Judge Suggests Chumley’s Opponents 86 Their Lawsuit

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Coming soon: Chumley's 2.0: Speakeasier Photo: Mike Rogers

The saga that began in 2007 with a partial wall collapse that forcibly closed Chumley's has since spanned several delays and setbacks, including a lawsuit filed by neighbors to thwart the reopening, but now it seems as though the city's most famous speakeasy might have a sound legal opinion on its side. New York State Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe urged the neighbors to settle out of court, saying it's unlikely that their fears of "drunk and loud tourists" and other random debauchery are really sufficient to constitute any significant opposition to the establishment's bid to regain its liquor license. [NYP, Related]