New Traditions Pub, that crowded den of binge-drinking underage students from St. John’s University, has been shut down by police from the 107th Precinct after an emergency suspension order was issued by the State Liquor Authority, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) announced on Monday.
“Traditions Pub routinely served underage drinkers and created a violent, raucous atmosphere that was a magnet for criminal activity,” Lancman said in a prepared statement. “It’s absolutely the correct move by the State Liquor Authority to shut it down.”
The owners of the bar, which is located at 84-28 164 St., could not be reached for comment.
According to Lancman’s office, there are 24 allegations against the owners of the bar, which is best known as “Trad’s,” who have a right to appeal them.
“By continually serving underage drinkers and disregarding safety violations, Traditions Pub repeatedly put our community at risk,” Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) added. “After writing to the New York Liquor Authority, I am pleased to hear that this pub has been placed on suspension and am anticipating that last night was the last call at Traditions.”
In March, the NYPD ordered the closing of the pub three times due to overcrowding, window obstruction and fire exit issues. During one incident at the bar, an 18-year-old was found unconscious at the premises and another was sent to Queens Hospital Center because of intoxication.
Evidence of live rats and other violations has been discovered at Trad’s before.
“New Traditions has violated many SLA regulations over and over again, creating extreme danger to the residents of our community and should no longer be allowed to conduct business here,” Community Board 8 Chairwoman Martha Taylor said.
In April, CB 8’s Liquor License Committee recommended that the bar’s liquor license not be renewed by the SLA.