‘Miss Paradis’ Cocktail Lounge Reveals Itself at Long-Stagnant 47 Prince Street

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 at 5:15 am by
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Four years into construction, and the two-and-a-half-story 47 Prince Street is still not complete. Its exterior is without proper siding, and the guts are still bereft of definition. But that’s not stopping the French-based cocktail concept, Paradis Des Fruits, from advertising its new spinoff location. And in true gaudy fashion.

Over the weekend, this eyesore worsened with the installation of a street-to-roof ad banner. The fancy cocktail lounge is called Miss Paradis, and promises to be a “food love affair.” Its slow-to-mature “architectural concept” was dreamed up by architect Phillippe Starck, whose name is also pimped onsite.

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Opening remains on the horizon.

Meanwhile, one tipster rightly questions the legality of a liquor license on this spot, given that Miss Paradis is situated directly across the street from an active church (St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral). State law mandates that a full OP cannot reside 200 feet from a house of worship. Community Board 2, whose jurisdiction covers 47 Prince Street, will likely view this forthcoming application with disdain.

The State Liquor Authority defines the “200 Foot Rule” as follows [PDF]:

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law prohibits certain licens- es from being issued if the location of the establishment is on the same street and within 200 feet of a building that is used exclusively as a school, church, synagogue or other place of worship. This restriction is commonly called the 200 foot rule and applies to any retail establishment where liquor will be sold for on premises consumption and any retail establishment where liquor or wine will be sold for consumption off the premises.

Until 2012, this corner parcel of Little Italy was a locals parking lot. Before cocktails were considered, the spot had been earmarked for a Shake Shack. Neighbors quickly put the kibosh on that idea.

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When 47 Prince was a parking lot, January 2009

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