'Lewd activity' in Hoboken bar makes national news
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Hoboken has more than 130 liquor licenses in its square mile, distributed among restaurants, bars, and liquor stores. It's known as a fun place to eat and drink. But when one of those bars hosted activities that went too far, it made national news for weeks.

The city's Alcohol Beverage Control Board (ABC) was scheduled to consider a revocation of the liquor license held by Teak On The Hudson LLC, known as The HUB, in October, according to a statement from the city. The HUB, located at 16 Hudson Place, near the Hoboken train terminal, is a sports bar that opened in September of 2017.

According to the press release from the city, the ABC Board is considering revoking license based on 15 charges/allegations, including multiple counts of assault, lewd activity, acts of violence, over serving, and more.

The Police Department became aware of on-line videos from incidents that allegedly had occurred inside The HUB from late Saturday into early Sunday morning, a police press release said. The alleged activity occurred during a promotion called “Supreme Saturdays at HUB.”

Some of the videos show partially nude women with others pouring alcohol on them, and media sources reported that one video showed a partially nude woman sitting atop the bar being touched by at least one man.

“I saw videos of activity that I never could imagine would occur anywhere, especially in a business open to the public with a liquor license approved by the city of Hoboken and State of New Jersey,’ said Police Chief Ken Ferrante. “To state that this conduct will not be tolerated by the Hoboken Police Department is a major understatement. Any other bar owner that thinks they can allow or promote this type of activity, in the city of Hoboken, will also face charges, which could lead to a revocation of their license, and severe penalties. For any individual who saw the disgraceful acts, and are thinking of coming to a bar in Hoboken to repeat this activity towards women, be assured that you will be arrested if you violate the law.”

The license holders have an opportunity to be heard by the ABC Board and had scheduled a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, but the board agreed to adjourn the hearing until Thursday Oct. 25. In exchange The HUB agreed to remain closed pending the outcome of the hearing.

"What happened this past weekend in Hoboken Ultra Bar, HUB, is an affront to human decency and a horrific objectification of women," said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. "I will use all my powers as mayor to make sure it never happens in our city again. Accordingly, I have directed the ABC Prosecutor to vigorously seek the permanent revocation of HUB’s liquor license, the severest penalty available under the law."

He added that this response should serve as a warning to other bar owners that his administration won't tolerate this sort of behavior.

"This is not what Hoboken is about, it is not what the people of Hoboken deserve, and I simply will not allow it to happen again under my watch," he said.

The Hoboken Police Department will continue to have a strong presence in the vicinity along with the ABC Unit, who will be monitoring the area to ensure dangerous and illegal conduct does not continue in that immediate area. The Hoboken Police Department Investigations Bureau is continuing a criminal investigation. Anyone with information, videos or pictures regarding this incident is asked to contact the Hoboken Police Department’s Investigations Bureau Lt. Edgardo Cruz at 201-420-5101 andcruze@hobokenpd.org.

All information will be kept confidential.

The HUB did not return an email and call for comment.

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