Neighbors Rally Against Peter Poulakakos’ Nightlife Venture at 146 Bowery

Posted on: July 22nd, 2013 at 6:16 am by
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The former Lite Elite at the southwest corner of Bowery and Broome is the latest battlefield between NIMBY and nightlife. As previously reported, Peter Poulakakos is looking to bring a 4,175 square-foot restaurant-slash-lounge concept to 146 Bowery; the locals aren’t having any of it. Nevertheless, construction is already underway, with a new (tagged-up) sidewalk shed to boot.

Local opposition manifested behind the leadership of Community Board 2, who unanimously denied a full liquor license last November The applicant then headed directly to the State Liquor Authority (natch) to get what he wanted. A 500-foot hearing was held on the matter in February; now comes the full board assembly where a decision will be made. Neighbors are rallying the troops to the meeting on July 31 August 13 in Harlem. UPDATE: the applicant asked for an adjournment until August.

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[Feb. 2010]The united front is understandable – an establishment of this size, including basement club with DJs, would most likely “have a major impact on traffic and noise and quality of life issues from late night operations and from patrons of the lounge with DJ in the evening hours.” There are 9 other licensed addresses within 500 feet, 3 of which are located in the Sohotel building.

More on the meeting:

Please be advised that on July 31, 2013 the above referenced on-premises application will be before the Members of the Authority for determination. Meetings of the Members of the Authority are open to the public and you may speak regarding the application. If you have any supplemental material you wish the Members to review, it must be received in Secretary’s Office no later than noon on July 25, 2013, in order to afford time for the Members to review. Documents can be sent to the address listed above, emailed to or faxed to 518.402.2304. Any material received after July 25, 2013 may not be considered, please refrain from bring new materials to the Members the day of the meeting.

SLA address is at 317 Lenox Avenue.

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