Local Electeds and CB3 Tour Lower East Side Nightlife with New SLA Commish

Posted on: October 21st, 2014 at 5:13 am by

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Neighborhood nuisance, The DL

For local officials and the State Liquor Authority, it was a Friday night tour of duty. Intended goal of the stunt outing was to witness firsthand the shitshow of Lower East Side nightlife that has been allowed by both Community Board 3 and the SLA over the last decade.

State Senator Squadron, Borough President Brewer, Assemblymember Kavanagh, Assemblymember Glick and Council Member Mendez, as well as representatives of Assembly Speaker Silver, State Senator Hoylman, and Council Member Chin, joined SLA Commissioner Kevin Kim on the late-night jaunt.

The walk-through helped provide further context to newbie Commissioner Kim regarding the implications of so many additional liquor licenses in the area. CB3 consistently has the most quality-of-life concerns regarding nightlife. Indeed, in the year ending October 17, there were 2,707 complaints filed, the highest in Manhattan.

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Hell Square petting zoo

“As over-saturation of bars and nightlife on the Lower East Side continue to impact the residential community, it’s vital to give the State Liquor Authority a firsthand look at these conditions,” said Council Member Margaret Chin. “While I certainly understand that not all Lower East Side bars are bad actors, this is an issue that must be addressed, and Friday’s walk-through was a positive step forward.”

“Community Board 3 is very grateful to Senator Squadron, the 5th, 7th, and 9th Precincts, and Commissioner Kim for the opportunity to drive through the CB3 nightlife hotspots,” said Susan Stetzer, District Director for Community Board 3. “The drive-through was valuable in showing that the problem is not just the operation of business or behavior in bars, it is the number of people on the streets going from bar to bar in our unplanned entertainment district. The drive-through illustrated why we need support from the SLA as well as from the City to avoid further exacerbating the problems of residential/nightlife conflict cause by lack of planning and infrastructure support.”

That’s nice, but what we really wanna know is:

  1. Did any of the officials step in the horse shit around Hell Square?
  2. How many beers did they drink and where?

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