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Fairytail Lounge Gets Liquor License Renewed After NYPD Raid

By Mathew Katz | December 30, 2013 1:00pm
 The Fairytail Lounge reopened just before Christmas.
The Fairytail Lounge reopened just before Christmas.
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HELL'S KITCHEN — The Fairytail Lounge got a happy ending.

After being raided by the NYPD earlier in December for not having a liquor license, the controversial gay bar at 500 W. 48th St. had its liquor license renewed on Dec. 23, according to state records. 

The bar's license expired at the end of November, though it continued to operate until it was raided in mid-December. Officials issued 10 criminal court summonses and 19 State Liquor Authority violations during the raid, sources said.

To celebrate its reopening after getting its license renewed last week, the bar began a new weekly party on Saturdays complete with DJ's, drag performances and go-go dancers. 

"We were renewed and we are open," said owner Anthony Scianna.

The license's renewal flies in the face of efforts of Community Board 4 and dozens of neighbors, who begged the State Liquor Authority to deny a license renewal for the bar.

Since Fairytail opened in 2011, locals complained about loud parties seven days a week at the bar, along with porn playing on televisions and scantily clad dancers that could be seen from the sidewalk.

The SLA did not respond to a request for comment.