House speaker Christine Quinn has called for New York clubs to regulate the practice of bottle service after a brawl involving music artists Drake and Chris Brown’s entourage erupted in a SoHo nightclub last Thursday.
The scene of the incident Club W.i.P., on Vandam Street, was later shut down by the NYPD as a result of several violations. In all eight people were injured as a result of the melee, including Chris Brown, who tweeted a picture of his cut chin to his fans.
Quinn, a likely mayoral candidate for 2013, has called an emergency meeting with the NYPD and nightclub owners to discuss bottle service, according to Gothamist.
“I am deeply concerned by reports of the bottle-throwing melee that injured more than five people in SoHo this week. That is why I have immediately convened an emergency meeting next week between my office, the NYPD and the nightlife industry,” Quinn said in a statement
"The purpose of this meeting is to send a clear message to all nightclub patrons that bottles cannot be used as weapons and to determine if the guidelines surrounding bottle service need to be updated or reworked," Quinn added.
A source told the New York Post that the Irish American lawmaker was shocked by last week’s violence.
“The reports in the paper today were that they were using these bottles as grenades,” said the source.
“These weren’t glasses and beer cans. These were large-sized bottles being used as weapons.”
Democratic Senator Tom Duane agreed with Quinn in a statement: "This is not the wild west. This is the west side of Manhattan. Bar fights, bottles being used, they are not permitted. There is some fear and trepidation from us, from the police department and the other nightlife establishments that this may not be a responsible establishment."
In response, Dominick D’Alleva, who owns Sway on Spring Street said the idea of trying to over regulate was absurd.
“The vast majority of clubs have no problems. Before you know it, New York City is going to become not the nightlife capital.”
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