New York City - smoking ban enforced, club fined and closed for letting patrons smoke inside..

August 28, 2010 - Back on January 27, 2010 and then March 15, 2010 we have bee reporting that the New York City Health Department may close A-list clubs which flout the city's smoking ban.

March 15, 2010 - New York City - moving closer to closing a nighclub that flouted smoking ban..

January 27, 2010 - NY City - gets tough with clubs that do not enforce the smoking ban..

A posh Chelsea club was hit with nearly $20,000 in fines and ordered to close for a week for letting patrons smoke inside, officials said Thursday, August 26th.

Undercover city inspectors nailed Juliet Supper Club on W. 21st St. for smoking violations five times between March and June, court records show. Club owner Jon Bakhshi agreed to a settlement with the city yesterday to avoid losing his business license. The deal forces Juliet to close for seven days starting Sunday, and pay $19,400 in fines.

The Health Department began targeting some of Manhattan's most exclusive clubs this year when officials grew tired of venues abusing city anti-smoking laws.

A sting at M2 Ultra Lounge in Chelsea found blatant puffing and bathroom attendants selling loose cigarettes. They were closed for weeks and hit with thousands in fines.

The Health Department also required managers at Juliet to submit a detailed plan on how they'll stop indoor smoking at the disco-chic joint before they reopen.

"Juliet has a strict no-smoking policy, and any patron that lights a cigarette is instructed to extinguish it," club spokesman Elizabeth Rosenthal said in a statement.
"Unfortunately, we can't always control when a patron attempts to light a cigarette."

Reference: Juliet Supper Club, on West Side, fined $19,000, shut for week over cigs by Samuel Goldsmith ( DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER,, 8/27/2010.

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