A Jamaica Hills bar with a history of underage drinking issues had its last call on Sunday.
New Traditions Bar (colloquially referred to as “Trads”), located at 84-28 164th St., was shut down by the 107th Precinct after the pub had its license suspended by the State Liquor Authority (SLA).
In the past, this bar has received numerous complaints from the nearby St. John’s University asking the business to be more cautious when serving their students. Trads has a reputation of serving alcohol to underage drinkers. An 18-year-old was found unconscious in the bar and another individual had to be treated at Queens Hospital Center for intoxication.
Two local lawmakers in the area stand by the SLA’s decision to suspend the bar’s liquor license.
“Traditions Pub routinely served underage drinkers and created a violent, raucous atmosphere that was a magnet for criminal activity,” Councilman Rory Lancman said. “It’s absolutely the correct move by the State Liquor Authority to shut it down.”
“By continually serving underage drinkers and disregarding safety violations, Traditions Pub repeatedly put our community at risk,” Assemblyman David Weprin added. “After writing to the [State] Liquor Authority, I am pleased to hear that this pub has been placed on suspension.”
New Traditions might be popular among college students, but not among the city’s health and wellness regulators. It was closed by the NYPD three times in March 2016 due to unsafe conditions. It was written up for having blocked windows, fire exit violations and overcrowding. Community Board 8 Chairperson Martha Taylor wants to keep the neighborhood safe and agrees that closing down the bar is ethical.
“While I am gratified to learn that the NY State Liquor Authority has issued a Temporary Suspension of New Traditions’ license, I look forward to the complete and final cancellation or revocation of the license,” Taylor said. “New Traditions has violated many SLA regulations over and over again, creating extreme danger to the residents of our community, and should no longer be allowed to conduct business here.”
The bar owners can appeal the charges with the SLA, but given the 24 different charges against them, it is unlikely they will succeed, according to Lancman.
QNS reached out to the bar for further comment, but the number was disconnected.
Yelp reviewers, who collectively awarded Traditions only two stars, routinely describe the bar as “a dingy college bar,” which “it stands to its rep: … [it’s] alright if you [don’t] mind young obnoxious college kids and beer …”