Clubbing + Elevators = Certain Death

by Naomi
02.05.2007

Nightlife’s vortex of violence has finally hit its target.  This weekend, “Oz” actor Granville Adams was charged with homicide after allegedly pushing Orlando Valle down an elevator shaft at BED nightclub in Chelsea. Well, he didn’t actually shove him down the shaft, but at the elevator door, which opened upon impact. This all occurred during a violent scuffle between the two men, after Adams made a pass at Valle’s 20-year-old niece… which provoked the coatcheck girl to yell, “Hey, that’s my man!” Which then triggered all men, women and children in the vicinity to start punching, biting, kicking, and shoving anything in their path.  Now more than ever, Bloomberg has enough fodder to burn clubland to the ground. 

Jennifer Moore died in New Jersey.  Imette St Guillen died alongside the Belt Parkway.  A dozen others were beaten/shot/stabbed in the street.  Until now, there hasn’t been a true casualty inside a club (in this decade, at least).  Even with Valle’s body still warm, I have no doubt City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will jump on this moment to send all bars, clubs, and lounges into the deepest bowels of hell.  You know, because it wasn’t the elevator manufacturer’s fault or anything.

Allow me to jump the gun.  I mean, if an elevator door can “open upon impact,” how exactly is it up to code?  Rather than using Valle’s death as the final nail in the coffin, the city should save its breath for the elevator inspection committee. 

Now Adams will potentially be stuck in a role he’s been rehearsing for years—as a real inmate.

To add insult to injury, another freak elevator accident occurred less than 24 hours later in Corona, Queens.  Two other men allegedly had a fight, fell down a faulty elevator shaft, and were crushed to death by the lowering lift.  Hmmm.  You think the city will care that these two incidents occurred on the same sub-zero weekend? You think that this second incident might spur further investigation into elevator safety regulations?  Probably not.  The media is already buzzing about the wristbands found on the two men—bands suggesting they both arrived from a nightclub that evening.

Wonderful.

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