Op-ed: An Open Letter to The DL from LES Dwellers

Posted on: September 26th, 2013 at 2:29 pm by

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The following open letter to the DL was submitted by the LES Dwellers Association.

To The DL,

In the interest of transparency and open communication, we submit to the public footage from two parties held at your venue last night. One day after securing a no-vote resolution from Community Board 3 on your renewal, you hosted events open to the public using 3rd party promoters, djs and dancing on 3 floors, live performances, closed your kitchen at 8pm, sold liquor from bars on all floors, and offered bottle service, etc—all of which are inconsistent with the signed stipulations and method of operation on file with the SLA: “whereas The DL would operate as a full-service restaurant, serving food until one hour of closing on the 1st floor; and the 2nd and 3rd floors operate banquet rooms for private functions and a sitting area with service bars only.”

The Community Board amended its committee’s denial out of concern that The DL was not given the opportunity to sit down with neighboring residents to work out solutions for their complaints and grievances. It took one day since the denial was overturned for these problems to resurface. The events last night demonstrate The DL’s continued disregard for commitments to this community and its agreements with the SLA. It is only the most recent example of an 18-month stretch of unlawful operation that has already been filed with the NY State Liquor Authority Investigation Bureau. What power do residents have to correct the behavior of an establishment who is willfully breaking the law without consequence?

We call on The DL to schedule an open meeting for all affected residents where you can explain why you have failed to fulfill your promise “to do everything by the book and let everyone know we are here to be good neighbors.” You have repeatedly broken your obligations and now you need to prove why you deserve a renewal and how you will now abide by the terms of your license.

Thanks to the person(s) who sent in this anonymous video / photos to the LES Dwellers.

We now take you inside The DL the night after it appeared before Community Board 3…

Regards,
LES Dwellers

3-Floor Tour

From the Corner of Duane Reade: Crowd and Music Audible

Outside The DL: Argument, FDNY Standing By

Outside The DL: Patrons Sit on the Ground, Taking Over Sidewalk & FDNY Waves While Talking with Security

No Food @ The DL After 8pm on Wednesdays, Other Days till 11pm

1st Floor: Dancing (on the bar too)

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