Mic Drop: State Denies ‘The Stand’ Comedy Club a Chance on the Bowery
Posted on: June 24th, 2016 at 5:11 am by Staff
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After four years on Third Avenue, The Stand was planning on relocating the comedy club to a basement on the Bowery. Apparently some impending development is pushing them out. However, the state denied owner Paul Italia and company a liquor license this week for the subterranean space below 2 Spring Street.
Opposition to the establishment was entrenched from the get-go. Residents in the vicinity, led by the Bowery Block Association, weren’t having it, and Community Board 2 followed in kind with a denial five months ago. The proposal initially called for gutting the 4,200 square-foot cellar beneath the Nudie Jeans repair shop and installing a full service kitchen and other mechanical equipment. It was to have carried 22 tables with 85 seats, and one bar with 14 seats for a total seating capacity of 99.
But this is all a moot point. Italia went straight to the State Liquor Authority for the privilege, yet was handed defeat on Wednesday during the biweekly license meeting. Residents and neighbors of 2 Spring Street spoke about the excessive noise, traffic, lack of parking, and proliferation of bars in the area, as well as the CitizenM hotel going up just across the street. Even CB2 Chair Carter Booth came out against the application.
There was plenty of support on the other side, too, from several comedians who told stories about how the establishment supports local talent, advances careers, and is a good neighbor. One of the co-owners also focused on how the comedy club doesn’t impose a drink minimum like most places.
In the end, the SLA determined that the location is not appropriate for any nighttime business in the foreseeable future, as it’s never been licensed and there are more than two dozen licenses within 500-foot area.
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