Noisy Bar Screens Porn Visible From Sidewalk, Neighbors Say

By Mathew Katz on December 6, 2013 7:24am | Updated on December 6, 2013 5:00pm

 Neighbors of Fairytail Lounge say the Hell's Kitchen bar shows porn on televisions visible from the street.
Neighbors of Fairytail Lounge say the Hell's Kitchen bar shows porn on televisions visible from the street.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — This fairy tale could soon be over.

Neighbors of the 48th Street gay bar Fairytail Lounge are trying to get the spot shut down because they say porn playing on television screens and scantily clad male dancers are visible from the sidewalk.

Community Board 4 is pleading with the State Liquor Authority to turn down the bar's license renewal request, citing "adult movies" visible to passersby — including children — when its doors are open during the summer months, plus loud music and screaming patrons.

"On the bar are strippers and playing above the bar on a flat-screen TVs are porn videos — all visible from the street," neighbor Stephen Roylance wrote to the SLA.

"I have gone into the place several times to speak to the owner, who simply doesn't care," he continued.

The bar's liquor license expired on Nov. 30, according to the SLA's website, and it was not immediately clear Thursday if it had been renewed.

The Fairytail's website advertises a recurring "Dirty Disco" party with "boys, booze and bottoms" on its Twitter account, and was open for a karaoke night on Thursday evening.

Hell's Kitchen residents said the 500 W. 48th St. bar has been disruptive from the time it opened in 2011, CB4 wrote in a Nov. 18 letter to the SLA.

"Since the very day it opened, the Board Office has received complaints from the neighboring residents and the 47th/48th Street Block Association," CB4's letter said.

The board opposed a liquor license for the spot when it first applied in 2010, saying the former barber shop was not the right place for a loud bar.

Bar owner Anthony Scianna said the board's move was a "witch hunt" against him, adding that he had given his cellphone number to neighbors and installed quieter speakers.

"From Day One, they hated the idea of the bar," he said.

According to the board, Scianna was "belligerent" when contacted about turning down the music.

The club, which advertises itself as "Hell's Kitchen's most unique gay lounge," quickly became a popular spot.

One reviewer on Yelp said the porn shown at the Fairytail was a selling point.

"The bar has go-go boys usually wearing only a jock strap...and serious hard-core porn playing on the TVs in the background," Yelp user Sarah Rachael W. wrote in a four-star review. "I find the whole idea experimental for the U.S. and strangely advanced."

Next-door neighbors Pat and John Hooper said the thumping music at the bar is so loud on both weekends and weekdays that they bought a white noise machine in the futile hope of masking it.

"Sound vibrations from the bass speakers are felt through the frame of our platform bed," Pat Hooper wrote in a complaint. "Furthermore, patrons...smoke outside the bar, talk loudly on their cell phones, laugh, scream and hang out on our building's front stoop."

The SLA did not respond to inquiries about Fairytail's liquor license.

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