Amidst Vehement Opposition, CB3 Denies ‘Marilyn’ on Monroe Street

Posted on: May 15th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

73 Monroe St., circa 2016

The Two Bridges neighborhood last night was in sync with Community Board 3 over opposition to the proposed sub-grade cocktail den at 73 Monroe Street, The Marilyn. The SLA subcommittee stood firm in its denial of the application.

As previously reported, Luis Gil, Umi Mucktar-Barnes, Kai Mucktar-Barnes, and Thomas Bonsignore (former partner of the late Sasha Petraske) together plan to install the “speakeasy” style establishment. Unwanted and not endearing himself to neighbors, Umi (and counsel) returned last night after last month’s layover for further outreach and to complete the application with soundproofing analysis.

The latest application scaled back the weekday hours to 1am closings, but kept 4am closing for weekends.

However, Umi Mucktar-Barnes admitted that he did almost no outreach on the block, instead accusing affected tenants of “ganging up” on him after the meeting last month. This led some on the panel to question how he would handle conflict with neighbors moving forward if dealing with only seven posed such a challenge.

Nevertheless, eight speakers attended to voice opposition, including a resident of 73 Monroe whose floor is directly above the proposed club. Soundproofing was of major concern, especially since the contracted engineer did not submit the recommendation on company letterhead, nor was it clear whether an actual study was performed. Others accused the operator of capitalizing on an “exotic” neighborhood, while others feared a blockage of the stairway into 73 Monroe.

The CB3 panel again deliberated over whether to approve an application with stipulations rather than a flat denial. Chair Alex Militano pointed out that there are only two full liquor licenses within 500 feet, so it wouldn’t trigger a hearing for public benefit.

In the end, the advisory committee recommended full denial, and added a clause which stated that if the SLA did approve, that it do so while limiting hours to 1am all days.

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