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Paramount Fall Victim's Condition Upgraded

Injured man identified as Ryan Cleary, 23, of East Northport.

An East Northport man is improving at Stony Brook University Medical Center after being critically injured from a fall from a balcony inside the Paramount Theater early Sunday.

Hospital officials confirmed to Patch that Ryan Cleary of East Northport has been upgraded to stable condition after arriving from Huntington in critical condition Jan. 1. 

Suffolk County police say a 23-year-old man fell approximately 15 feet from a balcony and broke his neck at about 1 a.m. during a new years eve event.

A police public information officer told Patch Tuesday the victim's name has not been released to the media. 

No charges have been filed regarding the , according to police.

"The incident appears to be non-criminal," said a police spokesman.

Hospital officials could not confirm if Cleary had suffered a broken neck.

Police say three people were arrested outside the theater on New York Avenue early Sunday in a separate incident for interfering with cops trying to secure the scene at about 1:50 a.m.

Anthony Mazzola, 24, of Connecticut, Jenna Natuzzi, 24, and Roslynn Natuzzi, 52, both from Old Brookville, were arrested for second degree obstruction of governmental administration, according to police.

Former National Basketball Association all-star Dennis Rodman, DJ Vic Latino and singer Mia Martina were special guests for the first-ever new years event at the theater which .

