Yesterday, the Village Voice posted these photos of signs taped to the doors of Santos Party House, saying they were ordered closed because of "criminal sale or possession of controlled substances, marihuana [sic], or for any other violation of Articles 220 and/or 221 of New York State Penal Law." Undercover cops allege that they were able to purchase ecstasy in June and marijuana in July. They were also allegedly offered cocaine by "a female who was promoting party she was to host the following week at the subject premises" in August. Police arrested the woman the two men who were selling marijuana on the spot, but told the Voice, "It cannot be denied that the subject premises is a serious public nuisance, and as such should not be allowed to remain open even one more day." Santos Party House sent us this statement:
Yesterday was one for the books at Santos Party House. We had been working since the morning in preparation for the 20th anniversary celebration of the legendary record label Ninja Tune, in addition to the string of amazing Halloween events we had been working on for months. At around 9:15pm, the mounting excitement was crushed when the NYPD barged into the club and informed us that we were to cease operations until further notice. Needless to say, we were shocked.
The summons we received lists a few minor incidents that occurred months ago for the most part, all involving people not under the direct employ of the club. While many of the allegations listed in the order are simply untrue, we take most offense to the argument that SPH promotes behavior that causes “ irreparable harm to the City of New York, its residents and visitors.” Our intentions are exactly the opposite. We are a mom-and-pop business that strives to maintain the cultural and creative traditions that make this city such a miracle. SPH does not condone any illegal activity and has always gone above and beyond recommended security protocol to ensure a safe environment for patrons and staff. Spontaneously closing an independent business that has continuously cooperated with authorities (on one of the most profitable weekends of the year) is not the answer. It’ s absolutely ridiculous. Steve Lewis succinctly wrote today, “ Has anybody been in Madison Square Garden during a concert? Drugs are in schools, playgrounds, offices, parks and, quite possibly, every building—commercial or residential—in town. Nobody thinks of closing these places down, only the clubs.”
We have a hearing on Monday and are confident that we will be cleared of any wrongdoing and will resume business as usual shortly. Until then, we encourage our allies in nightlife to remain vigilant and protect your businesses. We are deeply appreciative of the outpouring of support in the press and on the internet. Our apologies go to the incredible event planners and customers that we intended to share the weekend with; we wish you a killer Halloween. Please bear with us as the best is yet to come.
Santos Party House
They also told us that they will be back in business "shortly," but that might be tough if the NYPD has anything to say about it; they suggested "closing the subject premises for a period of one (1) year from the posting of the judgment."