Local Activists Take a Stand Against Governor’s Plan to Change Liquor Laws

Handout photo.

Handout photo.

On Friday, community activists and local elected officials rallied against legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo to change the state’s liquor laws. They say the amendment to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law would make it harder for community boards to act against problem bars.

In April, the governor’s “blue ribbon panel” in charge of modernizing the 80-year-old law released it recommendations. They included streamlining applications for liquor licenses, eliminating the Sunday morning ban on liquor sales and weakening the “200 Foot Law.” That provision prevents bars and restaurants with full liquor licenses from opening within 200 feet of a church or school.

Last month, Community Board 3 approved a resolution calling on the governor to provide opportunities for feedback about the proposed changes from Manhattan community boards. The resolution stated that the commission included heavy representation from the nightlife and brewing/distilling industries. Only one representative of a New York City community board was allowed to attend.

In a news release from CB3, Chairperson Gigi Li said, “Community Board 3 requests that an additional meeting of the Working Group be convened to allow for participation and recommendations from diverse community boards, particularly those in Manhattan, that must plan and serve their communities based on implementation of New York State Liquor Authority decisions and the (state’s liquor laws).”

In that same press release, State Sen. Daniel Squadron added, “I’ve long supported a key role for community boards in the liquor application process — it doesn’t make sense that community boards weren’t given a meaningful role in developing proposed changes to the liquor law… Provisions that impact our communities and raise real concerns should not be pushed forward without engaging those communities.”  City Council member Margaret Chin said, “Our neighborhoods, which are already over-saturated by late-night establishments serving alcohol, need more transparency in the liquor license granting process, not less… I urge our state elected officials to ensure that the community is consulted on any changes to the law and that all voices are heard.”

This morning, we contacted the office of State Assemblywoman Alice Cancel. We were told that she also opposes the legislation.

A spokesperson from the governor’s office told DNA Info, “The legislation brought forward was the product of extensive and thorough review, and will not only modernize these outdated and arcane laws, but also increase opportunities for businesses to grow and thrive.”

If you’d like to have a look at the legislation and its sponsors, click here. CB3 is urging local residents to contact the governor with feedback about the proposed changes.

State Liquor Authority Chair Rosen Meets Downtown Community Leaders May 6

More on Today’s Approval of Soho House’s LES Liquor License

As we reported earlier, Soho House has gotten the okay from the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to open a new club at 139 Ludlow St.  Here’s a more detailed account from today’s hearing at the SLA’s offices in Harlem.

State Liquor Authority Holds Hearing on 106 Rivington; No Decision Yet

106 Rivington Street.

The saga surrounding a new restaurant coming to 106 Rivington Street shifted to the State Liquor Authority offices in upper Manhattan yesterday.  The applicants, Jose Orlando Rodriguez and Robert Payne, made their case for a full bar at a 500 Foot Hearing (required anytime there are three or more liquor licenses within 500 feet of a proposed establishment).

Community Board 3 was also represented along with representatives of the LES Dwellers organization, which opposes the new restaurant on a block they believe is already over-saturated with bars and restaurants.  In October, CB3 voted to oppose the full liquor license, although they approved a wine and beer only permit.

An administrative law judge will now prepare a report for the SLA.  Yet another hearing will be scheduled before the full board of the Liquor Authority.  Yesterday’s sometimes contentious hearing focused, as the law requires, on establishing whether the new license would be in the “public interest.”  We’ll have a detailed report on Monday.



CB3 Releases September Liquor License Agenda

The “Lobster Joint” in angling for the Lina Frey space on East Houston Street

Quite a few interesting items on the just-released Community Board 3 agenda for next month’s liquor licensing hearing.  Among the applicants: the team behind Greenpoint’s Lobster Joint.  They’re looking to take over Lina Frey, the bistro at 201 East Houston Street.  We’ll have more highlights later. In the meantime have a look at the full list, after the jump.

Paulaner Brauhaus, Le Lupanar, Cocktail Bodega Face CB3 in May

Morali Architects; rendering of Paulaner Brauhaus at 265 Bowery.

