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LaBoom and System Dance Club on precinct's bad list

Astoria cops cite numerous incidents

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:11 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

by Josey Bartlett

Enough might possibly be enough for two Western Queens dance clubs.

Officers from the 114th Precinct have asked Community Board 1 to not recommend two night spots for renewal of their state liquor licenses because of “numerous summonses,” CB 1 Consumer Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Risi Jr. said at a recent board meeting.

“It’s pretty extensive as far as the two clubs,” a police spokesman said on Tuesday. “There were lots of activities: complaints, arrests.”

LaBoom at 56-15 Northern Blvd. is a busy nightclub with a large dance floor and DJs who play primarily Spanish music such as bachata, merengue, reggaeton and salsa. Yelp reviews complain about a young crowd and an expensive cover — even mentioning overly thorough security guards — but there are no comments about safety.

System Dance Club at 32-10 37 Ave. in Long Island City is a nightspot offering house music with reviews running the gamut. One mentioned police interaction.

“The cops raided the place for underage drinking,” Jonathan N. said on Foursquare, an online review site. “People were constantly fighting.”

Neither club returned phone calls for comment.

Two bills, which have passed in the Assembly but not the Senate, ask for more community board input on State Liquor Authority applications.

A bill penned by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) would require locations to note if they plan to have any type of adult entertainment. Right now bars only need to say if there will be topless dancing or not, which allows for bikini bars to be reviewed like a typical restaurant.

Legislation by Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) would require establishments to present their requests to community boards two months before going to the SLA, instead of one.

The Consumer Affairs Committee will meet with representatives of the clubs on April 9.

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