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Rockwood Park Jewish Center caterer evicted

Temple said parties held behind its back

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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:42 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

The caterer at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center in Howard Beach, whom the synagogue accused of hosting weekend parties behind its back, is no longer working at the temple, according to Rockwood Park’s lawyer, Gary Rosen.

Crown Royale Caterers, which operated out of the Jewish center, has been accused by the synagogue of holding wild parties in the facility’s event space on a number of Saturday nights in 2012 and 2013. The parties were reported first by the Queens Chronicle last May after several residents complained about loud noise and crowds in the community during and after the parties, often as late as 3 a.m.

The center filed suit against the caterer last summer to get their contract with it voided, arguing the parties were being held without the temple’s knowledge, and as part of a settlement between the two sides reached last month, the caterer agreed to leave the premises by April 30.

There were at least ten parties between early 2012 and November 2013, both before and after the center was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, according to residents who live near the building at 84th Street and 157th Avenue. Many of the parties were advertised on Facebook as taking place at “Rockwood Park Jewish Center” or “Rockwood Park Center” and most were Latin-themed. Hard liquor was also advertised in the promotional fliers even though the temple has had no liquor license since 2007.

In one case a resident said a party patron urinated on his front lawn.

But since the beginning of this year, residents said the parties have toned down, especially after an event last November ended with a visit from the cops.

“We haven’t had a lot of problems recently, though I believe there have been a couple of parties since last summer,” one homeowner who had repeatedly complained about the problems said Tuesday. “Hopefully this is over for good.”

A phone call to the caterer’s attorney was not returned.

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