NEWS AND ISSUES


Testimony By New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane before the New York State Liquor Authority Full Board Regarding 296 Sandwich LLC's Application for a Liquor Licence at 296 Bleecker Street

March 3, 2010

My name is Thomas K. Duane and I represent New York Statefs 29th Senate District, which includes 296 Bleecker Street. I, along with the other local elected officials, wrote to the New York State Liquor Authority on June 19, 2009 in opposition to the liquor license application by 296 Sandwich LLC for the sports bar at 296 Bleecker Street. I would like resubmit that letter, as many of the problems explained in the letter persist.

In particular, since this letter was sent, my office has continued to receive complaints regarding excessively loud television, music and conversation within the establishment, and patrons discarding trash on sidewalk in front of the establishment as well as surrounding residential buildings. Clearly, the establishmentfs owners have not made accommodations that would enable the bar to coexist peacefully with its neighbors.

As Manhattan Community Board 2 (CB2) noted in its October 2008 resolution opposing 296 Sandwich LLCfs liquor license application, and as I and my colleagues reiterated in our letter, a fundamental problem with the bar at 296 Bleecker Street is that patrons use a service entrance on Barrow Street after the downstairs restaurant closes. As a result, noisy patrons exiting the bar are funneled onto a small residential side street late into the night and early morning. Clearly this location is unsuited to a nightlife establishment.

For these reasons, I call upon the SLA to deny 296 Sandwich LLCfs application for liquor license at this location.

Thank you for allowing me to testify today and for your consideration of my recommendation.


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