Anyone who has ever returned from the basement of Lit smelling like death, regret, and cigarettes incarnate probably nodded in recognition today as the Daily News reported that the Health Department is considering pulling the liquor licenses of M2 Ultra. the Box, Southside Nightclub, Imperial, and the East Village’s own Lit Lounge for numerous documented violations of the city’s ban on smoking in clubs. It’s an open secret that there are still places you can still smoke to your heart’s content in New York, a fact that apparently wasn’t missed by the Health Department’s “sharply dressed spies,” who “nursed drinks,” observed the so-called crimes, and then happily narced to their city bosses. Cruelly, there are fines in place for offenses like these that the city is basically ignoring in favor of trying to get the clubs closed outright.

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Originally posted 2010-01-30 04:55:47.