PHOTOS: Hundreds caught partying at illegal clubs hours apart

By , 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City sheriffs shut down two illegal gatherings with hundreds of revelers hours apart in Manhattan and Queens on Sunday, officials said.

Just after 2 a.m. in TriBeCa, deputies responded to a complaint and discovered more than 200 people drinking, smoking, and dancing in violation of social-distancing regulations and without face masks at a rented space on Harrison Street, the sheriff’s office said.

Officials cited David Howard of Manhattan, Artani Arben of East Elmhurst, Queens, and Shkelzen Dreshaj of Yorktown Heights in Westchester County for failure to protect health and safety and violating city and state lockdown orders, the sheriff said.

Howard, who was identified by authorities as the organizer of the party, was also cited for unlicensed sale of alcohol and the unauthorized warehousing of alcohol, the sheriff added.

Less than two hours later, deputy sheriffs responding to another complaint of an illegal club found over 150 people at a second-floor party located at 45-18 104th Street in Corona, Queens.

Partygoers were found drinking and smoking hookahs and also not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, according to officials.

Two East Elmhurst men, Jairo Lopez and Richard Rodriguez, were the underground club’s promoters and issued state liquor-law violations and cited for failure to protect health and safety and violating the lockdown restrictions, deputies said.

Additionally, authorities cited Enrique Perra of Long Island, Raymond Rivera of Brooklyn, and JanCarlos Rodriguez of Kissimmee, Florida with health, safety, and lockdown violations in connection to the party.

Perra was also cited for working as an unlicensed security guard, the sheriff said.

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