Community Board 1's committee said it was against the public interest for Starbucks to serve alcohol.
A flier notifying neighbors was not clear enough about being a Starbucks, the board said.
The East Williamsburg building includes Section 8 housing for very low-income residents.
The 9/11 Memorial Plaza is currently open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The new building would expand services for the more than century-old after-school program.
A working group asked Howard Hughes for a shorter building, plus new open spaces and bike paths.
The center would be a good idea for "any neighborhood," said District Manager Cedric Loftin.
Four new members have been appointed to Manhattan's Community Board 1.
Three days of gay pride events will take place on Pier 26, where they drew noise complaints last year.
Now a floating museum, the sailboat Sherman Zwicker is slated to serve up history and drinks at Pier 25.
The Fulton Center is on track to open on June 26, with retail space following several months later.
Downtown's crowded elementary schools have more applicants than seats for their kindergarten programs.
Howard Hughes Corporation is submitting its development plans to a community task force.
The city's first Denny's will serve alcohol when it opens at 150 Nassau St. in May.
Foot-long rats rule an empty lot next to Wolfgang's Steakhouse, an official said.
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