After a recent chair-throwing brawl that saw the City Island restaurant Seafood City turn into an ECW battle royal, one community board member is demanding the State Liquor Authority investigate the brawl and possibly rescind the restaurant's liquor license.
The brawl at the City Island seafood spot went down on Thursday night, and footage of it was captured on video spread around social media the way only crazy chair throwing brawl footage can:
Update: They're fighting with chairs in City Island now. This what happens when it hits 60 degrees in February pic.twitter.com/HcXhZVR08b
— Juicy Jel (@WhyUMadThough) February 24, 2017
Pulled up to Seafood City and everyone was running out.
— Nyvette (@Nyvette_) February 24, 2017
Seafood city be like pic.twitter.com/jV452JVQOY
— Mr Monday Night (@1thing_Scorp) February 24, 2017
A video taken earlier this week shows a different fight at Seafood City, in which a man was knocked out after a sucker punch:
can't have nice weather in the Bronx, niggas was gettin it shakin at Seafood City 😂 pic.twitter.com/vVukheCXKt
— Uptown Papi (@iamFatPapi) February 21, 2017
One City Island resident told Gothamist that Seafood City is "definitely the wildest place on City Island." In response to the brawl, Community Board 10 member and candidate for the open seat representing the 13th District in the City Council Marjorie Velázquez put out a statement denouncing the restaurant for letting the brawl happen and asking the State Liquor Authority to get involved:
Discussion about the fight
"It is absolutely unacceptable that these restaurants would let things get so out of hand in our community. I intend to use my position on the Community Board to urge a full investigation by the State Liquor Authority and take every necessary step to ensure the safety of City Island families.
Velázquez says she is writing a formal letter to the SLA to urge the state authority to consider rescinding the license or take other steps to prevent future incidents. This, Velázquez maintains, will ensure that the popular seaside neighborhood remains safe and welcoming for families.
on the City Island Civic Association Facebook page ranged from horror to a relative lack of surprise to people reminiscing about their own days of brawling.
John Doyle, a member of the City Island Civic Association and fellow candidate for the City Council seat, told Gothamist that he and other community leaders have been "addressing issues at Seafood City for some time now." Doyle said that the Civic Association spoke with the precinct commander for the 45th Precinct last year about Seafood City and other large, cafeteria-style restaurants on the island and how to keep them safe. In Doyle's view, the answer is to allow, and in fact, require, restaurants like this to use paid detail (the use of uniformed, off-duty police officers as security guards).
"We need to come up with a systematic approach here, because if we're playing Whack-A-Mole with these establishments that's not a long-term solution," Doyle told us.
A sticking point for the use of paid detail has been that the city has tried to shift liability from themselves to the local restaurants, who say they can't afford the insurance payments should an officer get hurt while providing security.
"Local businesses should be able to acquire off-duty police officers to secure their establishment with minimal red tape from the City and for large-scale establishments like Seafood City, I support requiring they support a detail program as a cost of doing business," Doyle wrote to Gothamist in a statement.
Doyle said he had also spoken to the SLA, who told that the matter had been passed on to their Enforcement Division.