Club Purlieu, on 36-04 34th St is finally closing down.
The Astoria night spot has been the center of a lot of attention over the past year, and after protests and rallies by the community, along with community members like Councilmen Jimmy Van Barmer and Costa Constantinides, and a stack of violations, the doors are finally set to close.
In March, it was the scene of shooting where a livery driver was shot in the head after dropping off some men to the club. Last year, three patrons were stabbed and robbed when rapper Chedda Da Connect held a concert. A local business owner also woke one day to find a bullet had gone through his windshield, after parking it near the club.
But the final nail in the coffin came from multiple violations from the State Liquor Authority, including; open container violations, consumption after hours, failure to replace fire exit lights, failure to maintain fire extinguisher, public urination and disorderly premise.
Van Bramer said in a statement, “Club Purlieu was a bad business and a bad neighbor that brought violence and disruption to our community….Club Purlieu was a clear and present danger to Dutch Kills, turning a residential neighborhood into a violent hotspot.”
The news was well received among the community, 'it's a relief. It got so bad at times that we were scared to walk through the area to our homes', one resident said, while others saw the club as a bad influence on the younger crowd in the neighborhood.
It is still not known when the doors will shut completely.