By Jon Cronin
After receiving several violations for the New York State Liquor Authority, Rumba, a club on Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park may have their liquor license revoked.
This past June, Community Board 6 voted to advise the SLA not to renew their liquor license at the club located at 67-63 Woodhaven Blvd because of so many noise and quality of life complaints. The SLA did anyway.
Frank Gulluscio, district manager of Community Board 6, said there has been fighting on the street, public urination, overcrowding, breaking of car windows and noise when the club closes at 4 a.m.
“They’re not a supper club, that’s the bottom line,” said Gulluscio.
SLA spokesman William Crowley said “Their license is active until 2017,” and noted, “There is a number of outstanding violations.” He added that when considering a renewal of a liquor license the SLA will vote in favor of it. “It’s very rare that we would reject it.”
Dan Ramos, a neighbor of Rumba, echoed Gulluscio’s statement and said his street becomes overcrowded on the weekends when club-goers park there. He said it’s gotten worse over the past five or six months and now he and his neighbors pulled their cars out of their driveways and park in the street to discourage Rumba patrons from parking there. Ramos, who has been living in his home for 11 years, added that recently his children became frightened by the noise emanating from the club-goers.
“We constantly call the precinct,” said Ramos, “they know my wife now.” Ramos said he would like to see the precinct keep a consistent police presence there on the weekends.
He noted that not only has there been fights and vandalizing of vehicles, but there was also trees damaged by rowdy club-goers on the block and neighbors’ gardens.
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) recently sent a letter to the SLA Commissioner Vincent G. Bradley detailing in 40 bullet points from a multi-agency examination of the club this past weekend.
In her letter she wrote, “I have never received as many complaints about a business as I have received about Rumba.”
In light of all the evidence against the night club, Koslowitz concluded her letter with, “What exactly does an establishment have to do to not have their license renewed or to get shut down?”
Crowley said the club owners went before the SLA on Dec. 16 and asked for an extension because of their new legal representation. They will go before the board again at their next regular meeting on Jan. 5.
There are a total of eight violations recognized by the SLA over the past two years:
• In April, one for altering the premises without the permission of the SLA first obtained, and another because they did not conform to the agreement set forth in their original licensing from the SLA, which was issued in June.
• In April for overcrowding of the premises.
• In June because their license was under Rumba Supper Club while they were operating under the name Rumba Night Club.
• In August 2013 stating that the club “permitted an excessive amount of noise to emanate from the licensed premises,” which is a violation of their Alcoholic Beverage Control Law.
• Another stating that the club did not employ security on the premises.
• The club did not conform to fire, health, safety, and/or governmental regulations. The club also “failed to post and display the license as required.”
A City Department of Buildings spokesperson noted, “The owner was issued a violation for a failure to maintain their building in a code compliant manner in relation to an elevator problem, which they still have not corrected.”
Calls to Rumba were not returned as of press time.
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