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Williamsburg bar Videology sues landlord to prevent eviction

Lawsuit claims owner has made “petty allegations” against tenant
By Eddie Small | July 18, 2017 05:00PM

Videology Bar & Cinema (Credit: Facebook)

The popular Williamsburg bar and cinema Videology is facing eviction and suing its landlord in an attempt to stay at Its Bedford Avenue location.

Videology co-owners Wendy Chamberlain and James Leet filed their lawsuit in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Tuesday, which claims that their landlord 308 Grand Realty LLC has brought numerous “petty allegations” against them in an attempt to justify terminating their lease.

These include problems with graffiti, a poorly swept sidewalk and noise issues that the landlord has never raised before. The suit also accuses the landlord of making numerous 311 calls, “all of which were found to be baseless,” just to harm Videology.

Videology entered into a lease with 308 Grand Realty on April 1, 2011, and it has remained in full compliance with its terms since then, according to the lawsuit.

The suit asks the court for an Injunction to stop eviction proceedings and punitive damages, the amount of which would be determined at trial.

Videology is located at 308 Bedford Avenue, in the heart of Williamsburg. It contains a 40-seat screening room with full food and drink service and hosts events typical of a hipster haven such as movie trivia and “The Simpsons” bingo.

Representatives from 308 Grand Realty, which is based at 39-25 61st Street in Woodside, could not be reached for comment. Chamberlain declined to comment.