Holiday Inn Rooftop Bar on Delancey Draws Ire from Neighbors and CB3, Which Votes to Deny

Posted on: July 12th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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The three-year-old Holiday Inn at the corner of Delancey and Suffolk Streets recently waded into a sea of controversy with its proposed rooftop bar. Hundreds of neighbors living in the vicinity are none too thrilled about a proposed high-capacity club operating above their homes.

Community Board 3 agreed with the block and denied the application brought forth by operators Joe Donagher and Eamon Donnelly, who together opened Barleycorn in Tribeca two years ago.

There had been some initial confusion about the application, but later clarified that Donagher and Donnelly wish to both update the Retro Bar & Grill in the basement, and impart a 150-person “craft beer bar” atop 150 Delancey open from 8am to 4am every night.

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For starters, neither the applicants nor hotel owner showed up to the SLA subcommittee meeting last night – returning after last month’s withdrawal. The eleventh-hour scratch really pissed off the two-dozen area residents (led by the Suffolk Street Block Association) who showed up in protest – and waited until the end of the evening – wearing green signs bearing messages of opposition (e.g. “I am a resident of 98 Suffolk Street; my building touches the Holiday Inn”). We heard testimony about the proximity of the 132-key lodge to a residential nook of the neighborhood; adjacent buildings largely comprised of families, elderly, and young children. Neighbors also cited comments about social media commentary regarding the principals’ other establishments. Specifically regarding the ear-splitting volume levels.

Lack of outreach was also an issue with these guys. The only apparent meeting between the two parties, according to public testimony, was a “conference call” scheduled on July 1, right before the holiday weekend. Apparently, they didn’t think that sound would be an issue due to the building being “so high up.” No tents, enclosures, or sound-proofing were reportedly in play, either.

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CB3 didn’t mince words, and voted to fully deny the applicant. It’s unlikely that the State Liquor Authority would overturn given their recent track record in similar situations.

Other bites:

  • Just up the block, the Spreadhouse cafe at 116 Suffolk Street withdrew the alteration application to convert the rear office space into a bar area (beer-wine). The more than thirty 311 calls in a six-month period gave the panel pause.
  • Peter Kane (Beauty & Essex, Stanton Social) received approval for his Out East restaurant at 509 East 6th Street. Chef Tim Caspare from Charlie Bird is reportedly also on board. CB3 expressed concern with adding a “destination” restaurant on a highly residential side street, but the application was approved nonetheless.
  • River Coyote received the fast-tracked, administrative approval for beer-wine at 121 Ludlow Street. It’s taking over from Amuse Wine Bar, which has been on the block the last three years.

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