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Wherein the Townsfolk Rise Up Against the Evil Clublord

It looks like residents of the Soho block recently taken over by Delicatessen--one of whom peed on the restaurant's glass roof in early September--still have not warmed up to their loud, cocktatil-gulping neighbor. Via Eater, we bring you what they are calling "one of the best reader emails of all time":

Last night a friend and I were walking around SoHo and saw Delicatessen...Within five minutes of sitting at the bar, some young super-angry dude storms up to the bar and starts laying into the bartending staff screaming shit like, 'Fuck you!!! Fuck your restaurant!!! Fuck your hipstery little patrons who think they are so fucking cool!!! People fucking live on this block!!! I can hear these people screaming outside my fucking apartment all fucking night!!!' And all through his rant everyone, including the bartending staff, are just staring at this dude with big grins on their faces, clearly enjoying his rage...did I mention it's not even 8:30pm yet? But it gets better. As my friend and I are about to start our meal, all of a sudden a bunch of people in the apartments above the sidewalk tables simultaneously dump buckets of water down on the people dining below. (Luckily, my friend and I were just out of reach.) I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 if they used buckets or pots, or if it was even water in them (I shudder to think otherwise), but it was a big sheet of something liquid and soaked at least four of five tables worth of patrons.

To add insult to injury, while these poor patrons were sitting in shock looking up at what happened, the people in the apartments then hit them with a second blast, scattering everyone for cover inside the restaurant, and forcing the waitstaff to have to reissue everyone's meals. Next thing you know, there's a bunch of patrons standing out in the street screaming up at the people in the apartments looking trying to instigate To incite, stimulate, or induce into action; goad into an unlawful or bad action, such as a crime.

The term instigate is used synonymously with abet, which is the intentional encouragement or aid of another individual in committing a crime.
 a brawl. Somehow, some way, the cops were never called and the situation quickly calmed down. (But of course no one would sit below those apartment units after that.) Is this what it's come down to?

It's the latest in a series of Manhattan turf battles. Below, a roundup of some of the year's most compelling nightlife vs. neighborhood disputes:

Beatrice Inn: West Village residents have long had it out for the ultra-hip nightclub, which took over the space once occupied by a cozy See COSE.  neighborhood Italian place. West Villagers--including Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris (born March 29 1961) is an American actress, author, and comedian. Biography
Personal life
Sedaris was born in Endicott, New York, daughter of Sharon and Lou Sedaris, an IBM engineer.
!--rallied to prevent the renewal of the club's liquor license Noun 1. liquor license - a license authorizing the holder to sell alcoholic beverages
liquor licence

license, permit, licence - a legal document giving official permission to do something
, but it turned out there was little they could do. As we reported last month, owners Paul Sevigny and Matthew Abramyck had obtained the new paperwork before the angry mob even had a chance to make its voice heard at the community board meeting. Despite the club's debaucherous reputation, they have yet to officially run afoul of a·foul of  
1. In or into collision, entanglement, or conflict with.

2. Up against; in trouble with: ran afoul of the law. 
 the State Liquor Authority, which leaves the neighbors without a case.

The Box: The Lower East Side cabaret has also garnered quite a reputation over the course of the last two years. On the inside, owner Simon Hammerstein has been accused of abusing and harassing his staff. Meanwhile, they managed both to annoy the neighbors and the SLA (1) (StereoLithography Apparatus) See 3D printing.

(2) (Service Level Agreement) A contract between the provider and the user that specifies the level of service expected during its term.
, which have accused them of misrepresentation misrepresentation

In law, any false or misleading expression of fact, usually with the intent to deceive or defraud. It most commonly occurs in insurance and real-estate contracts. False advertising may also constitute misrepresentation.
 on their original liquor license. While a community board voted to deny the renewal of their liquor license last month, another owner, Randy Weiner, promised to work on resolving the current issues, and managed to get the final vote delayed until October 20th.

Death & Co.: Known for its crafted signature cocktails, this speakeasy-style hangout hang·out  
n. Slang
A frequently visited place.

Noun 1. hangout - a frequently visited place
haunt, stamping ground, resort, repair
 has had nothing but trouble from day one. Back in February '07, East Villagers reported "that neighborhood seniors are scared of Death & Co.'s name. … Though Death’s name comes from a Prohibition-era anti-drinking propaganda piece, neighbors (according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 those who spoke at the meeting) find it reminiscent of Nazi fascism and believe the stark cedar exterior recalls an Auschwitz rail car." Another, slightly less hysterical neighbor complained, “A restaurant with no windows seems like an affront.” Later that month, the SLA denied a liquor license renewal, claiming that a "small plates" menu did not a restaurant make (owner David Kaplan David Kaplan is the name of:
  • David Kaplan (philosopher) (born 1933), an American philosopher
  • David Kaplan (film critic)
  • David Kaplan (author), journalist for U.S.
 had originally billed his venture as a quiet eatery). Finally, after paying thousands of dollars in fines and abiding by a midnight bedtime, Mr. Kaplan sued the SLA and is back to his old routine--for now.

Bella's/Southside: The basement bar attached to post-graduate clubhouse Bar Martignetti never managed to charm its Nolita neighbors. Owners Anthony Martignetti and James Willis's solution? Shut it down, remodel re·mod·el  
tr.v. re·mod·eled also re·mod·elled, re·mod·el·ing also re·mod·el·ling, re·mod·els also re·mod·els
To make over in structure or style; reconstruct.
, change the door policy (no more popped collars!), rename Re`name´   

v. t. 1. To give a new name to.

Verb 1. rename - assign a new name to; "Many streets in the former East Germany were renamed in 1990"
 it Southside, and hope for the best. The doors reopened just last night, so it's currently to soon to say how the reincarnated lounge will fare.
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Author:Caroline Bankoff
Publication:The New York Observer
Date:Oct 10, 2008
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