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Trouble at ‘Home’ in Astoria leads to booze license ban
BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
You can’t go “Home” again for a drink
in Astoria, according to the State Liquor
Th e authority announced on Oct. 5
that it suspended the liquor permit of
the Home nightclub located at 28-49
Steinway St. Th e emergency suspension
came aft er the NYPD responded to 17
violent episodes at the bar dating back to
January, including patrons being slashed
and a bouncer assaulting someone with
As of Oct. 4, Home can no longer sell
alcohol, nor allow booze to be consumed
on premises. Th e SLA plans to seek a permanent
cancellation or revocation of the
establishment’s liquor license.
“Despite being licensed for just over a
year, this licensee has demonstrated an
inability to comply with the law and has
taken zero measures to provide for the
safety of their patrons,” said Christopher
R. Riano, counsel to the SLA. “Th e SLA
is compelled to take emergency action as
this licensee has failed to take any actions
to prevent these violent incidents, despite
clear and repeated warnings.”
Th e most recent violent incident at
Home took place on Sept. 30, according
to the SLA. Th at’s when a bouncer
allegedly brutally assaulted a heavily
intoxicated patron, breaking the man’s
jaw and causing other substantial injuries.
It’s not the fi rst time a Home bouncer
went wild on a patron. On Jan. 8, the SLA
noted, a bouncer punched a man in the
face while wearing brass knuckles, causing
lacerations and head swelling.
Th roughout 2018, the 114th Precinct
frequently responded to trouble at Home,
according to the authority.
Th e precinct, SLA and the NYPD Vice
Club Team worked to abate the problems
at Home. During a joint inspection on
March 7, the NYPD issued 19 criminal
court summonses aft er 25 separate violations
On Oct. 3, a day before the SLA board
voted to suspend Home’s license, the SLA
charged the licensee — JJK & LK Corp.
— with three violations of the ABC Law,
including operating a disorderly premises,
failure to confi rm with their application
and lack of supervision. Th ere are
three additional cases pending before
the SLA on charges that include serving
intoxicated patrons, employing unlicensed
bouncers and becoming a focal
point of police attention.
Flushing strip joint loses liquor license days after
College Point murder linked to club dispute
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
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A Flushing strip club with a history
of violence has been barred from serving
alcohol, and that change that could
potentially become permanent.
On Oct. 4, the New York State Liquor
Authority (SLA) suspended the license
of Angels of the World Inc., also known
as Angels Strip Club, located at 32-17
College Point Blvd. Eff ective immediately,
no alcohol may be sold or consumed
at the strip club.
Th e decision came three days aft er the
Oct. 1 murder of 25-year-old Jaquan
Campbell of Brooklyn, who had visited
the club and was later gunned down
near the College Point Multiplex.
Accompanied by his girlfriend, Campbell
exited the club following a reported dispute
and was pursued by four men who
crashed into his car near the movie theater.
Campbell was then fatally shot in
During the club’s suspension period,
the SLA intends to seek the permanent
revocation of their license.
According to the NYPD, the club has
wracked up a number of grand larceny
reports plus 264 911 calls since 2018.
Because of this, the NYPD is tasked to
direct patrols every night the club is open,
ultimately becoming a drain on police
“Th e continued operation of this club
poses a real and imminent threat to
patrons, police offi cers and the surrounding
neighborhood,” said Counsel to the
Authority Christopher R. Riano. “Th e
club has amassed a startling number of
violent incidents in less than three years
in operation and it is clear this licensee
has no desire, or is simply incapable of
operating a safe, lawful establishment.”
Th e NYPD documented the following
six other violent incidents that occurred
at Angels Strip Club since December
• On Sept. 22, a club patron was robbed
at gunpoint as he was leaving the premises;
• On Aug. 29, two female bartenders
reported a group patrons, including
recording artist Cardi B, assaulted them
with bottles, hookahs and chairs;
• On Aug. 14, a female bartender was
reportedly assaulted by fi ve patrons;
• On July 11, NYPD offi cers arrested two
men who were in possession of a loaded,
defaced fi rearm;
• On May 8, four patrons were robbed
at gunpoint directly in front of Angel’s
• On Dec. 9, 2017, two patrons assaulted
another with a hookah and glass bottles;
• On Dec. 8, 2017, a patron fi red a gunshot
at another patron near the front
entrance of the club.
On Oct. 3, Angels Strip Club was
charged by the SLA with fi ve violations
of the ABC Law, including for operating
a disorderly premises, failure to supervise,
and for becoming a focal point for police
Th e SLA’s decision to suspend a license
is not a fi nal determination on the merits
of the case. Angel’s Strip Club is entitled
to an expedited administrative law hearing
before an Administrative Law Judge.
However, an order of summary suspension
remains in eff ect until such time as
it is modifi ed by the SLA or a reviewing
Photo via Google Maps
Home nightclub in Astoria had its liquor license suspended on Oct. 4.
Photo: Google Maps
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