New York hotspots targeted by ‘racist’ and ‘violent’ man: lawsuit

A disgruntled New Jersey man has reportedly repeatedly threatened to kill employees in Tao Group’s Midtown hotspots — after he was sacked earlier this summer for proposing to women indoors, the rooftop lounge complains .

Yogesh Shandilay was kicked out of the 7th Avenue bar after just 30 minutes after he offered to buy drinks for a group of women, then asked them to have sex in exchange for the drinks and they “then yelled ‘bitches,’ Whores’” called. “Prostitutes” and other obscene names,” Magic Hour owner Tao Group claimed in court filings when they refused.

The ugly July 21 incident was just the first in a series of violent appearances 47-year-old Shandilay allegedly made at Tao Group venues in July and August, the company said in legal filings asking a judge to stop him deny access to their property.

Four days later, Shandilay — believed to be the owner of 34th Street Camera and Computers in Midtown — returned for Magic Hour, throwing money at other customers while proclaiming, “I’m the man,” before again molesting women inside the lawsuit.

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Tao claims that Shandilay has repeatedly threatened workers at Magic Hour.

After being kicked out, he barred people from the entrance, began shouting threats, racial slurs and “obscenity” at staff, and once threatened workers with a baseball bat, prompting some customers to leave the room.

The NYPD later removed Shandilay from the scene, Tao Group claimed.

Shandilay reportedly returned five more times in July and August to Magic Hour and another Tao venue, PHD Terrace on West 55th, and regularly threatened to kill security guards and “blow up the venue.”[s]’ according to legal documents accusing him of ‘targeting’ Tao corporations.

Employees repeatedly called the NYPD, but police said they had no record of arrests related to the alleged Magic Hour or PHD Terrace incidents.

Tao Group declined to comment on the litigation. Shandilay was not immediately available.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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