Hell's Kitchen Gay Bar "Fairytail Lounge" Raided By NYPD
The Fairytail Lounge, an NYC dive on 48th Street in Hell's Kitchen, is testing its luck this week after reopening despite being raided by the NYPD over the weekend.
The bar has been the source of community outrage for years, with residents claiming it hosts loud parties 24/7 and plays gay porn that's visible from the street. But it was the lack of a liquor license that did the Fairytail in early Saturday morning.
The raid on Fairytail Lounge, at 500 W. 48th St., was part of the Multi-Agency Response to Community Hotspots program and included police and investigators from the State Liquor Authority and the Department of Buildings, among others.
Officials issued 10 criminal court summonses and 19 SLA violations to the hotspot, police sources said. One of the violations was for operating without a liquor license, but the specifics of the other violations were not immediately clear.
As DNAinfo New York first reported, the bar's liquor license expired at the end of November, but the nightlife spot continued to host parties well into December.
Still, Fairytail reopened and was running by Saturday night to celebrate its 2nd year anniversary. Bar owner Anthony Scianna is due before the SLA to appeal for a liquor license in the near future. Meanwhile, he maintains that the raid was yet the latest in the "witch hunt" against the Hell's Kitchen gay community.