the “Party Pooper” had stopped. Unfortunately, about 30 minutes later, the Party Pooper returned carrying on again, this time chock full of racial slurs and foul language. Someone in our crowd finally yelled back and at 9.56 pm, the scene turned from late summer social to the scene with the French knights in the castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail…and we were the court of King Arthur. All of a sudden, something was lobbed out the window and then, a horrible, foul, putrid stench emerged and everyone ran indoors and into the two restrooms to wash themselves off. (“Run away! Run away!”) I have no idea what was thrown at us, but let’s just say it permeated everything it touched. Several handbags and suits were ruined by the splatter.

Unfortunately, the drama didn’t end there. The manager called the cops. At least two YRs called 911. No one showed. The manager stood outside and waited and waited and waited. No one came. Finally, an hour later, Eric, our general counsel, and I walked to the precinct on 54th Street. Outside, I spoke to an officer who apparently knew about the situation and told me that a police car had just been dispatched. We decided to walk back to Vintage. No car showed. About 5 minutes later, a car came down 8th Avenue, slowed down in front of the restaurant, and as the manager approached the car, it drove off. Eric and I decided to walk back and file a report, just in time for the 11.30 shift change. We sat there with my belongings separated in two plastic bags, the stench emanating from one, as cops filed in. We heard several, “What stinks in here?”-type comments. A report was taken, but the kind gentleman who took it had no power to help us beyond his administrative duties. Our attempt to talk to the desk sergeant didn’t get very far as we were mostly ignored. One officer who listened actually suggested that the Party Pooper probably threw water on us. To this I responded, “Do you smell something strange in here? That’s coming from this plastic bag. Here, smell it and tell me if water smells like that.” Of course, he refused the offer. He then asked if it was a chemical thrown on us. Looking back, I realize that we were asked by more than one officer if we were sprayed with a chemical. Note to self: next time, call 911 screaming chemical attack.

This is an absolute disgrace on the part of the NYPD. I happen to live in the neighborhood, two blocks north of the station. I have always felt a sense of comfort knowing that in an emergency, the police are nearby. Now I have to wonder. More than THREE phone calls were made to the station and TWO 911 calls and there was NO RESPONSE. Talk about adding insult to injury. I feel sorry for the poor boy who had to clean up the patio with plastic gloves on. What would have happened if it really were a caustic chemical? What happened to justice? A group of 30 or 40 people were attacked with a strange substance and no one showed up to even have a look? How many cops are in this city and are they all too busy to check out a real disturbance?

I ask that everyone who reads this call 311 and complain about the disgraceful lack of response from the Midtown North Precinct under Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector William Matusiak.

DISCLAIMER: This post and the contents thereof are the views of only the author identified immediately above and do not necessarily represent the views of the New York Young Republican Club (the "NYYRC"), its officers or its members. The NYYRC expressly disclaims responsibility for the contents thereof and by its charter documents may not, and does not, endorse any candidate for any office, except in a general election.

8 Comments

  • I can confirm that it was certainly not just water in that bottle – I walked by it to get my gym bag (a sad casualty of this vicious attack) and there was definitely some kind of brown substance in it.

    What did that guy think he was getting moving above a bar?

  • I don’t know, after all gutter trash like him should be used to noise and chaos.

  • It really is sad… We boast that we have the greatest police force in the USA, but they can’t come check out a disturbance such as this?? One where people could have been HURT by the object being catapulted from 3-4 floors above?? And not just one call… a Total of 5??

    I urge our fellow YRs to call 311 and complain…

    The rite to convene and enjoy a beverage in an outdoor space is just that, a RITE. Don’t we pay to be protected by this unparallel police force?

    I am VERY SORRY to anyone who had clothing ruined by the insanity of this “Party Pooper:…

  • Update: I spoke w/ the manager of the bar, who again apologized profusely for what happened. The cops never showed, but he ran into one at the next door deli around 2.30am and told him what happened. Basically, the cop said the cops won’t respond unless someone is hurt and to call 911. (which we did). The most the cops can do is go into the building and knock on the door. I DEFINITELY would have taken that as compensation enough.

    When they closed down the bar last night, the busboy went back there to retreive the plastic bottle that was thrown at us (the manager left it to show the cops….who never showed) and the stench was still unbearable.

    Unichucker victims, please let me know if you have anything that needs to be cleaned or replaced. Bill, the owner of the bar, would like to make good on any damages caused. Email me at events@nyyrc.com.

  • Very nice of Bill… Thanks for the update Gail —

    I still urge our YRs to call 311 and complain.

  • I thought YR’s were Christian oriented? What ever happened to tolerance and compromise?

  • Hi Folks –
    while the result of the local resident was disgusting and shocking – it is in no way unique.

    Let me first say that I feel for those who were accosted. If someone saw the man throw the item you could insist that the police cite/summons him for assault with intent on bodily harm – and depending on contents – the charge could varry. The police – as you know have other marching orders right now with a pending hightened security alert (ergo the chemical questions)- so they probably aren’t going to encourage run of the mill crime complaints.

    Given the job I have(which won’t be mentioned here) I can tell you that that place and many places like it where there is a backyard area that is ‘open’ and apartments surrounding the area- incidents like that do happen.

    From the standpoint of the residents – many of whom actually lived there before there was a restaurant/bar/club are incensed.

    Their frustration only was increased after the smoking ban brought smokers to the streets outside bars – which are open until all hours of the night. They are embattled with their local community boards and community groups to have the noise cut down.
    This is a ‘hotbutton’ issue in certain parts of Manhattan and Queens right now – just not the type of thing that makes the papers.

    On the other side are business owners – many of whom really do try to comply and be ‘nice neighboors’ – but you can’t make everyone happy. Then something like the incident last night happens.

    Complaints from residents vary as people have different work schedules and shifts for work. People with children who go to bed early would find 9 PM noise too late and so on.

    So, in closing. Those who were violated can complain, those who witnessed a specific window or person throwing the item can insist on a police report being filed and charges being made… short of that… it only goes down as a complaint to 311. All of those complaints are filed and would come up should there continue to be disturbances in that area of similar types.

    It truly is a shame that what seems like a fantastic event ended on such a sour note. (no pun intended)

  • Anonymous 1:40AM…

    Regardless of religion…
    I think we were quite tolerant of the neighbor’s inaudible rants, but I think once physically assaulted, such as we were,
    Action must be taken.