Troubled Shadow Nightclub in Chelsea Shut Down

By DNAinfo Staff on June 10, 2012 4:39pm  | Updated on June 10, 2012 5:14pm

The Shadow nightclub was shut down on a court order June 8, 2012.
The Shadow nightclub was shut down on a court order June 8, 2012.
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By Aidan Gardiner and Jess Wisloski

DNAinfo.com New York Reporters

CHELSEA — A troublesome nightclub in Chelsea has been shut down, according to a court order posted on the venue's front doors in recent days. 

With a bright yellow court-order taped to its front door, Shadow Nightclub, at 229 West 28th St., appears to be closed until further notice.

It was unclear Sunday what caused the closure, but the club had an open Department of Buildings violation and regular incidents of fights breaking out in the club, according to nearby residents.

The sign cited the reason as, "Operating the subject premises in a manner as to endanger the safety or health of a considerable number of persons."

In January, DNAinfo.com New York reported that a man had been stabbed inside the 11,000 square-foot nightclub, but at the time a general manager insisted it did not happen there. A month later, neighbors gathered to complain to police about repeated sounds of gunfire erupting at the 500-person venue.

The club's Friday night party, "Fame and Fortune Fridays," is broadcast live on Hot 97, and led by DJ Bobby Trends, according to the club's website. The page boasts that 1,000 turn out for the weekly event.

Several residents who live nearby, but did not want their names printed, said on Sunday that the club had long been problematic for fights and disputes in the wee hours spilling onto the street outside.

Julia S., who has lived a few doors away for 26 years, said it was a relief to have the club shut down.

"I don't know why they're closed now, but I hope they stay closed," she said. 

She and several of her neighbors had been trying to pressure local leaders and police to shut the club down, she said. "People have been trying to get rid of the Shadow because of their clientele," she said. "They're dangerous."

A violation posted on the Buildings Department's website showed that the club was issued a violation in early April for operating without a valid certificate of occupancy.

It does not appear the violation was resolved. Calls to the DOB were not immediately returned.

A man was stabbed and hit in the head with a bottle at The Shadow nightclub on West 28th Street early Sat., Jan. 7, 2012, authorities said.
A man was stabbed and hit in the head with a bottle at The Shadow nightclub on West 28th Street early Sat., Jan. 7, 2012, authorities said.
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An e-mail inquiry to the club was not returned immediately either, and public listings for the club's last known general manager, Jodi Seiff, were not found.

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