It was standing-room only — even on the sidewalk outside — at Monday night's CB3-SLA committee meeting at the Perseverance House Community Room, 535 E. Fifth St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.
The main event: a license alteration for Club Cumming to include live music and DJs. As previously reported, Club Cumming on Sixth Street was under investigation by the State Liquor Authority for its live music programing, including piano and cabaret nights, which was happening without the proper permits. The bar-cabaret between Avenue A and Avenue B suspended its live music and DJs until they could apply for the appropriate license.
Several dozen supporters showed up at the meeting — so many that CB3 reportedly asked people to wait outside the Perseverance House Community Room...
Here's a recap via Bedford + Bowery:
Ultimately, CB3’s SLA and DCA four present committee members did vote unanimously to grant the license alteration, which would allow live music and DJs “provided they are not scheduled and that there are no ticket sales or entrance fees.” The committee stated this was because the bar’s zoning “does not provide” for them, and they lacked the power to change that.
According to CB3 officials, the situation with Club Cumming had more to do with compliance rather than complaints. (And it wasn't reported if anyone spoke against the upgraded license.)
“The bottom line is how [the Department of Buildings] interprets it,” stated District Manager Susan Stetzer. Historically, [committee chair Alexandra] Militano added, the DOB has not allowed scheduled performances and ticketed events to exist in a residential area, even at spaces licensed to have live music and DJs. Club Cumming’s address, 505 East 6th Street, is in zoning area R7B, a type of “residential district.”
It will be interesting to see how CC's owners, Daniel Nardicio and Alan Cumming, revamp their schedule once the license gets the final OK via the SLA.
Cumming, an East Village resident who spoke at the committee meeting, later thanked the Club's supporters on Instagram yesterday:
Last night our community board approved the change to our license so that live performance and DJs can happen again at @clubcumming. Now we just have to have the actual license changed by the State Liquor Authority and the show can go on again! It was a truly humbling and beautiful thing to see so many people turn up and show their support for our little bar, and to hear those who spoke express how important it has become as a safe community gathering place that both nurtures new talent and celebrates the artistic and cultural legacy of the East Village.
Club Cumming opened last September in the former Eastern Bloc space.
You can read coverage via Patch here.