Queens elected official targets illegal pop-up parties with new bill


Councilman Robert Holden introduced a bill on Wednesday, Nov. 10, that would crack down on illegal pop-up parties around the city.

The bill would amend the administrative code that deals with places of assembly. A failure to obtain a valid Place of Assembly Certificate of Operation from the Department of Buildings, specifically when selling beverages, would be considered a hazardous violation.

Failing to have security guards for a place of assembly would also be considered a hazardous violation.

“The bill I introduce today will help the city end illegal pop-up parties that affect our quality of life,” Holden said. “These parties are more than just a nuisance that increases noise in residential areas. Two shootings in my district were connected to event spaces that aren’t following city laws. Pop-up parties are increasingly a tinderbox for illegal activity.”