Uniting Against Beer Garden at 168 Elizabeth

Posted on: June 3rd, 2010 at 6:33 am by

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The middle section of Elizabeth Street is trying desperately to unite against a new subterranean beer garden moving into number 168.  The ambiguous entity of “Matthew Oliver Maddy d/b/a Hot Talk LLC” is currently seeking a liquor license at next week’s Community Board 2 meeting.  Flyers along Bowery urge those residents within earshot to write letters. As usual, the concern here is excessive noise.

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The flyer reads as follows:

Dear Neighbor,

If you are concerned about the noise pollution that a new beer garden in the yard bound by the buildings between Spring & Kenmare and Elizabeth and Bowery, please take a minute to email or mail a letter to Florence Arenas of Community Board 2.  On June 8, Manhattan Community Board 2 will be considering the beer and wine application submitted by “Matthew Oliver Maddy d/b/a Hot Talk LLC,” 168 Elizabeth Street, NYC, 10012.  He currently owns sandwich shops in Fort Greene and the hot ACE Hotel, so the restaurant is sure to draw a crowd.  I have contacted Community Board 2 about this concern, but they will only consider denying the application if they hear from a number of constituents in the community.

A sample letter:

Dear Ms. Arenas,

I am a resident of Block No. 478 in Manhattan with an apartment directly adjacent to the rear yard.  I am concerned about the noise pollution that the new beer garden proposed by “Matthew Oliver Maddy d/b/a Hot Talk LLC” at 168 Elizabeth Street will produce in what until now has been a relatively quiet residential rear yard.  The proposed “restaurant” is to occupy a small, windowless cellar (located 100% below the curb elevation) in addition to the spacious rear yard of the building.  I understand that the restaurant owner currently has two thriving businesses and that this one, if allowed to proceed, is certain to draw a boisterous crowd.  Please kindly consider the imposing effect that this new beer garden will have on the lives of the residents of Manhattan Block 478.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

There is also a petition in the works. Email here for more information.

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