Photo: Chi Chiz Gallery
A quick update on Chi Chiz, the Black gay bar on New York City's Christopher Street recently subjected to several raids and closures. Gay activists and attorneys appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court today to try to prevent the New York Police Department from closing the 12-year-old bar. The case has been continued and the bar remains open for now, Rod 2.0 can report..
New York City-based author and activist Nathan James attended the hearing and tells R20: "The case has been continued until November. Chi Chiz will stay open provisionally until then. Look for strict rules enforcement and more NYPD." A source close to the police investigation adds, "There's going to be uniformed and plainclothes officers on-site. And if there are arrests the bar could be closed."
The NYPD claims police officers witnessed drugs openly sold on the premises. The owners and many patrons believe the NYPD is targeting the bar because local residents resent the club and black/Latino gay youth in the West Village.
In March 2010, Chi Chiz was raided and temporarily shut down by the NYPD. On the night of the raid, owners and witnesses identified an undercover NYPD officer who shouted anti-gay epithets outside the club.