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"The real fact is that a bouncer from Crobar pointed out to them that she was bleeding, and the other one was bleeding," Goll says. "The girls didn't even know, and Crobar actually called an EMT."
Brown states the women knew immediately they were shot, and that blood was "gushing everywhere. They went to seek help. They were hysterical. The police and ambulance finally came a half-hour after asking Crobar to help. It took a while to find someone to help them. If you were hit by a bullet, you'd know you were hit."
When we finally reached Dunkley on the phone, she first accused us of being affiliated with Crobar, then said, "Call us back if you want to pay us. We do it for a fee." Then she hung up.
In less violent club news, there was a dance-off in front of Mayor Bloomberg's house this weekend. A few hundred people hula-hooped and danced in a drum circle, while a couple girls even practiced ballet positions, using the barricade as a bar. It was all in protest of our city's draconian, patently ridiculous cabaret law, which requires that venues get a license to allow dancing. Organizers wore bright-pink T-shirts emblazoned with "Dancing is not a crime" and proceeded to boogie.
The new momentum was spurred by the formation of Metropolis in Motion, a new group started two months ago in response to the defeat of Norman Siegel and Paul Chevigny's lawsuit against the city on behalf of dancers. They filed an appeal; Siegel says it will be argued before the court this fall.
In a time of club shootings and allegedly murderous bouncers, the cabaret law seems like a trivial matter. "So many of my friends think it's not as important as we think it is," Siegel says. "We have to persuade them. It's symbolic of this repressive climate post9-11. See how many cops are here? [Fly Life counted more than 15 officers in the immediate area.] The government is so afraid of people wiggling their bodies to music. We gotta change it, once and for all."