SoHo Nightclubs Greenhouse and WIP Close After Complaints

By Danielle Tcholakian on April 21, 2014 2:28pm 

 The interior of the club Greenhouse.
The interior of the club Greenhouse.
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SOHO — Two SoHo nightclubs that have regularly been the site of violent fights have closed indefinitely, after police showed up over the weekend responding to complaints, officials said. 

Police arrived at Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., early Saturday morning to find blasting music and overcrowding, an NYPD spokesman said. 

On Monday, both Greenhouse and its sister hotspot, WIP at 34 Vandam St., had signs taped to their doors declaring they were closed for renovations and under new management.

The New York Post reported the club was shut down by police, though a department spokesman denied that was the case.

Both clubs' liquor licenses expire at the end of April, state records show. The Post reported that current management had not applied to renew the licenses.

The State Liquor Authority did not respond to requests for comment.

Greenhouse and WIP's owners could not immediately be reached, and information on new managers or owners was not available.

Both clubs were popular among celebrities. The Post reported that Khloe Kardashian was at Greenhouse the night police responded, but said it was unclear whether she was there when authorities arrived. 

WiP is the club where Drake and Chris Brown allegedly got into a brawl over Rihanna in 2012. Both WiP and Greenhouse were shuttered by court order for 10 days following that incident.

In Februrary, a woman lost sight in her right eye afte being hit by a flying bottle at Greenhouse, police said. 

And just over a week before this weekend's closure, a fight reportedly broke out at Greenhouse between a club promoter and some University of South Carolina football players. The fight ended with one person stabbed and at least another badly beaten, the Post reported.

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