Purely Sinful is apparently history, if one is to take notice of the removed sign and empty storefront along Sheridan Avenue. The bar, along with the neighboring Spyce, which is still in business, drew large late night crowds on summer evenings. Critics claimed the bars attracted a bad element to the entertainment district and may have contributed the gang violence two years ago. The bar owners dismissed that criticism and provided me with a tour of their operations that showed no signs of trouble inside their establishments. They also welcomed a police crackdown outside the clubs, as shown in this photo I took at the time.
It’s interesting to note the pattern of property owners taking the following approach to juvenile crime and loitering:
QUEENS (CBS) ― Teenagers who hang out inside one apartment building in Jamaica, Queens are getting an earful these days.
A new security device called “The Mosquito” has been installed in the lobby of a building on 170th St. where there have been chronic problems with noisy teens.
The wall-mounted device emits a high-frequency screech that can only be heard by people aged 13 to 25. Most older people cannot hear it.
“It sounds like when you put a microphone close to the TV,” said Jerry Brown, one of the younger residents, who admits the noise bothers him “a little bit.”
Another teen added, “it’s annoying.”
But one young adult said, “it doesn’t bother me.”
The building superintendent said the mosquito has kept the lobby free of loitering teenagers, so far.
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Of course, by doing this, one must wonder if it could dent the social lives of the self described “young, amazing and strikingly attractive” Lost Ogles, who have discovered this fascinating vintage campaign commercial for an Oklahoma City bond issue from some 40 some odd years ago.