Community Board 3 is out with its rundown of restaurants and bars seeking liquor licenses in the coming month.  It’s a fairly tame list but there are a few items worth highlighting.  First off — Paulaner Brauhaus is seeking a full bar for its new 4,000 square foot beer hall at 265-267 Bowery.  It will be the popular German brewery’s first U.S. location.  Morali Architects has a lot of information about the concept for the new establishment on its Facebook page.

Also catching our eye: Le Lupanar, 103 Essex, is asking to extend its hours.  This place was temporarily (and apparently voluntarily) shut down a year ago after the NYPD found the bar/club was staying open until 4 a.m., in violation of its liquor permit.  Christian Vautier, the new chocolate shop on Broome Street, wants a wine/beer license.  And as previously reported, “Cocktail Bodega,” Matt Levine and Michael Shah’s new project at 205 Chrystie/19 Stanton will be going for a full bar.

See the complete list after the jump.

Community Board 3 Seeks Feedback on Liquor Licensing Policies

Community Board 3 is seeking feedback about proposed changes in its liquor licensing policies. On Wednesday evening, there will be a public hearing to discuss the proposals, which would impact so-called “resolution areas,” specific blocks in which the board tries to limit new liquor permits. A notice from CB3 explains:

We are specifically looking at whether applications for beer/wine licenses should be exempted from resolution area policy if the business is primarily a daytime business that will close by a yet-undefined early hour.

For the past year, CB3 has been working on new guidelines which are intended to address concerns that the board’s “State Liquor Authority” committee is inconsistent and arbitrary.  The meeting will be held at CB3’s office, 59 East 4th Street. It begins at 6:30 p.m.


CB3 Liquor Licensing Committee: The DL, Lo-Fi, Zoe and More

The DL, 95 Delancey Street.

Here’s a wrap-up of last night’s CB3 liquor licensing hearing. The most time-consuming and contentious applications concerned above-Houston establishments. You can read all about the latest Community Board 3 rejection of 200 Avenue A (formerly Superdive) and the angst about a new license at “Bikinis,” 56 Avenue C in EV Grieve and The Local EV. As usual, we’ll concentrate on the below Houston applications.

The new team from the Ludlow Manor (now called “The DL”) came back the CB3’s SLA Committee in search of an expanded liquor permit for their third floor roof lounge. The big club, located at the corner of Delancey and Ludlow streets, got a license for the ground floor restaurant last May (although the restaurant wasn’t operational – serving food until this month). So far the community board and the State Liquor Authority have balked at granting the huge nightlife venue more liquor licenses (officially the SLA has listed the additional license as “pending.”)

CB3 March Liquor Docket: Ludlow Manor Returns For More Punishment

Ludlow Manor, 95 Delancey Street. Photo credit: Grub Street.

Community Board 3 is out with the agenda for next month’s meeting of its liquor licensing committee.   The March 19th shindig should be an interesting one.

First off, the beleaguered Ludlow Manor will be back before the board once again in their quest to expand their liquor permit to the second and third floors of 93 Ludlow/95 Delancey. As we have reported, both the State Liquor Authority and CB3 have been less than receptive to past overtures from this bunch.  You can read about the whole saga here.

State Liquor Authority Launches New Interactive Web Site

The State Liquor Authority has finally launched a new web site intended to make it a lot easier for communities to track the status of liquor permits.  The old system was notoriously archaic.  Information was difficult to find and, in many cases, not available at all online.

The new site features a searchable interactive map, allowing users to look up both pending and approved licenses.  Once you identify a particular bar or restaurant, you can also see other licensed establishments in the vicinity, as well as churches and schools. 

Update: Ludlow Manor Shuttered Indefinitely

The only lights on at Ludlow Manor, for now, are the reflections from across Delancey Street.

Following up on last week’s news that Ludlow Manor had its alcohol permit suspended, we checked in with the State Liquor Authority to see what’s next for Delancey Street’s new triplex mega-bar.

Here’s the upshot: the fledgling nightlife spot may reopen, but it’s unclear when.