James January 04, 2012 at 08:32 AM
I wonder if the town got paid from the so called " impact fee " little do the public know that as of a year ago new businesses in Huntington have to pay this weird fee to obtain a building permit. It's called an " Impact fee " ... It's $600 per seat added to any existing space or new business.... They increased thier occupancy by over 1,000 people I believe. Now $600 x 1000 people is a hell of a lot of money for the town of huntington !!!!! Hmmmm is something fishy here?????? Wow we are pretty stupid to believe that this theater was going to be for shows????? No way!!!!! And not for nothing but the paramount does not bring one extra person to other town businesses at allll!!! The bars and restraunts have allll suffered since it opened!!!! We were Lied tooooo!!!!
Scott Brown January 04, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Frankly, loons like you do more to scare away business from Huntington than respectable establishments like the Paramount.
mike January 04, 2012 at 01:55 PM
the paramount is failing big time, through april they only have 19 shows booked and a handful of those are private events, the bus they are running is a joke and a sure money loser, over priced drinks, i see them folding with in two years !
Tom January 04, 2012 at 03:44 PM
A well done place and REALLY hope it survives and does well, but the planning was an unequivocal DISASTER and to think that one candidate actually ran part of their campaign on bringing the Paramount to Huntington, LOL! What a rube. The facts are that it is hurting other businesses in the area; before, parking was tough, but now it's downright impossible. They are parking all over side streets when there's a big concert there and now it's starting to get a Jersey Shore following. They need to figure it out and FAST! If they don't there will be two lingering effects - patrons won't want to go because of the parking problems and it will close or no one will want to go to one of the only decent towns on Long Island - hurting every single business in the area.
Scott Brown January 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
People who have gone tell me that it is a nice venue. I will be going for the first time next month for the South Side Johnny concert. We have invited two friends from Jersey (not Snookie or The Situation). We will be having a nice dinner in town (Besito or Riley's probably). Parking is a consideration. We'll probably wind up parking at the Post Office or a Chase. I agree with Tom that Huntington is a really nice scene and something probably does need to be done to address parking. Whatever happened to the plan to build a big parking structure in the town lot on Gerrard?
George January 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
You would have thunk there would have been some kind of safety railing in place on a second balcony such as the one in question.
Geoff January 04, 2012 at 07:03 PM
They have a trolly that picks people up from the train station. easy parking
Paul O'Keefe January 05, 2012 at 12:23 AM
What a shame for this young man to have such a terrible thing happen to him. I wonder if the place was overcrowded. I wasn't there so I can't say, but wonder at the idea of a place with so many bars and so many patrons, it's a recipe for disaster. And let me say from my family and friends point of view: Parking, parking, parking. What is the town doing to help this situation? Our residential part of town that was reasonably quiet on weeknights is like a highway on concert nights. We never minded Friday, Saturday nights with extra folks in town, it was never a problem for us. This theater is a nightmare for us now with constant traffic, noise, trash and increased crime. It's only a matter of time before concert goers rushing to find spots will cause accidents. You can't believe the road rage we've witnessed. I understand their frustration, but this is a family neighborhood and this kind of traffic does not belong here. This is a Long Island suburb not New York City. Our entire lives have to revolve around when there is or isn't a concert, otherwise we can't leave for fear of not finding a space (yes, fear if you have a handicap) and people can't visit us. A lot of the normal spontaneity of life is gone for us. Just wait till the first snow storm or for next summer when the crowds really show up. God bless the young man injured, I hope he comes out of this okay.
carole January 05, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Good luck parking by the post office...we tried to go out to dinner a few times in the past month and had a VERY difficult time finding a spot back there...I feel horrible for the little restaurants back there, it has to be VERY tough when patrons find that there is nowhere to park and decide to go somewhere else instead!
Scott Brown January 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Well, parking is a "quality" problem. Better to have a shortage in parking than to have our local businesses without customers. I agree that parking should be a town priority. I still am wondering whatever happened to the idea of putting a parking structure in the lot on Gerrard.
Kim January 05, 2012 at 01:36 PM
There is a shortage of customers for everyone BUT the Paramount. Fact is Frank Petrone wanted a parking garage years ago, the public did not. So he over crowds the areas with these types of things creating a bigger need for a parking garage so he gets what he wanted originally. The overcrowding is a huge problem for those who live in the area it becomes a "quality of LIFE problem" People moved here to live in the suburbs to raise a family and made a large investment in their homes and for some right in that area like Mr O'Keefe his home based business. They did not choose to live in mini-Manhattan but that is what is happening now. Mini-Manhattan. Even the taxis got advertising signs on top and that never was before. Bright flashing lights like a mini times square @ the Paramount. Next will come a parking garage. Mini-Manhattan. It is a disgrace what has happened to "the village" in such a short time. Less than 10 years if memory serves me right.
Scott Brown January 05, 2012 at 01:42 PM
So, let me sort this out. You say there is a shortage of customers for Huntington business. You say there is not enough parking just because of Paramount. You oppose more parking. And you ice the cake with more fantasy talk about turning back the clock to the 1950's. You remind me of the Kim who virulently opposed Avalon Bay.
suzanne ridenour January 05, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Well, well feels like years ago when the town approved a family clam bar on the harbor. This turned out to be CoCo's, remember? This clam bar turned out to be a loud, overcrowded disco! The Paramount is like stuffing a 10 pound whatever in a 5 pound box. The IMAC was a place with limited seating and actual chairs. The venue at the Paramount is stand up, drink and hear some music, if you like. I have been in town when they are opened and believe me, several times have just turned around and gone home. There are stores and restaurants they have been there for years and they have reported that their bs. is down. Also, what is with the canvas covers over the parking meters, "reserved for the Paramount". Give me a break! I tried to walk down their street and a big guy told me I was walking in the "ticket holders line". My other choice would be the street! It's too big, too ambitious, and does not fit. It is not a concert venue, it is a drinking parlor. "Come early, stay late!" is their advertising. I would like to see their application for their permit!
dddd January 05, 2012 at 05:29 PM
what it comes down to everybody has an opinion, and everybody loves to complain about something. maybe eveybody should move out and bring back the horse and buggy, sign of times people!!!! that way nobody can complain. i am sure somebody will find something to complain about,
suzanne ridenour January 05, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Complaining?????What's that all about! When you live in a community and you take pride - you become a steward of the community. Horse and buggy, a fancy sports car or RV does not matter - as a citizen of Huntington it my privilege and duty to care for, protect and be involved. Complaining is non action, speaking out is ACTION. Opinions are in a different category than complaining, now speaking your mind in a polite, orderly way is what I call a good steward. Also, one might consider using you name when YOU are complaining!
