The notice went up abruptly last night, just hours before Ninja Tune’s 20th anniversary party was scheduled to kick off at the downtown club Santos Party House: “NINJA TUNE XX NYC HAS BEEN MOVE TO BOULEVARD 199 BOWERY AT SPRING.” Why? See the sign above, which was taped to the door of the venue when our photographer/operative Puja Patel got down there. (The notice alleges: “Criminal sale or possession of controlled substances, marihuana, or for any other violation of Articles 220 and/or 221 of New York State Penal Law.” Articles 220 and 221 set criminal penalties for possession or sale of, yup, marijuana.) A promoter-affiliated door person we spoke with said that she had just arrived at Santos to set up for the party when the police came to shut the venue down. They were told they had to leave because no one was allowed in the building. Which is indeed what the signs posted outside say:
We’ve reached out to various people there, and will update when we hear back. Wouldn’t hold your breath for tonight’s reOPENed thing with Just Blaze though. For those who are keeping track, New York seems to be cracking down on clubs all of a sudden: it was just last Friday that the cops raided Coco66 and temporarily shut them down, too. We’ll update when we have more.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 29, 2010