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IPFS News Link • New York

NYC sheriffs bust three New Year's Eve parties for breaking COVID rules...

•, By Thomas Tracy

Authorities got word of the New Year's Eve bash at an industrial space on 58th St. near 55th Drive on Thursday night.

When they rolled up to the location around 2 a.m. Friday, they spotted about 25 people going in and out of the building's emergency exit.

Sheriffs found that the door was locked and could only be opened by an employee inside.

None of the 300 people inside were wearing face masks as they sang and danced the night away, officials said.

Party planners Man Phan, 37, his wife He Bin Wang, 37, D.J. Guowei Lin, 44, and a 35-year-old employee were all issued violations for running an unlicensed bottle club, failing to protect health and safety and violating the city's social distancing rules — all which could lead to $15,000 in fines.

An hour earlier, sheriffs busted a party inside a SoHo event space on Prince St. near Thompson St. with 145 revelers inside.

Authorities gave each of the four party organizers — Ivan Busheski, 34, Ergius Ngjelo, 44, Blerim Qyteza, 35, and Elvis Goxhufi, 42 — a $1,000 fine for violating social distancing rules, $15,000 worth of fines for violating alcohol beverage control laws and failing to protect health and safety, officials said.