Community Leaders Rail Against Cheap Shots

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

After many complaints from nearby residents, the Fresh Meadows community has come out against Cheap Shots bar.

Cheap Shots, located at 149-05 Union Tpke., is due for its liquor license renewal, but may have a tough battle ahead to convince the State of New York Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control to approve it. Community Board 8, several civic associations and Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) have written letters condemning the behavior of some of the bar’s patrons.

CB8 and other civic groups are against the renewal of Cheap Shots’ liquor license, due to complaints in the community. Photo by Joe Marvilli

CB8 and other civic groups are against the renewal of Cheap Shots’ liquor license, due to complaints in the community. Photo by Joe Marvilli

District Manager Marie Adam-Ovide sent a letter on behalf of CB8 to Michael Jones, the deputy CEO of the New York State Liquor Authority. According to the letter, the board had received complaints from the Kew Garden Hills Civic Association, Parkway Village Equities Corporation and nearby residents about unreasonable noise throughout the night, fighting in the streets, public drunkenness and public urination.

The board’s letter was preceded by several correspondences to the community board’s liquor license committee from Lancman and civic leaders, complaining about Cheap Shots and its patrons.

Lancman’s letter said that according to Special Operations Lieutenant Eric Robinson of the 107th Precinct, police made four arrests at Cheap Shots, one for robbery, two for gambling and another for underage alcohol consumption. Lancman also called the bar “a magnet for criminal activity and a danger to neighboring residents.”

Douglas Sherman, the Board President of Parkway Village Equities Corporation, said in his letter that last year, two shooting victims left the bar and entered Parkway Village, banging on doors in pursuit of medical attention.
Representatives of Cheap Shots did not return requests for comment.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @Joey788.