Order could end party at Armory
A rowdy party at the Washington Avenue Armory resulted in a number of arrests and three injured police officers. Beth Croughan has more on what the city is doing to make sure it doesn't happen again.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "They're real crazy," said Deryck Van Alstyne, 18.
"It's really fun, the music is loud, everyone's dancing, it's a good time," said Tyler Zeh, 18.
Zeh and his friends went Tuesday, to the Washington Avenue Armory Box Office. They were looking to buy tickets to this weekend's Masquerave. It's a DJ dance party.
"They told us to come back tomorrow after they have their meeting to see if it's still going to be going on," said Van Alstyne.
The meetings are between Armory attorneys and Albany City officials. They're being held because a cease and desist order was issued against the venue.
"After the events that happened Thursday, we realized they were operating outside of their legal use, either through zoning or a special use permit," said Albany's Director of the Division of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance, Jeffery Jamison, Esq.
Last Thursday before a foam party, several alleged aggravated event-goers were arrested and three police officers injured.
"Thursday absolutely was an isolated incident, we've never had anything like that on this scale. And then tens of thousands of people over the past year that have attended the Armory, know that there hasn't been anything like that in the past," said Washington Avenue Armory Marketing and Communications Director Michael Corts.
Corts said still, it sparked some changes for how they handle what he called concerts; something venue staff thought they were allowed to hold. "It's my understanding, the Armory is allowed to host events outside of sporting events like antique shows, concerts, circuses," he said.
But according to the city, they need the newly-created Cabaret license if they want to continue hosting live-entertainment events. "They have to go through the process, they've got to put a plan together, really what they want to do. And it needs to be consistent with the neighborhood and consistent with again, enhancing the neighborhood, enhancing the city and not being a detriment," said Jamison.
If the Armory does hold any of these events while the cease and desist order is still in effect, Jamison said they could face fines or legal action.
Corts said they would update event-goers on the status of already scheduled shows on their Facebook page.