Tuesday, March 31, 2020
During one 24-hour period over the weekend, New York Police Department officers visited 7,667 bars and restaurants in all five boroughs of the city, and noted that 5,867 of them were closed. Presumably 1,799 of the remaining 1,800 were open and in compliance with Mayor Bill de Blasio's emergency executive order, which limits restaurants and bars to takeaway or delivery orders only.
But the cops responded to a 311 non-emergency call about that other bar, and when they arrived at 354 Kings Highway in Brooklyn, they found 12 people inside what has been called "an illegal speakeasy." The bar's patrons were drinking, gambling, and "congregating" at the time, despite the fact that the business did not have a state liquor license.
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