Second Lounge 11 letter to Russo
Now residents have begun copying every single council member, as well as City Hall.
Michael Russo responded to one of them:
“I have sent a message to your neighbors already, but want you to know that I am looking into the situation. And as soon as I get all the info. I will let you and your neighbors know what is going on. As in the past, each time there was a concern it was addressed. One of the biggest accomplishents was to require this bar to soundproof at their own expense and to employ additional staff.
If there are other problems I need you to contact me so that I am informed. As you know all issues reported were investigated and resolved.
Added: 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer is now in the mix, saying “I will coordinate with Councilman Russo, my Council colleagues on the Quality of Life Committee and the Administration to address the concerns raised by the community.” She also added more about a possible noise inspection on weekends, and what can be done to prevent incidents like this past Saturday night.
Please help fix the problem Mr. Russo!
My wife and I recently moved within Hoboken right next door to Lounge11. What a mistake. This past weekend we hosted a family reunion and woke up Sunday morning around 2:30 AM to my sister yelling to me that a riot was happening in front of our apartment. Outside I witnessed a violent crowd of around 50 people, about a dozen of which were fighting. One person quickly ended up face down in the middle of the street and several continued to beat this unconscious man. After about 10 minutes, five police cars arrived and everyone but a few disappeared. Attached are photos of the blood on the street and sidewalk outside my apartment.
I am deeply embarrassed by this event as it blatantly contradicts my claim to my family that Hoboken is a nice town to live in. The crowd that Lounge11 attracts on Friday and Saturday nights are not from Hoboken. This is not the normal drinking crowd that visits Hoboken either. These patrons are upscale thugs. I even witnessed patrons posing for photos in front of the fighting. How classy. A neighbor reported to me they witnessed a patron punch and dent a car hood within the last few weeks…
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(More letters to Russo, continued…)
“The Hoboken Police Department should recognize this special risk tucked away in what is supposed to be the back quiet residential parts of Hoboken. The police would be wise to station a patrol car in the street by Lounge11 when it closes on the weekends to help disperse the crowd. I know that they have to watch the entire town, but this place is higher risk than most other late night establishments in Hoboken.
As the summer draws to a close and weekend crowds return from the shore, this risk will only increase without mitigation. This is not the first time that we have been disturbed by the large rowdy crowds that assemble near the corner of 5th and Madison when the club closes at 2:30AM. I hope that with your help and leadership it may be the last.”