Lounge 11 meeting scheduled
Hoboken411 had recently received quite a few emails from neighbors of the Lounge 11 Bar (505 Madison St.) Recent disturbances, fights, noise and more are sources of discontent for area residents. They even got 3rd Ward Councilman Michael Russo involved.
Meeting to discuss Lounge 11 issues
Hoboken resident Matthew Walsh has successfully organized a meeting to attempt and straighten out the situation at hand:
We appreciate your offer to meet with us to discuss Lounge 11. We would like to set up a meeting with following parameters:
- Date: Thursday, October 2
- Time: 8 pm
- Venue: Russo Civic Association (420 Adams St.)
A) Police Chief, Public Safety Director, Councilman Russo and any other Hoboken official desiring to attend
B) Representatives of 509 and 507 Madison Street and community at large
- Non-attendees: Owners of Lounge 11 because affected citizens desire to discuss city’s corrective actions and not engage in negotiations with Lounge 11 owners.
1) Confirmation that the meeting is (a) the coordinated response of the police and city council personally promised to Matt Walsh of 509 Madison Street by Mayor Roberts last Friday and (b) not an effort to circumvent this promised action by the city with a preemptive meeting with affected neighbors.
2) Discussion of problems caused by Lounge 11 inclusive of data referenced by Mayor Roberts to Matt Walsh indicating that the establishment is “a one-bar crime wave”.
3) Potential solutions:
- reduced bar hours
- earlier closing
- reduced maximum occupancy
- termination of bottle service and overserving of customers
- termination of velvet rope waiting line and resulting crowds
- reduction in music volume/additional sound proofing
- uniformed police on hand at closing
Putting Hoboken cops on the bar’s payroll as bouncers due to (a) conflict of interest between officer financial benefit from bar and duty to serve and protect community as a whole, (b) prior police support of bar owners (e.g. stopping by bar, having owners turn down music and then saying “what noise?” when investigating noise complaints) and (c) risk of off-duty officers being injured or disabled while working at bar and then recuperating at taxpayer expense,
5) Consequences of further violence and other quality of life infractions (e.g. excessive noise, vandalism and double parking)
- Restriction of hours or days of operation (e.g. weekend closures)
- Loss of liquor license