‘The Marilyn’ on Monroe Nets Instant Opposition; ‘Brigitte’ Approved for Canal Club
Last night, Community Board 3 heard two applications for basement clubs, both with opposite results.
The Marilyn on Monroe faced stiff backlash from area residents worried about the intrusion of nightlife into this pocket of Chinatown.
As previously reported, Luis Gil, Umi Muktar-Barnes, Kai Mucktar-Barnes, and Thomas Bonsignore (former partner of the late Sasha Petraske) plan to install a “speakeasy” style establishment with 4am closing all days.
Over a half-dozen speakers relayed opposition to the proposal, along with eight letters echoing concern. Most notable is that there are adjacent basement tenants of 75 Monroe who actually share a wall with the proposed bar, and were not approached to discuss the new watering hole.
The applicants cited the subway trains crossing the Manhattan Bridge and Mr. Fong’s as reasons to push forward. However, the mere mention of the latter establishment caught many in attendance with clenched teeth.
The panel didn’t appear convinced by the application, largely due to incomplete documents and the compelling testimony of neighbors. When a potential denial was telegraphed, the principals withdrew for further outreach and will likely return for consideration next month.
Seven-month-old Brigitte, on the other hand, was more successful, thanks to a deal with the SPaCE Block Association. The French nightspot applied for an alteration to include a basement club, a proposal that’s been on and off the agenda since December. Despite opposition from the nearby Orchard Street Block Association, the former group carried more sway with the panel to reduce overall hours to 2am. Ergo, alteration approved.
In the meantime, there is reportedly infighting amongst the SPaCE ranks claiming that its leadership goes off negotiating such deals without consulting the whole group. Apparently that happened with the Brigitte proceedings.