Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News 21 hrs ago
Authorities shut down an “autonomous” Staten Island bar for flouting the city’s social distancing rules — sparking a tense stand off with thirsty patrons, officials said Wednesday.
The New York City Sheriff’s Office sent undercover officers into Mac’s Public House on Lincoln Ave. in Grant City on Tuesday afternoon to find the bar, which is in Staten Island’s “orange zone,” allowing customers to eat and drink inside.
Restaurants in Staten Island’s orange zone are currently allowed to do take out only.
But the owners of Mac’s Public House openly defied the order, declaring the bar an “autonomous zone” that didn’t recognize the state’s social distancing rules.
The State Liquor Authority yanked the bar’s liquor license but the pub defiantly remained open. Over the last week, the city has received “numerous complaints for indoor dining in an Orange Zone and operating past the 10 p.m. curfew imposed by the Governor’s Executive Order,” Sheriff Joseph Fucito said.
Jul 12, 2020 We watched the New York Police Department stand down as riots smashed neighborhoods in June. We watched our elected officials cower in the face of violent radicals ; many stores remain boarded up.