A popular Nike store in SoHo is attracting the attention of a neighboring condo, but it's not over sneakers.
The Daily News reported on January 18 that the condo board at 22 Mercer Street in Manhattan is suing the nearby NikeLab for $3 million, alleging that the retail store's promotional events, which draw lines of people, have resulted in noisy and violent incidents.
According to the suit, as quoted in the story: “Each Nike event and the ensuing crowds subject the condominium’s residents to extended periods of public drunkenness and urination, violence (including brawls and fist fights) loitering, littering, smoking, drug use, yelling and screaming.”
The suit also alleges that Nike, according to The New York Post, “makes its new products in extremely limited quantities and offers them on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis, prompting fierce competition among consumers.”
The NikeLab, which is located at 21 Mercer St., has been accused of frequently holding several last-minute promotional events a week, which doesn't give police much time to maintain crowd control.