From the EV Grieve inbox...
Community Board 3 is hosting a Policy Meeting of the SLA & DCA Licensing Committee
Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. -- University Settlement at Houston Street Center -- 273 Bowery (at Houston St)
We will review and evaluate changes to Community Board 3's existing policies and procedures guiding the Board's approvals/denials of all types of liquor licenses for establishments within the CB 3 district. All previous "resolution areas" will be reviewed.
We want to hear from YOU!
Please fill out a "Request to Speak" form by 7 p.m. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes.
· What are your plans/visions for the area?
· What are your concerns, problems?
· What do you want to retain in our neighborhood?
Here's the current policy.
Some pretty big picture questions up there...What do you want to retain in our neighborhood? We could be there all night.
This comment from Daria yesterday sums up what a lot of people have been saying here in recent years:
I used to look forward to new restaurants, excited like, to see what new places we'd have to eat at. now i feel like, "let's see what new places they are building for THEM."
that pretty much sums it up. stuff that used to open around here used to excite me because I felt like they were for those of us that live here. And now I feel like they are for those who don't.
Meanwhile, the current system seems arbitrary and dysfunctional for granting licenses... Like on Avenue B, Sigmund Pretzel Shop, which closes at 8 p.m., was denied a license to sell beer and wine... Meanwhile, a few doors down, Billy Hurricane's gets the OK for a two-level bar featuring a signature drink that will be limited to two per person. (Yes, I realize that this was a transfer from Midway/Rehab... and not a new license... still)