Players temporarily closes bar due to permit issue

The Players on Gramercy Park South (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The Players on Gramercy Park South (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

The Players club, which reopened with a skimmed down skeleton crew in September after its usual summer hiatus, unexpectedly faced another roadblock to financial recovery last week.

The club had apparently neglected to renew a permit to serve food, and it expired on July 1. The permit was tied into its ability to keep its bar open. As a result, from Thursday to Monday, there was no bar service. The club, since September, hasn’t been serving food except during events.

By Tuesday morning, however, club president Arthur Makar said the permit issue had been resolved and members were being notified that the bar would reopen in the evening.

“With all of the turnover at the staff level, the expiration date was missed,” Makar explained to Town & Village. “It shouldn’t have happened but it did.”

The general manager of the club at that time was let go in September, and a couple of employees were also fired at that time, including someone who’d been hired to book events.

The club is, however, scheduled to hold an event on Tuesday night.

There’s currently still no general manager at The Players though there is now an operations manager.

A club member, who asked to remain anonymous, told T&V he was glad to see that “there’s a happy ending” to the permit lapse, but was still concerned that it happened.

“For the bar to be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it’s just another kick in the pants,” he said. “It gives the impression that things are falling apart. It’s another blot The Players doesn’t need at this time.”

In September, Makar said the club was hoping to bring back regular food service, having recently upped its health department score from a C to an A. However, the club was, and is still, in the midst of digging its way out of a $3.5 million financial hole.

TD Bank on First Avenue robbed

Nov20 TD Bank

TD Bank on First Avenue (Photo by Sabina Mollot)


By Sabina Mollot

The TD Bank located across the street from Stuyvesant Town on First Avenue and East 19th Street was robbed on Monday afternoon, police said.

The robber, who’s described as Hispanic, was dressed in blue pants, a blue jacket and had a blue scarf covering his face when he entered the bank at around 1:45 p.m. He then passed a note to a teller demanding cash, and got away with $206 and a dye pack. The robber fled west on East 19th Street and managed to get about halfway down the block when the dye pack exploded.

Police are still looking for the man, but didn’t have a physical description for him.

The bank closed for the day after the incident.

Town & Village community getting geared up for annual holiday toy drive

Some of the donated toys from a previous T&V drive

Some of the donated toys from a previous T&V driveBy Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

With the holiday season around the corner, Town & Village is asking readers and community residents to help spread cheer by participating in our annual holiday toy drive.

This year, the drive will deliver gifts to Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center. Toys will then be distributed to children of patients of the hospital’s outpatient clinic programas as well as to children who’ll be spending their holidays in hospital rooms while undergoing medical treatment.

Gifts appropriate for children of all ages are welcome with items for older kids (13 and 14-year-olds) being the highest need. Due to hospital policy, the donated items must be new. Partnering with T&V on the drive this year by providing convenient dropoff points are CWCapital/CompassRock, the management of Waterside Plaza and M&T Bank.

Through December 12, toys may be left at:
• The new Stuyvesant Town management office at 276 First Avenue
• M&T Bank at 397 First Avenue near 23rd Street
• Waterside Management Office, 30 Waterside Plaza
• Waterside Swim & Health Club, 35 Waterside Plaza
• Waterside Community Center, 40 Waterside Plaza, Level A
• The Town & Village office at 20 West 22nd Street, 14th floor.
Bonnie Robbins, PhD, co-ordinator at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, said gifts from drives have made a world of a difference to the children the hospital serves. In many cases, their families would not be able to provide them with any presents .