Manhattan's Most Blatantly Illegal Club Is Definitely Gone for Good

The State Liquor Authority has made it official and, in its November 6 meeting, officially revoked the liquor license belonging to Hush. This was a mere formality, since the venue closed soon after two stabbings and a shooting there two years ago — nevertheless it gives us a chance to wonder whether such an unabashedly depraved club, where parties would wind down at noon the next day, could ever exist again in central Manhattan? For those who aren’t familiar with it (and if you’re a respectable citizen, you aren’t), it was a hip-hop after-hours in a remote, ramshackle Midtown West basement where strippers (and, let’s face it, prosties) worked the floor though the place didn't bother securing an adult-use license. Suffice it to say, even in the decidedly post-Giuliani year of 2006, this joint made Siberia look like the Harvard Club. The SLA fined 129 licensees for a total of $325,700 in its most recent meeting — the vote on Club Hush had to be the easiest one.

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