In About Face, CB3 Will Now Hear the Sixth Ward Liquor License Renewal in Public

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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The applied pressure worked.

We learned last month that Community Board 3 would hear the license renewal for the Sixth Ward behind closed doors, continuing a controversial practice shunned by neighbors. Disconcerting, especially given the establishment’s steady complaint history over the years. District Manager Susan Stetzer has since reversed course, though. A tipster informs us that 191 Orchard Street is now on the November SLA subcommittee agenda under “Renewal with Complaint.”

The Sixth Ward liquor license at 191 Orchard Street is set to expire at the State Liquor Authority on November 30.

Since opening on upper Orchard seven years ago, the Sixth Ward quickly became a nuisance. Many on the block consider the pub second to only Hair of the Dog as the worst commercial neighbor. Its problems are myriad.

The quick refresher is that the seven-year-old establishment operates an illegal 90-seat rear yard. Usage of this back patio should be moot, since there isn’t a valid Certificate of Occupancy for the space (expired 2007), nor a public assembly permit. This address has actually been denied such permits by the DOB 3 times – 2001, 2007, 2013. Ergo, maximum patrons allowed in the establishment (including yard, if permitted) is 74 patrons.

Not to mention, the illegal backyard is a death trap waiting to happen, offering no secondary egress. A glass enclosure also obstructs the residents’ fire escape. To that end, ownership removed 30% of the glass to try and remedy the situation.

The Sixth Ward opened at 191 Orchard in 2007, and is the longest tenant of this space in quite some time. It followed a parade of ill-fated nightlife ventures earlier in the decade, including Mooza, Cafe Lika, Heirloom, and lastly, Core 191.

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