Death & Company, the Lower East Side haven much beloved by the purveyors of this blog (see: [a], [b]), is currently suing the New York State Liquor Authority for unfairly targeting them, being one of the newer kids on the block, for filling the gentrifying streets with drunk people.
As the Gothamist mentions, D&C is barely on the radar of actual offenders on this tip; the Cherry Tavern and the Sidewalk Cafe, to randomly name two on that block, are both way louder at street level and create way messier drunks than the vastly classier upstart. But those two bars have something the new kid doesn't: tenure. And the sedate people moving into the neighborhood have decided, once again, that what makes the neighborhood interesting enough to live in in the first place makes it less than savory to actually live beside.
If Death & Co. closes, it would be a very bad sign for more than just the other bars in the LES, who would clearly be next on the hit list; it would be another nail in the coffin of what is honestly my favorite neighborhood in New York, where I lived happily for two years, and where I would still be living, noise, drunks and all, if the newcomers to the area weren't so goddamned hell-bent on gentrifying the place into homogenetic oblivion.
Hang in there, guys. We have your back.