Thursday, August 13, 2009
A few quick observations from last night's noisy bars meeting on 13th Street:
-- CB3 district manager Susan Stetzer distributed and read from the interview that she did at Jeremiah's Vanishing NY on How to Complain.
-- Looked like anywhere from 40-50 people were there.
-- The people are not happy with the quality of life near the glut of newish bars.
-- Someone asked what benefits residents get from having these bars in the neighborhood. A resident said that no one from the neighborhood goes to these bars.
-- Keith Okada, the manager of Superdive was there.
-- Mason Reese, an owner of Destination, was there.
-- Both seemed a little defensive. Okada seemed more defensive, though he didn't speak until 3/4 through the meeting.
-- Both seemed willing to do what it took to be better neighbors.
-- One resident complained about the open windows at Destination. Closing them would eliminate half the noise problems.
-- Mason said the windows are closed around 10:30 on weeknights and midnight on weekends.
-- One resident said that this was not true.
-- In response to a resident complaining about the trash that bargoers leave behind on the streets, Okada said that he takes great care to clean up in front his bar as well as the buildings on either side.
-- Okada said that he has called police twice because of loud people who wouldn't be quiet outside the bar.
-- Okada said some people just don't listen, and ignore requests to keep their voices down.
-- Upon hearing this, a resident said, Don't you sell kegs? Aren't you encouraging this type of behavior?
-- Okada said that everyone in his bar is 21 and of legal age to drink.
-- He offered to give out his phone number to anyone who wanted to talk about the bar.
-- One longtime resident said that this isn't a neighborhood that "sits on its ass" and looked at the Destination and Superdive reps and said that they are officially "put on notice."
-- A Sixth Street resident talked about the ongoing saga of Death & Company and wondered how they got a liquor license.
-- One of the organizers said that Superdive has agreed to a meeting with neighbors, and that CB3 and 9th Precinct officials may attend as well. No date was mentioned.
This is just a snapshot of the 90--plus minutes. If you were at the meeting, please feel free to add to the conversation in the comments. If you weren't at the meeting, please feel free to add to the conversation in the comments.
For further reading:
Stop the SuperNoise - Community Meeting (Blah Blog Blah)