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1020 “Stung”

1020The neighborhood is already losing one fine establishment, and now another is in trouble with The Man: tipsters confirm that old standby 1020 was raided hit by an NYPD sting operation last night. 

According to patrons, three cops showed up with fake IDs, and proceeded to fine 1020 $10,000. No word on whether there were any other penalties, or how close Morningside is to losing yet another watering hole, but it might not be a good idea to test your new fake there for the next  few weeks. 

UPDATE (9:00 PM): A 1020 staff member got in touch with Bwog to correct the record a little, telling us that the sting operation occurred before 10 (when 1020 puts a bouncer on the door). Rather than fakes, the bartender simply forgot to check IDs, and any fine assessed will occur after a court appearance.

–JCD, photo by AB

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  • Who is next? says:

    @Who is next? Cannons?

  • please says:

    @please oh god. no.


    1. That would says:

      @That would definitely stimulate the economy a lot more than cracking down on underage drinking as it is defined now.

      Also . .. Bwog . . . Did you seriously not go see Little Shop? I see no review.

      1. yes well says:

        @yes well bwog systematically picks one show a semester to ignore. it’s what happens when they’re in the pocket of Big Varsity.

        1. actually says:

          @actually i’m pretty sure it’s because no one gives a shit about musicals. (and because bwog is overworked and undermanned.)

          1. truth. says:

            @truth. LOL this.

        2. Umm says:

          @Umm I’m not really sure who “Big Varsity” is if it’s not the Little Shop team. The producer, Seymour, Audrey, the dentist, all three chorus girls, the kid inside the plant,the set designers, and the choreographer have all been in past VShows.

          The show was mad good though. Just so everyone’s aware. . . Even if the above exercise showed it to be perhaps a bit incestuously cast.

      2. or maybe says:

        @or maybe it’s because Little Shop had some big issues with ticket sales. Never before have I been to a Columbia show that kicked out paying ticketholders, with pre-bought tickets in hand, because “we’re sold out,” and even made the production staff of the show pay for their own tickets.

        Good job CMTS.

      3. geez says:

        @geez give ’em a break!

  • waaaaaaaa says:

    @waaaaaaaa WTF!!!


    I’m just gonna get drunk in my room

  • This just says:

    @This just leads me to wonder:

    how old did the cops appear to be?
    exactly how shitty were these fakes so that the bartender couldn’t feign ignorance?

  • ??? says:

    @??? What time did this happen? I was there almost till closing and it was normal…

    1. as it would be says:

      @as it would be because the cops would speak with the manager after the poorly termed “raid” and serve him notice of the fine. It would not be shut down immediately or anything like that. Also since it was a sting obviously the officers were undercover. So you would have no real way of noticing.

  • Hey AMERICA! says:

    @Hey AMERICA! 18, not 21.


  • any guy says:

    @any guy i think the cops should be busted for possessing fake ids!! fight the power!!!

    1. if only! says:

      @if only! Possession of fake IDs is not necessarily a crime (unless perhaps it is a fake passport). That’s why some sites are able to sell ‘novelty’ IDs ‘for novelty use only’ (much the same way you bought a ‘water pipe’ in that West Village shop, not a bong.

      The crime comes in trying to purchase alcohol with one – and yes, that IS a felony offense in New York if you get caught.

  • arghh says:

    @arghh fuck the po-lice

  • nypd says:

    @nypd they should just raid and close cannons

    leave the good bars alone

  • naw, says:

    @naw, Cuz then you’d have all the football bros and stanky hos at the good bars

    1. AMEN says:

      @AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN. Please keep that crew away from 1020.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous agent provocateurs gotta drink too.

  • bullshit says:

    @bullshit You’d think the po would have bigger things to worry about- especially considering the proximity of Morningside Park…

    1. what says:

      @what are you talking about!?!? underage drinking is the biggest problem we have in this city! all of those teenage degenerates running around, screwing things up, unlike those murderers and rapists.

  • 1020 says:


  • lolol says:

    @lolol did mat mukkada fuck this up?

    1. lolol says:

      @lolol it happened before mat’s shift started

      1. which says:

        @which bartender was it?

  • WRONG says:

    @WRONG the fine was not $10,000 and it was not really a raid, it was a sting. these things go to court, and the bartender who got the fine will be accompanied by 1020’s lawyer. there were no fake IDs involved–it was two cops and a trainee who was underage, and the bartender served all three.
    y’all need some better tipsters.

  • what a bunch says:

    @what a bunch of worthless fcks, next they’ll pull me up for jay walking and then it’ll be because my shirt isn’t tucked in. Go find the Bernie Madoffs and the OJ simpsons of the world dipshts.

  • seriously though says:

    @seriously though little shop review. best columbia theatre I have ever seen.

  • Ouch says:

    @Ouch I wonder if some bartender lost his or her job.

    On a side note Im curious how the NYPD decides to tackle this. Hmm, muggings, assaults, and murders are way up this year…but you know what the real problem is? Yep, drunk ivy league students; you gotta watch out, they’ll rape your grandmother and her dog if they get some liquor in them.

    1. oh come on... says:

      @oh come on... there are different divisions to the NYPD… some tackle rape, some have more menial things to enforce… i’m not saying that this is an ideal way to divide police force attention, or that this was a good use of police time and effort, but it’s not like there was a conscious, individual decision made to ignore more violent crimes for the night and go chill at 1020.

      1. true... says:

        @true... but with budget cuts it’s pretty ridiculous such a division is still being funded

  • hits close to home... says:

    @hits close to home... so relevant snl:

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