The Brooklyn Ink is the latest publication to report on a trend in the Bay Ridge bar and nightclub business – a great reluctance on the part of Community Board 10 to recommend new liquor licenses be approved by the State Liquor Authority. The article highlights two establishments in particular – Logan’s, a Puerto Rican restaurant, and Ibiza, a Mediterranean restaurant and nightclub whose very name is synonymous with debauchery – that are in locations previously occupied by noisy, complaint-magnet bars and clubs. The keys to acceptance, according to the Community Board and City Councilman Vincent Gentile, are showing a willingness to be a partner with the community in the areas of safety and quality of life. There does, however, seem to be a general mood of confrontation displayed by the Board towards all newcomers.
Hey, I get that we deserve a little peace and quiet in the wee hours of the morning, but I have a question. With all of this focus on denying liquor licenses to new establishments, is the Community Board and State Liquor Authority inadvertendly – and unfairly – protecting existing bars and clubs at the expense of new ones? A sort of lucrative members-only club that doesn’t accept new members? And if the goal is to protect the neighborhood’s safety and quality of life, is that sort of preferential treatment really justified? Does “new” really automatically mean “more trouble than established?”
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