Outrage Over The Sanctuary’s Halloween Bash
Outrage over The Sanctuary’s Halloween bash swelled on Monday. Residents from as far as a quarter-mile away complained about noise. RIOC claimed PSD had everything under control, but a resident hotly disputes that, calling it an “absolute lie.” Video supports the resident.
“This is infuriating,” wrote Asha on a post here.
She was “kept awake by loud music… till 4am.”
Asha lives in Manhattan Park, a quarter of a mile distant from the venue.
“The music started around 9:00 p.m. and was constant until 5:00 a.m.,” said Octagon resident Olivia Rios.
“That is when the chaos ensued with the Uber pickup. The cars kept honking because there was no turn around for them.”
Video shot by Rios illustrates:
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Outrage over The Sanctuary’s Halloween bash aggravated by RIOC
Yesterday, before hearing from Ms. Rios, we reported on The Sanctuary’s careless dumping of trash outdoors during a rainy weekend. There was food waste and metal cans labeled “Liquid Death.”
But the circumstances were worse, and RIOC soon aggravated them.
“PSD officers were on the scene all night,” a RIOC spokesperson answered a query from The Daily.
“Other than a higher than usual number of people and cars in the area,” he continued, “there were no unauthorized vehicles at the location.”
Rios’s video exposes numerous cars illegally parked in the fire lane as a civilian with a flashlight struggles to unclog traffic.
“I did not see any public safety out there at all,” Rios wrote, “So, I called around 5:30 a.m.”
Told that The Daily had video proving its claims to be false, RIOC responded, “PSD is aware of that and have said they keep the lane clear because the fire lane is never supposed to be blocked.”
But it was, and for hours.
And if PSD really was present, why wasn’t anything done about music so loud it kept people awake in Manhattan Park until 4:00 a.m.? Why were numerous cars left illegally parked in the fire lane?
Why weren’t they out directing traffic out of the jam and making sure pedestrians were safely escorted along the fire line without sidewalks?
Outrage over The Sanctuary’s Halloween bash hit fever pitch when Rios heard RIOC’s claims about PSD presence during the raucous booze fest.
“Absolute lie,” RIOS reacted.
“I did not see any PSD out there.”
Concerned about the noise and obvious hazards, she called PSD at 5:30.
“The operator/ officer that answered had no idea that a party was going on at The Sanctuary. She said she would send a vehicle over. If there were such PSD, as claimed, wouldn’t the officer have told me that?
“It’s a blatant lie!” she added.
When you do things the right way, Island House Halloween Bash.
Sanctuary Owner Contradicts Resident Claims
In a report in the Roosevelt Islander blog, Frank Rafaelle, The Sanctuary’s owner, refuted residents’ complaints:
“There was a private party yesterday. It was very tame, orderly, upscale, and uneventful. We had security at the clients request. The security team was instructed to monitor for loud music but they found no issues. PSD came by on their rounds multiple times and also found no issues. It was a beautiful and stunning event… Nothing happened.”Frank Rafaelle
Rafaelle’s fantasy matches a false report published by RIOC’s Public Safety Department.
Disturbing as the beer bash and chaotic traffic were, both Olivia and Asha shared longer term concerns.
“This is a quiet, residential, park-filled part of RI, and that church is surrounded by apartments (filled by people who moved here for, yep, the peace and quiet),” Asha wrote.
“I moved to Roosevelt island to get away from the Manhattan noise, not for this,” she wrote.
…And it gets worse
Last week, Community Board 8 and its Street Life Committee voted in favor of The Sanctuary’s liquor license application. It still must be approved by the State.
But the resolution is filled with falsehoods, and Roosevelt Island CB8 rep Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, already embroiled in other controversy, did nothing to help residents.
“WHEREAS the inside will close at 2:00AM nightly and 3:00 AM for private functions,” the legally stuffy resolution includes as a condition.
The Sanctuary’s representative told the Street Life Committee that this was true.
But just two days later, The Sanctuary hosted the Halloween bash that outraged residents. Witnesses report, it raged through the night and didn’t stop until 5:00 a.m., two hours in violation of their promise.