Lower East Side Partnership Seeks More Active Role in Area Liquor Licenses
It appears as though the Lower East Side Partnership is looking to influence the liquor license process on the local level.
The business improvement district will present a policy proposal to Community Board 3 next week that would grant it the ability to pre-screen full liquor license applications that go before the advisory body each month.
The move is already raising red flags. Locals fear that this could result in the further proliferation of nightlife within their jurisdiction (which includes Hell Square). Essentially, that this could be a play to fill the chronically empty storefronts (i.e. warehoused) in the district with booze.
Remember that business improvement districts are largely organized to essentially “empower the powerful” area stakeholders, to quote the informative long-read in the New Republic.
Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how Community Board 3 reacts to this proposal. It’s also worth noting that the president of the Lower East Side Partnership, Tim Laughlin, is also a public member sitting on the land-use subcommittee.