After SLA authorities issued a stern summons to owner Tomasz Dyszkiewicz on Dec. 19 to appear before its board in January, Dyszkiewicz responded by pleading “conditional no contest” to the charges leveled against his business, and offered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to SLA documents obtained by The Lo-Down. The complaint included accusations that on at least two different occasions in November, police officers observed Ludlow Manor serving alcohol at bars on the second and third floors that were not licensed. (The club was licensed for a first-floor bar only.)

CB3’s October Liquor License Agenda

Who has their eye on the backyard at 60 Clinton? Changes seem to be imminent at the restaurant, "1492."

Yesterday we previewed a few of the bars and restaurants going before Community Board 3 next month in search of liquor licenses.  After the jump, you can see the full agenda for CB3’s STate Liquor Authority Committee.

Community Board 3’s September Liquor License Agenda

White Slab Palace, 77 Delancey Street.

It didn’t take White Slab Palace long to reopen after the NYPD shut the bar down earlier this month. Nonetheless, the operators apparently have some explaining to do about a lapse in their liquor license — when they go before CB3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month.  This is just one of several interesting items on the community board September agenda, which also includes an application from the owners of Woodward Gallery to serve beer, wine and liquor at a new cafe they plan at 132 Eldridge St.; see our story from yesterday here. Read the complete list of liquor license applicants after the jump.

CB3 Panel Approves Liquor Licenses for Bowery Steakhouse, Basketball City

199 Bowery. Photo credit: New York Magazine.

What’s to be done with a venue boasting a maximum occupancy of 900? Well, in the case of 199 Bowery, the Lower East Side has already been graced with mega-clubs Blvd, Crash Mansion and Soiree. Tonight, at the tail end of Community Board 3’s blessedly brief SLA Committee hearing, we learned this cursed spot is about to become home to an enormous steakhouse from the father/son team behind Quality Meats and Smith & Wollensky.

Alan (father) and Michael (son)  Stillman won approval for their concept, a “slightly more affordable” version of the original Quality Meats on 58th Street. The offshoot will include around 300 seats on the main level, plus a 50 foot bar — along with a downstairs club with an “occasional DJ and live music.” There will also be a bakery and ice cream bar up front.

CB3 Releases Agenda for August Liquor License Hearing

Community Board 3 is mostly on hiatus in August but there’s no rest for the State Liquor Authority Committee. Here’s a look at the applications the board will consider when they meet August 8th (the applicant appears first, followed by the current owner):

Renewals with complaints
1. Heathers, (Ariel, Inc)  506 E 13 st  (op)
Applications within Resolution Areas
2. St. Marks Red House, TDD & G LLC, 126 St Marks Pl (wb)
3. TBD,  -Nippon Sushi Inc, 121 Ludlow St (wb)
4. TBD,  Hachi Enterprises Inc, 185 Orchard St (wb)
5. Preserve 24 (Aegis Holding Houston LLC), 175-177 E. Houston St (alt/op)
6. Antibes Bistro (EHD Restaurant Corp), 112 Suffolk St (alt/op)
7. BOP (Peels) Radley Realty Corp,  325 Bowery (alt,reorg)
New Liquor License Applications
8. Plump Dumpling (Big Dumpling Corp), 174 2nd Ave (op)
9. Basketball City, Ark Basketball City Corp, Pier 36 at 299 South St (op)
10. TBD, Lucky Plaza Restaurant Corp, 81 Chrystie St (wb)
11. TBD, Asian Chef Express Inc, 96 3rd Ave (wb)
12. Cheeky Sandwiches (Hippoe Holdings LLC), 35. Orchard St (wb)
13. TBD, Ichibantei LLC, 401 E 13th St (wb)
14. Hot Kitchen (Hot Kitchen Inc ), 104 2nd Ave (wb)
15. TBD, 93 Ludlow St Inc, 95 Delancey St (op)
16. Quality Meats Downtown (Mozzarella Sticks LLC), 199 Bowery (op)

The SLA Committee meets at the JASA/Green Residence, 200 East 5th Street, at 6:30pm.

(“op” stands for full bar; wb stands for wine and beer)