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Tenants in luxury NYC apartment sued by owner for turning it into maskless nightclub


Tenants in a luxury New York City apartment have been sued by the owner of the building for turning it into a maskless nightclub where they charged $100 a ticket.

The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court against the tenants, and party hosts, Kurt David and Jean Elbaum-David, and seeks an end to the weekly parties and more than $10,000 in damages.

The owner of 81 Hudson St. filed the suit after New York City Sheriff’s Office deputies raided David’s parties twice recently – finding about 120 unmasked partygoers drinking and smoking weed last Friday, the New York Daily News reported.

The owner of 81 Hudson St. filed the suit after New York City Sheriff’s Office deputies raided their parties twice recently

Photos from deputies show partygoers inside the illegal nightclub

Deputies busted the party last Friday and the building owner has already filed a lawsuit

Photos from deputies show partygoers inside the illegal nightclub after it was busted last Friday

Kurt David, 30, has been arrested in relation to the parties and was named as a defendant in the suit

Kurt David, 30, has been arrested in relation to the parties and was named as a defendant in the suit

The suit and authorities allege David turned his apartment into a maskless nightclub where he charged $100 a ticket

The suit and authorities allege David turned his apartment into a maskless nightclub where he charged $100 a ticket

He also faces a a possible $15,000 fine for a charge of failure to protect health and safety, as well as violating emergency orders

He also faces a a possible $15,000 fine for a charge of failure to protect health and safety, as well as violating emergency orders

Deputies found a 17-year-old boy that was so ‘visibly intoxicated’ he fell down a flight of stairs and was taken by medics to a local hospital.

Kurt David, 30, was charged with unlawfully dealing with children and selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21, according to the Daily News.

He also faces a a possible $15,000 fine for a charge of failure to protect health and safety, as well as violating emergency orders.

Deputies also arrested two DJs, a bartender and a man working the party were also charged, the outlet reported.

In the suit, the building owner alleges that Kurt David ‘has become a chronic and persistent nuisance’ and that parties have caused a ‘severe disturbance to last into the early hours of the morning’ as often as twice a week.

David’s parties had an official party promoter and attracted so many people that they have hired bouncers to operate the door and charge more than $100 per ticket, according to the suit.

DailyMail.com has reached out to David for more information and additional comment. 

According to the lawsuit, the party promotor is Shkelzen Dreshaj, one of the men cited and fined during a raid on February 28.

Videos posted to an Instagram account believed to belong to Dreshaj advertised another party at another secret location on Wednesday.

New York City Sheriff's Office posted about the bust on Twitter with photos from the party

New York City Sheriff’s Office posted about the bust on Twitter with photos from the party

Deputies said they recovered 24 individually wrapped 3.5 gram baggies of marijuana at the party

Deputies said they recovered 24 individually wrapped 3.5 gram baggies of marijuana at the party

A Google Map view shows 81 Hudson St. where the New York City Sheriff's Office deputies raided David's parties twice recently

A Google Map view shows 81 Hudson St. where the New York City Sheriff’s Office deputies raided David’s parties twice recently

The building owner seeks an end to the weekly parties and more than $10,000 in damages

The building owner seeks an end to the weekly parties and more than $10,000 in damages

Neighbors have become so annoyed that they have filed numerous complaints to the NYPD while liquor bottles and other trash are routinely left in the street and sidewalk directly in front of the building.

During one party, two guests were seen ‘punching each other in the face while carrying knives,’ according to an email from a neighbor to the building owner. Other guests allegedly threw firecrackers off the terrace of the apartment into the street.

Kurt David and Jean Elbaum-David signed a lease in January 2020 and the manager of Puffy’s Tavern, a bar on the building’s ground level, told the New York Post the parties with long lines began in the summer. 

Another employee said cases of alcohol were delivered to the apartment on weekdays, according to the outlet.

In the lawsuit, the building owner called the parties ‘definitely potential COVID-19 super spreaders.’

‘[The] continued behavior during the Pandemic is hazardous disruptive illegal and poses a great threat not only to other tenants, but also to the entire community.’   



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