Scott Brown January 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Your initial post raises some relevant issues. If you can't walk down the sidewalk while a queue for a show is lining up, that is a problem that should be addressed. I am still looking for some news reports about Huntington Village businesses being hurt by the Paramount. One would think that drawing more people into the Village to watch a show at the Paramount would be good for bar and restaurant business at least.
Linda Otta January 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM
You can speak with the people at the Mediterranean Snack Bar. The line for the venue lines up IN FRONT of their door and customers can't get in, so they go elsewhere. It has also cut down severely on their pick up orders as the parking is about nill on weekends. We can't neglect our old restaurants that have made list after list of "restaurants to eat" and draw people in just because the Paramount is the shiny new penny.
2 Turn Tables January 05, 2012 at 10:31 PM
When these concerns were presented to the Town Board, as usual, the demeanor was dismissive, disrespectful and rude. Heaven forbid, someone actually take responsibility for something in that building.
Greg Fasolino January 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Not everyone moved here to live in a 1950s-style vanilla placid suburb. There's dozens and dozens of towns like that on Long Island. Perhaps it's time to also hear from people who actually moved here (in my case, decades ago) because Huntington Village was more vibrant and had a very active nightlife scene...a bridge between "mini-Manhattan" and the more standard suburb. You're wrong when you say nobody wanted more parking. Most of my family and friends living here would welcome a more substantial parking lot to alleviate the parking problems. Like Mr. Brown, I'd like to see some actual restaurateurs and bar owners speak up before I'll agree that the Paramount is damaging their business.
Scamp January 06, 2012 at 02:09 AM
@scott, I see no difference in trying to walk the sidewalks near the paramount or trying to walk the sidewalks in npt village will all the dogs
suzanne ridenour January 06, 2012 at 04:41 AM
All you have to do is go into the village on a concert night. You see, the IMAC brought in music from the city, there was limited seating. It was a venue to hear good stuff. It seems music is not the main attraction at the Paramount, it's the bar and drinking. One thing Huntington did not need was another drinking establishment. "1950s-style vanilla placid suburb" no, how about a vibrant village where you can park your car, walk on the sidewalks, have a bite to eat and hear some music! I moved here in 79, why? It was a great village, the shining star of the North Shore. Plenty of places to eat all types of food, the IMAC, the Cinema Arts Center. With all this Huntington still managed to maintain a "village" feeling. I do not care to have a 250 pound man dressed in black telling me to walk in the street, due to the fact the sidewalk was for "ticket holders only". So if that's vanilla, if that is placid, then so be, I guess I just like vanilla
Greg Fasolino January 06, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Suzanne, that Paramount employee who told you to walk in the street was clearly rude and out of line; I hope if management reads this, they'd deal with that appropriately for the future. I take issue though with your characterization that music isn't the main attraction - you totally underestimate the fact that for a lot of music fans in this area, traveling into NYC all the time for shows can be tiresome and expensive (LIRR for 2 into NYC is well over $30), and it's wonderful to see actual contemporary bands playing here in our town. Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but me and many of my friends were always very underwhelmed by IMAC. It catered to an older crowd, booked a very limited selection of music (no alternative, metal or modern rock music at all), and the same bands appeared every single year. We used to have a running joke about the fact that it was “Spiro Gyra time” again! There's a place for all genres but the strong focus on jazz fusion was not something that appealed to most younger music fans. I've lived here since 1991, am an avid concertgoer with very diverse tastes, yet still only was at IMAC maybe a half dozen times. The Paramount is much more like a real NYC concert venue. Things evolve with the times. You mention Cinema Arts Centre; I attend regularly, but it's a far cry from the much smaller old New Community Cinema. It's more crowded and elaborate and it's harder to park there, but so what – it's BETTER now. I think that's Progress.
Greg Fasolino January 06, 2012 at 05:37 AM
As for drinking, are you telling me the packed house for legendary indie band The Pixies were there for alcohol? No, they came for music. My ex took my kids (9 and 12) to see The B-52's there, and it was clear the crowd was there to see a beloved band, not just to get wasted. Besides, it's not like there isn't a plethora of excellent places to drink, especially great new ones. If I want a fantastic creative cocktail, I can go to Huntington Social. If I want a delicious rare craft beer on tap, there's Sapsuckers. But many people like me just want a place to see their favorite bands close to home...
2 Turn Tables January 06, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Greg, the overwhelming majority of people in Huntington moved here for the "suburb-like" lifestyle, with the combination of a mini-Manhattan not infringing on their desire to offer a traditional setting to raise their children. There is a video on the Patch of restaurant/bar owners as well as residents complaining about dangerous driving, lack of parking and obstructions that hurt business. You can see it for yourself. As a resident, who had to goto Radio Shack, I was upset, because not only could I not find parking, I was nearly run over by a concert goer who was evidentially late for the show, taking a turn at a high speed. This is more than a standard suburb, but that is no excuse for abuse for tax payers and business owners. I haven't seen the video in a while but I remember Frank Petrone saying something of the sort "we made a mistake, we will have to do more research, things happen..." very dismissive. That is one heck of a mistake. The Paramaount should not give the rest of Long Island the right to disrespect the laws which in turn protect the rights of local residents.
Scott Brown January 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I hope that some members of the town board are reading this. Seems to me, the issues raised by people concerned about crowding and adverse impact on other business owners have validity. These problems can be addressed by a proactive town board so that the tax, business and employment gains from Paramount are not offset by harm done to other businesses.
Scott Brown January 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM
@scamp. LOL. I guess we still haven't found heaven on Earth on Long Island. Dogs V. concert-goers. Pick your "poison."
Amy January 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I've lived here just about all my life. I'm thrilled to have the Paramount here. I hope the town moves forward to build more parking--we've needed it even before the Paramount. It will help all the other businesses in town. And hopefully the folks at the Paramount will be given some restrictions to be good neighbors to the other businesses. Agree, Scott. I hope the town board is reading this and doing something. Certainly can't make everyone happy, but there is great room for improvement right now.
Andrea January 06, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I have had zero issues with parking in town (though obviously I'm not finding a spot out front but who cares???), and I'm there quite often - getting dinner, take out, drinks with friends, shopping, etc., - all the restaurants and bars I frequent are busy whenever I'm there... There are some issues with the Paramount (there are also issues with other bars and restaurants too and there always have been) but a lot of these comments seem blown out of proportion to me.
suzanne ridenour January 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM
On my email, Karma2012 was ranting ridiculous words. I don't see it reprinted here, good. Lets keep this dialogue open, honest and sensible.
Scott Brown January 09, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Andrea, I agree. The apocalyptic commentary about Huntington Village isn't getting us anywhere. Compared with a number of other small Long Island villages where vacant retail space is very common, we seem to be doing pretty well. Nonetheless, I do think the town needs to look hard at the parking issue.

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