7/27/11 - Serge Becker, Night Stalker. Here’s why you pay a high end publicist a couple-grand a month. She gets you placed in publications like the New York Times Up Close section to help repair your eternally damaged reputation.
7/21/10 - Vogue
editor Anna Wintour calls gangster Becker on the
5/27/10 - Cordell Lochin is out of the slammer and in a Brooklyn halfway house. Maybe he's truly a changed man; anything's possible. I know first-hand that sometimes prison miracles happen. His friends and family have even started a Cordell fan page on Facebook in a show of support, so he clearly has every intention of remaining a highly visible public figure. You're offering him his old job back as "social connector," right Becker, because you're such an upstanding, community-minded citizen who's always there to support your rehabilitated employees? Oh right, you did a sloppy legal tapdance to try and publicly distance yourself from Lochin when he was sentenced.
5/10/10 - La Esquina Temporarily Closed Yet Again for Violations. Shocking.
4/28/10 - Becker's Cafe Select right across from La Esquina also raided.
10/09 - Is that Crackie Chianese, Jr. appearing nightly on the sidewalk in front of the Cooper Square Hotel at 25 Cooper Square?
9/18/08 - Crack in the Box. Serge Becker and company allowing coke and hookers for the filthy rich elitist clientele while abusing the workers? Why no, these new allegations simply can't be true. The good news: The Box has been denied a liquor license renewal. Good work Community Board 3 and neighborhood residents. Keep it up. Next stop La Esquina. Adios, cucarachas.
5/22/08 - Night of the Living Dead. According to carefully chosen words by Paper Magazine and a highly informed blogger, alleged longtime drug abuser and La Esquina doorman Dominic 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.
2/1/08 - The Devil's Errand Boy. 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.
9/19/07 - Becker and his private security force (the NYPD with its mission to serve and protect the rich) still haven't changed a bit. They're still up to their same old fun and games; this time with a Latino reporter. Ironic that the owner of a Mexican restaurant would condone the assault of a reporter from a Mexican newspaper. La Esquina isn't a taste of old Mexico, it's a taste of Franco's Spain.
8/23/07 - Terrific News. La Esquina Raided and Temporarily Closed.
Online gossip says it's 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.
visitors since 10/8/06 now know La Esquina's for losers, Serge Becker's a thug, and NYPD's a joke.
...While his two coworkers assaulted me.
Multiple bruises to my right arm from being thrown to the floor and dragged up the stairs by two employees, a bald, muscular black bouncer and a skinny black bar back? bartender? with dredlocks. I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long-sleeved pullover sweater at the time.
Washed-up actor and confirmed crack addict
DOMINIC CHIANESE, JR.
ASSAULTED MY GIRLFRIEND...
"I will take you around the corner and rape you like a woman. I will rape you. I will rape you, then ignore you. In the old days you would be dead."
Another angle of the right arm bruises.