Campaign Aims to Halt Influx of Bushwick Bars

By Serena Dai on June 23, 2014 8:30am 

 Bushwick's community board wants help to impose a liquor license moratorium.
Bushwick's community board wants help to impose a liquor license moratorium.
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BUSHWICK — Some locals are trying to call time on Bushwick bars serving booze in residential areas.

Community Board 4 is attempting to recruit local politicians to help "halt the influx" of liquor license applications in the neighborhood, district manager Nadine Whitted said.

The increasingly trendy area has seen huge increases in requests for liquor licenses, many in residential areas, she said. She declined to give specifics on numbers.

"We're inundated with many, many more than this community needs," Whitted said.

For five years, members of the board have thrown around the idea of asking for a moratorium, she said. Last year, the surge in liquor licenses prompted the board to start holding extra meetings just to handle the demand.

"People are having real concerns about that kind of activity going on at night ... seven days a week, oftentimes beyond midnight," she told residents at a community meeting Wednesday.

A letter asking for support from politicians will hopefully start a discussion this summer to implement a plan slowing the number of bars opening up, she said.

Community boards offer advisory votes on liquor license applications to the State Liquor Authority, which grants ultimate approval or denial.

About three years ago, Williamsburg and Greenpoint's Community Board 1 tried to impose a moratorium too, but the board's public safety committee ultimately tabled it after the SLA said it didn't plan to enforce it.

The SLA did not respond to a request for comment on the Bushwick plan.

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