BY JON CRONIN
A much-maligned Ozone Park gentlemen’s club known as the Trap House was shut down on Friday in a joint effort by the State Liquor Authority and 102nd Precinct.
At a Nov. 14 Community Board 9 meeting, 102nd Precinct Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad announced the closing of the club, located at 78-16 Atlantic Ave., and stated that the issues concerning the club have been on his radar for the past three years.
“It took time,” he said. “We had to go through an administrative process.”
The Trap House owners posted on their Instagram account that the club would only be closed for the weekend.
Neighbors of the strip club have been coming to the CB 9 meetings for the past few months, pleading with the police and community board members to be heard on the matter.
At the board’s June meeting, several neighbors attended and interrupted Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) while he was speaking to the board. Ulrich and an officer from the 102nd Precinct later spoke to them privately to address the issue.
During the June meeting, Jackie Meissner, a Trap House neighbor, said that one night her car was riddled with bullets after someone had shot at a girl in the street. She said that she wanted to sue the club, but her husband talked her out of it due to fear of retribution.
The neighbors identified the club’s owner, Michael J. Laboy, at the June meeting. It was reported that he intended to address the renewal of his liquor license after the complaints were made.
Jim Coccovillo, chairman of CB 9’s Public Safety and Consumer Affairs Committee, said in June—in light of the testimony by Trap House neighbors—that the board would draft a strongly worded letter to the State Liquor Authority to immediately revoke the club’s liquor license, which is up for renewal.
At the board’s October meeting, Aurora Castellanos, one of the club’s neighbors, said that the club’s patrons are still causing quality-of-life issues.
She noted that after the June meeting, she and her neighbors met with 102nd Precinct officers and Ulrich.
However, the problem persisted.
In the weeks leading up to the board’s October meeting, Castellanos said that the neighbors saw people having sex in their driveways and littering the sidewalk near the club with broken liquor bottles. She added that neighbors of the club received $100 tickets from the city’s Sanitation Department for garbage dropped by the club’s patrons.
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