Friday, May 22, 2015

Noisy Bar Keeping You Awake? CB6 To Host Meeting On Rules Governing Eating And Drinking Establishments

As the weather has warmed up in the last few weeks, many local residents have had to close their windows and take out the ear plugs. All along commercial strips like Smith Street, Court Street, and 5th Avenue, restaurants and bars have swung open their doors and are infringing on their neighbors' right to a good night's sleep.

The proliferation of drinking establishments has certainly aggravated the problem in our mostly residential neighborhoods.

To help clarify the rules and regulations governing eating and drinking establishments, Community Board 6 is addressing the complaints from residents by hosting an informational meeting. Read the information below.

CB6 Restaurant and  Bar FAQs
An Informational Meeting

Would you like to better understand the rules and regulations governing restaurants and bars in our district? Representatives from the State Liquor Authority (SLA), City agencies and local precincts will be on hand to answer any questions in respect to:

• noise

• garbage
• smoking
• backyard usage
• sidewalk cafe
• and other related issues

DATE: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TIME: 6:00 pm
PLACE: Brooklyn Community Board 6
250 Baltic Street, Auditorium


Anonymous said...

As you say in the post, "All along commercial strips like Smith Street, Court Street, and 5th Avenue, restaurants and bars have swung open their doors..." Isn't "commercial strips" the key phrase there? I consider us fortunate to live in a place with a lively eating and drinking scene- it's one of the things that makes NYC appealing to me. And in the summertime, businesses should be allowed to take advantage of their lovely outdoor spaces. Every bar that I've been in in the neighborhood has rules about their outdoor spaces- I'm pretty sure they're all closed by midnight (many of them by 10), and most of them have signs about keeping the noise down. This all seems very reasonable to me for a business operating in a "commercial strip", and it serves the needs of a great number of neighborhood residents who patronize the businesses. I understand that the neighborhood has changed a great deal, and it used to be quieter. But it seems to me that if you don't like the noise from neighborhood cafes or bars, you shouldn't be living so close to a commercial strip. (Buschenschank may be an exception to all of this- I won't defend them, and I don't patronize them.)

bond st said...

"restaurants and bars have swung open their doors and are infringing on their neighbors' right to a good night's sleep"

I like this blog, but I'm really frustrated with the constant grousing about restaurants and bars in the area. Part of the reason I live here is because of the terrific selection of stores, dining options, and social spots. They're part of what makes the neighborhood—and New York—so great. Sometimes the nature of living in the city is sleeping with earplugs in. These places popping up in the neighborhood are driving up property values and adding color to the area, and the minimal price of admission we pay for those benefits is the occasional racket. If you're so interested in sleepy small-town life with no after hours noise, pick a street to live on that doesn't abut the main commercial thoroughfares. Or move to Montana.

Katia said...

Here we go with the 'move to Montana, Ohio or Iowa' comment. That's a bit juvenile, isn't it?

First, let me point out that zoning on Court Street and Smith Street is residential with a commercial overlay. There are people living above most bars and restaurants on Court and Smith. And of course, the side streets are all residential.
That means we need to co-exist and be respectful of each other, no?

Look, I like bars and restaurants too, and most are good neighbors and mindful of the fact that they are operating in a mostly residential area.
I also write about businesses on PMFA, to make sure that they stay in business and grow in the community.

But some establishments are louder than others and affect the quality of life of many. And the solution should not be to be forced to move away or to wear earplugs at night.

I am merely letting people in the neighborhood know that if they have a problem with a noisy business, they may want to attend CB6's meeting to familiarize themselves with the rules governing them.
That's all.

Michael Racioppo said...

Michael Racioppo( CB6 Chair Permit's and Licensing Chair) here and I must say that, despite disagreements I may have with the author (or her husband and fellow cb6 member Glen Kelly) on various topics there is no doubt that her heart is in the right place and is doing a great service by covering issues and meeting like this. Many publications ignore such things despite the great impact they have on people's day to day life.
I, as the person who will be running this meeting, must say thank you to Katia.

Hope to see many of you Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

Is there anything that can be done about noisy neighbors who hang out on the stoop all night talking?? This is also a downfall of nicer weather.

Katia said...

Thank you for your kind words, Michael.