Tag: michelle kessler-sanders
The beleagured La Esquina shuttered yet again. Shocking.
“Serge Becker’s La Esquina was inspected last Friday because of a recent complaint that the kitchen exhaust was venting into a residential window. When the inspector showed up, the cellar restaurant was found to have combustible wood ceilings and inadequate egress for its customers. Three days later, today actually, La Esquina was slapped with the vacate order. A tipster with a reservation in the near future just received a call from the restaurant, which told her that all reservations have been canceled due to ‘uncontrollable circumstances.’” Read the full article at eater.com.
UPDATE: Two months later it would emerge that Serge Becker is not and never was the owner of La Esquina. He was protecting the real owners, a pair of standup guys named James Gersten and Derek Sanders, so they are the real culprits here. Even the city’s Department of Buildings had been duped at the time. Gersten and Sanders also aided and abetted Becker in duping convicted international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin into thinking he was a co-owner. The lack of exits at this establishment is just the tip of the iceberg. Gersten and Sanders also used Becker and Lochin to dodge multiple allegations of rape, threats of rape, and assault and battery at La Esquina and dodged letters served on them by at least one complainant’s (that would be me) lawyer. I’m just glad they’re having fun and building dream homes with their beautiful wives and children.
A tipster reports that aspiring actor Dominic Chianese, Jr., estranged son of Sopranos star Dominic Chianese, is appearing nightly on the sidewalk in front of the troubled Cooper Square Hotel, 25 Cooper Square, as a doorman. Guess he’s all they could afford.
According to carefully chosen words by Paper Magazine (now retracted and removed) and a highly informed blogger, alleged longtime drug abuser and La Esquina doorman Dominic “Rapey” Chianese, Jr.–the Nosferatulike ringleader of our assault, battery and menacing, the one who slapped me repeatedly, broke our camera, threatened to rape us and told us that “in the old days you would be dead”–was shot to death by a crack dealer in Florida. Selected portions of the rumor were then revised (he’s not quite dead) while the part about the crack deal remains vague. Is there any link between his Florida visit and Becker’s La Esquina Miami? Floridians beware.
Here’s what James Gersten and Derek Sanders’ unlicensed bouncers did to me:
After his “untruthful conduct” in federal court, international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import and possess illegal drugs with intent to distribute. His sentencing in January ’08 led to a 3+ year jail term. Read more about these cockroaches’ court shenanigans.
La Esquina owner Derek Sanders and his wife, Calvin Klein Collection president Michelle Kessler-Sanders, are living large in Roxbury. The New York Times article doesn’t mention how Michelle feels about her husband never addressing numerous public accusations of rape, assault & battery and terroristic threats against their customers including Argentine journalist Alberto Armendáriz, by staff including alleged threats to commit rape by La Esquina doorman Dominic Chianese, Jr.
Gersten and Sanders also repeatedly refused to acknowledge or accept certified letters sent to them by the lawyer of a least one La Esquina complainant (guess which one).
Perhaps one day Michelle will weigh in on the rape allegations at her husbands’ establishment. Until then I sincerely hope she’s enjoying her lovely new home paid for by her husband’s victimized customers.
Serge Becker and his private security force (the NYPD with its mission to serve and protect the rich who stood by and did nothing) still haven’t changed a bit. They’re still up to their same old fun and games; this time with a Latino reporter at Club 205. Ironic that the business partner of a Mexican restaurant (nearby La Esquina) would condone the assault of a reporter from a Mexican newspaper.
Read more about this cockroach’s shenanigans here.
Online gossip says the temporary closing happened because they don’t have a Certificate of Occupancy which means they’re going to have to apply to get one, which, if NYPD would do its job, ought to be more difficult if besides leaky pipes and code violations they are also in violation of the Bouncer Act* and have a history of assault, battery, menacing and drug trafficking. Keep the pressure on the cops, your local politicians and your community board to take action against illegal, unsafe bars and unlicensed bouncers.
La Esquina’s true owners are James Gersten and Derek Sanders. Their business partner Serge Becker poses as the owner, and also duped international drug smuggler Cordell Lochin into believing he was also a co-owner.
* In August ’06 the New York City Council introduced the “Bouncer Bill” (now the law) to illegalize the hiring of a bouncer who lacks a state-issued security guard license verifying that he has undergone a background check and has no criminal record. This was already illegal but only the understaffed State Liquor Authority had the power to enforce it. In November ’06 the new law went into effect allowing the city, not just the State Liquor Authority, to shut down establishments that hire bouncers who have not undergone required background checks. Violations can be reported to NYPD, the Department of Consumer Affairs or the Department of Buildings. Clubs are also required now to keep a log of which bouncers are on duty each night. Want to find out whether a bouncer is a licensed security guard like the law requires? Go here.