Anyone who’s ever attended a Community Board 3 liquor licensing committee meeting knows they go on pretty much forever. When we left after four-and-a-half hours last night, they were just getting warmed up! Local resident and illustrator David Flaherty had some time on his hands last night while observing the shenanigans. He sent along a few notepad sketches.
A bit of context. During the discussion of the EMM Group’s proposal to move a dance floor at 199 Bowery, a couple of residents speaking on their behalf turned out to have had previous business relationships with owners Mark Birnbaum and Eugene Remm. Committee Chair Alex Militano said she felt those people “owed it to their neighbors” to spell out their connections to liquor license applicants.
Also during the two-hour EMM Group ordeal, committee members asked why Remm and Birnbaum had not yet opened a bakery, as they promised in seeking the community board’s initial approval several months ago. Residents weren’t buying their explanation that cost overruns had forced a delay and that the bakery would be opening in a couple of weeks.