Breast-Themed Bar Hides Decor Behind Curtain Under Pressure
BUSHWICK — The breast-themed bar "Boobie Trap" has temporarily covered up — hiding some of its racy decor behind a curtain — after coming under fire from some in the community concerned about the bar's proximity to a school.
Weeks after opening, the bar's owners heard from Assemblywoman Maritza Davila, who told DNAinfo New York she wanted to discuss "changes the community would like to see made" inside the 308 Bleecker St. venue.
In response, owners Kristen North and Paul King hung a temporary curtain over a hot pink, scripted neon sign saying "f--- off," but they have not touched the breast-themed decorations including nude magazine centerfolds, a naked mannequin with two beer taps and "color my boobs" coloring sheets.
Davila plans to meet with North and King soon to enumerate her concerns with the 308 Bleecker St. venue, which opened last month.
"The bar is located a block away from an elementary school, and children will walk by the establishment every day," said Davila. "I have asked for this meeting because I want to make sure that our neighborhood stays a diverse but safe community where all can live in harmony.
"I am sure that we will be able to reach a solution that will benefit the entire community,” added Davila, declining to elaborate on which parts of the bar were most concerning to her.
P.S. 86 is located at 220 Irving Ave., less than two blocks north of the bar.
Davila's spokeswoman did not respond to questions about whether the office had received complaints. The bar's kitschy decor also includes leopard-print lamps and dinosaur figurines.
North told DNAinfo that Davila pointed to the neon "f--- off" sign as one of the problems, so North pulled a curtain over the sign until she meets with the assemblywoman to discuss the issues further.
The bar has also started a petition seeking support.
"We are hoping the petition will show that we are in fact loved and welcomed into the community to continue business. Please sign to support and say that you love EVERYTHING about Boobie Trap," the bar wrote in the petition. The petition added that the local community board "has expressed concern that the aesthetics and specific details of our interior might be offensive to the neighborhood."
Community Board 4 did not respond to a request for comment.
The "f--- off" sign is meant to be cutesy and ironic, like the bar's other decor, North said, pointing to baby dolls and roller skates across Boobie Trap.
"I'm not looking for any trouble," she said. "It's not meant to be offensive."