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One57 Hotel's Liquor License Denied by Community Board

By Mathew Katz | March 14, 2014 12:19pm
 Neighbors say they fear loud parties echoing through their courtyard if the Park Hyatt Hotel gets a liquor license. 
Neighbors say they fear loud parties echoing through their courtyard if the Park Hyatt Hotel gets a liquor license. 
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MIDTOWN — Community Board 5 voted unanimously Thursday night to recommend the State Liquor Authority deny a liquor license for a hotel at the base of massive supertower One57.

The proposed license would allow booze to be served throughout the 25-floor Park Hyatt New York Hotel at 153 W. 57th St., at the base of the massive 75-floor tower, but the board denied the application because of a second-floor terrace neighbors think will host loud parties.

Neighbors living in the nine-story building behind One57 say the terrace, which is just 30 feet from their building, would host outdoor parties that would echo throughout their rear courtyard.

The residents have already contended with years of loud, 24-hour construction and say that sound — including the regular conversation of workers — is amplified through the courtyard all the way up to their building's top floor.

"Their conversations are like they're in the next room of my apartment," said Joel Maxman, who lives in 152 W. 58th St. with his wife and two daughters. "If they'd just do away with the terrace, we said we'd support the application — but they said absolutely not."

The luxury hotel has 210 rooms, a pool and a restaurant, and is set to open in the summer. Above it, apartments in One57 are selling for more than $90 million.

The controversial terrace has an 18-person capacity is attached to an executive board room, used for meetings, catering and private parties, according to the hotel's liquor license application.

But even with that small number of people, CB5 decided that the terrace would disturb residents living behind the massive tower.

"Because of the location of the second floor terrace in an enclosed courtyard just 30 feet away from residential buildings, there is no way for the second floor terrace to be operated without significantly and irreconcilably imposing on the residents adjacent to the space," the board wrote in its resolution.

The Park Hyatt did not respond to a request for comment.

Because the hotel is in an area with multiple liquor licenses, it's subject to the SLA's 500-foot rule, meaning that it has to prove that granting the license is in the public interest.

Hotel staff will next have to appear before the SLA at a 500-foot hearing to prove just that, but Maxman hopes that the board's denial convinces the SLA otherwise.

"Everyone's been sitting here for eight years with the construction noise, saying it's going to be over soon — but now it's not," Maxman said.