Just How Bar Saturated is the Lower East Side? [MAPS]

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 at 9:30 am by

Anti-Santacon poster, December 2015

Anti-Santacon poster, December 2015

​The Lower East Side – Hell Square in particular – is notorious for its sheer volume of liquor licenses. The nine square-blocks of real estate are almost impossible to navigate on weekend nights, let alone to live full time.

This is all common knowledge. However, it’s nice to illustrate the saturation with map and statistics. Our newest Boogie contributor, Mr. Matt Vaccaro (welcome to the team, by the way), assembled the map from open source data and did some number crunching. Here’s the visual.

And some stats (as of this week):

  • 258 establishments with active liquor licenses in 10002.
  • 155 are OP Licenses. (60%)
  • 66 are RW Licenses. (25.6%)
  • 14 are TW Licenses. (5.4%)
  • 11 are EB Licenses. (4.3%)
  • 7 are HL Licenses. (2.7%)
  • 5 are assorted other license types (1 each of: CL, CT, HW, MR, RL). (1.9%)
  • 9 square blocks in Hell Square (3 east/west, 3 north/south). 97 total establishments divided by 9 blocks = 10.77 licensed establishments per block. 37.6% of all licensed establishments in 10002

You can also check out the State Liquor Authority LAMP map for more detail.

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